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Probing America’s Premiere Youth Ministry

Making Jesus Attractive: The Ministry and Message of Young Life MAKING JESUS ATTRACTIVE: THE MINISTRY AND MESSAGE OF YOUNG LIFE GRETCHEN SCHOON TANIS PICKWICK PUBLICATIONS, 2016 178 PAGES $23 A friend who is a senior ministry leader with Young Life tells the story of the reaction he received at a high school reunion from a former classmate after they swapped details of what they were up to now. “You work for Young Life?” the classmate asked. “Hey, I liked marching…
Jeff Munroe
June 30, 2017
As We See It

A Theological Community Speaks

We hear a lot these days about the impending demise of print media. Isn’t it remarkable that in such a difficult market, Perspectives keeps chugging along? There are two secrets to our success: On the expense side, the writing and production of the magazine are labors of love. Our writers don’t get paid, and our co-editors, review editors, poetry editors, board of editors and contributing editors all are volunteers. We pay a proofreader, and we do pay our managing editor…
Jeff Munroe
February 29, 2016
Fiction

Bobby and Bobbi

I pull out my fifth-grade class picture and my eyes land on a chunky kid who looks like the Big Boy hamburger mascot – without the rosy smile and checkered overalls. Bobby Graham already has the chubby cheeks and wavy black hair. He’s got a pair of Clark Kent glasses on, too, and in the picture he wears the universal expression of the self-conscious. The corners of his mouth are almost turned up, but the rest of his face shows…
Jeff Munroe
October 30, 2014
As We See It

Never Enough

Gayle Boss This fading picture is of my mother and her three sons, from about 1966. It was in the boxes of my mom's papers and pictures that got sorted several weeks ago, after her death. I'm the one standing closest to her, the boy smiling too hard. I remember a day around the time this picture was taken, a school day when I discovered I didn't have a lunch. I was so angry. My little stomach rumbled and grumbled,…
Jeff Munroe
March 1, 2014
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Something to Eat

NOVEMBER 2012: AS WE SEE IT by Jeff Munroe Have you ever thought about how much food there is in the Bible? I'll admit I hadn't thought about it much until recently, when I spent a couple of days with Doug Worgul at the Buechner Institute of Faith and Culture at King College in Bristol, Tennessee. Doug Worgul has written a wonderful first novel called Thin Blue Smoke, a book about second chances, love and loss mingled among generous quantities…
Jeff Munroe
November 1, 2012
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Losing My Mother, One Memory at a Time

My mother holds a yellowed newspaper clipping in her hand as she answers the door. She stands wide-eyed looking at her grandson and says, "Are you Jesse?" "Yes, Grandma, I am." She lets us in, hugs us, and thrusts the newspaper clipping into my hand. It is an article from a 1969 edition of the Detroit Free Press about her father's retirement. "I thought you'd want to see this," she says. "It's been a long time since I've seen that…
Jeff Munroe
November 1, 2011
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Shades of Glee

After reading a Time magazine essay in which a youth minister described the television show Glee as "anti-Christian," I tuned in and watched. I was absolutely dumbfounded by what I saw, but not because it was any more "anti-Christian" than anything else on television. Indeed, I was far from offended and found Glee to be great fun. What took me by surprise was seeing that Glee is set in a place called William McKinley High School. My mind reeled as…
Jeff Munroe
May 1, 2011