Readers familiar with Hopeful Realism will know that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the motivations behind our travel-oriented mission jaunts (the most recent reflection is here). To be absolutely clear, in no way do I wish to provide justification for someone to just deny a call to embark for an exciting and difficult ministry. The heart behind the “We Need Boring Christians” articles with Relevant is to offer a corrective to motivations sourced more in popular culture than in divine calling. To do something epic and awesome is in the air.
Then again, mobility among young adults is decreasing. In my circles as a former college pastor, overseas adventure was often the rave. But Collin Hansen has been studying reports that mobility among young adults has actually decreased. In a piece at The Gospel Coalition, he provides theological reflection on this sociological phenomenon. In an economy that makes leaving home more bracing, he observes some redemptive treasures available to the “stay-home generation,” like the commitment to place and the daily experience of the (sometimes unexciting) relational ties at home that contribute so powerfully to our growth as Christians.
Check it out. Worth the read….