18 From Mundane to Strange: The Bible for Post-Modern Young Folks
Karl Barth is the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. How did this bespectacled, thinker achieve such status? By James Wheeler
23 The YouthWorker Journal Roundtable on The Best
People strive to be the best, even in the church; but in the world of youth ministry, what does it mean to be, use or do the best? Is being the best unhealthy or God-honoring? To find out, we spoke with four experts.
By Jennifer Bradbury
26 Uncommon Games and Icebreakers
Playing together is not just about fun and games. So here’s to a good time-even at church!
By Jim Burns
30 The Games of Yesteryear
There was a time when games were the draw to start any meeting-no bait and-switch in this plan. This was the plan.
By Brenda Seefeldt
32 Sabbath and Play
We spend May and June planning the calendar and July and August executing our activities: is this our best?
By Calvin Park
34 Don’t Hate the Game Don’t Hate the Player
How many times have you thought about how precious your time is?
By Dan Istvanik
36 Big Games
for Small Groups Our church group plays games, and the students it. Here are some of our By Matt Holland
Columns & Departments
6 Youth Culture Update
Trends and news about reality TV, atheists on campus, teens’ stress and more.
By Paul Asay
10 Culture Watch Lance, Manti and Youth Culture
By Walt Mueller
12 Middle School Ministry
The Value of Fun
By Mark Oestreicher
13 Encountering God
Final Prep for Mission By Chuck Bomar