A review of Raising the Bar by Alvin Reid


I just finished reading the book Raising the Bar by Dr. Alvin Reid.  I was impressed by Dr. Reid’s knowledge of church history and the impact of young people being used by God throughout the life of Christianity.  This book would benefit any parent, youth pastor, or pastor who is seeking to lead boys and girls to become godly men and women.

Here are a few highlights:

  • “. . . youthful militants in the Middle East who, in the name of faith, are raised up with the hope of being suicide bombers.  To what, in the name of faith, do we raise our youth to aspire?”
  • “We decry low academic standards in public schools, claiming that they teach to the lowest common denominator and are unaware that the majority of their students are capable of rising to an academic challenge,   Yet in our churches, we are guilty of the same low standards.”
  • “The latest technology and research may be of some help but, when it comes to youth ministry, God must be the source of anything eternal.”
  • “Many complain that prayer today has been taken out of public schools.  Buy how many of those who complain pray with their children in their homes?”
  • “Youth do not hate preaching–they hate boring preaching.”
  • Reid offers his own synopsis of the book of page 193:
  1. Stop treating youth like children who are finishing childhood, and start rearing them like young adults moving into adulthood.
  2. Reduce the segregation of youth from the life of the church.
  3. Raise the bar in what we teach in terms of both biblical orthodoxy and orthopraxy.
  4. Do more to strengthen the family.
  5. Make a distinction between explicit biblical teaching and valid principles we can apply to this culture.
  6. Prepare this new generation to take on the whole world.

All in all, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has influence over a young person.

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