Reflection on "a Broken Generation"

Jesus said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. ... For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" (Matt. 9:12-13).

One day you get a panicked e-mail from your professor. It seems the Religion and Philosophy Department wants to know how his Church history class effectively integrates faith, learning, and ministry. They are unimpressed with his platitudes and demand specifics. "Can anyone bail me out?" he asks. "Anyone?!"

Moved by pity, and secretly hoping it will help your grade, you respond.

"I'll give you a topic," he says, lamely trying to imitate Mike Myers as Linda Richman in Coffee Talk. "At my new faculty orientation, Jason Kaylor, ASB president, described today's college students as 'a broken generation.' This semester you've been reading in Moynahan and McKim about a broken Church. Sometimes the reading has been downright sickening. Yet even the most sinful and compromised Christians continue to tell the story of Jesus as their hope, and the hope of the world. So here's what I want you to do...."

"Using at least two of the following sources — Moynahan, McKim, Hynes, and lectures — choose one or more episodes in Christian history. Show how the brokenness that the Church displays in these episodes helps you understand and heal your own generation's brokenness.

"Remember, the department is looking for specifics both in the course material and in your application of it. Don't let me down!"

Please keep your paper three pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. As always, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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