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Friday Bag #11

The Friday Bag

 

When Hospitality and Hell-Fire Kiss // “The late Christopher Hitchens quipped that he rarely found a Christian who could tell him without slight reluctance or wincing that he would end up in hell. “I have come to the conclusion,” he said, “that this has something to do with the justly famed tradition of Southern hospitality: You can’t very easily invite somebody to your church and then to supper and inform him that he’s marked for perdition.””

3 Reasons Why You Should Fight for Parents in your Youth Ministry // “It was as if we collectively woke up and said, We need to minister to the whole family, not just the teenager. This immediately spawned a new question: So how do we do that? “

This next one is a long article; and deals with some severe issues of anguish. However, if you have a teenager, will have a teenager one day, or were once a teenager…you should take the time to read the story of Greg Ousley.  If only someone had taken the time to be relational with him. Sad.

Greg Ousley Is Sorry for Killing His Parents. Is That Enough? //  “For 19 years, Greg Ousley has sought to make sense of the event that has haunted and dictated his life, but the answer, if such a simple thing exists, has remained forever beyond his grasp.”

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Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.