Social Justice and Caring for the Poor in the Early Church

A while back a popular conservative commentator got all up in arms over the term "social justice", warning his listeners to flee their church if the pastor mentioned it because it was code for communism.  He may be surprised to learn that the idea of social justice has roots as old as the Christian faith … Continue reading Social Justice and Caring for the Poor in the Early Church

Reflections on a Decade of Short Term Mission trips

When I moved to University Park, the "main" campus of Penn State, for my junior year I got involved in Christian Student Fellowship (CSF).  Later that year I went on my first short term mission trip, rebuilding houses in North Carolina.  The next year we went to Miami and worked with Habbitat for Humanity.  Then … Continue reading Reflections on a Decade of Short Term Mission trips

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

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. … Continue reading Is the Church Overprotective? Young Adults Who Wander (You Lost Me 6)

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)