Housewife Theologian

The Gospel Interrupting the Ordinary

Because When I Grow Up I Want to be an Old Woman*

Written By: Aimee Byrd - Feb• 12•14

It’s that time of the week again, when the confessional and evangelical world is subjected to hear Carl, Todd, and me have a conversation that counts. Well, only if you want to. For our Bully Pulpit topic today, we discuss an issue in the church that I think many of you would agree needs some attention. Are we welcoming to all the generations in our church? It was an article written by Jonathan Storment over on Scot McKnight’s blog that motivated the topic for the day. Storment actually calls this a crisis in the church, that we may be ill equipped to handle a church of five different generations. Is your church more populated by one generation over the others? Do the different age groups in your church make an effort to hang out together? Do the members in your church value the wisdom of the older generation? These are some of the things we talk about in our short time on the podcast.

2014-01-28T072925Z_1741464675_GM1EA1S16VV01_RTRMADP_3_MUSIC-BEATLESAlso, when you hear the MoS music come on, stay tuned for a little bonus. The Mortification of Spin is celebrating one year of broadcasting, and all of our birthday wishes have come true! Well, maybe not, but the three of us throw out some of our favorite things about the last year. As you can see, Todd and Carl got a little emotional. Take a listen here.

 

*My title is inspired by a song by Michelle Shocked

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4 Comments

  1. Persis says:

    This MoS was timely. My church just had a conference with Dr. Timothy Paul Jones from SBTS on the family and the church. Dr. Jones mentioned serving together as a good way to build cross-generational relationships. It also provides opportunities for the older to teach the younger.

  2. I am one of those old women who will be 70 in June! I have no idea how that happened! I read this morning in Ps. 33:10 “The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.”

    It’s great Amy leads groups for both young and old. Love the service example of Aimee’s family to the older couple in her congregation and how that blessed her children.

    I was glad that my late husband didn’t have to be left alone and now am praying that I am here for my husband all his days as I am his dementia caregiver. Because of volunteer help, a gentleman who is now going to our church, I have I hope we can achieve not putting my husband in a nursing home. I do think we provide a positive example to the “young, restless and Reformed” among our church.

    With our aging population, the church will need to address dementia and Alzheimer’s issues. And these handicapped people can be so fun and funny.

  3. Aimee Byrd says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I think that we are really missing out if we don’t make an effort to have relationships with those both older and younger than us in our local church. And Carol, you make a good point about the church being equipped to address issues that come along with aging. And about the fun and funny part.

  4. Diane says:

    Okay Aimee. So I had to go back to MOS for a second listen just to find the subliminal message behind your photo here. Was it going to be “Paul is dead…” or something like, “Old hippies in the church need to be loved too”? But, I think I got it. Happy Birthday MOS!

What do you think?