The O'Nan Family Blog

Friday, July 07, 2006

Talkin' 'bout My Generation

My parents are amazing people. I love them more then words can express, and recently they have both made me smile with love and gratitude and appreciation. They have shown me that they love me by trying to understand my church community, and that means worlds to me. A few weeks ago my dad called me. He said, "Honey, I've been reading some things by Ed Stetzer and, oh, you know, that guy in Seattle. What's his name?" "Are you talking about Mark Driscoll?" I asked. "Yeah, Driscoll, that's right. You know, the things that they're saying sound really good. I don't know what all the controversy is about. It seems that they're just doing church in their cultural context." I was smiling from ear to ear as I listened to my Dad talk. I was so excited that my Dad got it! He understands or is at least trying to understand, and that makes me happy.

Alex and I went to visit my parents in Oxford, Mississippi for the 4th of July holiday. My mom had clipped an article by Ed stetzer out of one of the Baptist state papers. In this article Stetzer discusses the difference between Relevants, Reconstructionists, and Revisionists. My mom had circled the subtitle "Relevants." She held up the article for me to see and pointed to the word she had circled. She said, "I've decided this is what your church is." I smiled. My parents love me. They show me they love me by seeking to understand me and seeking to understand why I am a part of a church that is in many ways very different from anything they have ever seen before. I wish many others would follow my parents lead, would show their love for the younger generation by seeking to understand them rather than conform them.


  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger Bobby said…

    Yeah, that's the parent I hope I can be when my kids have grown.

  • At 10:56 AM, Blogger Alex & Laura Beth said…

    Me too. My dad loves The Gaithers and "Christian comedians" that ARE NOT funny, like Dennis Swanburg (I think that's his name). My mom plays the dulcimer with the Oxford Dulcimer Club, and she loves playing the piano and singing old, old Broadway tunes. She also really loves thematic music - patriotic, Christmas, whatever. They like what they like, and that is fine. I want them to keep being who they are. But I truly appreciate it when they seek to understand who I am.


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