Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Santorum's Attack on Higher Education and College Students Abandoning Their Faith

Tim King wrote a brilliant article HERE on the CNN Belief Blog on Santorum's comments on how college students are walking away from their faith due to their experiences at "liberal" colleges.
King states that:

The years young adults spend in college aren’t causing them to leave their faith; those college years are exposing the problems with the faith they grew up with. The exodus has little to do with liberal college professors . . . . Rather, the exodus is about hypocrisy.

 There are those in the faith community who like to point fingers at other people with the failure of their own kids, but the reality is that the church need to stop and take a hard look at itself.  Villainizing education is not a good thing to do, especially when you consider what the Bible says about gaining wisdom and pursuing wisdom at all costs.

 There are many reasons why college-age young adults are leaving the church and to lay all of that blame on the esoteric "liberal college professor" is a lame cop-out.  I left the church for a while for a myriad of reasons.  I could lay it all on my church experience, pointing at hypocrisy and judgmental attitudes (the 80's were just a weird time for evangelicalism).  I could point to my college experience and blame that I suppose.  But the reality is that my own sin and temptation caused me to walk away from my faith for a time.

 The beautiful thing is that I worship a God who still pursued me and loved me even during those dark times.  He never walked away from me or gave up on me.  I am grateful that my God is greater than those hypocrites and finger-pointing people in the church as well as all my "liberal" (and conservative) college professors.  And I personally loved my broad education from the conservative Christian Sociology Professor to my Radical Feminist English Professor to my Liberal "Conspiracy-Theorist" History Professor, to my "Yoda Master" Seminary Professor!  They were all great.  The ones I never liked were the ones whom I felt were trying to indoctrinate me instead of helping me to think for myself.  And, if truth be told, there were a lot of those at the more conservative schools I went to rather than the liberal ones.  A LOT MORE!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Staring Down Your Own Mortality

Wow. Very rarely have I ever watched a video that caused me to tear up. Ed Dobson was my pastor when I went to seminary. He was a great pastor. I had the honor to intern at his church for the 3 years I was up in Grand Rapids. It just pains me to see Ed like this. It seems like a cruel "Job-like" joke for his life to slowly end like this. But then again, does anyone ever deserve an end like being afflicted with ALS regardless of their beliefs, or how good or bad of a life they may have lived? The simple fact that going through this, and finding purpose, meaning and a deeper relationship with Christ just simply floors me. I don't know that I could be this strong if this were me or one of my own family going through this. I simply don't know. I deeply respect this man and all he has done with his life. But to find meaning and purpose in this final stage of life puts him on a level that is beyond extraordinary. I hope his message can bring hope to many who are suffering and going through difficult times. I am sure there will be stages of my life yet where I will refer back to the final lessons that Ed delivered to his national audience through these videos.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Something a Little Different for Lent

Hey! Is anybody up for an interesting challenge for Lent this year?? Take a look at this video below.  Then go to this blog post for a little bit more information.  If you are interested in doing this then let me know. I am not doing this all by myself.  I think this kind of experience would be better as a shared experience that we can dialogue about all throughout the Lenten season. I am tired of just giving up the same old fast food for Lent.  I want to try something a little more different and challenging.  Something with a little more variety.  So let me know if you are in!  I think this would be a fun with some friends!  

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

steve fuller: Mother Freaker

Here is a great article called Mother Freaker on the topic of "cursing". My LOL moment in the article was the "reverse Scripture throw down" on Ephesians 4:29. Classic.