When does one become an adult? Is adulthood defined by an age or an accomplishment? Should there be a ritual that commemorates adulthood? Is adulthood cross-cultural? Is adolescence a cultural phenomenon or a universal issue?
I am not a sociologist, but sociology and social psychology fascinate me. I am not a cultural anthropologist, but I have studied cultures for my entire life. As a pastor of a church across the street from a high school, around the corner from another, and just a few blocks from a significant college; I must be a student of adolescence. I believe that every pastor needs to exegete his cultural context and effectively bring Christ into the culture.
The end of one chapter is generally the start of another. The end of summer is the beginning of fall. The end of daylight savings time is the start of short afternoons and cold mornings. The end of Thanksgiving marks the beginning of Advent. The end of Advent marks the beginning of Lent which ends with Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday. And so it goes, things and seasons end and new things begin.
I love chapter breaks in books. I don’t know why it is so important to me, but I love to close one chapter and start another. I recently read a book that had chapter breaks every two to five pages. I loved it! I don’t know if I have ever read a book that fast, but it may have been because of the chap...