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September 10, 2012

Doubt as a Step Forward

Are you plagued by doubt? That may be good news after all. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.


Last week on the Christianity Today blog, Kara Powell, the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute reported the findings of a study of youth group grads in their first three years of college. According to Powell, it’s vital for pastors, parents and youth workers to understand that “Contrary to what many of us might believe, students who feel the most free to express doubt and discuss their personal problems actually exhibit more… faith indicators in high school and college. Doubt in and of itself isn’t toxic. It’s unexpressed doubt that becomes toxic.”

If a student feels like doubts aren’t allowed in church, they get the impression that Christianity can’t handle the tough questions. One of the best things we can do is create a space where doubts can be expressed, heard, and thoughtfully engaged. Come to, to find a link to Powell’s article and websites that can help you handle those tough questions. For the Point, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Steve Jobs, Back to School and why Doubt Belongs in Your Youth Group Curriculum
Kara Powell | Christianity Today, Her.Meneutics Blog | September 04, 2012

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