group magazine: November-December, 1996
From: GROUP Magazine's November/December 1996 issue
Keywords: Talkback, Pharisaism, Family Ministry, Secular Music
Your magazine is so challenging to me and is about real youth ministry. It's good to know people who passionately pursue youth for Christ.
Via America Online
Thanks for Thom Schultz's article "Telling You What to Think" ("Youth Ministry Minute," July/August 1996). It shows a great deal of maturity in the face of modern Pharisaism. I appreciate your thoughts and empathize with you in your experience. Keep up the excellent work.
First, I don't want to cancel my subscription. Second, I don't want you to tell me what to think. But I do appreciate your giving me something to think about. GROUP provides me with well-written information about ministry along with facts and trends that help me grow as a minister.
I try to present information to kids and let them search the Scriptures to discover for themselves what God is saying to them. Telling kids what to think won't save them or help them grow. They have to listen to the Holy Spirit and make their own decisions.
Greenwood, South Carolina
Canada is this huge country to the north of you guys. Believe it or not, our culture is very different from yours. For starters, we have different holidays. It'd be nice if you'd consider this in your magazine.
Thanks for your emphasis on family-centered youth ministry ("Parafamily Youth Ministry," May/June 1996). I've done all my education in Systems Therapy and Ministry. I've thought for years we were doing youth ministry wrong. Youth-centered ministry violates the hierarchy of the family system.
DANGERS OF SECULAR MUSIC
Every time I decide to buy a copy of GROUP, I'm amazed at the lack of commitment there is on issues such as music. Don Henley? ("Music in the News," May/June 1996). You mean the one who played with the Eagles? You're trying to tell me to use music that's ruined, I mean ruined, the lives of millions, including me until I found Christ.
Some things aren't so much about whether it's a sin or not. Rather, is it respectful and honoring to God? And there's no way in the world that GROUP can say that using secular music does that. As for teenagers, what you win them with is what you keep them with. If they read your magazine, there's no way I could then explain to them the dangers of secular music.
Lancaster, South Carolina