Scott is now officially the "Minister of Students" at the church. Please pray for us, as we undertake this responsibility. This is obviously where God wants us to be at this time and we feel very blessed to have the opportunity to serve Him in this role. That being said, WOW... what a challenge. The youth today are exposed to so much more than the youth of a decade ago.
We have finished our study of "sex", for now. That was "trial by fire"! I believe some folks in the church were not thrilled that we included our junior high students in this study. Their thought was that these 7th & 8th graders were just "too young" for such a study. While they are entitled to their opinion, the truth is that those kids had already developed attitudes towards sex. We just gave them the biblical perspective. We were shocked that the only thing the youth didn't really know (or think they know) was what the Bible teaches about sex, marriage, etc....
We referenced a book called "And the Bride Wore White", by Dannah Gresh. I recommend it.
She had a funny observation. If you were an alien spending one day on this planet (no theological debate on the existence of aliens...it's just a story), you would be bombarded by sex and sexual topics so often and in so many places that you would think everyone is having it with everyone and at all times. Really, the only place that you aren't bombarded or at least confronted with sex is in church. Most churches just ignore the subject, much to the neglect of the church membership. God made it, but we made it a dirty thing.