April 10, 2020


Humans lack good mirrors. It is very hard for us to see ourselves honestly. Our preference is to look away.

Pandemics serve as a mirror of our society. Frank Snowden in his book, Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present, observes that “Epidemics are...

April 5, 2020


Higher education is going to be re-framed. It’s inevitable.

Christian higher education is re-framing in light of a post-Christian culture in order to meaningfully reach the rising generation of students. Christian education now has to re-frame in light of a post-coro...

March 12, 2020

Yesterday the warning light shifted from yellow to red. The World Health Organization declared that the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak had become an official “pandemic.” The president addressed the nation from the Oval Office, a one-month travel ban to Europe was announced, th...

March 7, 2020

How fragile is the assumed business model of Christian colleges? Are Christian colleges heading for a Titanic-like crisis? How stable is the rationale for getting a Christian college education? Are these concerns “alarmist”?


My friend sociologist John Hawthorne is pret...

February 24, 2020

The deconstruction of faith is in the air. This tends to make Christian evangelical parents double down on further insisting on their children hang on to their faith by hook or by crook. Their actions may be well-intentioned. However, they are mostly counterproductive....

February 17, 2020

Yesterday was a tattoo worthy day: a singular day worth remembering and cherishing. The word “epic” comes to mind.

But first some background. I write regularly as a Christian father and cultural analyst about millennials and religious nones. I also have three millennial...

February 10, 2020


Political pundits suggest that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump both have an unwavering base of about 30 to 40% of possible voters. Without expanding their base, it will be impossible for either to win. And yet, it is easier and more profitable to continue to speak to...

January 30, 2020

I learned a lesson from my friend, James Lecesne, yesterday. When marginalized people—particularly our LGBTQIA brothers and sisters—hear Christians talking about brokenness, they feel judged. It's a trigger word. It is like telling them that they are not enough. In thi...

January 30, 2020

It is time to make a distinction between tourists and pilgrims. To the casual observer they may look alike, but they are not and they do not arrive at the same destination. The world does not need any more spiritual posers, lord knows we have enough.

A crisis of faith...

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Millennials are shaping the future.

We're shaping the conversation

about millennials.

“I’m embarrassed to admit I have held an under-examined negative view of millennials.  John has opened my eyes to what is possible, and particularly in the hands, mind and souls of millennials themselves.”

Tom Scott, co-founder and CEO, The Nantucket Project