The only Being who can bear the weight of our praise without breaking and letting us down is this jealous, possessive God. This One who forbids us from worshipping any other—not out of spite or pettiness, but out of a deep knowledge of who we are.
About Joel Moody
Joel Moody is an M.Div. student at Princeton Theological Seminary and is working toward ordination in the PC(USA). He believes not only that young people are the future of the church, but that they also have an integral role to play in the present. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he loves any excuse to play sports or board games, particularly with his wife, Kate.
Entries by Joel Moody
We can change the culture of disagreement by consistently and intentionally wading into the deep waters of disagreement while honoring the image of God in our “opponents.” We can practice the spiritual discipline of disagreement by forcing ourselves to think of our “opponents” as reasonable people whom Jesus loves.
While there are times to teach the stories of Scripture, we also need to equip young people to read Scripture for themselves, and be able to understand the stories they read… Teaching young people to consider the metanarrative of Scripture can help them read the Bible for themselves. Best of all, you can find this metanarrative on nearly every page of Scripture, which means however you prefer to teach young people, you can incorporate teaching on metanarrative.
…to serve locally without partaking in God’s work internationally risks ignoring needs we could meet. It also risks missing out on what those who live in the majority world could teach us. While the problems are real and the conversation about how to serve well is important to have—please, don’t let this stop you from serving, both domestically and internationally.
So whenever a middle schooler or high schooler is explaining what they love about the latest John Green novel, listen! […] As someone who is learning their language, take the opportunity to let the young person teach you about their culture.
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