Souls in Transition is a study of emerging adults, ages 18-23, and serves as a sequel of sorts to Soul Searching which studied the same group of young people when they were 13-17 years old (and which I have not read). This has allowed the researchers to see how specific people have changed over time … Continue reading Souls in Transition – Real Life Change?
2:17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you— certainly I, Paul, did, again and again— but Satan blocked our way. … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – I Miss You!
Saying things like "most emerging adults are leaving religion" or "many emerging adults are spiritual" are dangerous generalizations in their vagueness. The truth is that all emerging adults, all people, are unique. Therefore, while Smith and Snell in the sixth chapter of Souls in Transition illustrate six major religious types of emerging adults, they do … Continue reading Souls in Transition – Six Types of Emerging Adults
13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica 4 – Transformation
Moral Therapeutic Deism (MTD) was found to be the best description of the religion of American teenagers in Christian Smith's previous study, Soul Searching. MTD consists of five key beliefs: (1) a God exists who created the world and watches over human life; (2) God wants people to be nice, good and fair to each … Continue reading Souls in Transition – Moral Therapeutic Deism
I have always been skeptical of preachers on television. Whenever I talk to my grandmother she mentions the preachers she watches on television. I smile while on the inside wondering how sincere these preachers are. Of course, most preachers on television are (probably) sincere, Jesus-loving people. But others are charlatans who have found a way … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica Week 3 – Motives
The fourth chapter of Souls in Transition is loaded with statistics! Smith and Snell trace the changes that occur as teenagers move into young (emerging) adulthood. Reading through the chapter a pattern appears. First, three groups see little decline in numbers, and perhaps in some areas a growth in commitment, during these years: evangelical Protestants, … Continue reading Souls in Transition – Role of Campus Ministry in Lives of Emerging Adults
When I was growing up I got saved pretty often. In Sunday school or at other youth activities they would ask if you wanted to believe in Jesus and get saved. Usually I did, if just to make sure the last time was legit. When I went to summer camp, I got saved there too. … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – Week 2 – Assurance
Way back in December, then again just a few weeks ago, CSF hosted a "Question" night. We never really settled on a title (the most recent one was "Question and Response", the one back in December had a more creative name). The one in December we worked really hard on promoting on campus as well … Continue reading Questions…
One of my favorite classes when I was a student at Penn State was Sociology of Religion with Roger Finke. He was a knowledgeable and likeable professor who taught with a passion. I enjoyed the class and Dr. Finke so much that I ended up asking him to write one of my recommendations for seminary! … Continue reading Souls in Transition: Historical Perspectives and some Sociology