Fuller Youth Institute Blog
Sometimes Christians reference today with words like “victory” and “triumph,” and use descriptors for Jesus like “champion.” But this is the day we remember that Jesus lost everything. Everything.
Ever been in a conversation with a teenager where you weren’t sure what to say next? Maybe it was because of a surprising statement or shocking word choice. Maybe it was because you suddenly heard a secret, something incredible or something tragic. Or Maybe it was because you got hit with a hard question.
Growing up in church culture can leave young people hesitant about being honest with God. I can’t prove that from research, but I find that teenagers who are new to faith are much more willing than church natives to admit anger toward God or to name devastating loss for what it is.
“I don’t really believe in God anymore, Jim,” Susan said flatly. We had tucked ourselves at the end of the long table because she said she wanted to talk.
Whether your students are as open as this conversation or not, chances are good that they’re wondering about this and a host of other questions. But they may not know they have permission to ask.
Leaders of college-based atheist clubs were recently asked why they don’t believe in God. Their responses?