Tuesday Links: Cultural Shifts, Commencements, and Cell Phones

It has been a very busy past week for us!  I officially graduated, drove 8 hours in a day for a wedding, and enjoyed having my parents in town.  All of this, plus studying for licensure and preparing my sermon for this coming Sunday on Acts 2:1-13.  I hope that everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day, and is back at work (or relaxing on your summer break) ready to get this short week over with.

-During my morning rundown of blogs I read, I came across this article by Mark Dever on surviving a changing cultural climate.  It was a great reminder that Christianity is not the norm.  In fact, it is diametrically opposed to the norm.  Dever presents a number of helpful principles that the church should continually remind themselves of.

-Seeing as how a number of students (myself included) walked across the stage this past weekend, this article seemed appropriate.  It is titled: “If King Solomon Gave a Commencement Address.”  What a great reminder of how there is truly nothing new under the sun, and that the Bible (the OT, no less) still speaks to the world, no matter the culture.

-One thing I have noticed in our church and with the college students we worked with is their total dependence on their cell phone.  What do I mean by this?  Well, not only do they constantly use their phone to check on email, texts, and call people (these phones still make actual calls?), but they use them as a distraction.  For example, when I am talking, it is not unusual for a student to take their phone out of their pocket and play with it.  They might twirl it around with their hands, or they might start tapping the back of it.  It drives me crazy because it sends off the impression that they are bored and disengaged with what I am trying to communicate.  This article does not really touch on these pet peeves I have with cell phone use, but it does ask the question: are we delaying our children’s growth as individuals with cell phones?   I find this type of article particularly interesting because it points to a greater issue: kids are failing to grow up.  If you look at the average age of men and women who are married, or at least live on their own and work, you will notice that the age of what I consider to be adulthood has been pushed back from the early twenties to almost thirty.  What is the result then?  The kids and teenagers in our church are even father behind  (maturity wise especially), and when they go out into the world of higher education or the workforce, they are so poorly prepared that they leave the church (or become the younger prodigal son for a few years).  This article from the New York Times from almost three years ago points to the coming trend.  Kevin DeYoung also saw this problem and wrote a book on the issue.  Both are very interesting reads.


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