Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A Thought for Youth Pastors

The young people I talked to want churches to risk disagreement so they can benefit form the deeper challenges of doctrine. Joshua Harris said years after he graduated from high school, he bumped into his old youth pastor in the grocery store. The pastor seemed apologetic as they reminisced about the youth group's party atmosphere, focused more on music and skits than Bible teaching, Harris said. but the youth pastor told Harris his students now read through Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology.

"I think there's and expectation that teens can't handle that, or they'll be repulsed by that," Harris told me. " [My youth Pastor] is saying the exact opposite. That's a drastic change in philosphy in youth ministry.

-Collin Hanson- From the article, Young, Restless, and Reformed: Calvinism is making a comeback and shaking up the church, Christianity Today, Sept. 2006


At Thursday, August 31, 2006 7:22:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

You know I have beleived for sometime that Christians are Christians are Christians..there is no child gospel or teen gospel or adult gospel...just The Gospel and it either speaks to you or your eyes are still blinded. The church is made up of believers...not understanders..why shouldn't believers, even young ones be exposed depth?

At Thursday, August 31, 2006 8:45:00 AM, Blogger bluecollar said...

Wayne Grudem, yes. Expose them we must. Why be ashamed of truths revealed in God's word?!

At Thursday, August 31, 2006 11:18:00 AM, Blogger Tim A. said...

Great post Doug.

At Thursday, August 31, 2006 4:40:00 PM, Blogger AuthenticTruth said...

I certainly wish more youth pastors would come to their senses!Great post.


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