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.
Theologian and biblical scholar Ben Blackwell reflects on the place of theosis—real union with God—in the process of salvation.
This is Part 5 of our series on Theological Anthropology, "What Is Man, That Thou Art Mindful of Him?"
Interview Part 1 of 2 with Fr. Richard Rohr | "Our true selves are not created or concocted by any means whatsoever, even religious formulas or decisions."
James K.A. Smith, Betsy Barber, and Todd Pickett discuss: suspicions about psychology in Christian spirituality, ancient psychologists' insight on spiritual formation, why the body is so important in Christian theology and spiritual practice, prayer, and formation of the whole person.
We live in a world where our worth is defined by what we do. More specifically, in our culture it is defined by what we achieve. We constantly strive to prove our worth through our words and actions in a myriad of ways (e.g. career, school, money, power, religion) only to feel more exhausted, disconnected, anxious, and depressed.
But often our activity to fix the problem only perpetuates the disease. The disease is the fundamental belief that it is up to us, and we are the ones in control.
John wanted to forgive, he just didn’t know how. He believed that forgiveness was the right and Godly thing to do. He discussed forgiveness frequently in his church. He quoted the Lords Prayer often, “…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Despite this, John still felt the burning anger, the hurt and betrayal of his wife’s affair. When asked, he would say that he had forgiven her. But deep in his heart, during his private moments of honesty, he could still feel all the emotions, and none of them felt like forgiveness.
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