I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

– 1 John 2:14 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

Notice the generational differences in this passage: young men bring adventures to the community of faith while fathers are known for their relationship with God. The church should be a place filled with the strength (and sometimes, the mess) of youth while also honoring the perspectives that come with a lifetime of godliness. Each generation is in desperate need of the other, and we would do well to make room for both in the house of God.

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