By far the most invigorating, challenging and hopeful main session talks of the 2014 Orange Conference occurred during the first main session. No surprise that Reggie Joiner brought the goods during his first talk of the conference, but the content surprised many of us. He addressed the tension of the the sticky, messy faith of kids and teenagers. Joiner called all of us to think outside the box with creativity and inclusion. Quite honestly, he made all of us think about what it means to love truly and authentically, which for a man of his platform and popularity, took a lot of courage to do, even though churches and Christians need to hear his message nonetheless.
I posted my notes below for you to read - or better said: to wrestle with! Let yourself enter into the tension of the phrases before you either choose sides or disregard Joiner's talk entirely. And as you do so, keep a teenager, family member, new Christian, or non-Christian friend you know in mind. I did this while listening to his talk, and it made this tension all the more real.