Tag Archives: spirituality

For the Bookshelf: The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation

Rainer, Thom S., Rainer, Jess W., The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation. LifeWay Christian Research, B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tennessee, 2011.

By guest blogger Pat Olds

The context and content of this book is an “old school vs. new school” dialogue: interpretation and insight between two generations, a baby boomer father (1946-1964) and his Millennial adult son (1982-1994). The intergenerational dialogue is undergirded by a survey study of 1,200 Millennial adult respondents, males (51%) and females (49%); white (61%), African American (14%), Hispanic (19%), Asian (5%) and Multiethnic (1%). The categories surveyed and evaluated were norms, values, motivation, diversity between young and old, lifestyles, work environments, finances, future outlook, relationships – marriage, children, elders, friends, coworkers and mentors, leadership, communication and religion, soul views. The father-son millennial study of post-moderates life experiences reveals the character traits of “typical” Millennial adults includes: self-expressive, teachable, financially confused, technology savvy educated and opened to different world views.

The survey results characterized the millennial adults as being: Continue reading For the Bookshelf: The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation

Ben Campbell Johnson, Professor Emeritus Dies at Age 84

Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Evangelism at Columbia Theological Seminary and the founding Director of the Spirituality program at The Center for Lifelong Learning passed away Thursday afternoon. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 17 at 2:00 pm, at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

Click for livestream/recording here.

“May Ben rest in peace in the blessed assurance that he lived his life faithfully serving the Lord he so dearly loved,” said Deborah Flemister Mullen, Executive Vice President and Dean of Faculty in a statement to the seminary community. “Thanks be to God for the life of our brother Ben Johnson!” Continue reading Ben Campbell Johnson, Professor Emeritus Dies at Age 84

Getting to Know the Familiar Stranger

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Last week I had two interesting conversations with familiar strangers. By “familiar strangers” I mean those people we have become comfortable around because of propinquity yet don’t really know. You know them, people at work we see every day but to whom we say only “Hi” and “See you tomorrow.” Or, those people at church we greet every week because they sit near our pew whom we nod to, or to whom we’ve “passed the peace” but of whom, if asked, we could not tell the names of their children or what they do for a living.
Continue reading Getting to Know the Familiar Stranger

It’s NOT a “Leap of Faith” … It’s just FAITH

By Shavon Starling Louis, MDiv ’13

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. Luke 16:10

I have been amazed in recent days, weeks, and years by the amount of abundant anxiety that is shared as helpful wisdom. Anxieties around relevance, anxieties around the BBs (Butts (membership) and Bucks (meeting the budget)), anxieties around technology, anxieties about being anxious.

It’s happening in politics and its happening on our churches. The work to be faithful in community—to truly be the beloved community—can seem really hard. Continue reading It’s NOT a “Leap of Faith” … It’s just FAITH

Reasons for Not Attending Church

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I met up with some old friends recently, who’d brought along some of their friends I appreciated meeting. It didn’t take long to get to that awkward point in the conversation that follows the “What do you do for a living?” Well, maybe not awkward for most jobs, but typically for the ones I’ve held (funeral home manager, local church clergy, and now seminary professor). At least people clean up their language.
Continue reading Reasons for Not Attending Church