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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Kids are Allright

Every now and then, we get a glimpse of what God is doing in the world through His generation of students. Last night, I attended a student-initiated, student led, student-advertised (via Facebook) prayer meeting. We were called to prayer specifically for a Tulane University student who has a serious medical condition.

I (as the oldest person in the room) had the privilege of starting the prayer time. And by the way, the prayer time started the time--no singing or announcements or games or food--they had issued a call to pray. I heard some of the most mature, heartfelt prayer that anyone could imagine. They prayed Scripture, they prayed emotion, they prayed specifically, they praised for answered prayer, they bowed to the holiness of a Sovereign God. It was amazing.

I snuck a peek and saw about 40 of the brightest and best that a generation has to offer. These were students who will be doctors, lawyers, engineers, businesspersons, teachers, and perhaps some will become ministers. They are students at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation and they do not speak of faith, church, prayer, worship or Bible study as if it is a default position--they have lots of other commitments, lots of other responsibilities, lots of other pressures.

Yet they gathered to pray. The church gathered. Not Baptist or InterVarsity or Episcopalian or Campus Crusade for Christ. The church. Not divided by skin color, hometown, or gender, but united by an agreement that their sister needed to hear their voices raised to the Great Physician.

Yes, the Kids are Allright.


  1. Liking the blog, bro. Looking forward to seeing what's on your mind more often, since we Jacksons, as a clan, don't use the phone all that much.

  2. I can definitely relate to this on two levels:
    1. Seeing the passion for God among students.
    2. Being the oldest dude in the room.


  3. Love reading your blog. I'm training small group leaders at our church plant this month, and I taught about the true nature of "the church" last night. Very cool to see your comments (and ALWAYS cool to see God at work among students). Thanks for taking the time to blog. It's a great way to get small tidbits of your wisdom from miles away.