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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!

26 years

Matthew: I know who Merlin Mann is, but I have no clue what you’re referencing there. Something about small sample sizes, I suppose. Obviously, you know your own conference well. But for the sake of perpetuating an argument in a place that used to have lots, I’ve been going to this church for 26 years. […]


Matthew: I think we’ve talked about this before, but I attend a UMC church in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan every summer. There is very little on that list that I find in that UMC parish. Their most recent pastor went on quite the cultural warrior rampage this summer, including a general admonition to stop […]


It continues to strike me that many of us are really no longer evangelicals. We just aren’t. We’ve discarded too many of the ideas and practices that really makes an evangelical tick (although we may still be chafing under them in our current church, ChrisH :-). But to call us evangelicals is just not right. I […]


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.