Author Archives: Alyssa Johnson

Alyssa Johnson recently finished her master’s degree in English at Abilene Christian University and plans to start working on a PhD in English at Texas Christian University in the fall. She grew up as a preacher’s kid in several small towns throughout Texas. She works with Lake Cisco Christian Camp in various capacities throughout the year, and she loves the chance to minister to these kids and watch them grow. Alyssa is an advanced swing dancer, an amateur theologian, and a mediocre ukulele player.

Keeping Ourselves–and Young People–Near the Cross

I’ve always been slightly jealous of congregations with “real” youth groups. You know the ones I’m talking about: the ones with well-painted and decorated class rooms. The ones with a full-time youth minister who, despite congregational complaints that he is an overpaid song leader, makes a difference in the lives of teenagers. The…

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