Problem of Evil and Suffering, Sandor Clegane Style

Why does God allow good people to suffer? Why is God silent in the face of suffering? Why does God not step in and stop evil? Why do the wicked survive and the good perish? These are as questions as old as time (see the book of Job and Psalms).  The first episode of season […]

Beloit College Mindset List , Class of 2019

Every year Beloit College releases their mindset list to give us a window on the world in which incoming freshman have grown up.  This list is always a fun and enlightening read. When I speak to churches about campus ministry, I say that working with college students does require us to speak a new language […]

Another Day, Another Study Shows Shrinking Affiliation to Christianity

I’ve seen a bunch of news stories on a new Pew Research Center study that shows a decline in the percentage of Americans who identify as Christians as well as growth, especially among those born since 1980, of those who identify as non-religious.  This group includes atheists, agnostics and those who may believe in God […]

Why I Don’t Give a Straight Answer to Every Question

“Yeah, but Dave, what do you believe is the right answer?” One evening during our recent Spring Break trip I was sitting at dinner with two member of our team.   The student who asked this question is Heather.  Heather has been a member of CSF for over three years.  In that time I have […]

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. […]

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 the […]

Spiritual and Religious Discussion Night (Q and A!)

Last night at CSF we had a discussion night.  Or a question and answer night.  Honestly, we call it a lot of things.  It is something we do 1-2 times each semester.  We go off of our usual format and simply talk about whatever questions and topics students want to talk about.  Students each get […]

Alcohol and Assault

Yesterday I came across this article by Emily Yoffe on Slate – “College Women: Stop Getting Drunk.”  Yoffe writes on how drunk women on college campuses are much more susceptible to male, often sober, sexual predators.  She is clear that she is not blaming women, assault is the man’s fault.  But choosing not to get […]

Are Christians Anti-Science? (You Lost Me 8)

In You Lost Me, David Kinnaman states that “Millions of young Christians perceive Christianity to be in opposition to modern science.”  The rest of this chapter goes on to analyze the data that says many young adults walk away from faith, or become disillusioned with faith, because it appears to be opposed to modern science. […]

College Mindset List – Class of 2016

I love reading the Beloit College Mindset list each year.  It gives us a window into the world of students entering college, a world that is viewed quite differently from those of us who have been around this planet a bit longer. Here are some of my favorites from this year’s list, for the class […]