AN EYE-OPENING READ

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law” (Psalm 119:18).

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education noted that many universities will require all incoming freshman to have completed a “common reading,” a book selected by their institution to create a shared experience and be the subject of group discussions. For the church, our common reading is the word of God; a necessary instructive resource, utilized by the Holy Spirit, to fashion us into a uniquely distinctive people. Interestingly, both the university and the church face a great challenge. All data points indicate that Gen Z, those born from 1997-present, do not read books, and they are the first truly post-Christian generation, with only 4% adhering to a biblical worldview. While all entities with an institutional identity are facing cataclysmic paradigm shifts, it is a fresh opportunity for the church to reestablish her identity as an “intrusional” presence within the culture.

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