L.A. Again

For the first time ever, I was on a plane that arrived early to its destination. I’m still a little shocked. Not only that, in my first 20 minutes in L.A., I witnessed three separate incidents of strangers performing acts of kindness for each other. I’m in a good place.

I read the entire flight. My mind’s wrapped up in Chap Clark’s Hurt.

Clark does a fantastic job of reporting the findings of his study of the history and world of emerging midadolescents.

The most impress part for me so far is Clark’s willingness to approach all subject areas (schoool, family, sex, etc.) from teens’ perspective rather than that of an academic, parent, youth minister, or any of his other roles in life.

Clark has an impressive resume’:

Clark is associate professor of youth, family and culture and director of youth
ministry programs at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. As well
as being a two-degree seminary graduate, Chap holds a Ph.D. from Denver
University in Human Communication specializing in relationships, teams, and
organizational and family systems. His responsibilities at Fuller
include chair of Practical Theology Division (School of Theology), Director of
the Doctor of Ministry in Youth, Family and Culture, and Director of the
Institute of Youth Ministry. Dr. Clark also oversees the Ph.D. youth and
family ministry track.

To keep his research open to readers with world views other than his own, Clark includes an appendix in which he examines the implications of his findings for Christian youth ministry.

What never gets left behind is Clark’s obvious love and concern for today’s youth.

More later.

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