How do we help adolescents as they wrestle with new insights, especially concerning science? The Church can be a place to hold space for mystery while embodying Jesus’ own teaching style.
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Our bodies are not built to go and go and go without a day of rest to recover from the training and strain, and so we take a day off from training, guilt-free, to prepare to chase the next milestone or goal next week… In our ability to rest, whether that’s one day a week or taking an off-season away from our sport, we can remember that our identity is not tied exclusively to our sports.
If parents are working 70 hours a week without having a time for rest, children absorb that message about the value of busyness. If parents take time for a Sabbath rest, children also recognize that there is a time for work, and a time for rest.
Sometimes it just takes that one voice. The one who says, you are free to disregard the endless pressure to succeed and to do. The one who says, you have been accepted, loved, and redeemed regardless of how well you (or your children) perform.
Our human potential, strengths, and capabilities are gifts from God… Yet when we forget the One who gave us these gifts, then we begin to celebrate our human potential in the same way as the builders of the Tower of Babel.
The challenge for the church, for youth ministries, and for young Christians is to thoughtfully (and honestly) engage with this formation happening in sports. To disregard the importance of athletic formation, or to demonize it is to do a disservice to young people who are deeply involved in sports.
In the first post of this series, we looked at the history of the relationship of sports and the church. In the third post of this series, we look at the community of CrossFit and compare it to the church. In the fourth post of this series, we look at the ritual and liturgy implicit in […]
In the second post of this series, we look at the demand for commitment and promise of reward from both sports and church. In the third post of this series, we look at the community of CrossFit and compare it to the church. In the fourth post of this series, we look at the ritual and liturgy […]
At an international primary school in Hong Kong, a first-grade teacher made a bulletin board on which students labeled their home countries. A pair of American parents were shocked to see their blond-haired, blue-eyed son marked on the board as from Taiwan. After that incident, the father decided to make sure his son understood that […]
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