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Myths about Young Adults and their Religion and Values PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 26 February 2010 15:59

"What if our particular fears about “emerging adulthood,” the period between the ages of 18 and 29, are unfounded? And what if the situation is actually worse than we imagine? The National Study of Youth and Religion provides us with a treasure trove of valuable information based on interviews with thousands of emerging American adults. Noted sociologist Christian Smith has teamed with Patricia Snell to analyze the data and publish Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults."

Based on that book here are 5 Myths discovered by Colin Hansen.  Very interesting ansd suprising.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:52
 
Re-thinking Ash Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 13 February 2010 16:18

 

It is time for many to observe Ash Wednesday.  That is the annual occasion to attend a special Church Service where their Priest or Pastor puts his thumb in a little container of ashes and then makes the sign of the cross or simply his thumb print on their forehead with those ashes.  We are Episcopalians and our Church observes Ash Wednesday, but I do not participate.  Here is why.

In the Bible, it was the common custom for people to put ashes on their heads or even to cover themselves with them, along with wearing sackcloth, as a sign of great grief and mourning- Jer 6:26

This was often accompanied with ripping of garments and much wailing- Jonah 3:4-10, Matt 11:21

Sometimes, fasting was added as well as prayer for mercy and forgivenss of sins- Dan 9:3

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 March 2010 10:27
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11 Church Trends PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 06 February 2010 11:25

"Dave Travis, managing director of Leadership Network, offers his state of the church in America, based on recent research and his own observations looking through the "keyhole" of large churches."

Mr Travis then lists 5 things that are changing about churches, 3 things that will soon change and 3 that should change.

I went through these 11 trends and realized how disconnected I am with today's church scene.  They do not describe my grandfather's Buick nor the churches that my grandchildren's grandfather knew.  I miss the "Buick".

Read the entire article here, including a good response.

http://www.outofur.com/archives/2010/01/whats_changing.html#more

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:53
 
Movement or Fad? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 06 February 2010 11:13

There is real concern over trends among those who label themselves as Emergent, Organic or Missional Christians.  Read about it here-

http://outofur.com/

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 March 2010 10:31
 
Lost Generation of Church Kids PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 06 February 2010 11:07

I have long been dismayed by the reality that most of the adult children of most of our Christian friends, by their own account, are not themselves Christians (or at least, show little evidence that they are).  I find this heartwrenching and a cause for soul searching: why?

One very plausable reason is that many of these young adults have had a very negative personal experience with "Christians" and churches as they grew up or (depending on their age at the time) saw their parents have having those painful experiences and heard many bitter or harsh conversations about that- you know, driving home from church.

Another more plausable reason is that their well meaning Christian parents neglected to share their faith personally with these young people, trusting church, SS and yout groups to take care of that, while they concentrated on providing a "good, read- materialistic and comfortable- life" with all the advantages for their kids, often working 2 jobs or spending a huge amount of time away from home at work.

A third and maybe more pervasive reason that many adult children of Christians are not themselves Christians is a changing defintion of what Salvation is about.  When Salvation is defined in terms of a relationship with Jesus with its ups and downs, on and off again nature, like any other personal relationship, it is very easy to assume or believe that one's children are saved if they use, at least some of the time, any of the language associated with the "relationship".  This false assumption is compounded if being a "Christian" is itself defined in terms of the good llife- "hey, my kids are well adjusted, happy and productive and they "give back" to the community and do good things for other people"- of course, they are Christians!

No Biblically grounded, born again or saved evangelical Chrsitian would ever say that!

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 March 2010 10:29
 
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