Young, restless, and Reformed...

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Reading Acts 17 yesterday, verse 21 hit me. Luke provides this parenthetical aside as a summary of the sitz im leben (most of us just say "context") of the Apostle Paul's sermon to the Athenians of the Areopagus:

(Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

What a perfect description of the college towns where Mary Lee and I have made our homes—Boulder, Madison, and Bloomington. Matter of fact, a giggling excitement over fashion is the defining trait of the academy and its environs as Chesterton pointed out a century ago.

But thinking more, I realized this giggling excitement over fashion is also characteristic of major portions of the young, restless, and Reformed crowd...

They spend their lives keeping up with the latest fashions. The flight of a microbrew is a perfect representation of their attention span. But who can blame them? They are what they've eaten.

For example, check out the Catholic-bashing of the Wall Street Journal at the top of Google News just now. "Pope defended old church teaching."

Actually, as I think about it, "Restless" connotes too much stability. "Churning" is more accurate, as in young, churning, and Reformed.

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Sadly, there's no hope of pastoral care from men who are churning. A rolling stone gathers no moss and moss is a must for any sheep or lamb to know his shepherd's voice.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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