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WHI-1211 | Youth Ministry & Youth Culture

What are the assumptions about “youth” in our time, and how do those assumptions differ from what we find in Scripture? How do technology and social media ghettoize today’s kids? In a time of perpetual adolescence, how should we form our children to become mature adults? As we conclude our series on Youth Ministry, I’ll be discussing these important questions with T. David Gordon, author of Why Johnny Can’t Preach.

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Calvin At A Glance

Our friends at Books at a Glance have interviewed Mike Horton on his recent work on Calvin and Christian piety:

 

For its value in both historical theology and Christian living Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series was a terrific idea. Of course such a series cannot go long before it includes a volume on the great Reformer John Calvin. If our count is right, Michael Horton’s Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever is the fifth volume in this series, and an important contribution it is. Horton reflects a close acquaintance with the Reformer, his writings, and his times, and his portrait of Calvin that accents this more pastoral dimension is a landmark event. He is here today to talk about his work.

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John Calvin is often thought of as a theological giant, which he was. And he is sometimes considered for his model carefulness in biblical exegesis. But he is not very often thought of as a pastoral theologian, a theologian with deep concerns for the Christian life. Is this because so many have not read Calvinsufficiently? Or is it rather that they just have not read Calvin really at all? That is, how pervasive are these concerns in Calvin’s writings?

Horton:
I think you’ve put your finger on a popular impression out there, even among many Christians. I have to say, though, that it’s astonishing, given the fact that not a single doctrine or passage is explained without some connection to Christian living. Doctrine and life are interwoven in a tapestry that he calls “piety.” In this, he simply follows the ancient church fathers and the better medieval writers. He says that there’s no point in knowledge that “merely flits about in the brain.” As rigorously thoughtful as Calvin is, it’s all in service to the formation of Christian disciples. In my view at least, Calvin is the most insightful non-inspired teacher on the Christian life of anyone I’ve ever read. His brilliance lies not in creative innovation, but in his remarkable grasp of Scripture and the whole history of Christian teaching and his ability to synthesize the best insights, distilling them for his own age. As he himself said, the goal of all instruction is edification.

If you’d like to read the rest of the interview (and maybe read a few summaries!), click here.

WHI-1210 | Taking Every Thought Captive

How are we to raise up the next generation of Christians to think seriously about their faith if they haven’t been taught how to think in the first place? How are we to keep our kids in the faith if they are constantly propagandized by the messages in movies, advertisements, or college classrooms? The apostle Paul calls us to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” but how are we to accomplish this task? I’ll be discussing this important topic with Christopher Perrin, Aaron Larson, and Joelle Hodge, publishers of The Art of Argument by Classical Academic Press (original air date, Oct. 14, 2012).

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WHI-1209 | Giving Up Gimmicks

If you visit a typical youth program at the average evangelical church, you’ll no doubt observe an emphasis on fun and entertainment. Yet most Christian teens are ignorant about the basic message of Scripture, and statistics show that the majority of them will abandon church after high school. Youth ministry in a society driven by entertainment—that’s the subject I’ll be discussing with Brian Cosby, author of Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture (original air date, May 6, 2012).

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WHI-1208 | Sustainable Discipleship

How should we disciple young adults? Though some are aware of the problems with entertainment based youth ministry, many are fearful that content based or catechetical approaches will leave kids bored and disengaged. Is this actually true, or should we challenge these assumptions? I’ll be discussing these important questions with Derek Rishmawy and Brian Thomas.

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Funny Church Signs

This one courtesy of @darinmstone: “That’s an awful name for a church!”

WHI-1207 | Keeping Our Kids, Part 2

Continuing the conversation, Greg Koukl, Brett Kunkle, and I discuss the importance of preparing our youth for a life of faith in a secular age. Not only should they be taught what they believe and why, but before they leave home, they should also be given some basic training in how to communicate their faith and how to answer those with opposing points of view.

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Funny Church Signs 2



Saw this one on Twitter today (ht @rbj_ii)

Funny Church Signs

We’re resurrecting an old category: funny church signs!

Here are a few good ones. Send in your submissions!


 

 

WHI-1206 | Keeping Our Kids, Part 1

On this edition of White Horse Inn, I’ll talk with Greg Koukl and Brett Kunkle from Stand to Reason about various strategies of passing the faith on to the next generation. In particular, Brett discusses his own crisis of faith during his first semester of college and how that crisis affects his unique approach toward youth ministry.

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