Shakespeare called love a "many splendored thing." Ayn Rand called it a "threat to existence." How does love benefit the lover? What are the earthly benefits of Christian love, and how does that formulate a normative ethical system?
The last fifteen to twenty years have witnessed a lot of talk about “neuroplasticity”—the idea that we can “rewire” our brains. The very idea has spawned a new kind of industry, the “neuro-industry.” From neuroeconomics, neurocriticism, and neurotheology, to neuromagic and neuromarketing, “neuro” sells books and seminars. But the way that findings in contemporary neuroscience are routinely applied to issues for which they were never meant to serve leads some to refer to the whole “neuro-this-that-and-the-other-thing” as nothing more than “neurobollocks.”
Youth live in transition between childhood and adulthood, so youth ministry always has the potential to pull them in either direction. Too often, it tugs toward childishness. We offer really sophisticated day care. We compete with entertainers. But the Christian life doesn’t tend toward prolonged naiveté; it leads to maturity. Peter David Gross rejects "The Adulthood Myth" and asks us to consider offering Christian youth a better way.
"...in the midst of our impatient hurrying toward Easter it is God who has been patient with us."