Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is indeed making great strides toward being relevant to younger generations, but I fear that their approach still excludes thousands of Christians. I would love to see a more flexible and inclusive BSF program that truly is “a Bible study for everyone.” What about our brothers and sisters with ADHD, intellectual disability, or who speak English as a second language? How can they engage and learn from curriculum that is focused on reading lengthy chapters, requires sitting still for long periods of time, and relies heavily on polite discussion to learn more about God through his Word? As BSF relaxes their rules on dress code and tardiness and introduces digital materials, they would do well to consider practical ways to include members of the church who do not easily learn through traditional methods. The desire to include a wide range of ages in BSF studies is admirable, but we should not forget that young adults are not the only group feeling left out.
On page 40, the writer quoted Darrell Bock of Dallas Theological Seminary as saying that boomers care more about getting the content of their faith right while millennials care more about getting the ethics of their faith right. No matter what one’s age, getting both the content and the ethics of one’s faith right, conformed to God’s revelation in the Bible, is vital. Your ethics will be as true or faulty as your knowledge and understanding of the content of the Bible.
As a retired, black pastor with more than 45 years of ministerial service, I cannot agree more with Mark Galli’s insightful observations. The conspicuous silence of the typical American pulpit ...1