The Discussion Starter For My High School Student’s Class Yesterday…

…was taken from a quote by Kenda Creasy Dean, a noted authority on Christian teenage culture. She was promoting her new book in this month’s Youthworker Journal.

In response to the question, “What is teenage faith telling the church?” she responds:

“That adults are living a lukewarm Christianity that young people are emulating. It’s human to want teenagers to have faith that helps them fit in, makes them successful and helps them do well while doing good. The problem is that’s not what Jesus taught, and it’s not the way the early church lived. The faith that teens have looks very much like the faith of their parents. It’s not shaking up their lives in any discernable way. Lots of kids say they’re Christians, but almost none of them think it really matters.

Adults living a lukewarm Christianity.
Not living what Jesus taught or the way the early church lived.
Not shaking up their parent’s lives in any discernable way.
None of them think it really matters.

It’s a shot at those of us who are parents.
It’s a shot at the church.
It’s a shot at the teens.

The question before us today is if she’s correct.

And if she is, what do we do about it?

Have at it, patrons.

*pours coffee, opens door, and rubs hands together while he waits*

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