We’re To Blame For The Missing Flame

Teaching teens about the Supremacy of Christ must be a mainstay.

The Cruciform Life

In my latest sermon I quoted Kenda Creasy Dean‘s new book Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church.  I’ll be writing a review of this book for the Worldview Church Website soon, and a series of articles related to this sermon will also be published there soon.

Research shows that the fire of biblical faith, hope, and love is failing to light in many of the next generation.  Here’s the news you and I don’t want to hear, but need to:  we’re to blame for the missing flame.  In her excellent new book Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church, youth ministry guru and professor Kenda Creasy Dean admits that

“the problem does not seem to be that churches are teaching young people badly, but that we are doing an exceedingly good job of…

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Holy Arson: Igniting Faith, Hope, and Love

At every turn, let us tell every generation the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

The Cruciform Life

Here’s an excerpt from Part One of a new series I’m writing for the Worldview Church Website:

Asaph sounded the alarm in his day by writing Psalm 78, a sad history of one generation’s failure to pass the flame of faith to the next. The prophet-poet was inciting his generation tocommit holy arson, to set fire to the household of faith by telling “the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders that He has done” and by teaching them to live out His laws of love “that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Psalm 78:4-7).

As in Asaph’s day, hope in the living…

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Why Adolescents Abandon Their Faith

Our mixed messages get our kids mixed up.

The Cruciform Life

I’ve just been called by the congregation at Metrocrest Presbyterian Church to be their new Associate Pastor of Youth and Discipleship, so the exodus of adolescents from the church is an important topic to me.

Anthony Bradley has begun a series of posts on this topic at WorldMag.com.  He lists several suggestions as to why teens leave the faith when they “graduate” from our youth ministries.  I’ll list several below, but be sure to read his posts and the thoughtful comments his readers have made.

  1. Victims of formulaic parenting.
  2. Confusing doctrinal and biblical knowledge with true spirituality.
  3. Controlling friendships out of fear.
  4. Christianity as a religion of “don’ts”.
  5. Unrepentant arrogance.
  6. Bible abuse.
  7. Criticizing “culture” and not living differently from it.
  8. Faith without struggle.
  9. Political Christianity.

Bradley gives a brief explanation of each of these, so be sure to read Part One and Part Two of his series.

Which of…

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