My name is Mike McGarry, and I’d like to welcome you to Living Theologically. My desire is for this to be a blog where normal Christians discover how theology shapes the Christian life.
Studying theology has literally changed my life by sparking a desire to learn, question, and challenge myself to understand more about who God is, what he’s done, and how we can honor him accordingly.
Who Am I?
I’ve lived in Massachusetts my entire life and I’m proud to be a New Englander. My wife is a special education administrator in the public schools. We’ve been married since ’04 and have one teenager and a tween. That makes me Youth Pastor Dad – so far, that’s been a lot of fun and has prompted some great conversations. I love books, football, coffee, and Marvel comics.
I am the Youth Pastor at South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham, MA and served in my previous church for 14 years. I studied at Gordon College and at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. & D.Min). This blog is the result of my desire to translate theology for a new generation of “normal Christians,” helping them discover the ways we all live theologically.
I am the author of the forthcoming book, Lead Them to Jesus: A Handbook for Youth Workers (New Growth Press, August 2021). This book is written to help volunteer youth workers answer teenagers’ theological questions and to equip them with the practical skills needed for fruitful gospel-centered youth ministry.
A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry: Teenagers in the Life of the Church (Randall House Academic, 2019). “Is youth ministry biblical?” That question drove me to write this book. Some say the Bible never mentions youth ministry, but this book presents a biblical, historical, and theological foundation for ministry to teenagers (and children). Rather than providing a new paradigm for youth ministry, I simply present the biblical foundation and highlight a few common threads from Genesis-Revelation, Church History, and basic Christian doctrine.
I was a contributor to Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide (Crossway, 2016). My chapter highlights the importance of Partnering with Parents. In many ways, this chapter is a distillation of my D.Min. thesis and forms the foundation for much of my other recent work.
I am the author of LeaderTreks’ “Devotional Theology” line of curriculum. Teenagers need a solid foundation for their faith if they’re going to continue walking with Jesus throughout adulthood. This series presents important theological truths in a way that can be used for both large and small group messages. Devotional Theology will be available in August, 2021 – beginning with a series on the Apostles’ Creed.
I am also a long-time contributor to the Rooted Ministry Blog. Rooted is a ministry focused on advancing gospel-centered youth ministry and hosts an annual conference, quarterly Regional Groups, and one of the most prolific blogs for youth workers and Christian parents. I cannot say enough about how much I’ve learned from my friends at Rooted!
I am one of the co-hosts of Thanos to Theos, a podcast about comics, culture, theology, and youth ministry. Clark and Kevin and I have a ton of fun together laughing at each other, arguing over geek culture, and highlighting theological truth for teenagers that we glean from the world of superheroes. If seminaries can host courses on Tolkien and Narnia, then we can talk about Marvel and theology!
Speaking and Consultation
I’m a full-time youth pastor, so my availability to speak, preach, and do consultation work is fairly limited, but I’m happy to talk with you about the potential to serve you, your team/church, and your students. Here are a few samples of various types of speaking engagements. Please contact me directly if you are interested in talking further.