A Better Narrative: Religion Contributes Much Good to the World

The Big Narrative in American (and Western) society is that religious faith is: 1.  dangerous (notice in the most recent Boston Bombing tragedy how stories about the bombers revolve tightly and consistently around “radical Islam”). 2.  irrelevant (This is a version of the secularization thesis, that, as the world modernizes, the need for religious faith […]

Party Culture as Moral Community

(For the next few weeks I’d like to intersperse blog thoughts on college students and church related higher education along with other topics that catch my attention.  I’m working on a writing project and would appreciate the feedback.)   One of the most enduring and troubling features of the college student experience is the party […]

Reversing the Implosion

In a previous post, I talked about United Methodism’s implosion.  Of course, we are not a building.  We are a people.  Hence, the implosion can be reversed.  What do we do to make the reversal happen?  It’s time for me to get constructive. First and above all, we must get serious about how we catechize […]

Sketchy Statistics and Hope for Renaissance

We have a little break in the action this afternoon here at the Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry.  I’ve heard several compelling sermons and lectures.  I’ve enjoyed good fellowship.  It has been richly challenging.  And I’ve done some teaching.  One more session to go, tomorrow morning. And it’s all happening at Epworth-by-the-Sea, a United Methodist center […]

Christmas, Doctrine and a Flourishing Christian life

(This post originated just prior to Christmas 2009.  It still seems relevant, so I’m reposting.) In my prayer time the other day I was pondering Psalm 43:3, “O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.” Truth and good order […]

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