Post-Christendom Youth Ministry

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I’m WAY overdue sharing some of the highlights from my DMin thesis, “Post-Christendom Confirmation.” I presented some of it in my talk at the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference back in March with the more expansive title “Post-Christendom Youth Ministry.” Here are my slides from that talk: Post-Christendom Youth Ministry (PYM14) from johnvest I also really […]

Presbyterianism as a Relational Network?

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I keep finding myself involved in projects aimed at re-imaging what it means to be Presbyterian in our rapidly changing world. I served on the first Mid Councils Commission of the 219th General Assembly, charged with studying and making recommendations to update our system of presbyteries and synods. I then served on a task force […]

Social Media Catechesis?

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Earlier this week it was reported that Facebook is thinking about lowering their minimum age so that kids under the age of 13 can join the social network, with parental supervision. Many people think this is a bad idea, and some have even suggested that the age requirement should be raised. As someone who works […]

Non-Competitive Christianity (Part 2)

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Yesterday I outlined a vision of non-competitive Christianity that primarily focuses on articulating and living out the gospel as we each understand it rather than engaging in endless polemics with Christians who understand the gospel differently. In a helpful comment, Michael Kruse adds insight and clarity to the marketplace metaphor I evoked. Today I want […]

Being Church in Real Time

Like many people, I first learned about the killing of Osama bin Laden on my computer. As soon as I saw the news, I tuned the television to CNN and then opened up Twitter and Facebook to see what people were saying. There was a nearly instantaneous stream of posts reflecting on the unfolding news. […]