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What do we cultivate?

I am ... in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you' (Galatians 4:19-20)

I confess: I'm troubled because I meet so many church youth — and adults too — who don't know why they're Christian or what difference it makes in their lives. I'm grateful that Idamae Knutson, a reader of The Lutheran, sent me a striking art piece to remind me of Socrates' proverb: "What is honored is cultivated."

If we want the children in our churches truly to know Christ and follow his way of life, it requires more than Sunday school classes. To honor both Christ and children necessitates that we immerse our youth in the traditions of the faith and in Jesus' way of life, that we cultivate in them both the community's beliefs and its practices.


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