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High school math teacher. Reader. Thinker. Taught AP Stats for a dozen years and love it. Love fantasy and sci-fi and discussing it with friends. Am not sure where I fit in the Evangelical/post-evangelical/emergent spectrum, but sure am enjoying exploring what all these different folk have to say!


I went back and relistened to the details. Younger millennials are defined to be 11 years old or younger when 9/11/01 happened. So they are old enough to notice trends already. That age/event linking is important because that means they don’t really remember a pre-9/11 world.

Michael was right

There has been much discussion about the latest Pew research study that shows the religious “nones” continuing to grow in America. My dad told me with great pride that evangelicals are the only group that is growing. I have no clue where he heard that, but I can’t seem to find that in the data. […]

this and that

So as a stats teacher, I was thrilled to see that this list shows that stats continues to be one of the best jobs in America. I also found that an MDiv is one of the 10 worst degrees to get. Given how these 2 topics are juxtaposed in my life, I really chuckled. I’ve […]

Boomers and Millennials

I’m increasingly noticing that Boomer pastors/leaders talk about Millennials like they’re a problem. e.g., they’re post-modern, digital natives, spiritual but uninterested in true Christianity, etc… But it seems that these Boomers are going to die surrounded by the peers in churches that are only going to get older and older. Because Millennials aren’t a problem […]

Honest covers

Thanks Justin. That’s hilarious stuff. Missing: Ordinary. You be ordinary. I’ll be a world-famous theologian by 29. (That was for you, Brian!)


I heard L’Engle speak once. Goodness how crazy she was. And ridiculous theology. But I do love, love, love her works. Especially Wrinkle. I reread The Wizard of EarthSea just recently. It was only ok to me. But I would like to reread the entire trilogy. I don’t think Moby Dick was worth it. But perhaps my brain […]


That said, with very few exceptions, our churches are still largely organized under the homogeneous unit principle. They’re still segregated. Both within and outside churches, our Black neighbors still feel weighed down by our culture. Sounds to me like you just measured it.


Jason: I’m trying to get my mind around how you could possible measure whether that did or did not have any effect. For all we know, there might be communities where that movement had a large, positive effect. Phil Vischer podcast ep. 129 touched on so many fascinating issues. Chris was wondering about reducing suspensions […]


Chris, I’m having a really hard time with the picture you paint of a super fine line between modesty and shame. I simply cannot find a way to convince myself that this is a difficult balance to walk. And frankly you seem to be describing an anti-fundie/RHE blogosphere created tempest when in fact reality is […]

still confused

I’ll fully admit that I’m still a bit reactionary about things like dress / modesty codes given my fundie upbringing. That’s what you said. I literally have about zero clue what that means. Especially since you’re a straight guy and you have daughters. If we accept the testimony of many of our sisters that they […]