I love it when theologically astute people comment on youth ministry issues. D.W. Congdon, Princeton M.Div. Student, has commented on the recent NY Times article about youth ministries using Halo 3 to attract a crowd. Good thoughts. A quote:
If a church wants to be relevant to teenage boys, there are plenty of other ways, including handing out pornography and offering beer-on-tap. You could throw in condoms and cigarettes and call it a night. But this raises an important questions: Why Halo 3? Why are exceedingly violent video games par for the course, but bare breasts on a piece of paper completely out of the question? One could easily argue that the video games are the more harmful of the two. All of this leads us back to the same basic problem with American Christianity: we are prudes about sex, but connoisseurs of violence.