If we are honest, most of our faith formation ended at 12. For those who have grown up in and around the church our brains are full of bible stories, veggie tales, flannel graphs, and Noah's Ark wall paper. We know the basic gospel and love that Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so!
But the second adolescence begins, our wires get crossed and our brains get consumed with trying to figure out who we are and who we can make out with. Developing our theology, deepening our intimacy with Jesus, and being shaped by the Holy Spirit get put on the back burner, sometimes for the rest of our lives.
Most of us have a childish faith. Jesus does call us to have a child like faith, but that isn't what I am talking about. I am talking about the childhood faith that is housed in the body and mind of an adult. What stunts our growth is that by the time we reengage our faith in early adulthood, we bring significant questions and doubts that are no match to the flannel graph stories of our childhood.Read More