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Spiritual Practices in Youth Ministry

Sharing the Language of Christianity, Andy Root – Video and Discussion Outline

Dr. Andy Root speaks about the importance of recognizing the experiences of young people and providing them with the language to discuss those experiences.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Root asks, “What is the power of language?” What kinds of language do we use to describe God? What insider language do we use that might wind up being a barrier rather than a connector?
  2. What is the power of the language that we use to speak to God in prayer? What examples do we have from the Psalms, and elsewhere in the Scriptures, that open up our experience of holy language?
  3. How are we teaching our youth to develop their own language for articulating their experiences of God?
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