Youth

The Challenges Facing Young Christians

Last week I had the opportunity to speak with students between sessions at Summit Worldview Academy. I taught on the nature of truth, the reliability of the gospels, and the evidence for God’s existence from cosmology. The students were eager to learn and had many good questions during the breaks, …

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Students Love Answers More Than the Church Loves Answers

I had the opportunity to train approximately 150 high school students last week at Summit Worldview Academy in Manitou Springs, Colorado (it was my second trip to Summit this summer). They hold seven 2-week conferences for young people each year, designed specifically to “teach students how to analyze the various …

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Yet Another Student Survey Confirming the Need for Case Making

It’s been about a month since Larry Taunton of Fixed Point Foundation posted an article for the Atlantic entitled Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity. Taunton’s organization has been interviewing members of atheist college groups (the Secular Student Alliance and Freethought Societies). “These college groups are the …

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The Choice Between Entertaining and Training

I often talk about the need to “reform” our approach to youth ministry in light of the astonishing statistics related to young people leaving the Christian faith. While I tend to focus on the direction I would prefer to take, I seldom spend much time critiquing the alternative strategies that other youth …

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