A Message to Parents from a Concerned Youth Pastor

Being a youth pastor in the modern age is an almost unenviable task. Said persons are given the labor of ministering Biblical truth to a group of people who are incessantly incentivized by the world to be infantile, frivolous and profane. Additionally, adolescents are virulently indoctrinated with messaging that seeks to turn their hearts against the God of the Universe and true piety.

I write from experience, approaching almost ten years of attempting to disseminate a message of unfiltered veracity to teenagers and young adults. Other youth pastors who attempt to faithfully adhere to sound doctrine concur.

During the past decade, I’ve found the need to carefully study the Bible and to continually investigate a plethora of doctrines (including secular, quasi-religious and academic), as well as examine pop culture trends so as to help younger congregants persevere in the Lord and reject sinfulness. (2 Corinthians 10:5) Still, in this interval I’ve found that the task of aiding the youth could have been and could be easier if it weren’t for indifferent parents. Continue reading

Yale Students: We’re Going on a Fake Hunger Strike

This is an extremely important article. Probably one of the most important I’ve ever written. Haughty as this may sound, I would like to impress upon readers the logicality behind behaving symbolically: saying you will do one thing when, in reality, you will do the complete opposite and expect others to believe that you are doing what you said you are going to do but aren’t actually doing. Confused? Read the description again and then continue reading the rest of the article for the explanation. Continue reading

Does Modern Entertainment Really Entertain?

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

Our culture is submerged in entertainment. We are expected to consume various diversions meant to make us forget about our dreary, mundane and ordinary lives. At least, that’s what those who produce “entertainment” sell it to us as and would make us believe is the case about our own existence.

Yet, this intentional ridiculing of normal, daily living wasn’t always the case.

Consider Noah Webster’s definition of the term:

“The receiving and accommodating of guests, either with or without reward…The amusement, pleasure or instruction, derived from conversation, discourse, argument, oratory, music, dramatic performances, etc.; the pleasure which the mind receives from anything interesting, and which holds or arrests the attention. We often have rich entertainment in the conversation of a learned friend.” Continue reading