On the Mind of Millennials: “How is America doing?”

"How is America doing?" We hear from so many middle-aged and older voices on this subject, sometimes, we hear it from too many of them. Today, while teaching a class at Southeastern University, the question came to me - "I wonder what this classroom of young Millennials (twenty-somethings) think about how America is doing?" The question was too important to miss the moment. I was interested to hear my students' views on their country and the shape she is in today. So, I popped the question: "If America were a person with a soul, how would you say she is doing today?" Here are some of the … [Read more...]

How Church Leaders Have Changed Since 9/11.

Christianity Today has posted a forum with a variety of Evangelical leaders reflecting on how 9/11 has changed them. The leaders include Philip Yancey, Anne Graham-Lotz, Samuel Rodriguez, Wes Stafford, Richard Stearns, William Paul Young (author of The Shack), and worship leader Matt Redman. … [Read more...]

Leading, the Millennials

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy captured the imaginations of Millennials as it contrasts the challenges of Frodo, the little Hobbit given a great responsibility and destiny. The Millennial Generation (or the Bridgers, Generation Next, Net Generation, and the Echo Boomer, among other designations) … or those born from 1982 to the present are the subject of much research and fascination. They represent a smaller number than their parent’s generation, but still a huge portion of the population, some number upwards of 60 million. One of the characteristics most frequently and famously … [Read more...]

Leading the Buster Generation

The Busters may be the most misunderstood generation in recent years. They  are considered to be the 13th generation ever to be called “American.” This group consists of those who are now approximately 30-50 years of age and were born between 1961 and 1981. Unlike their “Boomer” predecessors, the Busters are the generation that emerged from a significant birth rate decrease in the population. Busters distinguished themselves from the Boomers in several unique and distinct characteristics. They are very community oriented, preferring to run in groups to solo. Half of them came from a … [Read more...]

Leading the Boomer Generation

One out of every three people in America is a “Boomer”; a part of the age group currently between 49-66 years of age. This generation has been known for its excesses and indulgence, characterized in the Tom Wolfe’s popular novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities. New research in the Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll reveals that the Boomers are the most obese generation in American history. Some believe that America is now reaping the “rewards” of these excesses, perhaps financially (amidst a recession) and even spiritually. The infamous Boomers got their name because they were … [Read more...]

Leading the Builders Generation

Just how do we define a “generation”? What is it that distinguishes one from another? According to Larry Richard’s Expository Dictionary of Bible Words, a biblical “generation” can be defined as: The span of a single life – from the birth of a person to the birth of his offspring; A period of time, past or future or unending; A family line traced through history; or, as a … A particular group that was alive during a distinctive period of sacred history. Culturally, a “generation” is understood by sociologists to be an age grouping within a civilization that shares … [Read more...]


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