Over my nearly six years at Penn State Berks, CSF has always had a diverse group of Christians. We have had, and still have today, students from all kinds of backgrounds and denominations: Methodist and Mennonite, Presbyterian and Pentecostal, Catholic and Calvinist (and now I am at a loss for other doublets I can make … Continue reading On Campus at Penn State Berks – Unity!
The National Study of Youth and Religion has shown that teenagers highly devoted to faith have families and churches that provide support. Specifically, this support reinforces four cultural tools that set young people firmly in their religious tradition (Almost Christian, 49): 1. They confess their tradition's creed, or God story. 2. They belong to a … Continue reading Almost Christian 3 – Mormon Envy
I found Albert Mohler making a good point here: "News of the “house of horrors” in Pennsylvania brings prompt moral outrage, and understandably so. But is the abortion clinic on the corner, established for the purpose of killing unborn children, any less a house of horrors. The couple in Australia openly admitted aborting their twin … Continue reading Recent Reads
My friend Zach has started a fun website, check it out and contribute to the discussion: Life in Tandem. Too often pastors make the news for scandal, so it is refreshing to read the story of Francis Chan. Ironically, part of the reason he left the church was because he becoming a Christian celebrity, but … Continue reading Recent Reads
In May my wife is due to give birth to our first child. I am both excited and terrified to be a father. In the midst of all the doctor's appointments, searching for cribs and other necessities, and reading books about parenting I have been thinking about what to do with Santa Claus? Maybe this … Continue reading What Should I do with Santa Claus?
Berks Idol is a yearly event on campus, sponsored by PSU Berks THON, that allows students to share their talents. There were sixteen performances that included interpretive dance, a barbershop quartet, soloists, and more. A group of CSF students performed a skit they called "The Greatest Story ever Told" which you can see here … Continue reading Greatest Story Ever Told…on campus
Since Penn State has no fall break, students go straight through from August until today, thirteen straight weeks of class with only labor day as a respite in early September. But now they head home for a full week off. They need a break. I can definitely see their weariness in their eyes and body … Continue reading On Campus at PSU Berks
This semester at CSF we are going through Matthew's telling of the story of Jesus. Last night we spoke about how we are liberated from the bondage of sin so that we are enabled to live, by the strength of the Holy Spirit, lives of radical, counter-cultural discipleship. Studies have shown that the religion of … Continue reading Weekly Word – Costly Grace
Last night at CSF we talked about the family tree (the genealogy) of Jesus that Matthew begins his story with (1:1-17). Many Jews wrote genealogies in their histories but Matthew is unique in including four women. Even more amazing, rather than including some of the great women from the Old Testament (Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel), he … Continue reading Weekly Word – Matthew’s Genealogy – Judah
2:13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica – Encouraged by Grace