In a recent post I drew a connection between the prevalence of pornography and the abuse of women in sex trafficking. Near the end, certainly influenced by all the talk of the massacre at Aurora, I threw in a comment that if we can draw a connection from guns to violence why can't we draw … Continue reading Speaking for Peace and Less Violence
In my last post on David Kinnaman's book You Lost Me I talked about nomads, those young people who walk away from church involvement but who still consider themselves Christians. There are two other groups Kinnaman looks at in the book: prodigals and exiles. Prodigals are young adults who leave the faith of their childhood … Continue reading Young Adults Who Wander From Faith (You Lost Me 5)
I absolutely cherish my 15 month old daughter Junia. She has become my obsession. As I play with her during the day or pray with her before bedtime I often find myself imagining what kind of person she will be when she is older. Maybe she'll be a teacher. Or perhaps she'll want to be … Continue reading Porn is Everywhere and it is a Gateway Drug
Today the NCAA delivered unprecedented sanctions against Penn State University's football program. I am sure most people already have an opinion on that and if you are interested you can find a myriad of articles on the sanctions. My take has to do with the sanctions as they relate to the academic environment and the … Continue reading We Are…More than Football
That title is actually false - I am no longer in the middle of nowhere. But Emily, Junia, Skippy and I were privileged to spend the first four days this week practically in the middle of nowhere. My aunt and uncle graciously allowed us to use their cabin for a retreat away from the world. … Continue reading Dispatch from the Middle of Nowhere
In my home county of Lancaster, PA an atheist has filed a complaint over a restaurant's Sunday promotion. The restaurant's crime: in order to drum up business on Sundays they offered a discount coupon to anyone who presented a bulletin from a church. Oh the horror! John Wolff, who is an atheist, filed the complaint … Continue reading But Complaining About Pointless Stuff is Our Thing!
As I mentioned in my previous post, I spent a week with Penn State Berks students, many of whom could be classified as "nomads." David Kinnaman defines the nomads in his book You Lost Me: For these young adults, faith is nomadic, seasonal, or may appear to be an optional or peripheral part of life. … Continue reading Young Adults Who Wander From Faith (You Lost Me 4)
I spent most of last week dressed as Noah: tunic, cloak, itchy wig and a staff. The staff was perhaps confusing, some people saw me and thought I was Moses or just a crazy lost shepherd. The reason I dressed like this was that I had the privilege to join eleven Penn State Berks students … Continue reading Reflections on a Memorable Week