Beloit College Mindset List Class of 2018

Every year I enjoy the Beloit College Mindset List.   Of course, every year it makes me feel older and older.  The first one on the list notes that this year’s freshmen were in kindergarten when the planes hit the World Trade Center 13 years ago.  Wow. Here are some highlights from this year’s list.Continue reading “Beloit College Mindset List Class of 2018”

Unity and Diversity (Listening to the Saints)

I am writing a series of posts as devotionals for my college students this summer.  Many of these have been inspired by Pascal’s Pensees, but I am also reading portions of the early church fathers.  This post is inspired by Clement of Rome. There is debate in scholarly circles, but in general all the booksContinue reading “Unity and Diversity (Listening to the Saints)”

Pascal’s Wager – A Leap of Faith (Reflections on Pascal’s Pensees)

If you’ve heard anything of Pascal, it is probably his famous “wager”: “Let us then examine this point, and say, “God is, or He is not.” But to which side shall we incline? Reason can decide nothing here. There is an infinite chaos which separated us. A game is being played at the extremity ofContinue reading “Pascal’s Wager – A Leap of Faith (Reflections on Pascal’s Pensees)”

Having Faith and Doubt – When Both Sides Sometimes Make Sense (Reflections on Pascal’s Pensees)

I’ve been sharing reflections on portions of Blaise Pascal’s Pensees (Thoughts), writing with my students at PSU Berks in mind.  Today I come to one of my favorite quotes from the book: This is what I see and what troubles me. I look on all sides, and I see only darkness everywhere. Nature presents toContinue reading “Having Faith and Doubt – When Both Sides Sometimes Make Sense (Reflections on Pascal’s Pensees)”

What Motivates You? Thoughts on Pascal’s Pensees (Listening to the Saints)

“Vanity is so anchored in the heart of man that a soldier, a soldier’s servant, a cook, a porter brags, and wishes to have his admirers. Even philosophers wish for them. Those who write against it want to have the glory of having written well; [72] and those who read it desire the glory ofContinue reading “What Motivates You? Thoughts on Pascal’s Pensees (Listening to the Saints)”

King of the Campus by Stephen Lutz

Steve Lutz does ministry with college students at Penn State University and in his previous book, College Ministry in a Post-Christian Culture, gave others who work in campus ministry a lot to ponder and put into practice. His second book, King of the Campus,  is targeted not to his fellow pastors but instead to ChristianContinue reading “King of the Campus by Stephen Lutz”

Free Hot Chocolate, Candy Canes and Prayers

“Oh, and we’ll also offer to pray for people.  We’re Christians, its what we do.” I don’t recall if those were the exact words Andrew, president of CSF, and I wrote in the event registration form, but they were close.  For the last couple years CSF has done a sort of “Christmas outreach” during theContinue reading “Free Hot Chocolate, Candy Canes and Prayers”

What A Student Who Loves Doctor Who Taught me About Faith

This article was written for my December newsletter, sent out to all supporters of my ministry at PSU Berks.  I thought it was worth posting here too. On Monday, November 23 I found myself in a theater surrounded by “Whovians.”  For those of you who don’t know – a “Whovian” is a fan of theContinue reading “What A Student Who Loves Doctor Who Taught me About Faith”

Spiritual Disciplines – Simplicity and Service

This past Thursday at CSF we continued our discussion of the spiritual disciplines.  Once again we tackled two of them – simplicity and service. Luke 12:13-33 was our primary text.  Here Jesus warns against greed, telling the crowds to beware storing up things for yourself but not being rich towards God.  From this we seeContinue reading “Spiritual Disciplines – Simplicity and Service”

Spiritual Disciplines – Study and Solitude

Last Thursday at CSF we continued our study of the Spiritual Disciplines, using Richard Foster’s classic Celebration of Discipline as our guide (along with the Bible, of course).  Here is a brief summary of what we talked about. If you read through the book of Acts quickly you may miss that those 28 chapters coverContinue reading “Spiritual Disciplines – Study and Solitude”