Speaking to Teenagers by Duffy Robbins and Doug Fields. Written by two youth ministers, a good and helpful book focused on preparing and delivering effective talks to teens.
Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. Each volume focuses on “exalting Christ in the book of _____”. The series is helpful for text-based small group discussions for teaching. These commentaries do a good job of relating the text to life and providing good discussion questions.
Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series, Clint Arnold. This is a go-to commentary series, both accessible and in-depth. It also gives lots of helps for preaching points. Available in volume form or as software.
Even Better than Eden, Nancy Guthrie. Written for individuals and small groups alike, this book will help you understand God’s plan for the future of his people―life in a garden even better than Eden―in order to experience the glory of this new creation break into your life even now.
Exploring My Strange Bible– Tim Mackie. Podcast by the founder of the Bible Project (see below), consisting largely of excellent sermons.
Knowing Faith – the Village Church. This podcast features biblically sound discussions of Scripture and contemporary culture.
Unbelievable? by Premier Christian Radio. Justin Brierley tackles major questions about Christianity in a format designed to get believers and skeptics talking together.
CPYU (cpyu.org) The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding podcast addresses cultural issues in a Christian context. Podcasts address almost every issue that youth face today. A wealth of information and Christian thinking on contemporary culture.
Youth Pastor Theologian This excellent resource, by Rooted friend Mike McGarry (one of the co-hosts of our Thanos to Theos podcast) is a treasure trove of theological guidance and practical advice for youth ministers. You’ll find everything from book reviews to guidance on teaching specific texts, all borne out of Mike’s fourteen-plus years in vocational youth ministry. He’s a “lifer” in the work, and the church is all the better for it.
The Bible Project (thebibleproject.com). The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. They create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story. They focus on the Bible’s overarching themes and each book’s literary design and are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context.
With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God by Skye Jethani. A five-minute video differentiates religious traditions from Christianity in clear, simple, and powerful words and diagrams. We haven’t been taught to treasure and want God, but to achieve lesser desires by using Him or our idea of Him. A great launching pad for a youth group lesson or a small group discussion.