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

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 … Continue reading Another Day, Another Study Shows Shrinking Affiliation to Christianity

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

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

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 … Continue reading Young Adults Who Wander from Faith (You Lost Me 2)

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