Monday, October 17, 2011

20Something/Young Adult Ministry Questions:

Questions concerning the local church and 20Somethings/Young Adults:
Please answer as you see fit- I'm not judging, just looking for your thoughts- especially if you fit this category.

1. How does today's Young Adult establish a meaningful faith via the Church? Can this happen in a young adult specific ministry?

2. How do we reach young adults who are:
a. In the church
b. Outside the church

3. Some churches don't have a young adult specific ministry- hoping they automatically connect in other ministries... is this the answer? Thoughts?

4. If a young adult group is specifically based on community it won't connect with people who have an established community in or outside of the Church. If not community, what is the connecting point?

5. Should college students be connected with Young Adults? My thoughts: college students have campus ministries ON campus- if included in Young Adult ministries relationships and transitions would be made across generational boundaries.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Homosexuality and Christianity

1. I am a mere student of Theology/Psychology and not an expert by any means.
2. I am not a Homosexual Male so my experience is very limited.
3. These are thoughts pertaining to Homosexuality and Christianity, not simply Homosexuality.

*Credit: this topic was presented and studied further by a classmate of mine... these are simply my thoughts and reflections. I also thought it important enough to share with others.

Many of these ideas have been articulated/originated in "Washed ans Waiting" by Wesley Hill

There has long been discussions on the "source" of homosexual attraction; some state is genetic while others environmental, nature vs. nurture if you will. I am NOT going to venture here, what can be established is that some people are attracted to others of the same gender. Thus making there sexual identity "homosexual."

(Unless someone can show me otherwise) Homosexuality as a sexual identity is not described as wrong or sinful in scripture. Acting on that identity on the other hand is (1 Tim. 1:10). In fact, this list includes many other "options" of sinfulness, like "sexual immorality," but since sexual immorality is committed within the confines of a "normal" sexual identity it has not been ostracized in such an extreme way. Similarly, murder is not rooted in such a solid cultural identity as sexuality (though murder can very much be an identity) yet it is included in the list in 1 Timothy. Perhaps most sobering is "Liars" is stated after "Those practicing homosexuality," there has to be at least one person in church who WAS a liar but now finds their identity in Christ. (Please perceive my sarcasm)

Logically then, can there be a homosexual who WAS "practicing homosexuality" but now finds their identity in Christ? I would have to say YES.

This would lead to several implications:
1. This would mean that a professing homosexual christian would need to undertake a sort of celibacy, that is go without the experiences of sexual intimacy. This may sound harsh for the heterosexual who has never surrendered their sexuality to the authority of Christ; but as a Christ follower ones identity is first and foremost in Christ, so to give that up is the cost of following Christ. Hill describes it as his "Cross to bear." Is it not unlike the unmarried woman who longs for the intimacy of a husband yet abstains from "sexual immorality?" Or else the church needs to fear/hate the unmarried adult as much as the homosexual. <--- Not a real suggestion.

2. Homosexual Christians then will not be welcomed by the homosexual community because they won't act upon their sexuality. Unfortunately, in the vast majority of situations redeemed homosexual Christians aren't welcomed into the Christian community; leaving the homosexual Christian with no community what so ever, which is horribly wrong.

3. Work needs to be done in establishing that sexual identity and sexual intimacy are not absolutes for all of mankind and even these seemingly necessities to humanity can be submitted under the kingship of Christ. Again, most comparably to the unmarried adult who can either act on their sexuality and be "sexual immoral" or redeemed in Christ.

4. Finally, because the deep rooted sexual identity, the Homosexual Christian has the opportunity to experience the power, redemption, sustainability and intmacy of Christ on a level that most will never know.

There are many questions left unanswered and this is not a definite answer to the relationship between Christianity and Homosexuality but it is my mere thoughts and reflections.

Please give me feed back and start a conversation so that a change can begin.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dear Sister.

A funny progression worth noting.

A finale of one of the season's of The O.C.

SNL's parody.

This was followed by Parodies of the Parody.

Lord of the Rings:

Toy Story:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


So since my last question didn't receive any responses... I am going to state blandly experiential statements from the life of yours truly.

This evening, they had an extra Soy Mocha at Caribou, not refusing a free drink, I took it. As I am drinking it I think to myself; "Wow, this is surprisingly earthy."

Thought process progressed as follows:

"Eva (my sister) claims soy milk makes her throat tigthen up... is my tongue numb?"
"Or did I slightly burn it trying to experience its earthy-ness to soon?"
"Hope I don't choke on my tongue..."

The end.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Winter Camping.

On Friday I am going camping in Door County for the weekend... SO PUMPED!

Its going to be so ridiculously cold. I am excited to just try to stay alive.
I think its kind of funny that in a matter of weeks I go from the jungle rot heat of Peru to the slush-puppy blood of the shores of Lake Michigan.

We are going to Newport State Park.
First day: Mile hike in and set up camp.
Day two: Tear down camp, hike to second camp site, set up camp.
Day Three: Tear down, hike out.

Hope I don't have to change my name to Donner...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Welcome to the Jungle.

As I stated last week, I am going to be posting my top fives from our trip to Peru... sorry I have been a bit lazy on my promise but here we go:

Top 5 Strangest Things.

5. Gaining a new understanding for chicken soup... "is that a foot?" I waited until Blake ate the heart before telling him I thought he just ate the heart, good times.

4. What seemed to be laymen dressed up as police for our protect up the river... definitely didn't take DNR regulated hunter safety.

3. Garbage fires on the side of the roads, I guess that is what you get without an organized sanitation service. It just seemed so strange.

2. Baby chickens, chicks, running around with no feathers at all... weirdest thing.

1. Being caught off guard by a mother breastfeed on a bench in public... while the young child stood in front of her. I understand its a culture thing and that its healthy for the child but still... strange.

I will update the next few lists sooner...until then check out the treasure trove; its a sweet resource site. Good stuff.


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