This past week, I was a guest on the Boundless Show. The topic was stereotypes you find among Christians regarding singles and single culture. You also get to hear my TRUE feelings on triathlons.
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The conversation started over sushi. A friend and I were eating these incredible chili rolls, and we started talking about growing up in Christian homes. Somehow we got on the topic of our bygone friends of faith, the kids we'd gone to youth group with — the ones who'd challenged us and prayed for us and helped us grow.
"The sad thing is," I said, "a lot of those friends don't walk with God anymore." And we're not talking an I'm-going-through- a-phase-trying-to-find-myself kind of thing. More like Christianity-is-an-evil-oppressive-not-possibly-true-
My friend nodded. "Yeah, I know people like that."
We pondered this some more and decided hypocrisy had something to do with it. The outward appearance all those years did not match what was really going on. I assumed that what I saw in my friends at church was the norm — because it was for me. Later I found out it was an act that was covering up things that were going very, very wrong in the home. Hypocrisy is toxic.
I got a lot of comments on this when I posted it last year. Presented again for your Valentine's Day pleasure: Breaking Up According to Theology. A few of my favorites:
"High School Musical" has been ubiquitous on television and teen radio for a couple of years now. The Disney Channel movie has spawned a sequel, with another on the way, plus a concert that made a recent stop at Portland's Rose Garden arena.
Yet Christian Youth Theater managed to get to the head of the class by presenting the first local staging of the piece, opening Friday and continuing through Feb. 24 in Camas.
That's three months ahead of the national tour, which will bring professionals to Portland to play the parts in late May.
More than 60 Clark County kids will get the chance to portray their beloved characters on stage first, another coup for Christian Youth Theater.
When my brother became a junior high youth pastor, he didn't do it alone. Dog-Bear was by his side—or more precisely, on his dash. Matt had purchased the cheap, plastic bobble head at a thrift store some time during college. Applied with duct tape, the bulbous-eyed creature became a conversation starter and spawned a lively debate as to whether it was, in fact, a dog or a bear.