Tag Archive | Media

Tim Challies – Mission in a Changing World

The mission stays the same but our methods may change.

St. Frances of Assisi “live the gospel if necessary use words.” We reject that. Use words.

The Great Commission in a Digital Word

Matthew 28: 19-20

1) Go

Not on your couch

Go where the people are

a) Going while sitting in front of a computer?

b) Cyber churches?

c) Community today is more shared interests than shared location

d) Go and love – love your neighbor Love needs closeness. Trading real world relationships in favor of virtual relationships.

e) “How beautiful the feet” ( Romans 10:15) not the fingers

2) Preach – communicate

a) More communication in quantity and less in quality

b) Less present over extended distances

c) Less authenticity when communicating online

3) Disciple

a) Demanding

b) Distraction- lack of thinking

Digital devices are evolving to distract us. Shallow thoughts lead to shallow lives because we are distracted. Down times to think. Chewing things over.

c) What are we meditating on day and night? Facebook or God’s word

d) 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.


Youth Groups – When Will the Church Notice The Problems?

We are in a church now with no youth group, at least nothing beyond a few youth sitting together at a table for lunch. It is nice to not be having to worry about what is being pushed on the youth in order to be relevant, hip or cool. Previously we attended a church that did have a youth group, although my children were not a part of it, I was still concerned about the other youth and the effect the youth group would have on them. So often when I voiced concerns with leadership they were shrugged off as being just silly ideas from that “silly, over-protective homeschool moma.” Funny thing is the secular media has started voicing the same concerns over and over again about church youth groups.

DefCon has posted some more of the secular media articles about church youth groups. I think it is well worth reading what the world is seeing in our churches. Sometimes it takes someone else to point out the obvious to us. 🙁

The state of the youth of the church.

When we decry the current condition of the youth in our churches (and the church as a whole) we are usually met with angry resistance. Now the condition of the youth (and the church) has gotten so bad that even secular news outlets are sitting up and taking notice.

The Wall Street Journal has recently reported on the sad state of the youth in American churches in an article aptly titled The Perils of ‘Wannabe Cool’ Christianity.

But what sort of Christianity are they being converted to?

Truly is what you see in most youth groups Christianity? or is it World?