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Review: The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

In many respects, Tisby’s book is a difficult one – a clear, concise, and pointed discussion of how American Christianity has historically failed in its biblical call to racial unity and reconciliation. Yet alongside example after example of sinful compromise, readers cannot help but feel Tisby’s deep love for Christ’s church.

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Review: One Blood by John Perkins

Youth ministries can be guilty of worshipping at the altar of the new, the trendy, the popular. Sometimes fear of this tendency can overshadow legitimate endeavors, such as when biblical concerns for gospel-centered justice are viewed simply as participation in the hashtag of the moment. This is why books like John Perkins’ One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race are so important.  

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Review: What Youth Ministry is Not About

“ am increasingly convinced as I read God’s Word, look at the pervasiveness of the compelling cultural narrative, and listen to kids, is that they need youth workers committed first and foremost to the relentless pursuit of their own spiritual depth. We can only lead to depth out of our own depth…”

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Review: "Dealing with the Shame of Depression"

Clark Forbes is a youth pastor in an Asian-American context in California, a PhD candidate in missiology, and an up-and-coming thinker with an incredible perspective on youth ministry. His recent article on his journey through depression is notable not only for its grace-filled, biblical approach to depression, processing the disorder through Ps. 88 (this alone makes the article an incredible resource), but also for a uniquely profound missiological observation.

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The Recreation of Gaga

Gaga’s perpetual recreation also highlights a second truth - the artificiality of all of these created identities. In desiring to ‘wear every costume’, the audience never knows who she is. At one point, Syme wonders if this is the strange appeal of ‘A Star is Born’ - seeing a stripped down Gaga, without the mask. Yet the film itself is a mask, an artificial origin story. We never know who she is, where she is from, what makes her human.

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REVIEW! The 2018 Rooted Conference

Beginning in 2010, Rooted has existed to promote gospel-centered youth ministries around the world. Today, Rooted meets annually for an incredible gathering of like-minded youth workers. This weekend, the Next Institute was pleased to attend the 2018 Rooted Conference in Nashville, TN! We supported Covenant Theological Seminary, held book giveaways, and had 1,001 incredible conversations. Here are some of the highlights - this hopefully may encourage you to attend Rooted’s 2019 conference, October 3-5, in Chicago!

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Book Review: The Juvenilization of American Christianity

Bergler argues that instead of simply providing a developmentally appropriate point of ministry to youth, the evolution of youth ministry in America has redefined what Christianity as a whole should look like, transforming a robust, orthodox faith into a superficial quest for a ‘feel-good’ spiritual high that must continually and progressively compromise to draw people in.

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