Mark Dever interviews Aaron Messner, the chaplain of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Aaron talks about the cultural and spiritual challenges that college students face, and the particular need there is for local churches to invest in their lives.
Today’s students have grown up with technology and the Internet, and according to Messner, this is shaping the way students think. He references the recent article in The Atlantic, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” which all the staff at Covenant have been reading and formally discussing together.
One other issue that was helpful is the way students use the Internet and social media. Most students use Facebook to network and stay in touch with friends. Email, Messner says, is like the spam box to them. They don’t communicate much with email. Their dependance upon tools like Facebook has starved them of valuable face to face friendships. And Messner says that he sees interpersonal relationships often challenging and difficult for students.
Very interesting discussion and one you will want to listen to if your church reaches out to college students.
College Students & the Local Church >>>
This was perhaps one of the most significant conferences I’ve heard in the past few years. Not that others haven’t been good, but this one was special.
Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, John Piper, Steve Lawson, Rick Holland and C.J. Mahaney all did an outstanding job in redirecting our focus to the larger things at work in life that require carefull thinking.
Heaven & Hell: Resolved 2008 page >>>
Mark Dever, CJ Mahaney, Al Mohler, John Piper, Josh Harris, Eric Simmons. It’s right here.
New Attitude 2008 audio live blog page >>>
Desiring God has just released 3 of John Piper’s messages that he delivered at the One Day Passion Conferences. These are all excellent messages, and available for download in both video or audio. The messages are:
Boasting Only in the Cross
A Generation Passionate for God’s Holiness
How Our Suffering Glorifies the Greatness of the Grace of God
Pipers messages here >>>
John Piper gave an address to graduating class of the Bethlehem Institute’s one year college level INSIGHT Program. Piper is concerned about how education has focused on building skill sets and not relating the vast panorama of educational disciplines to Christ.
His address is titled ‘Four Mistakes I Don’t Want You to Make.’ >>>