Welcome to Living Theologically! My hope is that you’ll find this to be a consistently place to find articles that are both informative and practical, without needing to choose between the two. Each article is written with a firm commitment towards theological reflection and faithful Christian living.
As the well-known Christian teacher R.C. Sproul has said, Everyone’s a Theologian! Too often, people find theology intimidating and unapproachable. It doesn’t need to be that way. Though this site, my goal is to inform and guide.
If you’re new here, below are a few of my favorite articles. These should give you a flavor of what you’ll find on this site.
5 Reasons Youth Workers Need Theology Youth Ministry has a reputation for being anti-theological. Here are five reasons why theology matters for youth workers.
The Gospel and the Pursuit of Racial Unity As the racial divide widens, the Church has a unique opportunity to lead in racial unity because the gospel demands it. The message of the gospel is truly “good news for all people.”
Understanding the Lord’s Prayer You may be able to recite the Lord’s Prayer, but do you understand what the different petitions mean?
What is the Trinity? If you need to believe in the Trinity to be a Christian, shouldn’t we be able to explain the Trinity better?
5 Reasons Why Church History Matters Church History has a bad reputation for being boring and irrelevant. But you aren’t the first Christian who’s ever lived, so you have a lot to learn from those who have walked this path before you.
These are articles I’ve written for various other websites.
Parents, Tell Your Kids They’re Sinners (The Gospel Coalition) If we refuse to teach our kids about sin, we’re withholding the opportunity for them to receive the grace of God.
9 Things You Need to Know About Youth Ministry (The Gospel Coalition) What do youth ministers want others to know about youth ministry?
Youth Ministry Bridges Parents and Church (The Gospel Coalition) How youth ministry can have long-term impact by serving as a bridge between the church and home.
The Authenticity Paradox (The Rooted Ministry) the more you pursue authenticity, the more elusive it will be. Instead, boast in Jesus Christ who saves sinners. And because He saves sinners, the need to “have your act together” can drop to the floor.
Is Youth Ministry Really “New” to the Church? (The Rooted Ministry) Tracing youth ministry throughout Church History and what youth workers should remember from based off how youth ministry has always been done.
Should the Youth Pastor Disciple Parents? (The Rooted Ministry) Youth Pastors need to be the parents’ greatest advocate in the church, but are they always the right person to be the ones discipling parents?
Why We Need Theology More Than Netflix (LeaderTreks) When we strive to make theology a larger part of our lives and our ministries, our depth of insight will open up new conversations about life and faith, and we will be better equipped to understand how to apply the gospel to the everyday challenges our students are facing.
God is Not Your Butler (Radical) A sense of entitlement often leads to students, and many adults, who view God as their butler. The assumption is that God exists to serve us; not the other way around.
Death by Tech (YouthWorker Journal) Tech should fuel face-to-face ministry instead of bing a replacement for personal relationships.
Reviews of my book, A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry
Review: A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry by Michael McGarry, by Jon Coombs (The Gospel Coalition: Australia)
“This is an excellent book … the book those of us who think theologically about youth ministry, and the role of youth pastor, have been waiting for.
“…Ironically, for a book that sounds less practical than others within the youth ministry literature A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry is extremely so. I’ve been trying to think about what else could have added to the volume, but this book does a great job in outlining the various themes of scripture, history, and modern day youth ministry.”
The Top Five Reasons to Read A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry (Even if You Aren’t a Youth Minister), by Davis Lacey (The Rooted Ministry)
“I may not be a youth minister, but I am charged to minister to the church’s youth.
“And by God’s grace, dear reader, so are you.
“As McGarry notes in his first chapter, ministry to teenagers is nothing short of pressing into one of our world’s most needy frontiers for disciple-making. But to quote Adoniram Judson (who, like McGarry, is a Baptist from New England): “The prospects are as bright as the promises of God.” A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry is a helpful guide for each of us as we minister to teenagers: not only because it provides practical advice for the journey, but also because it points us to the Faithful One whose promises are true. For those reasons and for others, I commend it without reservation.”
Book Review: A Biblical Theology Of Youth Ministry By Michael McGarry by Mick Hyam (YouthWorks College)
“In his new book, A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry, Michael McGarry (in conjunction with Rooted Ministry) addresses some of the hot topics in the youth ministry world at the moment. Questions such as: is youth ministry biblical? Is the local church structured and programmed in a way that silently encourages parental negligence? And, of course, the dropout rate.
“McGarry’s emphasis is on ”presenting a clear and simple but thoroughly biblical framework for thinking about youth ministry as the church’s expression of partnership with the family in co-evangelising and co-discipling the next generation” (p.3).