Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture
Before we can reach today's youth with the truth of the gospel, we need to see what they see and hear what they hear. We need to catch the messages encrypted in their culture and understand what's really being communicated. ...
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Before we can reach today's youth with the truth of the gospel, we need to see what they see and hear what they hear. We need to catch the messages encrypted in their culture and understand what's really being communicated.
In ENGAGING THE SOUL OF YOUTH CULTURE, Walt Mueller, founder and president of the Centre for Parent/Youth Understanding, helps us to navigate the troubling and confusing terrain of teen worldviews so that we can effectively and compassionately pass along the good news: our God is their God, our Saviour can be their Saviour.
"Walt Mueller's years of experience from 'walking around' youthculture (see Acts 17:23), and his careful biblical observations, have made him one of the most respected voices in youth ministry today. With his stated intent of falling into neither trap of unrealistic optimism or unhopeful pessimism, Walt has given us a sobering, compassionate, informed and hopeful survey of adolescent culture that will be a real help for youth workers, parents, educators and anybody else who cares about teenagers. What I most appreciate about this book is not the thorough research--although it is supported by meticulous research. Nor is it the broad range of resources--although Walt's lively discussion invites comments from voices as diverse as Hans Rookmaaker (art critic), John Stott (theologian), Dave Matthews (rock musician), Christian Smith (sociologist) and the hundreds of teenagers whose hopes, haunts and hurts he has over the years carefully heard. No, what I most appreciate about this book is that this is not just a call to observe, to educate, to lament or to reimagine orthodox Christianity. It's a call to 'engage the soul' of youth culture with the historic gospel of Jesus Christ, and it's a call Walt Mueller fleshes out in full, thoughtful, vivid, articulate detail."
Walt Mueller (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctorate from Geneva College in 2000. Mueller speaks widely on matters of faith and youth culture at conventions, church seminars, training conferences and public school groups. He speaks regularly on college and seminary campuses around North America, and he has taught courses at Geneva College, Briercrest College and Seminary, and North American Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has also written articles for publications such as Youthworker Journal, Living With Teenagers, New Man, Discipleship Journal, Group, Junior High Ministry, Today's Father, Youthworker Update and Christian Camp and Conference Journal. His other books include Ministry to Families with Teenagers (Group, 1988) and the Gold Medallion winner Understanding Today's Youth Culture (Tyndale, 1995 and 1999).
Mueller is the host of Youth Culture Today, a syndicated daily radio feature heard on over 760 stations in the U.S. and Canada.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- 1. Reality Bytes: <em>snapshots Of A Crying And Dying Culture</em>
- 2. There's Something Happenin' Here
- 3. Postmodernism: <em>a Worldview Without A Center</em>
- 4. Welcome To Their Jungle
- 5. Understanding Culture
- 6. Understanding Our Place In Culture
- 7. Getting Out Of The Bunker
- 8. The Marks Of The Twenty-first-century Messenger
- 9. Paul's Mars Hill Ministry For Today
- Will We Listen?
- Names Index