>Accurate Appraisal of Youth "Ministry"

>One of the presenters at the conference I attended this weekend was Alvin Reid. New to me, alas. I picked up a copy of his book, “Raising the Bar – Ministry to Youth in the New Millennium” (Kregel Academic, 2004) and am nodding and praying in agreement with what I’ve read.

Josh McDowell wrote in the foreward, “Inside the church, well-meaning youth pastors and youth ministries have developed, sometimes with the unintentional consequences of separating families; encouraging adolescent rather than mature behavior; and – perhaps most significantly – failing to challenge teens, who are at their greatest-ever potential for learning.”
Reid writes, “It’s time to jettison our recreational Christianity for the radical New Testament kind.” I’ve not seen that term, “recreational Christianity,” but it is a sadly apropos term.
I look forward to reading the rest of the book, and will share more later.

>The Best Day is Simply a Hint of Things to Come


“The Christian’s present taste of reality in fellowship with God and his people is but an anticipation of the substantial realities which are reserved for the future, ‘laid up’ in heaven for us. Therefore, we are not to think of ourselves as largely enjoying the fruits of Christ’s victory now, with heaven as some glorious consummation, a kind of finishing touch. Rather we are to recognize that heaven holds most of the great things won for us by Christ, and that our present experience is no more than a precious foretaste of what is to come.”

—R.C. Lucas, “The Message of Colossians and Philemon”