A few years ago, the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project shared some serious (although probably not shocking) findings: millennials are less engaged in religion than any other generation in nearly one hundred years.
As a 20-something myself, the main problem that comes to mind is this: we expect millennials to love church just because they “should.”
It’d be nice if churches were overflowing on Sundays with 30-year-olds eager to worship despite being bored, ignored, and disengaged. Young... Read More
Sorry for all of you who bought the book The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven.
Alex Malarkey (yes, unbelievably his real name), whose father Kevin wrote up his son’s story, has confessed that he did not actually die and go to heaven and then come back. Alex sent an open letter to Christian bookstores a couple weeks ago disavowing his heavenly adventure. He stated, “I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention.”... Read More
The other day, this status update popped up in my Facebook feed:
Confession: I’m not an overly religious person. I believe in God and go to church but sometimes I have a hard time buying into the “rules” that follow certain religions. I just sort of think that if you are generally a good person, and you try your hardest to be compassionate, empathetic, caring, loving, and kind then JC gives you a thumbs up. I also think recognizing mistakes... Read More
Apryl Kellam is out of work.
She had been employed as a day care worker at the Staples Mill Road Baptist Church in Henrico County, Virginia (surrounding Richmond to the NW and SE). But as various news outlets have reported, her living situation was causing some stress with her boss and the pastor, Jim Booth. Apryl was living with a man named James Coalson, to whom she was not married, though she called him her fiancé. They had children from... Read More
To be honest, I halfheartedly listened to the news about the attacks in Paris, which seemed so far away. I was more than content to let Pastor Jeske address the topic because I had laundry to fold, dinner to make, and I didn’t really think an attack on a satirical newspaper had implications on my life.
Then I heard something that made me realize it does matter to me—and it matters to you too.
In a 2014 survey, 38 percent... Read More
Have you ever worked with a difficult coworker? Actually, let me ask you this—have you ever had a job that involved other human beings? If so, you just answered my first question.
I think most of us love our coworkers. But there’s usually one who makes life, well, challenging. And if you don’t work with someone like that who consistently challenges you, you’ve probably at least gone through a season with a fellow employee where the two of you didn’t... Read More
For Christmas my daughter gave a few of her friends glass jars filled with strips of paper. Each piece shared something she loved about them or an encouragement for them. Now she is busy preparing a birthday gift: a stack of cards to be opened for times when her friend might be feeling unloved, unappreciated, tired, not talented, overlooked, not-so-beautiful.
Sure, this project has been cluttering my kitchen counter for the past few days, but it’s given me a chance... Read More
The most common New Year’s resolutions are related to health. The motivation usually stems from personal desires such as wanting to look more attractive, have more energy, fit back into favorite clothes, complete a 5K, etc.
Have you ever been motivated to maintain good health for God? Have you ever considered that your health choices might matter to him?
I personally think they do.
I realize I’m walking on thin ice here—no one wants to be told it’s a sin... Read More
Have you ever noticed how many of David’s psalms express fear of terrible violence, of cruel and murderous criminals with no respect for either man or God? Consider these words from Psalm 10:
“In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent, watching in secret for his victims. Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not... Read More
All the world’s a stage, said the bard, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances. Our world was enriched by the men and women in the following list who made their exits from our stage in 2014:
Actors: Harold Ramis, Mickey Rooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Russell Johnson (“the Professor” on Gilligan’s Island), Mike Nichols, James Garner, Sid Caesar, announcer Don Pardo, comedienne Joan Rivers, and Shirley Temple (the best child actor ever).... Read More