Tuesday, January 12, 2010

01.12.10 - truth

taken with the 5dm2

Last night at our youth group we talked about truth.

Some of the students preformed a skit where the main character was trying to figure out what 2+2 was. As she asked people this question, people told her different answers based on how it felt, or gave a convincing argument simply by how loud they spoke, we even had a news caster interviewing a "math expert" give us a different answer from anyone else.

Mike Rohlin (who introduced himself as the older, smarter, better looking brother of our pastor Rick Rohlin) came and spoke on Media Literacy.

He challenged our students to dig a little deeper, and ask some critical questions. Examples like what is the motivation of this news channel? If they are simply just trying to provide information then why are there ten different news stations? If its about viewers, ratings and money then how does that effect how they will tell the story?

The highlight of the evening might have been when Mike Rohlin sang along to Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus which we were analyzing for truth.

"Why do we believe that the bible is true?" I asked our group of 6th through 12th graders. The room was silent. I smiled and assured them in two weeks we'd be learning why from Tim Smart one of our church elders.

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:32

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." - Mark 12:30

JIM baker

total side note check out Perry Noble's latest blog "What if the Pharisees Twittered"

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