Give ’em The Meat

My Daughter is in a Youth Orchestra that is formed from students from North East Alabama who have auditioned for the seats. These students really desire to advance in their music beyond what the schools and private lessons allow. Essentially, you would have to say they have a heart for music.

Two weeks ago, they were given a new music piece to play, Jupiter from The Planets by Holst, they had already been practicing Mars. They sight read the part for the first time and where so disappointed. Why? The orchestration that they had to play was a simplified version, a water downed version. They knew that and where so disappointed that they begged for the original piece. These kids know their music! My daughter explained that this was one of her favorite pieces and that they had ruined it by taking out the good parts. They “detest” the weaker version. Therefore, they had to wait two weeks for the new full pieces to arrive.

Monday night they listened to the audio while reading over their respective parts. You should have seen the rapt attention they paid to the music. It was obvious they were thoroughly enjoying it. I sit in here every rehearsal and watch them. They were working so hard and paying close attention more so than the typical attention they pay to music. Their conductor has stressed to them how much work they will have to put in to get this piece ready for the concert in March. They voted and it was unanimous that they were going to do the full piece and not the simpler watered down version.

What does this signify? That youth who have a heart for a subject want the meat of the subject matter. This is evident in Bible study, also. The youth who truly have a heart for the Lord and Bible study want the real stuff, the meat. They can tell when they are getting a watered down version.

My husband taught Bible Drill for several years to fourth – sixth graders. The materials provided where as he said “insipid” so he would often do a short series on a different type topic. One topic was a study of Pilgrim’s Progress and another was a study on the history of the English Bible. The kids enjoyed the much harder material more than the material written for their supposed “grade-level.”

So give’em the meat and let ‘em chew!


Twilight – Praised by Christian Groups?


Lighthouse Trails has a lengthy post about the book series Twilight and the subsequent movie. I have noticed that several “Christian” sites have recommended the series for teens due to the supposed good qualities of the books.

SPECIAL REPORT: Occultic Twilight Movie Praised by Christian Groups

The church and Christians are being deceived by many new-age occult philosophies and are promoting them as compatible with “Christian” ideals. To name just a few: The Secret came out in 2006, A Course in Miracles and the movie The Golden Compass in 2007. The seventh book in the Harry Potter series was released in 2007. In 2008, there was The Shack and the Oprah Winfrey endorsed book The New Earth.

Simultaneously, in 2006 a teenage phenomenon began gaining incredible momentum–a demonically-inspired series of vampire romance, which surprisingly has hoodwinked Christian youth who are confusing God’s love with sensual, romantic lust and His Word with occult philosophy. As Twilight lulls the spiritually asleep into a darker 2009, the church needs to wake up to the supernatural dangers these compromises pose.

The article then lists several favorable reviews from “Christian” resources including:

And can it get worse? The following quotes are from a Christian teen magazine, Campus Life’s Ignite Your Faith, a subsidiary of Christianity Today, Stacey Lingle (after reading the series) writes in her article, “What Shines in Twilight“: Looking at four key ideas of the vampire saga that stand out for Christ followers. “What do these books say about God, about life, and about love? In over 2,300 pages of reading, there’s a lot to digest. What are the key ideas and attitudes in the Twilight saga? A few stood out to me as a Christian.”

A part of the post includes this information about the music that inspired the author Stephenie Meyer. Shouldn’t this in itself be enough to be a concern to others.

Meyer, a Mormon mother of three, states that some of her inspiration in writing her vampire saga came from a band of musicians called Marjorie Fair. “For New Moon, they were absolutely essential. They can put you into a suicidal state faster than anything I know . . . Their songs really made it beautiful for me.” Also an inspiration for one of her characters was a band called My Chemical Romance. She states, “It’s someone . . . who just wants to go out and blow things up.


The Centrality of the Home – Voddie Baucham

The Centrality of the Home – audio of sermon by Voddie Baucham

Eph 6:1-4

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord

Family Driven Faith preview



Mike Yaconelli as quoted by Voddie Baucham in the his book Family Driven Faith.

The youth-leader-as-savior approach, extrapolated from parachurch ministries like Young Life and Youth For Christ has generally been destructive for all concerned. Alone and segregated from the church community, youth ministers are soon exhausted. … teenagers often accept the youth minister as their personal savior but are rarely able to transfer their devotion to Jesus Christ.

For a good explanation of this read beyondbluestockings comment on this post Who’s pastoring the youth pastors?


Youth Pastors

Defending. Contending.‘s The Pilgrim has a post about youth pastors.

Who’s pastoring the youth pastors?

Besides the idea and concept of a “youth pastor” being completely absent from the Scriptures, and besides the fact that too often the “youth pastor” has never raised kids of his own, knows too little about theology and too much about MTV, and in spite of the incredible failure rate of “youth pastors” (the false conversion rate abounds), it still seems that “youth pastors” are all the rage in Laodicea.


Do You Know What Your Teens are Reading?

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers  

Guarding the Hearts of Our Daughters

Sisters in Christ, I call upon you to help me guard the hearts and minds of our daughters. I know they will be entering the world soon enough, faced with such dangers on their own. Help me equip them to avoid these temptations rather than give in to them, though! I encourage you to stand up and set a good example for all of the daughters in God’s kingdom. Go before them, shining the Light of Jesus in their path, leading them in ways which are pleasing in His sight.

Let’s talk vampires…

If you have an older tween or a teen daughter in your home, chances are you’ve heard the word “Twilight” come up in conversation. Or maybe not, but be assured it’s probably on your daughter’s radar. Twilight the movie, is based on the best-selling book series by the same name and will release in theaters on November 21st, so I thought it might be a good idea to talk about it.


TTYL (Talk to You Later) by Lauren Myracle

Is TTYL on your school library book shelves?

ttyl is a novel written in IM speak which consists of excerpts from the lives of three sophomore girls who are trying to hold onto their friendship while navigating high school. The most offensive conversations in the book have to do with a whole lot of talk about sex (of course), being seduced by a teacher who calls himself a Christian, teens getting drunk, lots of cussing and crass conversation, gossip, back stabbing, and poor family relationships The girls’ are short on character, a danger to themselves and each other and their relationships are shallow and sad.


Judgment Houses

Here is one thought about why Judgment houses do not work. Maybe it will get you thinking about the question “Do Halloween “judgment houses” win many people to Christ?”

‘Judgment house’ evangelism

Do Halloween “judgment houses” win many people to Christ? I’d like to offer seven reasons why I think they don’t.

1) “Judgment houses” aren’t scary enough. To speak of hell, Jesus used the image of a garbage dump overrun with worms, a place where babies were once sacrificed to demons (Mark 9:43-48). Teenagers in plastic devil masks and Styrofoam pitchforks usually don’t convey what it means to “fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).