Reflections on a Crazy, Wonderful Weekend

I still remember my first ever fall retreat with Christian Student Fellowship as a student.  It was way back in the fall of 2000.  We went to Sylvan Hills Christian Camp, about 20 minutes from State College, PA.  The guest speaker talked a lot about Jesus' disciple Peter.  That's about all I remember, other then…

Listening to People…Not Making them Objects

I recall various times throughout my life when I found myself a part of a circle of Christians having a discussion about some other person or group of people.  This discussion centered on the question: "can this group/person be a sincere or real Christian?" I read a book recently where a sentence stated, "can a…

The Numbers Game and Investing in One Life

Every semester in campus ministry is a new adventure.  Students from the previous year have moved on, either graduating or transferring to University Park.  A new influx of students comes in.  The community that forms in CSF and on campus looks and feels different.  It is always a bit exciting and a bit nerve-racking going…

Real Church in a Social Network World = Relationships (A Book Review)

I've wanted to read a book by Leonard Sweet for years. A good friend of mine studied under Sweet for his Doctor of Ministry degree and has always spoken very highly of him. Along with that, I've noticed Sweet's work throughout the years, often making a mental note to pick up this or that book…

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.…

Free Bags of Stuff for College Students!

Every year I invite local churches to donate gift bags for students at Penn State Berks.  These bags are filled with snacks, drinks (Pepsi products, no Coke allowed as per PSU's contract with Pepsi), school supplies and any encouragement notes, Bibles or Christian books they want to include. The bags are dropped off at Kissinger's…

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…