This past week my friend, Jim, once again invited me to speak with his class of high school seniors at a Christian school on the south side of town. These students are great kids and if you ask me, their voices are prophetic… if you dare to listen carefully enough. In my hour with them I spent half the time describing New Monasticism as an alternative expression of church and then I spent the second half of class experiencing Lectio Divina with them. Together, we quietly and carefully read through John 20: 19-29 and I found their resulting responses seriously profound.
“No one ever messes with our routines like this… can you teach our Bible class too?”
Nearly every student out of the twenty or so in the room had a similar comment. Most of them said something to the effect that they seldom hear the permission or are invited into a quiet space in which they can confront the reality of the scriptures together with the realities of their lives– especially the conflicts and disorienting dilemmas.