Lately, I’ve been struggling with the question of what are realistic expectations to place on students. Let me explain. The goal of Journey Students is to “reach students who reach students.” We believe that it is too small a goal to simply reach students who are far from God. We want to reach those students, lead them to life in Christ, and then raise them up in such a way that they become a part of reaching others.
That’s the goal. Now with the goal clearly in focus, we’ve been strategizing about how to get there. The proverbial “bump” in the road that I’ve continued to run into over and over again is that all of the so-called “tools” of evangelism feel so wooden, stale, and inauthentic in the hands of my teenagers. Recently, a girl confided in me that she has friends that don’t know Jesus, and she doesn’t share Jesus with them. She said “if I were to say, ‘If you were to die tonight do you know for sure you would go to heaven,’ they would look at me like I’m stupid because nobody actually talks like that.”
Well ladies and gentlemen, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Well maybe not, but it certainly is time to finally dust off this old blog. Actually, it’s quite a bit more than a simple “dust off.” It’s a complete renovation. Life has been crazy over the past year and I was forced to prioritize in order to make sure that I got the most important things done. Blogging, as you can imagine, was very near to the bottom of the list and so it was just “axed” altogether. The plan was to wait until I knew I had a sufficient amount of time to devote to it a week. So here we are over a year later, and I’m finally at a point where I believe I have both the time and the desire.
Not only is the design new, but several other things are new as well. The comments are now fully integrated with Facebook and Twitter so that you can log in using one of those accounts, and you can share your comments through those sites as well. All of the feeds have changed, so if you would like to follow me, please resubscribe using one of the links on this page. I hope you enjoy the new sight!