Many of you know that for the last year I have been working on a writing project for Zondervan/Youth Specialties with my friend Jack Crabtree. As a team we have been writing a complete lesson including ice-breaker, overview, media ideas, teaching, and discussion questions for each chapter of the New Testament. Youth Specialties now has Volume 1 listed in their online catalogue. We are hoping to be done with Volume 2 soon, but it is exciting to see this one listed. I am also very honored that my dad, Kevin Mahaffy, Sr. also contributed several lessons to the project. So cool to share this experience as father and son!
A classic youth ministry video that my daughters wanted to watch tonight, so you all get to enjoy it as well!
While I absolutely cannot stand country music, the message in this video speaks to why I am passionate about breaking the stereotype of pastors. This video assumes pastors functioning in a traditional, Western, modern way. One of my former pastors used to preach “family first” and, using a play on the words of Jesus, said: “What good will it be if we gain the whole world but lose our families?” I battle against these temptations regularly, and I am far from perfect, but by God’s grace I hope that I am moving toward and modeling a different, more healthy kind of pastorship. Selah.
My friend Dennis King is the bassist. Good stuff!