I’m preparing a two-week teaching series called “The Truth About Mormonism”. This will be my first time teaching about the Mormon Church from the stage in my 11 years as a youth pastor. I’ve considered doing it in the past, but have been reluctant to do so. A handful of fellow Christians have even discouraged me from talking about it from the platform.
The Mormon Church is prominent here in AZ. I often hear things like, “Everyone at my school is LDS”. While that obviously isn’t true, my students feel like they are swimming in Mormon seas in their classrooms and on their teams.
My conviction is that I’m not shepherding my students well if I don’t tell them two things: First, the Mormon religion is a false religion, and Joseph Smith was a false prophet. Second, the gospel of grace is incredibly good news to devoted Mormons, and it’s the gospel that they need. They don’t need to be bashed. We don’t need to have a “GOTCHA! IN YOUR FACE” moment with them when we point out false prophecies and inconsistencies.
What I’ve heard countless times is that it’s Mormon bashing to teach or talk about Mormonism. That’s a defense mechanism aimed at preventing anyone from questioning their beliefs. I’ll spend the weekend right before this series picking apart the Bible and Christianity, looking for inconsistencies and reasons to bail on the whole thing.
My hope is that my students and their Mormon friends will submit to the truth, even if it hurts abominably.
My hope is also that none of us would come across as arrogant jerks through the process or in our resulting conversations.
My greatest hope is that the LDS students in the Gilbert area would fall in love with Jesus, who is more than enough to save and sustain them, and the Bible, which is more than enough to teach them about the one true God.
My boys have been waking up at ungodly hours the past few weeks. Our 9-month-old Gavin woke up at 4am yesterday.
4am… If the Starbucks baristas are still sleeping, everyone else should be too.
Our 2-year-old Griffin was up an hour later, and they were both ready to party.
Gavin is a mama’s boy as much as any boy has ever been one. He absolutely adores his mom. It’s so intense that I haven’t been able to feed him a bottle in 7 months because I’m not mom.
So… when he woke up 6 times the other night, so did mom.
When he refuses to go to sleep, it’s mom to the rescue.
When it’s 7pm and time to go to bed, it’s mommy-time.
When all the other women on the planet are out at fun restaurants or watching their favorite shows together or on dates with their men or are pinning something on Pinterest or working out or whatever else women like to do… the young moms of the planet are at home, covered in baby sauce, tucked away in some dark room singing songs to their babies.
Don’t get me wrong, the young moms would love to be doing all of those fun things! But babies change everything, mostly for moms.
So this is a shout out to all the moms out there, especially my Lindsay!
You inspire me! In fact, you inspire God!
Look, He even used you as an example:
“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” – Isaiah 66:13
Keep doing what you’re doing!
A friend sent me this incredible video about the Dennehy family. They’ve adopted 9 kids from all over the world. They are proof that He loves us.
Here comes some goosebumps:
Last year I was an interim Freshman Bible Teacher at a local high school. Our students were reading through a book, and I thought it would be awesome to finish out the project by doing a Skype Q&A with the book’s author. The classroom has a smart board in it (which is basically a 6-foot iPad on the wall). That never panned out, but my dream… wouldn’t… die. Are you inspired yet?
Years ago I flew in an incredible apologist to come and speak in my High School Ministry. After paying for the flight, hotel, food and honorarium it got a bit expensive. It was worth it, but it was expensive. I wanted to bring him back right away.
And then it hit me… why not Skype him in?
No flights. No meals. No time away from his family.
We have the technology available (laptop, strong internet connection, mics). SO WHY NOT?
And it’s working out. It looks like we’ll lock him in at about 1/4th the cost! He’ll have to do some prep and do two 30-minute Skype sessions, so I want to honor his time with an honorarium… but he’ll get to speak from his house, with all his resources right there in his lap, his family down the hall, while getting piped into our youth room hundreds of miles away.
Is anyone else utilizing this kind of technology in a ministry setting? It seems like such a win-win!
If this father and son can make amends, there’s hope for any father and son.