One of the central questions the NSYR gives input on is what factors in a teenager's life put her on a path to being a committed religious adult? It would be tempting to read a book like Almost Christian looking for the "key" to making teenagers into lifelong people of faith. If that is what … Continue reading Almost Christian 4: Generative Faith
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!
I grew up in a church that has an American flag right up front each and every Sunday morning. On national holidays we would sing anthems to the greatness of the US. The impression was clear: to be a good Christian is to be strong in support of America. (I should note one thing. That … Continue reading Dismantling Hope in the Powers
The biggest event CSF at PSU Berks does each year is our spring break trip. I came on staff the summer when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and because of that CSF went to that region four consecutive years (New Orleans twice, Mississippi twice). Last year we changed it up, heading to Miami. Each … Continue reading On Campus at PSU Berks…or should I say Off Campus?
Facebook killed the church? People in previous generations may have complained about the church, but they still went if nothing else to stay connected to people. Now? "Millennials are in a different social situation. They don't need physical locations for social affiliation. They can make dinner plans via text, cell phone call or Facebook. In … Continue reading Recent Reads