Learn to cure

Our mission is to help mobilize a movement of culture-changing Christians that God can use to spark the next Great Awakening.

Culture Changing Christians:

  • have a healthy relationship with God,
  • understand the time in which we live (culture),
  • and seek ways to use their influence for the glory of God and the good of people.

In short, they seek to be “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16) with, through, and for Christ Jesus by “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

One way we seek to accomplish this mission is to connect believers to biblical, cultural and practical truth. Our desire is to serve as a credible filter in this information age, to help pastors, leaders, and believers obtain the best materials to equip them to equip others.

In this way, we seek to be conservatives.

What does curator mean?

Until today, I thought that curators only worked in museums. I like museums, at least a lot of them.

There’s a joke about my family dragging me out of the Oklahoma Bombing Museum and the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas that tells the story of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, six months after my birth.

A few years ago, I found the 9/11 Museum in New York so intensely moving that I had to leave after an hour.

There may be a theme here!

I looked at the word to select.

The first definition is “member of the clergy responsible for a parish” and “person in charge of the care of souls”. It’s not a word we use in most evangelical churches, but we should claim it nonetheless.

The broader and more typical meaning today is “one who has the care and supervision of something” such as a museum or a zoo. Well, you can stop running now to the comparisons between your church and a museum or a zoo!

3 suggestions selected

In seeking to organize for you, I want to offer three things.

First, our ministry called Christian parenting is led by my new friend and colleague, Jill Jefferson. You will find a multitude of interesting resources for your family and your church.

One thing I love about this is the Christian Parenting Podcast Network. I love good podcasts and I love to magnify the voices of people doing great things in the name of Christ. Jill has collected twenty-five quality podcasts! Its goal is simply “to deliver a quality podcast to parents every step of the way.” Check it out and share it with your people! The life of Christ (John 10:10) begins at home (see Deuteronomy 6).

The second recommendation I have is also a podcast, the Sincerity Podcast hosted by David French and Curtis Chang.

Chang is a former pastor who now leads a ministry called Redemption of Babel. French is a former religious freedom lawyer turned cultural analyst. The most recent episode was a gripping interview with Kara Powell, executive director of Fuller Seminary’s Fuller Youth Institute. It was an important and insightful discussion on the rapid increase in anxiety and depression in American adolescents. (Mark Legg, associate editor of the Denison Forum, also wrote about this topic in “Why Are Teenagers Sadder, Lonelier, and More Depressed Than Ever?”)

One tool Powell offered was how to talk to a teenager about anxiety. Parents, youth pastors, and youth leaders can follow this simple ABCD strategy.

  • Ask: Ask your teen, “On a scale of one to ten, how anxious do you feel?” »
  • Breath: Teenagers need training in how to control their physical and mental reactions as anxiety and panic increase.
  • center on truth: Help anxious teens think about the issues they face, present facts calmly, and then guide them to the truth and God’s promises in the Bible.
  • Develop a united team: Anxiety grows in isolation. As Jim Denison reminds us, “Isolation and independence is spiritual suicide.” Fellowship is a fundamental purpose of the church (Acts 2:42). Koinonia, the Greek word for brotherhood, means “a benevolent gathering.” It is something that every pastor prays and works for his church to be. How urgent the need is even among the youngest among us!

Finally, I learned in a new way from my friend Steve Smith the difference between sympathy and empathy.

The sympathy is less profound. You can tell when someone is simply compassionate if you share a hurt or fear and their response starts with “At least___________”.

It’s best when we empathize with others when they share pain or fear and respond with something like what Powell offered on the podcast, “It stinks but I think you can handle it.”

There is a lot to learn and a lot to share. I hope they will be useful to you this week.

Barry F. Howard