Old as Dirt (or be sure to update you cultural markers…)

In writing sermons the cultural references are always tricky. You come embedded with your own, but you are hopefully preaching for an audience that spans WW2 vets (although fewer) to Dora the Explorer Birthday party people. Being attentive here means trying to work in different references and translating if possible (i.e. Capt. Reynolds from Firefly::Marshall Dillon on Gunsmoke). Here is the Beloit College Mindset list for the new class of 2014. (HT: Scott McKnight/Jesus Creed)

Three struck me a wow statements:
41. American companies have always done business in Vietnam.
52. There have always been women priests in the Anglican Church.
68. They have never worried about a Russian missile strike on the U.S.

Ok a fourth one made me feel real old – 46. Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.

Fights & fears that defined people, that still define people, that people are still fighting – have always been over for this age group.