March Madness – Round 1 Day 7

The Professors

4 – Denise Hopkins – Journey Through the Psalms
“All the feelings that mark our struggle for faith from day to day appear in the Psalter. Psalm language grasps for us the many facets of God and our relationship to God, whom we experience as both present and absent. Psalms allows us to be honest and whole before God as we express our faith in good times and bad and every time in between. A journey through the psalms is the journey of the life of faith.”

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5 – James Cone – The Cross and The Lynching Tree
“The cross can heal and hurt; it can be empowering and liberating but also enslaving and oppressive. There is no one way in which the cross can be interpreted. I offer my reflections because I believe that the cross placed alongside the lynching tree can help us to see Jesus in America in a new light, and thereby empower people who claim to follow him to take a stand against white supremacy and every kind of injustice.”

Youth Ministry Voices

6 – Kara Powell
“After all, we try hard as parents, but ultimately it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to build deep faith in our kids. (I hope you sighed in relief after you read that sentence. I did after I wrote it.) Because God is the one who ultimately sticks with us and our kids, we can trust him to walk with our families no matter what we face.”

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3 – Andrew Root – Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry
“Ministry, then, is not about “using” relationships to get individuals to accept a “third thing,” whether that be conservative politics, moral behaviors or even the gospel message. Rather, ministry is about connection, one to another, about sharing in suffering and joy, about persons meeting persons with no pretense or secret motives. It is about shared life, confessing Christ not outside the relationship but within it. This, I learned, was living the gospel.”

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