Beyond Belief, Session 4 (God is Forgiving): Discussion Option for Boomers



In an interview with P.J. O’Rourke, author of The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again), published in the Chicago Tribune January 2, 2014, O’Rourke characterizes the Boomer generation (his generation) as a “…more go-along-get-along group of people.” He was making an observation regarding one of the consequences of coming of age in an economically prosperous time:

While a prosperous economic time may create a generation that’s complacent and self-absorbed, it also creates a far less violent, more go-along-get-along group of people.

  • Do you think of yourself as a “go-along-get-along” type of person? Why or why not?
  • Do you think “go-along-get-along” sometimes means a lack of discernment, or a hesitancy to call a sin a sin? If so, how does that contrast with your understanding of John’s words regarding “darkness” and “light”?
  • Our Point today is “God always forgives when I truly repent.” How is a “go-along-get-along” attitude a hindrance to repentance?

Read the entire interview here


Substitute the following question for Question 2 in the Personal Study Guide: What characterizes something as “darkness” or “light”? Am I willing to overlook some “dark” things around me for the sake of peace and getting along? Why? According to 1 John 1:6, is this considered “walking in darkness”? Why or why not?


We want to hear from you! How are you introducing the topic of Forgiveness with the Boomers in your group?


MikeStoverpic2007The options for Boomer groups for the Beyond Belief unit were written by Michael Stover. Michael is a husband to one and a father of five, with over twenty years of experience in local church ministry. He and his family currently live in Jonesborough, Tennessee where he enjoys writing, computers, hunting, and fishing. You can connect with Michael on Twitter at and read periodic musings on a variety of topics on his blog at

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