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

5 Ways to Use Your Time Wisely

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Psalms 90:12

In an increasingly fragmented, delusional, illusory, disorderly and promiscuous era, it is important for the Biblical Christian to resist the secular tide and behave in a manner consistent with the true faith. This means acting and thinking in a manner that is contrary to the secular age. (Rom. 12:1-2)

This is a primary reason why I write about and criticize dangerous ideas that are popularized throughout the worldly culture. It is my hope that in doing so the reader will see the dogma for what it is and avoid it altogether, in keeping with the advice dispensed by Paul to the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 5:21-22):

“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” Continue reading

Are Christianity and Philosophy Mortal Enemies?

Just like science, philosophy has been violently seized by secularists and then promoted as being incompatible with Biblical Christianity – to the point where many believers have bought into the lie and condemned philosophy as a branch of secular humanism. However, historically Christian attitudes towards both fields weren’t always antagonistic. Furthermore, this contrarian attitude isn’t Biblical and would be foreign to Scriptural figures like the apostle Paul. Continue reading

Why Wearing a Bow Tie is an Act of Rebellion

For me, sporting a bow tie to Sunday services has been a recent development. I find myself enjoying the traditional neckwear, which some consider to be ostentatious and indicative of the pomposity of its wearer.

I believe it imperative to explain to the reader why this misconception is based on faulty, socially inspired assumptions and why those that criticize it suffer from an ill they do not recognize in themselves – the profanation of the sacred. It is with some authority that yours truly writes on the subject, due to the fact that I suffered from the same delusion. Hopefully, my story will encourage a change in the thinking of readers who are bow tie averse (or despise any kind of formalwear) and induce in them an appreciation for overall decorum. Continue reading