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 […]

College-Aged Millennials – You Lost Me!

The Public Research Institute recently released their study titled “A Generation in Transition: Religion, Values and Politics among College-Aged Millennials” It is filled with interesting findings for campus ministers, or anyone who is connected with, college students. *They are generally independent but lean towards the Democratic party. *There is a move towards no affiliation with […]

Almost Christian 7 – Going Viral for Jesus

Drew Dyck writes the following in his article “The Red Bull Gospel: Over the past year I’ve conducted dozens of interviews with 20-somethings who have walked away from their Christian faith. Among the most surprising findings was this: nearly all of these “leavers” reported having positive experiences in youth group. I recall my conversation with […]

On Campus at Penn State Berks – Unity!

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 […]

Six Megathemes from Barna…and Campus Ministry

Summing up their research in 2010, the Barna group finds six “megathemes”.  I will list each one below with a few thoughts from my perspective as a campus minister on a secular university campus. 1.  The Christian Church is Becoming Less Theologically Literate What used to be basic, universally-known truths about Christianity are now unknown […]

Class of 2014 Mindset List

Each year since 1998 Beloit College has created a “mindset list” that explains some of the ways the incoming class of freshman are unique.  Part of the reason for doing this is to help faculty avoid cultural references to things the students would be clueless about.  The class of 2014 was mostly born in 1992 […]

Summer in Thessalonica – Holiness, Relevance and Legalism

3:12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. […]