MTD is the actual, functional, de facto religious faith of the majority of American teenagers from a variety of religious and nonreligious traditions.When it comes to teaching our teens biblical literacy and the rudiments of Christian theology, Smith and Denton argue that they need plenty of opportunities to express what they believe:
Religious faith, practice, and commitment can be no more than vaguely real when people cannot talk much about them. Articulacy fosters reality.As the SPU writer puts it, "In other words, it’s hard to know what you believe until you talk it out." This means asking open-ended questions, discussing faith around the dinner table, and giving our teens the chance to handle hard questions from others about their convications. It might mean sharing a spiritual journal, where a teen may freely write about her faith in a written conversation with us, or encouraging a personal faith blog. I'm going to pray that our boys have the chance to talk about what it means to follow Jesus sometime this week. How about you?