And people wonder why Fox news sucks and aren't respected by anyone with a brain. They should be banned from the air. WTF!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Over the last couple of days I have been working on a paper for class that I am quite proud of. The paper deals with Mark 9:33-37 and 10:13-16, but its focus is on the latter. In both of these passages Jesus uses children as an illustration to teach his disciples about the Kingdom of God. Yet in Mark 10:13-16 Jesus makes an interesting statement, "Do not impede the children from coming to me."
In March of 2007, Chap Clark stood up at his inaugural professorial lecture at Fuller seminary and called for or a new model of ministering to youth by assimilating them into the life of the congregation based on Matthew's version of Mark 10:13-16. Clark as well as many other scholars have noticed that our current structures of youth ministry are hurting our students more than helping them. Our programs are based on the goal of making individual disciples of Jesus within the context of the youth program. As students move through the youth programs and graduate from high school students find themselves lost and disconnected from the body of the church and soon drift away from any faith in Jesus they once held. Researchers are finding that this occurs because while students are deeply connected to adults and other students in the youth group they are not connected to any other adults in the rest of the church. This means that when they leave youth group they leave their community.
Over the last nine months this research as become a reality for many of the students that I have had a relationship with over the last two years at Baseline. Two of our youth group students that graduated in June of 2007 have both left our church and one now is not sure if he even believes in God any more. As I have continued to meet with these two students, as much as our busy schedules allow, they have both told me that the reason they do not come to church anymore is because they feel that they do not belong in our church's normal serve. One has even gone as far as to say that he has even felt personally judged by many adults within the church as well as our head pastor himself.
Jesus' words in Mark 10 are more important for us to hear today, in relation to adolescents than at any other time in the history of the Church. The western fascination with children though cannot be read back into the Mark passage. Those who were under the authority and care of others, such as children, had not yet achieved the right of self-determination. This means that in the Greco-Roman world a children’s stratum and status where first directly related to the stratum and status of their own parents. If a child’s parents were from a low stratum and status their children were also believed to be of the same stratum and status. Children not only had the fact that their parents determined their status to overcome but children in the Greco-Roman world children were viewed as the members of the lowest status scale Today it is no different for adolescent in the church. Our youth have been sparated from the body of the Church and given the lowest status in the life of the church. Our churches have impeded our youth from coming to Jesus and this needs to change. We need and change, we need to ask questions, if not, our youth and the future of the church in the U.S. is in trouble.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I was moved by my roommate tim's list and my pure boredom in class. Plus I needed to find and excuse to use this picture in some way. So here is my list of my top 10 comic book movies ever...
9. The Crow
8. Superman Returns
5. Iron Man
4. X-Men 2
3. Batman Begins
2. V for Vendetta
1. Spider Man 2