Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
“Student committed suicide, please call ASAP”. The text flashed across my phone while I was sitting in my Tuesday night Bible study.
Instead of patiently digesting their doubts with them and helping them pick up the pieces after they’ve made big mistakes, we can let our fears crowd them out of a home for the difficulties of real life.
Three days before the event, we hit a problem. I was on the phone with the City Public Health Director. In less than a week, a serious virus had swept through twenty-five area junior high schools.
Reimagining the Gospel in Relationship, Part 1: What Does the Gospel Mean for Teenagers and Friendship?
Most of us have grown accustomed to a gospel that is a boiled-down series of abstract statements to be “believed.” They are typically colorless statements about God’s love, sin, and Jesus’ death. People must accept their truth in order to go to heaven and live a “good life,” which is described as vaguely as it is variously. This disembodied gospel supposedly positions people to make “a decision for Christ,” and is to be their frame of reference for everything.
What does it mean to be a family, particularly in the disconnected environment of the city? Urban Youth Ministry professor Mary Glenn helps us take steps toward helping young and old find family.
In some ways, students see God like Santa. Santa is good, of course. Santa gives you good things on Christmas. And Santa is omniscient, just like God.