"Most contemporary young people operate far enough from Moses' moral compass that it never occurs to them that OMG (oh my God, in teenspeak) has anything to do with the Ten Commandments, much less that it breaks one of them. ...
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"Most contemporary young people operate far enough from Moses' moral compass that it never occurs to them that OMG (oh my God, in teenspeak) has anything to do with the Ten Commandments, much less that it breaks one of them. After all, the phrase is a nearly ubiquitous adolescent throw-away line...Yet Christians should hear the phrase oh my God differently. Youth ministers, parents, teachers-anyone who has ever loved an adolescent-know that OMG can be a prayer, a plea, a petition, a note of praise, or an unbidden entreaty that escapes our lips as we seek Christ for the young people we love." from the book
Using six lens the authors detail current practices and tease out underlying questions as youth ministry becomes more self-consciously aligned with practical theology.
Contributors include: Kenda Creasy Dean, Mike Carotta, Roland Martinson, Rodger Nishioka, Don Richter, Dayle Gillespie Rounds, and Amy Scott Vaughn.
Kenda Creasy Dean (PhD.,Princeton Theological Seminary) is associate professor of youth, church, and culture and director of the Tennent School of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also coauthor of The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry and Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church and coeditor of Starting Right: Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry.