The last Friday of August is upon us and you are craving something worthwhile to read heading into the weekend. And just two bits from me today since I am in a hurry to get to the local library book sale!
First out of the gate is a lengthy piece from Matthew Anderson on pornography and the roots below it. “How Pornography Makes Us Less Human and Less Humane.” While Anderson’s piece is full, extremely long and you must be committed to finish it on a device, Andrew Wilson has clipped the most insightful piece. It comes down to curiositas.
You choose what to read depending on how much time you have!
Next up is An Open Letter to Pastors about teens in their congregations. While I agree with what I read I wonder if it would be more fair to make and open letter to parents of teens in a congregation so they know what the pastor is getting at.
Katherine Forester helps us think about discipling these adolescents in the church.
“The simple answers that were enough for us at a younger age aren’t enough now. We need solid theology and sound doctrine, the kind of teaching that acknowledges real difficulties and gives biblical answers to them. We need an apologetic that engages both the heart and the mind. And we need to know that asking these questions is not just okay, but necessary to the formation of a deeper faith…”
“…it’s important that we’re not constantly shuffled off to be only with people our own age. Youth groups have an important role, but that shouldn’t be the only way teens ever interact with the church. We need to be part of the whole church body, living and learning in vital community with the “mothers and fathers” as well as the younger “brothers and sisters” (1 Timothy 5:1–2).”
Give it a read yourself. Of course it is promoting the book Tranformed by Truth written by Forester who is a teen herself.
That’s it. Find some fun and some friends to share it with this weekend. And go to church!