Anything but the Blood

AN ARTICLE WRITTEN FOR THE INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY AT PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY:

One of the great privileges I’ve had in the past ten years is guest teaching in classrooms, youth groups, and camps both near and far from home. During one of these camps, a friend from home called me and asked how my week was going. After sharing a few stories about the incredible students and volunteers I’d encountered, I blurted out, “these people are obsessed with ‘the blood.’”

My friend laughed, and asked, “What do you mean?”

“The band keeps singing about ‘the precious blood’ and ‘nothing but the blood’, and camp staff is praying about ‘the gift of the blood of Jesus,’ and I don’t think these kids have any idea what we’re talking about.”

After this conversation I couldn’t help but wonder if youth ministry and our churches need to reconsider how we talk about the death of Jesus with our young people.

Read the full article at:  http://iym.ptsem.edu/anything-but-the-blood/

 

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