Tag Archives: almost christian

Where is God?

Where's God in Tragedy?

Tragedy causes us to be searching for answers.  Often we reach for easy answers.  Often we are given complicated answers, which do not address our fundamental fears.  Well meaning people give us bumper sticker sayings that often salt wounds further.  People care. I’ve written about the dangers of bad theology here.  Today I just want to openly wrestle with my ...

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Still Thankful

In my family on Thanksgiving during the big meal, we go around the table and everybody states something they are thankful for.  We also remember the family members that have gone on to their heavenly reward that used to sit at the table with us.  Maybe your family has similar traditions.  And generally there is also a Festivus joke or ...

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Conversion Aversion Disorder

As Youthworkers, have we really thought about the implications of Conversion?  Have we considered Conversion God’s work?  Have we tried to take God’s place to manipulate young people?  Do we even have a plan for what comes next the day after Conversion? “To have a conversion experience is nothing much.  The real thing is to be able to keep on ...

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Life Of A Disciple In The World 7- Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

The Life of a Disciple in the World 7 Deadly Sins Session 7: Lust- Salt For Thirst Core Teaching:            Lust is the best known sin.  It is deceptive, because it is not just a sin of action, but also of thoughts.  Giving in to lust is abusing God’s good gift of Human Sexuality. Session Goals:            This session focuses on the ...

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Life of a Disciple In The World 6- Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

The Life Of A Disciple In The World The Seven Deadly Sins Session 6: Greed- The Fire To Acquire Core Teaching:            Greed is a Major Sin that runs wild in today’s world.  The love of money produces all sorts of evil.  Jesus teaches that the greedy accumulation of things is a rejection of dependency on God. Session Goals:            This session ...

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Articulating Faith

ARTICULATING FAITH: Thoughts on “What do you believe? American Teenagers, Spirituality, and Freedom of Religion,” a video by Sarah Feinbloom Written by Amy Valdez Barker   “A compelling educational peacemaking film without being didactic, sectarian, or doctrinaire. Every public school, congregation and youth program in the country should have a copy of it.”   Rev. Paul Chaffee, Director Interfaith Center ...

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Kenda Creasy Dean | State of Youth Ministry interview part 2

We were blessed with a moment to sit down with Kenda Creasy Dean, who is one of the foremost researchers, authors and challengers of how our youth ministry is and needs to be. You can get more involved with Kenda’s work through the ministry of the Institute of Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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On Cheering for Death

How shallow the step of the Jesus-walkers who as yet love as almost Christian yet are loved by The Lover as Image and not as failure. ~Harrison Charles W. Harrison charles@mcyouth.org www.charleswharrison.com

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What do You know about Religion & Christianity?

There has been quite a bit of buzz circulating of late about the 'state of youth & religion in America' these days. Maybe you saw the CNN article about Kenda Creasy Dean calling out teenagers as "fake" Christians. That article alone has spurred quite a bit of news on its own, almost 6,000 comments and over 5,000 Facebook 'likes.' Or maybe you are a reader of the Pew Research like myself who's followed their Religious quiz where Atheists & Agnostics have scored the best overall.

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