Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 M04 26 - 260 pages
Every stage of life brings out certain human characteristics, and according to Kenda Creasy Dean, adolescence is particularly characterized by passion. If the church is to speak meaningfully to youth and in turn reap the many benefits that young people have to offer, then its ministry must be predicated on passion the Passion of Christ, the passion of youth, and the passionate faith that results when these two things come together.

The uniqueness of Practicing Passion lies in its relocating youth ministry in practical theology rather than in educational theory or psychological or social development. While youth ministry has routinely capitalized on the passions of adolescents, little attention has been given to the theological mooring that youth need to connect with the church and hold firm amid the growing demands of popular culture. Focusing on the theological resonance between the Passion of Christ and adolescents experience of passion, Dean develops a framework for youth ministry that draws on the historic practices of the Christian community as a curriculum of passion.

Offering a compelling new model for reaching, discipling, and empowering today s young adults, Practicing Passion is a vital resource for anyone already engaged in or preparing for youth ministry.

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Something to Die For The Subversive Power of Passion
The Worlds Greatest Lover The Unifying Power of Passion
Longing for Fidelity If It Stays It Must Be True
Longing for Transcendence If It Feels Good It Must Be God
Longing for Communion If It Sex It Must Be Love
Vessels of Grace Christian Practices as Scaffolding for Faith
The Art of Being There Exhortation as a Practice of Fidelity
The Art of Awe Pilgrimage as a Practice of Transcendence
The Art of Intimacy Spiritual Friendship as a Practice of Communion
The Passion of Martyrdom Why Youth Ministry Needs Theology

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Page 19 - But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Once you were no people but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.
Page xiii - Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.

About the author (2004)

Kenda Creasy Dean is associate professor of youth, church, and culture and director of the Tennent School of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also coauthor of The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry and coeditor of Starting Right: Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry.

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