Michael Horton discussed youth ministry with Brett and Greg recently on the White Horse Inn. You can download the episodes from iTunes or listen to the audio on the WHI website at the links below, where they’ve also collected related articles, study aids, books, and audio.
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.”
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.”
The Beyond Teachable Moments blog has an interview with a young Christian woman who had a difficult time in college when her worldview was challenged:
The most troubling thing was the amount of differing beliefs and worldviews I encountered, from professors and other students. At the time I thought they had much better arguments than I did for the validity of their views.
The post is focused on helping parents do a better job preparing their children:
[T]he top-of-mind question I had for [the young woman being interviewed] was: what did she wish she’d known before she went to university? Here is her answer:
“I wish I had known that it was okay to doubt; it was okay not to know the answer; and that it was okay to ask hard questions and to challenge the answers.
I wish I had known that there was so much evidence in favor of a creator.
I wish I had known more history and had had a broader perspective on how the world operates.
I especially wish I had known arguments for the resurrection of Jesus, and had known enough to realize how real He really is and to have made Him the foundation of my life much earlier on.
I wish I had been exposed in-depth to different world religions, what their beliefs are and the historical background on which they lay.”
Remember that this young woman grew up in a home with regular family devotions and discussions about faith. However, questions like: ‘How do I know that God exists?’ would send her parents into a tail spin of worry that she was losing her faith. It became easier to conform to what they wanted her to be, than to openly question her faith under the safety of her parents’ roof.
The interviewed woman continues with some suggestions for what her parents could have done differently.
Here's a challenge someone directed me to on Facebook:
A: Length of sinner's death
B: Length of redeemer's death
A = B?
Is there an injustice here? Jesus was only dead three days, whereas people are in Hell for eternity. Did He fail to pay for our sins? How would you explain this? Tell us in the comments below, then we'll hear Brett's thoughts on Thursday.
Christian parents need help from the Body of Christ, as we work to ground our kids in the historic truths of Christianity. I work full time for an apologetics ministry and I know without a doubt that I need help in this area. It's vital our kids see not only mom and dad as models of thoughtful Christianity, but have other examples, as well. Thankfully, there are more and more good worldview and apologetics training opportunities around the country for our students, led by incredible people. Check them out and get your students signed up:
And of course, all of this activity culminates in the premeire youth conference of the year: Stand to Reason's reTHINK Student Apologetics Conference on September 26 and 27 in Orange County, California. Okay, maybe I'm a bit biased...but you still won't want to miss reTHINK.
This week's challenge: Your friend posts this image; how do you respond?
As always, the first thing you need to do in a case like this is pinpoint the claim that's being made and make sure it's explicitly stated. (To do that, you often need to ask your friend clarifying questions.)
Tell us what you would say in the comments below, then we'll hear what Alan thinks on Thursday.
If you want to develop a strategy for training your youth in Christian worldview and apologetics, join me tonight for a free training event for parents, youth leaders, pastors, and Christian educators right here, starting at 7:00 pm (PDT). We'll be watching the comments below for your questions. See you then! (More info here.)