catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Trust Fall

vol. 8, num. 19 :: 2009.10.02 — 2009.10.15

Those who grew up in the Christian church could kvetch for hours about goofy exercises and discussions supposedly designed to enhance the teen spiritual journey. What’s good about youth group? What’s not so good? Where do we see imaginative work being done to engage teen-agers in the Church?



Embracing teenagers

A proposal for serving youth more effectively in the church.


Bringing up Bart

Imaging youth group as an expression of what we are for.


The permanence of youth group

A reflection on why I kept going back again and again.

Conversation: “Trust Fall”

Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about youth group -- the good, the bad and the chubby bunny.


In case you missed it the first time

Interrupting God

Two conversions become reflected in two different lexicons and perceptions of language.

An ordinary day

A review of Gus Van Sant’s Elephant, a film depicting a high school shooting that is alternately sensitive and detached.

Move over, Sweet Valley High

A top ten list of young adult fiction books for grown-ups.

The freedom, the pain and the just desserts of nerdiness

Middle school lessons, for better or worse, become life lessons.

Weaving the web

Bible Porn

Erik Hanson on how sometimes corrupting children is a religious duty.





A tribute to the fall of a baseball team and a season.

daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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