Next weekend's New York Times Magazine has a fascinating cover story on emerging adulthood, a term coined by the psychology professor Jeffrey Arnett to describe the stage of life between adolescence and adulthood. It's already posted here. Jeff is a dear friend dating back many years to a time when we both were still emerging adults, each doing graduate work at the University of Virginia. It's a wonderful term and a wonderful but frightening time of life. Reaching emerging adults seems to me one of the most difficult challenges for the church in our time, since their cultural experience so often seems at odds with the values reflected in the church, in ways both good and bad.