“A Plea to Prospective University Students” by Jeremy Walker.
My alma mater recently published an argument in favor of solely attending Christian undergraduate institutions (like itself, unsurprisingly) because of the frequent negative, “faith-derailing” effects secular universities often have on young professing Christians. However, this article by Walker, although recognizing the potential danger that students face as they enter these years away from their home and “home church,” offers a different solution–the local church. In contrast to the article by my alma mater, this article would seem to suggest that maybe the issue isn’t so much about “secular” v. Christian school, but rather, a student’s rich involvement in the community of faith during these crucial years of his or her life. I tend to agree. Eventually, some day, we are all going to have to face the “real world.” Postponing this encounter is not an ultimate or realistic, maintainable solution. Sheltering and hiding is only effective inasmuch as it delays this encounter. But it will happen eventually, and then what? We need to foster character in order to be able to face the world with integrity. And this post’s point is that the church is vital in the development of this needed character as well as keeping one accountable during such crucial years of one’s life.
But hey, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these different perspectives (see also the article immediately below). Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
On a similar note, see this article on “Raising Kids in a Sex-Filled Culture” by Mariena Graves.
“Why Being Gospel-Centered is Dangerous” by Ricky Alcantar (via Sovereign Grace Ministries).
Four Views on the Historical Adam (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology) [Kindle Edition].
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem [Kindle Edition] by Kevin DeYoung.
Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission (Re:Lit) [Kindle Edition] by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis.
Also, note that all of Sovereign Grace Music’s albums are on sale for only $5.00 today!
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