In my early fifties (I am now 64), I started to keep a designated journal on aging. It has random reflections of mine and books I’ve read.
American pastors talk very little about aging, even though the Bible has much to say about it. And aging is an important subject not only for us older folks, but those much younger are wise to think about the body’s decline (see Ecc. 12).
I picked up Changing Minds at the Harvard bookstore, one of my happy places. It was in a stack of copies at a significant discount.
Changing Minds is not long (166 pages), but that does not limit its brilliance. It is a careful work, but the writing is lucid along with many fascinating studies that hold the reader’s attention.
These fascinating studies and insights demonstrate as the subtitle says, “how aging language and language affects aging.”
Reflections from one of my journals:
Aging is a secret society to your younger self. You enter into it much quicker than you ever imagined. The dues which you must pay are very steep!
A surprisingly potent technique can boost your short and long-term recall – and it appears to help everyone from students to Alzheimer’s patients.
Two questions I recently posed to Scot McKnight:
Two questions and I am looking for your quick, gut answers, especially since there is no way to know for certain. So from your own experience in ministry:
How much of an issue (from 1-10, with 10 being a semi truck sized issue) are:
The lack of compelling, joyful, wise, thoughtful, loving, and faith-filled folks over 50?
The lack of regard pastors and other ministry leaders under 40 have for the first group?
My own experience is positive. I am 59 and find lots of young men who desire time and input. However, I certainly see the effects of ageism in the church that is sadly perpetuated by too many, younger leaders.
On #1, a one or two: there are plenty.
On #2, too much but it is less that than a culture that doesn’t think in terms of wisdom but in terms of creativity and newness.