Monday, September 08, 2008

Mag Report - GROUP (Sep-Oct 2008)

The new GROUP magazine has a lot of great ideas and thoughts. I’m putting down just a few of them here:

What I liked: There was a number of articles about the importance of relationships and spending time with kids. Doug Fields’ interview with Megan Hutchinson had this, “spending time hearing their stories is big.” Jeanne Mayo’s thought in the article “musings from the emergency room” was brilliant, “All the important things in life pivot back to relationship, not accomplishment.” In Michelle & Deanne Sherman’s article “family trauma” they point out that kids who don’t have good relationships with families are negatively affected. There was just too many good articles to pick one. Side note – the Shermans article is going to be something I read again and again as our flood damaged city goes into our first winter after the flood with many people still without their homes.

???: Dr. Christian Smith’s article “stop calling kids ‘students’” was just interesting to me. The article did make me think more about the terms we put on our kids and how careful we must be about that. I don’t like the idea of calling our youth “students” but I don’t think that it is a “travesty” that we use this term.

Key statement: In Rick Lawrence article “Fuel for Discipleship” he quotes Brennan Manning and it is powerful, “It must be noted that Jesus alone reveals who God is. We cannot deduce anything about Jesus from what we think we know about God; however, we must deduce everything about God from what we know about Jesus.”

Something creative: Also in Rick’s article he suggests that we “invite passionate Christ followers of all ages to tell their stories,” and I really like that idea & can see how it can impact our kids. – Thx Rick!

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