Christadelphian Tidings looking at teenagers and young adults “Coming of Age in Christ”

This year’s Special Issue of the Christadelphian Tidings is ready for you to download and share with your family and friends.

This year’s Special Issue was written almost exclusively by and about Young People and their struggles in Coming of Age in Christ. We are sure that you will enjoy it and ask that you share a copy with a young person in your life.

Introduction — Dave Jennings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320

Life Within the Ecclesia

— Intergenerational Dialog, Sarah Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321

It can be difficult to effectively communicate across generations, which is unfortunate since the Christadelphian community is filled with individuals spanning five to six generations. It’s important that as time marches forward and our community ages and grows, we learn to have intergenerational dialogs. There is so much we can gain from one another if we are able to communicate successfully and lovingly. This article explores five conditions of dialog, as outlined in Catherine Cornille’s “Conditions for Inter-Religious Dialogue,” in the context of dialog across generations.

— RVA Light, Rachel Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325

RVA is a ministry of presence, of listening to and meeting people where they are, while also encouraging and providing opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

We live in a society in which many are lonely and lack healthy, supportive relationships. Many have suffered trauma from negative and broken relationships, often leading to unhealthy lifestyles and dysfunctional coping. Many lack the support they need to deal with mental illness. Worst of all, many are lacking a life-saving relationship with God and our Lord Jesus.

— Helping Others in Times of Trouble, Cassia and Joel Drywood . . . 330

With the world in crisis, students of the Bible can only wonder, “Is this the time of trouble such as never was? Are we truly in the last days? What should I be doing to prepare?” It is from such contemplations that fear, anxiety and uncertainty about one’s future come. But by God’s mercy, He has provided us with every bit of information we need to successfully wait until the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the question, “What should we be doing?” that we seek to explore here.

— Culture of Certainty, Levi Gelineau and Sam Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . 333

Young people today are growing up in a time of astonishingly rapid exchange of theories and world views. Just as the invention of the printing press led to the Protestant Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment that furthered the development of humanistic philosophies, the advent of the internet has led to an Information Revolution in the 21st century at a more accelerated pace. Young adults coming of age in the world today need to find their position on a host of morally challenging questions—ones that challenge everyone in our community, no matter their age, experience or level of Biblical understanding. To say that this can be overwhelming to children and teenagers is putting it lightly.

— After CYC, What Next?, James Robinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337

An article for those who are confused about which way to go,

Making Important Life Decisions

— A College Advisory for Christadelphian Young People, Bill and Carol Link . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343

A number of years ago we compiled a college advisory list to inform Christadelphian young people about the location of colleges and universities in proximity to ecclesias in the United States. Although not updated recently, the idea was and is to encourage those choosing to go to college to choose active ecclesial involvement as well. Fellowship deprivation at any stage of life is spiritually harmful and especially so at the crossroads of youth.

If you have been raised in a Christ-centered home, you have the foundation and framework from which to build a solid life.

— The Road Less Traveled, Laura de Caussin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345

About experiences with university

— A Decision to Stay Home for College, Kate Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346

When deciding where one wants to attend university, there are a few spiritual factors that are important to your choice.

— My College Experience, Simon de Caussin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348

In this article can be seen that statistically speaking, not everyone can be the best, and it can be harmful pushing that thought process onto a bunch of teenagers at a critical point in their lives.

— Staying Connected, Dalton Henley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350

If a student is going to move away to go to school somewhere new, it is critical to choose somewhere that has an ecclesia that they will remain active in.

According to the writers of the article
The most important factor in choosing a school should not be the academic excellence or other attributes of a college, but rather where will the student best thrive in their walk in Christ.

— Careers and Service in the Lord, Jenni de Caussin . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352

We are given a clear purpose to work hard and bring up families in the Lord.

What are your gifts and how might you develop them in a way you can contribute to the service of the Lord, as a member of the body, in ecclesial life?

— Career Advice from a Retired Employer, Dave Jennings . . . . . . . . . 356

Most people do a poor job of determining what their boundaries are for their work and personal life. The primary reason for this is a lack of clarity about what they truly value.

Growing Spiritually

— On Being Single, Larynette Ndah-Link . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 358

In life there may be a time to be single.
The world provides conflicting views on singlehood. People’s perspectives and the camp they ultimately rally around are based on their experiences and circumstances.


Singlehood – There are no rules of engagement — we make our own and learn the hard way that some choices have grievous consequences. We must get good at making the right choices and learning from our mistakes fast

Singlehood is not one-size-fits-all; thus, this article will focus on young people who are single and have never been married, but not exclusively on them.

— Life Not As Planned: From Inside Looking Out, Alisa Jennings . . . . . . 361

It is good to think about and plan for our future.

We really don’t know what direction our lives will take, so as much as we may plan out our lives, we need to be equally prepared for plans to change.

— Life Not As Planned: From Outside Looking In, Alan Markwith . . . . . . 364

So, what about your life plan? Do you, like Joseph, expect a normal life? Are you ready for it to be turned upside down? What do you do when it is?


Do know you are not alone when life goes in a different direction than planned. God sees. God hears

— The Spectrum of the Saints, Sam Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368

The Lord has called you — individually — to be a light among many to proclaim the good news of God’s Kingdom through your words and your behavior.

— Personal Prayer Can Be Hard, Joshua Budney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371

Prayer is not always easy. Everyone goes through rough patches in their prayer life with God.

Think of our relationship with God as the same as one with a friend who lives far away. Long-distance friendships take a fair amount of work and effort to maintain..

— Listening to God, Caleb Osborn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375

His invitation to join his family is open to anyone who will take the time to listen to him. By investing in personal study of the scriptures, we are investing in a relationship that will last for eternity.

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Please find further the Intro to Coming of Age in Christ

+ > Please do find the issue to read: Christadelphian Tidings Special issue 2021 Volume 84, Number 7 Coming of age in Christ

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