Search ResultsA Couple of Truths About Adulthood That No One Tells You In this article, Courtney Martin reflects that while many equate maturity and adulthood with "having it all together," there is clutter and confusion behind every successful adult, introducing themes of responsibility, humanism, and success. Emerging Adulthood In this podcast, Steven Argue reflects on intellectual dissonance and the fear of relational fallout, and encourages churches to respond to emerging adults with compassion before addressing their intellectual questions. (Length: 3:01) An Event that Foreshadows Christ's Ministry Focusing on the Jewish elements described in Luke 2:41-52, this commentary by Timothy Brooks discusses how Jesus' appearance in the temple as a child foreshadowed his adulthood ministry as the Messiah. Freedom to Play Describing play as a sign of Sabbath rest and dependence on God, this commentary on Psalm 66:1-12 reflects on the value of praising God in the midst of the play-limiting anxieties of adulthood. Rhythm of Life A 4-week sermon series based on the life of David. This series focuses on the four stages of life: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senior adulthood; by examining David at each stage. Do not panic Middle adulthood is a life stage not only for individuals, but also for institutions--a crisis that can be met by the 4D love prayed for in Ephesians 3:18-- a love that is longer, deeper, broader, and... Verdi In this picture book for young children, Janell Cannon relates the risky journey of a young snake’s life from hatchling to adulthood. Emerging Adults, Emerging Worship We are currently observing a new phenomenon within the development of young adults: emerging adulthood. This workshop provides a definition of emerging adulthood and why this matters for the church and its worship. The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults An audio recording of a workshop focused on understanding the latest social scientific research on the religious beliefs and practices of young people as they transition to adulthood. Transitions of Older Adulthood Describing the challenges of losing independence in old age, this article by Missy Buchanan discusses how church leaders can serve older adults by facilitating care, adapting worship, encouraging ministry participation, and retaining community connections. Three Key Relationships for Youth What is your role in the faith formation of youth? A sermon illustration that shows three key relationships that help our youth to maintain their faith in adulthood: Christian parents, Christian mentor or friend, and God.... Dealing with Difficult Emotions In an anxiety-fueled society, how can we muster the courage to deal head-on with negative emotions? Sharon Salzberg counsels wise action in the face of fear, and mettle in the face of hopelessness. Full Text Hymns on Adulthood Our Parent, by Whose Name©
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The Hymn Born in a Synagogue James D. Smith's article presents both the history and the lyrics of Tom Oliver's "A Hymn to the God of Abraham." Adapted from the text of the Jewish doxology, this hymn praises the triune God. After the Revolution Mark U. Edwards explores the life of Martin Luther, his role in the formation of the early protestant church, his teaching on Communion, and his controversial late writings. Canadian Catholics Grapple with a History of “Whitewashing” Indigenous Children Canada has begun truth-seeking and reconciliation, and the Sisters of Charity in Nova Scotia are confronting their order’s role in a racist educational system. Ecce Homo In this essay, Le Pichon explores some of the anthropological and historical observations he's made, reflecting on how humankind's unique ability to act with intentional morality is evidence of being made in God's image. How do you picture your soul? Souls can only be perceived. We know them through recollection and reflection. We heal them, make them whole, only through reconciliation, opening our souls to their ancient lover and healer whom we call God. Where Did We Get The Doxology? This article talks about the life of Thomas Kent, an Anglican bishop who composed the doxology, and the story behind the doxology. A Good Diminishing Offering a reflection on aging, this article by Gordon Atkinson on Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 discusses his experience in growing less meaningful in the lives of others with the onset of old age as his children entered adulthood.... Young Adult Sunday In this sermon starter, Reginald Bell introduces a collection of resources including songs, sermon outline on Exodus 13:17-14:4 and sermon illustrations for celebrating Young Adult Sunday.