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Join us on an examination of the youth ministry juggernaut Young Life and its meticulously calculated discipleship techniques.
This episode features Grace's personal story of how they fell deep into Young Life as a high schooler and ended up launching a new YL chapter at their college campus—before it all came crashing down. We’re thinking about the ethics of evangelizing to children, the role of coercion in youth ministry, and how adults cultivate close relationships with children in the name of "saving souls." It all begs the question…
Would Jesus Weep?
TW: Discussion of sexual harassment and assault of both children and adults. No graphic descriptions.
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"Youth Ministry Accused Of Deceiving Queer Teens With ‘Bait And Switch'" | Huffington Post
"Christian youth group 'YoungLife' under fire over alleged LGBTQ policy seen in leaked document" | Queen City News
"Young Life projects an image of cool Christianity. But former members say they experienced sexual misconduct during their time at the mega-ministry." | Business Week
Official 2013 "Young Life Leader Training" handbook Grace received
|Mar 17, 2023|
Grace, Child of God, has COVID-19 | Stay tuned for episode 3
Episode 3 is an examination of the youth ministry empire Young Life and the extensively calculated discipleship and "megachurch marketing" techniques the organization, and others, have pioneered to "win kids for Christ."
This episode features Grace's personal story of how they feel deep into YL as a high schooler and ended up launching a new YL chapter at their college campus—before it all came crashing down.
|Mar 01, 2023|
The Creation Museum, Part Two
In which our favorite Australian creationist debates Bill Nye, sues the Commonwealth of Kentucky, uses taxpayer money to subsidize what Grace describes as a "big log of shit"—and somehow ends up more powerful than ever.
|Feb 02, 2023|
The Creation Museum
The epic story of how an Australian fundamentalist named Ken Ham moved to America, created a global evangelical empire, and founded a purported "natural history museum" in Kentucky that teaches its visitors that the earth is 6,000 years old and evolution is a myth.
This is Jesus Wept.
Every episode, writers Grace Gilbert and Boen Wang will take you into the depths of evangelical Christianity, guiding you through stories that are weird/wild/sometimes disturbing—stories that have profound implications for American religion, culture, and society.
You can find us on IG and Twitter @jesusweptpod, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned: things only get weirder from here.
|Jan 01, 2023|