#22 – Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm (My 100 Favorite Books)

I said yesterday that we’re at a point where all the authors on this list are my favorites.  This implied I may choose one book of theirs, but I’ve read others.  Well, there are still some of whom I have only read one book.  Its not that these authors are “one-hit wonders”.  Its just that […]

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 […]

We All Want to Fit In Somewhere – Thoughts on Popularity, Fear and Double Standards

Certainly in light of the recent decision of the PCUSA church to endorse gay marriage, a pastor whom I follow offered a blog post warning against seeking friends with the culture.  This post made me think for, though I’ve heard the same thing before, it seemed to make some questionable, even contradictory, points. If you […]

Everyone Compromise With Culture…so Be Humble

I’ve read many times that Christians who support gay marriage are compromising with culture.  This post is not about whether such an accusation is true or not.  What is intriguing to me is that those who make such an accusation often do not realize the ways they themselves have compromised with culture. This was apparent […]

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 […]

Culture of Pornography, Sexting and Trafficking (Recent Reads)

There are many times when being a parent terrifies me.  One example is when I think about the sort of world my daughter is going to grow up in.  Articles like this one make me sick, scared and angry: Children and the Culture of Pornography: “Boys will ask you everyday until you say yes.”   […]

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 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 2)

David Kinnaman, in his book You Lost Me, notes that there are three broad ways of wandering from the faith. Nomads walk away from church engagement but still consider themselves Christians. Prodigals lose their faith, describing themselves as “no longer Christian.” Exiles are still invested in their Christian faith but feel stuck (or lost) between […]

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 […]