you’ve likely seen or read somewhere by now that normally non-controversial young life has been in the midst of quite a maelstrom of theological controversy lately. the issue surrounds an internal paper declaring young life’s theological imperatives, when it comes to evangelism. in particular, young life staff are being asked to sign this document. most of the document follows uncontroversially along traditional evangelical theological lines. but there’s a particular point of contention. the paper expects that all young life staff explain sin and separation from god before talking about grace and the cross. it’s the expected order of things that’s the troubling point.
to make things dicier, a crew of young life staff in north carolina objected to that point, and the area director wrote (and circulated, though it doesn’t currently seem to be available) a paper explaining why. he and his entire staff were fired from young life. ok, so that’s some serious “turning up the heat”!
i’ve had a handful of people email me about this, including some who have attached the various documents. and i’ve been meaning to blog about it, but haven’t had the time to give it the theological reflection it deserves. so, in the mean time, i’ll at least get up a collection of links to the various other articles and posts i’ve seen, which, really, cover the entire debacle better than i could here:
a pdf of the young life non-negotiables document (my understanding is that this is a later, softened, version — though i’m not 100% sure on that point)