Opioids, Heroin, and Youth Ministry

Ignorance is No Longer an Excuse the Church Can Hide Behind

I know addiction. And recovery. Because I’ve suffered and survived both. But I could have just as easily been another statistic with people mourning over my casket murmuring, “How didn’t we know?” So as I listen to the rise in recent news coverage about America’s growing opioid and heroin epidemic, I must raise a question, “How effective is the Church at responding to this crisis?”

Timothy Eldred | Opioids, Heroin, and Your Youth Group

Statistically, there’s not a kid in your youth group who isn’t aware of a friend using drugs. And don’t be so naïve as to pretend there aren’t teens in your church using or abusing. Youth group members were some of my best customers—I made more money on Wednesday nights than I did on weekends. And while I’m pretty sure people had suspicions about my behavior, no one ever confronted me. Or came alongside in support. Because it was easier to turn a blind eye—and it still is today.

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Gun Control and Muslim Control?

This morning I received an email from a friend in the Middle East that stirred my heart. One line in particular has my mind reeling, as I ponder his words and post them for your consideration.

I’m praying that you and the young followers of Jesus in the USA will be a prophetic voice in the midst of the media storm that is erupting around what I would consider ‘hate speech’ by certain ‘politicians’. These are difficult times.”

I’m not going to make any bold statements only raise some blunt questions. My thoughts might invigorate you or infuriate you (I’m fine with either BTW), but it’s time for the Church to lead the conversation with some biblically-balanced-common-sense. Listen closely, and contemplate my challenge. Don’t react emotionally—reflect prayerfully.

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Apathy Among Youth: Is the Church to Blame?

Even as I begin to write, I’m wondering about the title of this blog and the ensuing firestorm it might create; nonetheless, I am compelled to raise the difficult question. When considering the conditions of the world, I wonder if the Church needs to admit some responsibility for the apathy of this generation.

Fight Apathy. Or don't.

As we watch the world unravel like Scripture predicts, it’s so easy to point fingers and find fault with others. While hateful regimes recruit young people to their causes of chaos and destruction, how should the Body of Christ react to the apparent appeal that draws the allegiance of a few misguided souls?

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