The Quotable Round-Up #118

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The mid-term election is now over here in the Philippines. We can see defeats and victories of those who ran for office. Some are already proclaimed winners. Now lets get back to reality and pray for these newly elected officials that they may serve this country well. There are lots of works to do to help this country move forward. Whether you like the officials or not, keep them in prayers. And always remember the sovereignty of God over the affairs of men.

Anyways, here’s 7 quotes from the new book by Sean McDowell & J. Warner Wallace, So The Next Generation Will Know. The book review is on it’s way but if you want to get the book, click on this Amazon link to place your order.

“… a biblical worldview is grounded in biblical teaching. You can’t align your life to the truth of the Bible if you don’t even know what it says. That’s why everything begins and ends with the study of God as revealed in Scripture: theology.”

“If Christianity is considered to be just a subjective opinion (an individualistic preference about God) and not the unique and only cure for spiritual death (regardless of an individual’s personal opinion), don’t be surprised when young people treat Christianity more like a cookie than a cure.”

“Worldview is not just about the mind—it is also about the orientation of the heart. Simply put, a worldview is a fundamental commitment to reality that shapes how we live.”

“…worldview as simply a view of the world that answers three critical questions: (1) How did we get here?—Origin; (2) Why is everything so messed up?—Predicament; and (3) How can we fix it?—Resolution.”

“…every generation of young people has sought to find their place in the world. But what is different for Gen Z is the depth of loneliness many feel and the availability of endless counterfeits that claim to be able to fill their hearts with meaning.”

“The next generation of Christians faces spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and moral challenges like no prior group of believers. And much of this is because of the ubiquity of technology. Members of Generation Z face more challenges just one click away than previous generations did when they would look for it.”

“Theology and apologetics are not direction­less pursuits. They point us toward holy behaviors and provide us with answers to several questions that matter to young people.”

 

Book Review: May Powers Ka To Be #SuperEpic by Mighty Rasing

Fresh from the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) comes a book from a prolific blogger, Mighty Rasing. You may know him as host of the “Happy Yuppie Podcast” (that addresses young professionals) and Family Matters over DZAS. And as you listen or follow him over his social media outlets, you’ll find his wisdom practical and indispensable. So it’s high time for him to release a book.

“May Powers Ka To Be #SuperEpic” is quirky book that is a cross between the Harris brothers book “Do Hard Things”, a pinch of John Maxwell, biblical principles, pop culture and some geekiness blended in Taglish (Tagalog-English) language. In the midst of it all, it has a vision and a heart of a youth worker that sees Pinoy youth’s that can make an impact to the society.

Reading this book, you’ll it will equip you to know and use your hidden “powers”. Every chapter has this reference over Marvel/DC superheroes (which made the fanboy in me happy). By doing this, Mighty’s book is not just another ‘How-to” book but an accessible and entertaining read. The principles he gave in this book really sticks to the mind and heart of his young and not so young (like me) readers.

“May Powers Ka To Be #SuperEpic” is a great book that is a must read for every Christian youth. I’ve already shared this book to my young people and I got a lot of positive feedbacks. Get this book if you want to have powers to make a mark in this society.

Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something blogger who wears many hats. But his passion is to preach the gospel and make God know to all men. He blogs at Delighting Grace (https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com). You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr

 

Book Review: Every Teen Girl’s Little Pink Book (Special Gift Edition) by Cathy Bartel

Just had this funny thought. Since “Little Pink Book” is for girls (and its colored pink) I might as well consider “Little Black Book” is for boys J (well they didn’t get the color right, it should be blue not black). But kidding aside, with the success of the “Little Black Book” series by Blaine Bartel who else should write a specific version for girls. This collected works of Blaine Bartel’s better half, Cathy Bartel is on one side similar to Blaine’s book and on another, it stands out from “Little Black Book.” Both have a catchy name and have capitalized on the “Little Book” brand. The content however in case of “Little Pink Book”, Cathy added more “spice and everything nice” to this volume for teen girls who wants to be what God wants them to be. It is more of a devotional book unlike the “Little Black Book” although it includes some top list. And as I scan the pages, I can see the heart of the author on two things the book carries: salvation and Christian living which has more emphasis that the “Little Black Book”.

Cathy Bartel penned a book that is a product of being partner with Blaine Bartel for two decades couching teens. You can read the whole story on the end part of the book. As I have said about Blaine Bartel on my book review of “Little Black Book”, Cathy knows what teens want and what teens need to know.

Opening the book, a big burst of pink (or should I say P.I.N.K. or Pray, Initiate, Note, Keep) comes out along with beautiful designed interiors, inspiring quotes, Bible verses, godly and delightful stories. “Little Pink Book” is not just an eye candy of a book but something that will inspire and encourage teens and young adults. “Little Pink Book” will bring out the positive and godly vibes to every teen who will read it. This volume is a worth read and oh don’t wait someone gives it to you, just grab a copy now!

MetaMORFhosis! Delighting Grace Interviews MORF Magazine

There are tons of Christian magazines out there waiting to be digested by Christians. Some are in print and some are in digital format. Some are paid and some are free. But as I check out Christian magazines on the internet I came to across to MORF magazine. MORF is not another graphically beautiful magazine but offers stories and lessons every Christian should read. We got a hold to Jenna De Witt, managing editor of MORF and we talk about the magazine.

Delighting Grace: How does MORF differ from other Christian magazines out there?

 

Jenna: MORF is a spiritual formation magazine for youth pastors, mentors and parents of teenage Christians published four times a year by Student Life. We are different than other youth ministry and parenting magazines in that we focus on stories of actual life transformation – spiritual formation happening in real life – rather than anecdotal ministry or programming tips. We believe focusing on the spiritual health of leaders will positively impact the students they guide. (We still know how to have fun too; check out our Twitter account @RealBibleTweets or Bizarre Bible Stories at www.MORFmagazine.com for proof!)

 

Delighting Grace:  Please tell us how MORF started and the process of making one issue? How do you choose what goes into print or not?

 

Jenna: Student Life has organized Christian summer camps for teens for almost 20 years. We saw teens making decisions for Christ and recommitting to their faith over the one week a year they came to camp, but as research proves, it’s really the parents, youth pastors and mentors who influence a teen’s life year-round. We started MORF to connect with and equip those adults for ministry to their teens. We examine how each article could impact our readers and their teenagers. Does it draw them into a deeper relationship with Christ and send a message consistent with our values? Will this article be relevant two, five, 10 years from now? If it’s just the latest trend in ministry, it’s probably not the right fit for MORF. We do publish a weekly blog and a biweekly newsletter for more current topics, but the quarterly magazine is more timeless.

 

The process starts with mapping out story ideas and where they would fit in relation to one another. As the writers turn in stories, we edit and design. When the issue is complete, we post the stories to the web and send out 10,000 print copies to youth ministry conferences and influencers in the youth ministry field.

 

Delighting Grace:  What do you think are the issues that matter to teens & how do they affect the church?

 

Jenna: Teens are going through a crucial season of transformation (or, metamorphosis, which is where our name comes from). In addition, we are all being transformed into Christlikeness “by the renewing of our minds” as Romans 12:2 says. Research shows us that only about 8 percent of teens are sticking with their faith into their young adult years. I think the biggest issues affecting these teens have to do with how everything they are taught in church, Sunday School or youth group relates to their everyday lives. That said, teenagers are such a diverse demographic. They struggle with acceptance, depression, gossip, self-harm, comparison, perfectionism, loneliness, apathy, addiction, rejection, anxiety, longing for independence, uncertain futures… everything we hear about in the news (and often experienced ourselves growing up), but Christian teens have the added complication of how their faith fits into all of this.

 

On a really basic level, these issues affect the Church because teens are the future of the Church. If we lose them, we aren’t just losing a demographic; we are losing the next generation of believers, leaders, parents and pastors. They are the Church itself. Not only that, but these teens are each God’s precious creation. He placed each one here to have a personal relationship with Him, to love Him and know Him. The call to use the gifts and talents He has given us doesn’t start sometime in adulthood. They are able to impact the Kingdom now at 13 or 15 or 18 – and we see examples of children and teens taking big stands for God in Scripture. It’s the call of the Church to equip them for that ministry and help them grow into maturity in Christ so that when they reach those hard times or struggles, they will land on a solid faith foundation.

 

Delighting Grace:  Christians can sway or Christians can be swayed by culture. What do you think Christian teens should do in either situation?

 

Jenna: We have to keep the end goal in mind: making disciples of all nations, including our own backyard, our own culture. Culture does influence us, no matter how often we say we are “in the world, not of it.” We can’t try to shut it out completely or we won’t be influencing it for the Gospel at all. On the flip side, we are called to be set apart and live contrary to the world’s standards and values. The key is to view each situation in light of our faith. We have to be intentional in asking ourselves how the media we consume, the technology we use, the words we speak, the people we surround ourselves with – and everything else in our “culture” – is influencing us. What message are they sending and does that message line up with God’s Word? That’s the test we have to use in influencing culture as well. What message are we sending the world? Is that message consistent with God’s character and will as revealed to us in the Bible?

 

Delighting Grace:  For youth workers how do we address hard topics like politics etc., to teens?

 

Jenna: We actually hope to address topics like this in our magazine! The key, I think, is to just keep it consistent with the Gospel, always rooted from a place of love. Keep asking how addressing an issue draws teens into a deeper relationship with God. We can’t ignore the hard topics, but we also can’t get so caught up in the side issues that we miss the heart. Keeping a Kingdom focus can help us approach these topics in a Christ-like way.

 

Delighting Grace:  You started with Navpress publisher and now Student Life. With that background, are you obliged to set standards too since they produce awesome godly materials?

 

Jenna: Sure. We definitely have some guidelines when we decide what to publish, mainly that everything is spot-on theologically. Just like the questions above, we want to make sure that each issue is sending a message consistent with God’s Word and our mission. We want to produce the highest quality publication we can because God has called us to give our best for His glory. There are a lot of stereotypes about Christian media being lower quality or less creative than the mainstream, so we always aim to break that stereotype as children of the Creator.

 

Delighting Grace:  Your magazine is awesome as I check it out in its digital format. Are you in a way fearful that readers will settle on its free download rather than on its paid print subscription in the future?

 

Jenna: MORF is a bit different than many publications because we don’t have a paid print subscription in place at this time. All of our content is available as a free resource (yay, free stuff!). We do offer digital subscriptions that deliver MORF straight to your email inbox, including our exclusive subscribers-only newsletter, but they are free as well. We want to equip the church and we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible. We even encourage readers to give free subscriptions to their ministry teams and parents at www.MORFmagazine.com/share.

 

Delighting Grace: Please tell our readers why we should read MORF magazine and do invite them to come see the magazine.

 

Jenna: Why read MORF? Did I mention it’s free?!  Seriously though, MORF tells the story of how Christians are making the journey through the teen years, whether it’s as parents, youth pastors, mentors or teens themselves. Some of these brothers and sisters in Christ have endured personal tragedies, some are giving their lives on the mission field, some are making an impact on their world in unexpected ways… our hope is that all of them would be encouraging testimonies to our readers, letting them know they are not walking through this metamorphosis alone.

 

You can visit www.MORFmagazine.com for all of our (free!) articles and blogs. You can also connect with us at @MORFmag on Twitter and on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/MORFmagazine.