Healing Generational Divides

There is so much conversation lately about Millennials and the Church. Seems every blogger has addressed this subject from one angle or another. After reading the blogs and counter-blogs, it seems to me that the crux of the matter involves two things: a) a vast exaggeration of what generations think of each other, as if everyone born in a certain time period automatically approaches their faith the same way and b) the inability or unwillingness of various people groups, generations, to listen to each other well. The former has been addressed at length already. But I'm not sure the latter problem--listening--is discussed enough. As a thirty-something, I'm right at the edge of Generation X and looking behind me at Millennials. I consider myself a Millennial in many respects, though I disagree with some of the characterization of this generation and even the overuse of the term. What worries me the most about...

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Let’s Not Trade Unity for Clicks

I'm writing this post even as I'm supposed to be writing my sermon for Sunday. But there is just something God has put on my heart and so deeply convicted me about that I have to share it. A few days ago I had a conversation with a wonderful, well-known pastor in my area. He's a pastor in every sense of the calling. Kind, loving, shepherding, caring, gracious, studious, biblical, evangelical, evangelistic. All those things. We had a wide-ranging conversation out of which I gleaned so many good things for my life and ministry. But one that I cannot let go of was this. We were discussing a controversial issue in the Church worldwide. I won't mention the issue, but it's a big one that is less important than orthodoxy and yet still very important to many good people. Personally I think it's a huge issue. He and I agreed on the issue, but...

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5 (Actually 6) Words for Millennial Christians

A lot has been written and said about the millennial generation in the church. Though the exact parameters are vague, millennials are generally thought to have been born somewhere between 1980-1999. Essentially we're talking about the new generation of Christian leaders, at or around 30 years old. I was born in 1978, so I may or may not be millenial :). We are a generation characterized by action, by activism, by new resurgent interests in orthodoxy and theology. In many ways, it's a great time for the church. But with every movement comes pitfalls and cautions. And so as a young leader, I just wanted to offer six words leaders in my generation may want to consider: Humility. As young leaders, are often infused with great confidence and conviction. "Let's go change the world." This is a good instinct, but we must guard against a sort of generational pride. This is the idea that...

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