In the church growth heyday, scholars and pastors were wrestling with how to reach out without dumbing down. Today I would argue that we reach out precisely by not dumbing down. The door is open like never before to challenge people with good Bible teaching. People want to learn doctrine. They really do, even non-Christians. Whether they accept it all or not, they want to know what Christians actually believe. Young people will not put up with feel good pablum. They want the truth straight up, unvarnished, and unashamed.
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It is very hard to communicate on this subject with both grace and truth. We are concerned for a person’s soul, and not wanting to be harsh, but it is also critical not to back off from the truth that any sex outside of the biblical marriage between a man and woman is wrong. I oppose gay marriage, but not only as a matter of righteousness, but also because it is deadly to those involved in it. It is always deadly for all of us to choose the path of sin.
How Should Christian Couples Approach Family Planning? Part 5 of Pastor Mark Driscoll's 2010 interview with Randy Alcorn.
- Fri, Apr 16, 2010
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If we don’t think strategically about parenting, then we’ve made a statement: our children aren’t important, or parenting comes so naturally that it happens without our attention. My advice is to get more involved in your teenagers’ lives, and be more alert to youth culture. Understanding that culture allows you to recognize the temptations, challenges, and opportunities they face.