Ed Dickerson sat in a coffee shop with a table-full of young adults and talked about matters of faith. What resulted was his book just released by Pacific Press called Grounds for Belief: Change is Inevitable, Except from Vending Machines. It is a candid look what the Millennial generation is thinking their parents’ religious beliefs and behaviors and so much more.
“Times change. It’s not your daddy’s world anymore. Today we live in a decentralized, media-dominated, postmodern world. The Internet enables the exchange of ideas and information unimagined by previous generations. Facts and opinions bombard us via e-mail, cell phones, I-pods, and satellite TV. We’re more connected electronically than ever before, but more of us feel isolated and lacking in close friends.
“Seekers, debaters, the proud, and the humble come to Grounds for Belief café. Some come for the baked goods and others for games. Some to condemn and some to praise, but all, including you, are welcome there. Don’t be shortchanged! Come along and eavesdrop on the conversations taking place at the café. And don’t be surprised if they turn philosophical and then spiritual, or if you find grounds for belief that really make sense to you.”
If you have a congregation or café that is a safe place for young adults to explore their faith, I want to hear about it. Contact me and give me a quick profile (with contact info) of that ministry.