Let me preface the following post by stating how important I feel it is for Christians to be open-minded and unafraid to generously engage and learn from people of differing viewpoints. I am a better person and a stronger, more committed follower and teacher of Biblical Christianity precisely because I allow my convictions to be … Continue reading A Plea for a Fuller Gospel Vision
I have updated my original post (see italics) and added a direct quote from iMonk. Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, has a post this week entitled "Is Evangelism Child Abuse?" He is responding to the newest attack on religious people and leaders -- the view that attempts to evangelize and convert people (especially young teenagers) is … Continue reading Is Evangelism Child Abuse?
The following thoughts come from a former youth pastor, Steve Nelson, who is now a senior pastor. He is currently reading Mark O's Youth Ministry 3.0 book and posted the following note on Facebook answering the following question. “Why are you reading THAT? I thought you were through with the youth ministry phase of your … Continue reading Senior Pastors & Youth Ministry
Last time we looked at the delay of marriage and its challenge for sexual purity among unmarrieds. Today I want to look at its impact on church attendance. Did you notice a demographic missing from your pews this past Sunday morning? If your church is like most in America you would find very few 20-somethings … Continue reading Empty Pews and the Delay of Marriage
If you would like hear more about the so-called "End of Christian America" check out the following interview by Kevin Swanson of Generations With Vision Broadcast with The Internet Monk Michael Spencer.
In my previous post I suggested today's youth culture can help remind us what really distinguishes a healthy church from a sick, diseased or dying church: "Are the individuals who make up that church authentically regenerated, committed followers of Christ whose lives bear outward evidence of the inward sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit?" Teens … Continue reading SINKING (3): Patching Leaks #1 – Culture Christians