Archive | January, 2017

Will Marriage become Extinct?

31 Jan

Marriage between man and woman today “is becoming extinct.”

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That was the view shared by Jennifer Murff of Millennials for Marriage at a recent speech to an audience of young people from various countries who attended a conference promoting marriage and families in Beverly, Massachusetts, CBN News reported.

Here is the rest of the article from Christianity Today.

My Favorite Line –

The problem is that instead of trying to reach a compromise with the young people, the older generations tend to shun them, especially since these millennials are now more often accepting of gay marriage, premarital sex and even abortion—things that are non-negotiable for many adult churchgoers.When reading statements like this, it reminds us that today’s church is desperately in need of Generational Mediators.

Marriage statistics are clearly changing – due to various reasons including:  the availability of birth control, rise of cohabitation, and the lessening of sexual taboos.  Regardless of what you believe on these issues, this trend should affect our churches and how we approach, evangelize, and disciple the next generation.

While I don’t believe that marriage will become extinct, the question among Millennials is no longer, “When do we get married?”, but “Why get married at all?”

After a little searching, I did find an interesting read on this topic.

The Christian Producer of X-men Trilogy – Ralph Winter

26 Jan
I am a big fan of Marvel, so this article caught my attention even though it is dated.
Image result for ralph winter imageProducer Ralph Winter may have one of the most unusual resumes of any filmmaker in Hollywood. A history major at Berkeley, he shunned film school, and instead worked his way up through the studio ranks in various production jobs. As a producer over the past decade, Winter’s credits range from successful big-budget action pictures–such as “The Planet of the Apes,” “The Fantastic Four,” and the “X-Men” trilogy–to smaller, overtly Christian movies, such as “Left Behind” and “The Visitation.”
Read more Here.

Where should I start when reading the Bible?

24 Jan

 

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While at church this morning, a friend asked me where he should start reading the bible.  It is a question that cannot be answered simply with a specific book or passage.  I have spent many years reading the bible – a practice and passion that started when I was in 7th grade (read more).

Many earnest Christians attempting to read through the Bible begin reading in Genesis 1, and are swept along by the beautiful story of Creation, and the ancient figures of the OT – only to be lost in late February amidst the offerings and feasts in Leviticus.

I think that the answer depends on the person the individual.  So here are a few questions to ask yourself before launching (or re-launching) into the Word of God.

  1. What am I hoping to get from reading the bible?

This is one of the first questions to ask yourself as you begin to read the bible.  I hope that you are hoping to hear from God.  The Bible is not static words on a page, but it is the living active word of God that speaks to His children in a powerful way.  (Hebrews 4:12)

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Each literary genre of New and Old Testaments are different in their original purposes, and the original intentions of the authors still affect how we interpret these passages today.  The  narratives of the Old Testament lays the foundation of God’s relationship with mankind, and demonstrates His care for the people of God.  The poetry of the Psalms reveals the anguish of the human heart, and the reality of human passion, yet weakness to follow God.  The prophets reveal a God who in the midst of darkness is calling to lost humankind.  Narratives from the gospels show the character of Jesus, and the one whom we aspire to imitate.  The epistles contain messages to challenge and encourage the communities of God.

 

There are other reasons to read the bible, but we must remember that we read the bible in order to connect with the Author.

2.  How much do I already know about the bible?

The bible is a complex story, and it is not the easiest book to understand.  While I believe each book is important, some books I still don’t understand after many years of study.  Regardless of your current knowledge of the bible, it should direct where you start.  Many people suggest that those with a limited knowledge of the Bible should start with books like John, Romans, or Genesis.

3.  What are my biggest obstacles to reading the bible?

People have various reasons for not reading the bible.  If a major obstacle is time, then I would encourage you to start with smaller passages rather than trying to read through the entire passage.  If reading is not your favorite activity, then find a version that you find easy to understand.

4.  What most interests you about the bible?

People read and study things that spark their interest.  Do not feel guilty on focusing on passages of scripture that feed your soul.  Fuel what interests you in the bible, and allow them to lead you into new avenues.

5.  What tools could help me?

There are so many great tools to help you as you seek to read God’s word.  A few examples include:  digital bibles (complete with yearly reading plans), daily bibles or reading checklists, chronological bibles, printed devotionals (I would suggest classics like – My Utmost for His Highest or Daily in His Presence), or devotionals that come straight into your inbox each morning.  There are a variety of tools that can help you grow.

6.  Who would you be reading the bible with?

The majority of the bible was written to be understood and applied within a community.  While you may not be reading side-by-side with someone, ask yourself who could you incorporate into your spiritual journey so that “iron can sharpen iron.”  It is a great idea to discuss what you are reading with your wife, children, a bible study, or other Christians in order to share how it applies to your life.
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David - Prof 2Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to minister to the needs of emerging adults.

Adulting: Runner-up “International Word of the Year”

19 Jan
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Each year, the Oxford English Dictionary names an international word of the year.  This title is awarded based upon the word’s use during the past year, and how it reflects “the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year.”

This year’s title went to post-truth (read what this means).

One of the shortlisted words (considered, but not chosen) was…

adulting nouninformal

The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.

The Urban dictionary defines it as the process of doing grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups. (Source)

Various hashtags on the subject are also used including:

This word is often associated with the struggle of millennials to grow up.  Books and blogs have exploded on helping them overcome their apparent delayed development.  Here at More Than A Beard, we believe it is important for young adults to know that manhood goes beyond facial hair.

EA Resources teaches three developmental tasks which equip individuals to successfully transition to adulthood – which we call the E-VACuation Plan.

Here are three links that overview these three main developmental tasks.

David - Prof 2If I can help equip your parents and adolescents as children transition into adulthood, please contact me at gdavid@earesources.org.

Dr. Martin Luther King – a man driven by faith and justice.

17 Jan

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., perhaps the 20th century’s greatest champion of justice, was cowardly gunned down as he stood on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Read more about Dr. Martin Luther King, and his faith here.

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Top Ten Blog Posts of 2016

12 Jan

While many are complaining about last year, 2016 was a great year at More Than A Beard!  This year our traffic hit an all time high of 30k visitors.

Here is a list of our Top Ten Blog Posts of 2016.

10.  From boy to man: A response to Albert Mohler.

9.  Be Not Afraid – A Word spoken to those who have been hurt by the church.

8.  How to Write a Christian best-seller… as seen through the questionable behavior of Mark Driscoll.

7.  The Wounded’s Mite – The Offering of those Wounded by the Church

6.  Building a Great Men’s Ministry: Consistency

5.  Building a Great Men’s Ministry: Transparency

4.  Coral Ridge Elders Knew of Tullian Tchividjian’s Affair with married woman

3.  Building a Great Men’s Ministry: Part 1.

2.  Post-Traumatic Church Disorder.

1.  Naming Your Church’s Ministry for Men.

Leave a comment below with your favorite post from 2016.

Thanks for reading and sharing our work through social media to your friends.

David - Prof 2Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources, a non-profit that seeks to help church and parents understand the needs of emerging adults.

Are we living in a ‘Post-truth’ society?

10 Jan

The Oxford English Dictionary has named “post-truth” the international word of the year.  Each year this designation is chosen based upon the word’s use during the past year, and how it reflects “the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year.”

Post-truth is defined as:

Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective  facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals  to emotion and personal belief.

Editors of the dictionary report that the word’s use increased due to Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States.  The word has been used as an adjective when paired with words like politics.

Our culture has shifted from a modern worldview to one that is postmodern.  This shift is foundation to how Millennials and emerging adults view the world.  Understanding this worldview shift is key if you want to understand and reach emerging adults.

David - Prof 2If I can help you understand how our world is changing, and how your community can adapt to minister to emerging adults, please contact me at gdavid@earesources.org.

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