We had a great time at Gulfcoast Getaway 2008 this past weekend. Many are traveling back today so keep them in your prayers for safety. The speakers, Randy Harris and Chris Seidman did a fantastic job and even took on a Q&A time from questions submitted by the college students. The worship by watershed was their usual fantastic job. I would have rather heard a concert from them rather than from Building 429 but that is just me.
There are a couple of things that were discussed that need to become part of the larger dialogue between the older and younger generations. I think the pendulum needs to swing a little in deference to the younger folks and out of practicing mutual submission with one another but I think we also have to balance the language we use to retain a respect for where we have come from. I am going to mention a couple of points that came up that need to be talked about more and follow these up with posts and discussion on each. I value your input on this.
1) Many college students are not satisfied with church and the worship experience they are encountering on a weekly basis.
2) Addiction to pornography is extremely prevalent and is having a devastating impact on our young people. We cannot keep this under the rug. It must be discussed.
3) Instrumental music in worship is going to be a really big deal in the next decade. For those out there who see the church as a fortress the message is “the walls have been breached and the enemy is in the gates!” For those who are seeking out relationship and experience the message is, “The time has finally come.” What are we going to do about this in the coming years because if this is not handled in a godly way there is going to be some really bad fallout from this.
4) a la carte Christianity is on the rise.
5) The older people are going to struggle to recognize the church that they have put their whole lives into.