Due to recent events in our country, the pandemic, political elections, and fear, many churches have moved to conformity over unity. Honestly, this is sad and does not look like the Kingdom of God in the world today. People don't want to be taught from a pulpit or lectured. They want to contribute to the discussion. They want to share their struggles, thoughts, and what they are learning. They want to hear other people's stories, struggles, and discoveries. They want to sit around a table, share a meal, and be in authentic, genuine faith communities where they won't be judged or vilified for their questions or beliefs from a different faith background.
This is part 3 of a 5 part series of blogs that are responding to Joe Terrell’s article on Carey Nieuwhof’s website titled: “5 Real Reasons Young People are Deconstructing Their Faith”. You can also see my previous blogs on my website philsteiner.net/blog. Why would a high performing-Christian deconstruct their faith? But read that phrase again: … Continue reading #3: High-Performing Christians are Simply Burning Out
We are continuing to look at Joe Terrell's article on Carey Nieuwhof's website titled: "5 Real Reasons Young People are Deconstructing Their Faith". In my last blog post, I discussed the first reason which you can find here. I encourage you to read both as we work through these reasons. Honestly, reason #2 was a … Continue reading #2: We Live In a More Diverse, Accessible, and Mobile World
I recently came across an article by Carey Nieuwhof entitled "Five Real Reasons Young People Are Deconstructing Their Faith." (Written by Joe Terrell)I encourage you to read the article before reading my response. I will be responding to each of the five reasons Nieuwof outlined in 5 separate blog post. I would love for this … Continue reading #1: Trust in Large Institutions (including the Church) is Declining All Across the Board
The recent tragedies we have been witnessing from Haiti, to Afghanistan, to the rise in COVID (Again), it can feel as though death, disease, disasters and injustice is winning. Honestly it can feel overwhelming and that this world is going to hell. Times like this we don’t have many words to pray. We feel helpless … Continue reading When injustice wins
In my years as a distance runner, I have logged thousands of miles. Never once did I go for a run thinking that my skin color was a threat to anyone. Never. I ran without a care in the world, believing I would come home after my run. So today, I ran 2.23 miles in … Continue reading We posted, we ran 2.23 miles…now what?
Do you remember the last semester of your senior year? Do you remember your senior pictures, senior prom, last dances, final performances, last games, senior skip day, finals, the last day of school, graduation, and graduation parties? We probably have some great memories of these final days of high school, the final days of our … Continue reading What Covid has stolen from our students and how to fight for it and reclaim it.
Like many people, we are looking forward to the day when we can get our lives back to normal. The day when we don't have to be stuck in our houses all day, behind a computer, zoom calls, and having to do other things that were not part of our normal, everyday life. But during … Continue reading Should We Rush Back to “Normal”?
We are losing those special spring moments in our lives. Family Easter gatherings, Spring Break Vacations, proms, Spring sports, plays, dramas, and spring recitals. Graduations are in peril as we move closer to the end of school. We have lost time with friends, relatives, and co-workers on a daily basis (well most co-workers right?). We … Continue reading It’s Ok to grieve what we are losing
We live in a world where we are closely connected to each other, maybe more so than we realize. Our collective failure or flourishing is dependent on each other doing the right thing. The current Coronavirus brings to light something that has always been true, we constantly live in a web of relationships that each … Continue reading More Connected than We Realize