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The Screening, Protection, and Crisis Education of Seminarians This Catholic article links homosexuality and clergy sexual abuse, advocating for the protection of youth, seminarians and adults from abuse by priests and bishops, and a more rigorous evaluation of candidates for the priesthood. Resource type: Image | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Richard P. Fitzgibbons, MD Teaching Humanae Vitae in the “Front Trenches” — Where It Ultimately Counts This article offers reflections on and suggestions for teaching the Catholic "Humanae Vitae" document. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: John S. Hamlon A Surprising Beatitude - Dashing the Little Ones upon the Rock This Catholic article applies Psalm 137:9 to the Church’s sex-abuse scandal, suggesting that we must dash the full range of our passions against the grace of the life-giving Rock. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Kevin M. Clarke 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Missy Buchanan 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) Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Fuller Studio | Author: Steve Argue Words of Life for Cutting Words This Catholic article offers a response to the contemporary reality of teens on social media sites, and advocates for new forms of ministry to teens within these virtual worlds. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Mark C. McCann Faith Formation in Children, Teens and Emerging Adults Children think differently from adults. Greater understanding of how children think can help parents, pastors and ministry leaders foster healthy faith in each stage of development. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Marjorie Lindner Gunnoe Older Adults and Worship Joan Huyser-Honig showcases opportunities for churches to nurture faith formation in, by and with aging adults. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Joan Huyser-Honig What Can You Do in Forty Days? The Lenten Journey and Adults Lent provides a perfect opportunity for engaging adults in your congregation in some form of learning and formation. Here are a few ideas for adult small groups. Resource type: Article | Source: Discipleship Ministries | Author: Carol F. Krau Ministering to Older Adults with Music How might you use music to reach out to and minister to senior adults?  What effect would a substantial increase in your church’s senior adults have on your worship, stewardship, education, congregational care, facilities, staffing, and... Resource type: Article | Source: Discipleship Ministries Full Text Hymns on Adulthood Our Parent, by Whose Name©
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Adults Negligent in Affirming Kids A sermon illustration about the power adults have to influence the lives of children. A recent study confirms this, but also reveals that few adults participate in children's lives as much as they say they should.... Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Leah Yarrow Young Adults Show Increased Interest in Christianity An illustration by Linda Kulman about how college-age adults participate in religious life, appropriate for Psalm 63:1, Psalm 24:6, and John 10:10. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Linda Kulman Young Adults Mix Sex with Drugs This survey shows how drug and alcohol affect sexual behaviors of American teenagers and young adults. It could be used as a sermon illustration for Ezekiel 16:36-43, Romans 1:23-24, 8:5-11, 13:13-14, and 1 Peter 4:3-4. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Michael Herman Emerging Adults, Emerging Worship We are currently observing a new phenomenon within the development of young adults: emerging adulthood. This workshop will provide a definition of emerging adulthood and why this matters for the church and its worship. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Todd Cioffi Reasons Young Adults Leave Church A sermon illustration by Cathy Lynn Grossman on statistics about why young adults leave Protestant churches. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Cathy Lynn Grossman Play Like You're Loved, Punxsutawney Phil in the Dock, and Selfish Toddlers: Illustrations for Preachers The items here illustrate how good coaches make great players, the difference being loved makes in competition, what selfish toddlers can teach adults about generosity, and why we shouldn't treat the healthy like the sick. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Matt Woodley and Paul Pastor Adults Honoring Their Parents Honoring our parents can be a complicated thing and sometimes even more so as adult children. Reflecting on various biblical texts this meditation considers how honoring our parents is related to honoring God. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Day1 | Author: James Ellis, III
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