“People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.” ― G.K. Chesterton
Here are a few articles I read this week and wanted to pass along. Have a great weekend and enjoy the reading!
Japan, New Wine, and a Vision to Share Christ – Lindsay Steele, Mission News Network
Think about some of the world’s largest groups of people who haven’t heard the Gospel. Peoples such as the Iranians, Turks, or Indonesians probably come to mind but what about the Japanese? The 127 million Japanese are one of the largest unreached people groups. A new initiative by Asian Access seeks to raise up the next generation of Japanese pastors and evangelists. As you read this article, remember to pray for these young pastors and for the church in Japan.
The Apostle Peter Called Us to be Responsive Christians – J. Warner Wallace, Cold-Case Christianity
In 1 Peter 3:15, Peter exhorts followers to Jesus to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” I often feel inadequate to respond to others’ objections to my beliefs or to share my faith and yet I have this responsibility as a follower of Jesus. One of my favorite apologists, J. Warner Wallace, shares four ways responsive Christians can be prepared to give a reason for their hope.
Get Ready, Youth Group Leaders: Teens Twice as Likely to Identify as Atheist or LGBT – Kate Shellnut, Christianity Today
This week the Barna Group and Impact 360 released a study on Generation Z – those born between 1999 and 2015. The study on social, religious and other demographic trends supplies data to what many have noted and felt: that the younger generations have very different views on big issues such as faith, gender and sexuality. While much of the statistics seem discouraging, I did see a few encouraging nuggets. “Among Christian teens, Barna found that most—79 percent—feel comfortable sharing “honest questions, struggles, and doubts” with their parents.” Wow, did you catch that? What an opportunity for parents to help their teens navigate their questions and doubts. Let’s welcome these discussions and equip ourselves to help them wrestle with the big questions in life!
Wait, how did a list of video and audio recordings make it into Weekend Reading?? Last weekend Katie and I went up to Portland for Mission ConneXion which is one of the largest annual missions conferences in the country. There were some fantastic speakers like Francis Chan and Peter Greer and excellent workshops and I wanted to pass along these free recordings to help you grow your heart for and knowledge of global missions. The link to the recordings is above and here is a link to the descriptions of the workshops themselves. Enjoy!