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What I Read Online – 04/03/2012 (p.m.)

04 Apr
    • The children born from such post-death conceptions are not at fault, of course, and should be protected as much as possible from having to suffer from a decision over which they had no control. But hard cases often make bad law, and Astrue vs. Capato could set a precedent that would harm other children in the future.
    • By the 80s the emergence of MTV and a media-driven generation meant church youth ministry became more entertainment-driven than ever. Youth pastors felt the need to feature live bands, video production, and elaborate sound and lighting in order to reach this audience. No longer could a pile of burgers or pizzas draw a crowd. By the end of the decade the youth group meeting was being creatively inspired by MTV and game shows on Nickelodeon. The message had been simplified and shortened to fit the entertainment-saturated youth culture. By the start of the 21st century, we discovered many youth were no longer interested in the show that we put on or the oversimplified message. Christianity was no different from the world around them. Some youth ministries intensified their effort combining massive hype with strong messages that inspired youth but did not translate to everyday life. We realized we were faced with a generation whose faith was unsustainable.
    • What happened in all that? First, we moved from parachurch to church-based ministry (though the parachurch continues). In doing so, we segregated youth from the rest of the congregation. Students in many churches no longer engaged with “adult” church and had no place to go once they graduated from high school. They did not benefit from intergenerational relationships but instead were relegated to the youth room.
    • Obscuring the gospel has communicated that we have to dress up Jesus to make him cool.
    • We concluded that strong biblical teaching and helping students embrace a robust theology was boring (or only relevant to the exceptionally keen) and proverbially shot ourselves in the foot.
    • The frightening truth is that youth ministry books and training events were teaching us to do the exact methods that have failed us.
    • We need to change the way we pass the faith to the next generation.

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