Moral Therapeutic Deism – You Lost Me (A Sidebar)

I’ve been slowly blogging through David Kinnaman’s book You Lost Me which analyzes the reasons why so many young people either wander away from faith completely, put faith on hold for a time, or feel disconnected to faith while still being in the church.  One of the reasons given is that Christian faith is shallow. […]

Shallow – Young Adults Who Wander (You Lost Me 7)

One of my favorite people in the world is Ron.  Ron retired after a long and successful career as a chemist.  He spends his retirement on campus at Penn State Berks, tutoring students in chemistry.  Ron does this because of his Christian faith: he is using his gifts to connect with young people and speak […]

Is the Church Overprotective? Young Adults Who Wander (You Lost Me 6)

A few years back I was talking to someone about what I do as a campus minister and I made a comment along the lines of how I don’t really listen to Christian music.  The person was kind of surprised, thinking I listened to such holy music so I could recommend it to my students. […]

Young Adults Who Wander From Faith (You Lost Me 5)

In my last post on David Kinnaman’s book You Lost Me I talked about nomads, those young people who walk away from church involvement but who still consider themselves Christians.  There are two other groups Kinnaman looks at in the book: prodigals and exiles. Prodigals are young adults who leave the faith of their childhood […]

Young Adults Who Wander From Faith (You Lost Me 4)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I spent a week with Penn State Berks students, many of whom could be classified as “nomads.”  David Kinnaman defines the nomads in his book You Lost Me: For these young adults, faith is nomadic, seasonal, or may appear to be an optional or peripheral part of life. […]

Reflections on a Memorable Week

I spent most of last week dressed as Noah: tunic, cloak, itchy wig and a staff.  The staff was perhaps confusing, some people saw me and thought I was Moses or just a crazy lost shepherd. The reason I dressed like this was that I had the privilege to join eleven Penn State Berks students […]

Young Adults Who Wander from Faith (You Lost Me 3)

I want a pair of Google glasses. A pair of glasses that are basically a computer in your field of vision.  How cool would they be? I actually got into an argument with some of my students a few months back.  They seemed more skeptical then me about the possibility or usefulness of something like […]

Young Adults Who Wander from Faith (You Lost Me 1)

What do we make of this statement from David Kinnaman’s book You Lost Me: “Teenagers are some of the most religiously active Americans. American twentysomethings are the least religiously active” (Kindle Location 246-248) I see it every year at Penn State Berks.  Students who were heavily involved in their church youth group do not get […]

The Campus (Ministry) Tsunami

David Brooks writes in his piece, The Campus Tsunami, “What happened to the newspaper and magazine business is about to happen to higher education: a rescrambling around the Web.” Brooks mentions many of the doubts people have about the usefulness of online learning: decreased academic standards, celebrity professors putting everyone else out of a job, […]

College-Aged Millennials – You Lost Me!

The Public Research Institute recently released their study titled “A Generation in Transition: Religion, Values and Politics among College-Aged Millennials” It is filled with interesting findings for campus ministers, or anyone who is connected with, college students. *They are generally independent but lean towards the Democratic party. *There is a move towards no affiliation with […]