Youth/Young Adult

Spirit of antichrist and the “social gospel”

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in State of the nation, Youth/Young Adult | 2 comments

Spirit of antichrist and the “social gospel”

In my previous blog, several scriptures were examined that describe the spirit of antichrist, false christs, and the actual Antichrist, or man of lawlessness. The Bible outlines a relationship between apostasy, deception, and the antichrist spirit. Today I want to focus on one of the effects of this spirit in the church, specifically in a prevalent trend: that is, the spirit of antichrist as it relates to what is commonly referred to as “the social gospel.” The term “social gospel” here refers to a philosophy that augments some of the teaching of Jesus and omits or twists...

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Before you decide on that Christian college

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Latest News, Youth/Young Adult | 0 comments

Before you decide on that Christian college

A friend who was on staff at a university in Pennsylvania described tactics that certain professors used to strip away the faith of their eager and impressionable students. “They took a kind of sick delight in teaching these kids to question their faith, question everything they’d been taught growing up. It was almost like watching the devil himself ask them, ‘Did God really say. . .?’ And after they had dismantled these students’ ideas, the instructors never built them up with again with any solid teaching.” Such a scenario would be believable enough in any secular institution....

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Church Bound: A Bride in Fake Diamonds

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Latest News, Youth/Young Adult | 1 comment

Church Bound: A Bride in Fake Diamonds

My latest novel is now available online, in paperback and for Kindle! Click here to read an excerpt. Following a time of prodigal wandering, twenty-year-old Molly returns with a consuming hunger for the things of God. With this passion comes revelation, and she is startled by the sharp disconnect between the Jesus she encounters in the gospels and the one she has grown up learning about on Sunday mornings. Through a series of events, Molly begins to realize that she has been as naïve about the church as she had previously been about the secular world. Meanwhile, adventure and romance are...

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Arming our teens

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Youth/Young Adult | 2 comments

Arming our teens

Before a teen leaves home for college, it’s imperative that he or she is properly equipped with the necessary armor.  As our young people leave home, they are walking into a spiritual ambush. Each year as I watched a class of my seniors graduate high school, I’d inwardly wince as I remembered my own college experience and subsequent falling away from my faith. It is a common scenario, and the gut-wrenching uncertainty I always had about whether their walk with Christ would withstand the war that would be waged upon them is what led me to write my first book, College Bound: A Pursuit of...

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Why young people leave the church

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Youth/Young Adult | 8 comments

Why young people leave the church

At a youth training conference I recently attended, the keynote speaker – Chap Clark– cited what he believed to be the main reason for the devastating numbers of young people leaving the church after graduating high school. Essentially, he said that youth groups are not assimilated into the rest of the congregation, but instead function almost as parachurch organizations. Therefore, when youth group ends and the teens graduate, they feel as though they have no place among the rest of the church body because it feels like an entirely different organization for them. While Clark’s...

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