Letters November 2014

Youth need to know God

Re “Remain in me” (Features, September). James Penner offers some suggestions to stem the tide of Christian teens and young adults leaving church institutions. Perhaps some consolation might be that leaving church life doesn’t necessarily translate into leaving God.

An offsetting concern might be that some people within churches are finding security in community but not in their faith. There comes a time of needing to transcend to a faith in God that facilitates “knowing” God far beyond the confines of “knowing about” him. It’s this faith, gifted by God, which makes even the mysteriousness of God real.

Penner’s suggestions focus mainly on how teaching might be improved, but seem to assume that what we teach is not in need of examination. It is typical Christian teaching – motivational and within the doctrinal confines of knowing about God, but lacking in probing the depths of knowing him.

Today’s young people, who are aware of a global need for God’s presence, need guidance to find faith in the one God who transcends religious tribalism and reveals himself far beyond the measure of institutional belonging. Perhaps young people are getting ahead of Christian teaching and some may have gone looking for him.

Jake Janzen
Abbotsford, B.C.

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Stewardship must be modelled

Re “Electronic transactions enable faithful giving” (News, October). While I can agree with everything written in this article, I also feel the aspect of teaching stewardship to our children was entirely overlooked. I was taught stewardship by seeing my parents model sacrificial giving when I was younger. Are we giving up this important teaching tool for the sake of convenience and practicality?

Our family briefly signed up for an automated debit program at our church but promptly cancelled it. Though I do most of my financial transactions online, the automated plan didn’t allow me to model giving in front of my children. Are we teaching our children to “do as I say” rather than “do as I do” with such automated giving plans?

Ron W.

The Twitterverse responds to “Compelled to be an ambassador” (Outfront, September):









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One Comment on “Letters November 2014

  1. Re: “Arguing in the Church”: (October)

    Does the gospel hinge on the age of the earth?

    The people that invented the idea of billions of years as being true science were Deists and Atheist in the 1700s that opposed the Bible (Charles Lyell’s goal was to free science from Moses; James Hutton denied Noah’s flood effect on the earth). Their “science” is totally naturalistic, denying God’s creation account in the Bible that everything was miraculously created good in six, evening and morning days about 6,000 years ago and that there was no death, thorns, disease and blood-shed until Adam sinned. Their “science” denies original sin which is the reason Jesus came and died for us. If there is no original sin what did Jesus die for? That’s the gospel connection. Also, their “science” says virgins don’t conceive and the dead aren’t raised.

    Jesus our creator ties Adam and Eve’s creation and the definition of marriage to the beginning of creation, not to the end of billions of years. See Mark 10:6-7, Matt 19:4, Luke 11:49-51, & see Luke 1:68-70. Rev 3:14-15 says Jesus is the Faithful and True Witness and Architect of creation.

    Steven Nickel
    Abbotsford, B.C.

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