From the monthly archives: October 2013

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Goodbye, October


“Just got a call. Mope passed an hour ago. Sad day.”

It was an email you could feel. It was from my dad and included an image that unlocked something deep within me. Etched in my memory is this photo of me (I'm 4-years-old), my dad and his friend Wallace "Mope" Holmes. We are standing behind a display of the finest mess of walleyes anyone could catch on the Mississippi. In my soul, it is an iconic image inhabited by iconic men, who said goodbye to each other for the last time on Monday. 

It was fitting for October. 

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The Myths of Summitview: What We Talk about When We Talk about Dating


The myth: If you don’t pray about a potential mate for 10 years, you haven’t fully given the matter to God. The method: Anthony Alvarado and Nathan Hrouda exchanged emails in a joint myth-debunking effort. The madness: This post is not about how to date; this post is primarily about how we talk about dating. It is long. It is long because the Bible is not very clear on the subject of dating, and nuances and caveats must be made and explored. (Not sure what all the myth-busting is about? Click here.)

FROM: Nathan Hrouda
TO: Anthony Alvarado


Here we go. Buckle up.

When I think about the “myths of Summitview,” there are few that have been as pronounced as the culture of dating in the college years. In fact, my very first Rock service was to the tune of "The Road Less Traveled," in which Robert Frost's life message was used to convey how dating God's way made all the difference. Waiting for seven years was Jacob's standard (twice!), so many in our church have concluded that waiting longer and longer equates to holier and holier dating.

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The Myths of Summitview: Family Size and Sphere Sovereignty


The myth: Really spiritual families have lots and lots of children. (Not sure what all the myth-busting is about? Click here.)

“So … are you aiming for the ‘Summitview Seven’?”
If you have been around these parts awhile and have had more than two kids, there is a better than even chance that you’ve been asked this question. It’s true that there are a fair amount of little hobbits running around on Sunday, and we certainly average more than 2.1 kids per family. That’s a good thing. Children are a blessing from the Lord (Ps 127:3-5). They don’t get in the way of progress. Healthy human life is progress. God said, “Let us make man in our image.” So obviously, then, having more is better … right?

Spheres, Sovereignty and Delegation

Before we rush in where angels fear to tread, let me introduce a helpful, biblical concept. The great Dutch theologian, pastor and civic leader Abraham Kuyper, identified an important theme woven into the Bible. He observed that God has created separate human institutions (the family, the church, the government) that vary in purpose and scope. God delegates sovereign authority in each sphere. A father has authority over his home for a particular purpose as does a pastor over a church and a government over a people. Understanding and respecting the jurisdiction of each sphere will ensure the development of a healthy community.

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The Myths of Summitview: Smells Like Youth Group Spirit

The myth: The “parent-led” youth ministry model in Mpact is domineering. Why can’t the kids just be kids? (Not sure what all the myth-busting is about? Click here.)  

This week in bursting Summitview myth bubbles, we’re going to look at the teen years. Specifically, the role that parents and family play in the lives of teens, both individually and in corporate expressions.
Now, I’ve already lost some of you because I used the word “teen,” which obviously isn’t in the Bible and wasn’t in use in Jesus’ day, and hints at the fact that I’m a postmodern John Dewey at work in the deconstruction of the family. I assure you I am not. So that everyone will read this, I’ll stick to “youth” – human beings in the age range of 12-18, or what we label the “middle and high school years.”

Following the Scriptures

We’ve all seen those clingy, helicopter parents who don’t allow their kids to sneeze without first having a tissue ready for them. For those parents desiring a specific lifestyle standard from their children, there can be a tendency to be more heavy-handed with their youth. Vicariously living through the accomplishments and performances of your teenagers is not a new phenomenon. Parents can get caught up with the outward behaviors of their children instead of focusing on the heart of their children. Is that what happens in Mpact?

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The Myths of Summitview: Fruitfulness in the Dorms and the Burbs


The myth: Once you leave The Rock, all your ministry dreams shrivel up and die. The method: Aaron Ritter and Anthony Alvarado exchanged emails in a joint myth-debunking effort. (Not sure what all the myth-busting is about? Click here.)

FROM: Aaron Ritter
TO: Anthony Alvarado


I have an assortment of scattered thoughts, but maybe we can start throwing out things and see if we arrive somewhere. So here goes.
To begin with, I would acknowledge that college is a unique phase of life with some extraordinary opportunities. There are several factors that make those years an exciting time for ministry. First, when you step on to a campus, you step into a ready-made community that provides a wealth of relatively easy relational opportunities. Since the gospel often flows through relational connections, this opens up all kinds of possibilities. Secondly, it is a community of people who are at a place in life where they are very open to exploring ideas. They’re just beginning to experience the freedom of being out from under their parents’ roof and they’re ready to explore. This kind of mindset lends itself well to evangelistic ministry. Thirdly, this stage of life offers flexibility and therefore opportunity for intense relationship-building and dialogue. Without many firm obligations (assuming that attending class and doing homework are optional), I had lots of late night discussions and was able to more easily adapt my time to opportunities that arose. I also had the freedom to pack in a lot of church-related activities, which probably accelerated growth. And when we experience rapid growth, it seems to generate an excitement and romanticism that’s pretty captivating. There are probably lots more features of this phase of life that makes it unique, but those are at least a few big ones.

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