Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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If you haven’t yet read Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Little, Brown and Company 2012; out in paperback this month) it will likely be your favorite beach read this summer, so I won’t give away the ending.  It’s the beautiful and hilarious story of 15 year old Bee Branch’s attempt to understand what happened when her mother disappeared without warning on the day before they were set to leave for an Antarctic vacation. A modern epistolary novel, the book is Bee’s … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: Is Youth Ministry Unbiblical?

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them. Scott T. Brown believes that modern youth ministry is "an unbiblical concept borrowed from humanistic philosophies." That is a bold statement. As the Family Pastor of my church and one who oversees our church's student ministry, I am very much interested in getting to the bottom of whether Brown's claims are accurate. Recent surveys suggest that as … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: When Youth Pastors Should Go to Prison

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them. If you are my daughter's youth pastor and you ever abduct her at gun point, I will at the very least press charges--I will probably have to fight the temptation to do much worse to you. I will not care that you were trying to illustrate some greater spiritual lesson to her about the "real persecution" that other Christians face in countries bereft of … [Read more...]


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