Ministry Theology

A Youth Ministry Reader

I recently posted a Gospel-Centered reader, and I thought it would be helpful to post a youth ministry reader with several articles from The Gospel Coalition as well. Though I am not a youth pastor, I lead a high school small group at our church and I often have the privilege of preaching to high school students. So from time-to-time I think about youth ministry from a gospel-centered,  theologically-informed, and culturally-engaged perspective. Whether you are a pastor, youth pastor, small group leader, or a parent, I hope these articles will be helpful.

  1. Give Up the Gimmicks, Youth Pastors – Brian Cosby
  2. A Brief History of Youth Ministry – Dave Wright
  3. MTD: Not Just a Problem with Youth Ministry – Brian Cosby
  4. Youth Ministry’s Tendency Toward Legalism – Cameron Cole
  5. Why Theology and Youth Ministry Seldom Mix – Cameron Cole and Dave Wright
  6. Why We Need Youth Ministry – Paul Martin
  7. Two-Dimensional Youth Ministry – Dave Wright
  8. Why Youth Stay in Church When They Grow Up – Jon Nielson
  9. Family First in Youth Discipleship and Evangelism – Jon Nielson
  10. Youth Ministry Done Well for the Benefit of the Church – Jon Nielson
  11. The Millennial Generation’s Acceptable Sin – Barton Gingerich

Anti-Bullying Activist Curses Christians

From TGC:

 As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after Dan Savage, a homosexual activist and anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible, and used a homosexual slur to refer to those who refused to listen to his message. Savage was invited to deliver the keynote address during the National High School Journalism Conference sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. Instead of giving the expected talk about bullying, CitizenLink notes, the students got “an earful about birth control, sex, and Savage’s opinions on the Bible.”

Read the whole thing. You can also watch a 3-minute segment of his speech below.

This video reveals many things about the speaker in particular and aggressive liberals in general (notice I did not say all non-Christians!). Here’s four:

  1. Savage reads the Bible as a book of rules and morality (as do many Christians, unfortunately), rather than a contextual story of God’s self-revelation throughout history. (If you are new to the blog, see posts here and here for more on this.)
  2. Related to this, Savage thinks that the Bible has a one-to-one applicational principle for us today (e.g. the “stoning” law he sarcastically says the GOP might try to legalize). He says that Leviticus is the place where Christians go for their code of sexuality. Wrongly, some Christians use that. In reality, the law has been fulfilled in Christ for us so that there is not one Old Testament law that has to be obeyed. There are principles to be heeded, of course, but the New Testament gives us the authoritative commentary on the Old Testament. Our “code of sexuality” goes all the way back God’s creative design in Eden, which is affirmed over and over again in the New Testament.
  3. Savage wants Christians to be tolerant. Yet, he is quite intolerant of Christians–not just of their beliefs, but of Christians as people.
  4. Savage calls Christians “hypocrites.” Yet, he is quite hypocritical as he bullies the Christians who walk out of his “anti-bullying” speech. He justifies his bullying because he has been bullied by Christians. Makes perfect sense.
I pray that God would have mercy on you, Dan Savage. You need his lavish mercy just as much as I do.


New Audio Available

I now have the message audio uploaded for “Jesus Saves from the American Dream.”  It’ll run streaming on this site.

Thanks for reading (and listening).  Don’t be too harsh. :)


O, the Joys of High School Graduation

My brother graudated from high school last Sunday.  It was such a glorious day…and the ceremony was nice, too.