Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Trouble with Paris

a Biblical thought...
So don't sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it! (Hebrews 12:12-13)

a Book thought...
Pleasure, meaning, happiness, and joy can be found by following in the footsteps of Christ. (p205 Sayers)

a Dave thought...
Mark Sayers was the youth pastor at Camberwell 10 years ago, and has also served in THQ in the youth department in years gone by as well. Many of you would have come across his DVD entitled The Trouble with Paris I have recently read the book of the same title and highly recommend it to all who are working with Gen Xers or Y's in the western world.

Doesn't everyone want the good life these days? Our shopping mall world offers us a never-ending array of pleasures to explore. Consumerism promises us a vision of heaven on earth-a reality that's hyper-real. We've all experienced hyperreality: a candy so 'grape-ey' it doesn't taste like grapes any more; a model's photo so manipulated that it doesn't even look like her; a theme park version of life that tells us we can have something better than the real thing. But what if this reality is not all that it's cracked up to be? Admit it, we've been ripped off by our culture and its version of reality that leaves us lonely, bored, and trapped. But what's the alternative?

In The Trouble With Paris, pastor Mark Sayers shows us how the lifestyles of most young adults (19-35) actually work against a life of meaning and happiness to sabotage their faith. Sayers shows how a fresh understanding of God's intention for our world is the true path to happiness, fulfillment, and meaning.

Just a thought.

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