Authentic: Reaching the Generations as the Church

For years now the church has been focusing on reaching Millennials. This is not a bad thing, as they are now the largest generation in the working force, but what about Generation Z? Generation Z, also known as iGeneration, Homeland Generation, Centennials, and Post-Millennials, is on pace to surpass my Millennial Generation in population very soon. So who is Generation Z and how do we reach them?

The Reason for the Season

We have grown up hearing for a long time. I know it is something I have been hearing my whole life. But what is the reason for the season that we are remembering? Should we remember our best gifts we have given or the best we have received? Should we remember time with our family or the food which we ate? Should we remember the lights and decorations or the American traditions? Should we remember Santa Claus or sweet baby Jesus? And should we remember Jesus coming down to earth or should we be awaiting his second coming? To make the answer simple, yes. These are all good things to remember. Christmas is a great time for family and the American traditions we have are not bad. But we also should remember that there is no Christmas without Christ and he cannot take the backseat in our Christmas holidays. 

Temples of the Living God

Christianity built massive and gorgeous cathedrals, towering over their culture showcasing their beauty and Christian symbols. Many of these cathedrals were so big, however, that they their roofs simply could not support themselves. Because of this, these cathedrals relied on big exterior extensions, known as flying buttresses, to support their roofs. This made me wonder how many of us our more like these cathedrals than Solomon's temple. Depending on other things to hold us up, such as pastors, family, friends, activities, or ministries.

My Little Blessings

My children continue to teach me daily so many things fundamental to life and faith. I have wrote before about how Carter has taught me to always remain joyful in my prayers and walk with God - which is extremely fitting for the holiday season. Yet, they teach me so much more than I could ever put into words. As I was reflecting on things this morning, I saw the obvious love shared between the amazingly beautiful children Taylor and I are raising.