Teenagers will gravitate towards the oldest person in the room who takes them seriously. This is a quote I have read and heard numerous times by youth workers far more experienced and intelligent than myself. I have heard it so many times, but often have questioned the truthfulness of it. So how old is too old for youth ministry?
Rather than a traditional book review, I wanted to reflect on my takeaway from Chan's "Letters to the Church." I hope this sparks you to think about the church or even encourages you to read Chan's book and interact in dialogue with it yourself!
Belief is a word we often throw around in Christian circles, and it is not a bad thing. However, I believe there is a fundamental difference between believing and accepting. This difference may be subtle, but I think it is a huge part of our faith as we are following Christ. So what is the difference?
Last week, I was in a Christian bookstore when I saw Craig Groeschel's book The Christian Atheist. Now let me preface this by saying I have not read this book, but it caught my attention and had me thinking all day. Why is the pastor of the largest multi-site church in the country, Life.Church, writing a book about Christian atheists? Or even more, what is a Christian atheist? Because I would hazard to say that Christian atheism may be the most dangerous thing facing our church today.
You know what might be the WEIRDEST story in all of Scripture to me? The story in Luke 10 where Jesus sends out the 70. Jesus sends these 70 out with the command preach about the kingdom of God being near. When they return to Jesus they have great news! But Jesus sees something even greater than what any of them do...
While I can name plenty of reasons, I have narrowed it down to three major reasons why people in the church should love teens: They are hungry, they need the love and guidance, and Jesus loves them. These are some of the reasons why I love youth, so why do you?
Yes, it is vital for the Christian life to meet in community and fellowship as the body of Christ, but we must not neglect our own personal walk with the Lord as well. After all, it is often in these private encounters when God reveals his glory to us.