Do Millennials Really Want a Cool Jesus?

A recent GQ exposé went behind the scenes at one of the fastest growing megachurches in America, Hillsong NYC. Shiny. Modern. Relatable. Cool. These were a handful of the adjectives used by author Taffy Brodesser-Akner to describe the experience. I was witnessing the logical conclusion of an evolutionary convergence between coolness and Christianity that began at the dawn of the millennium, when progressive-minded Christians, terrified of a faithless future, desperately rended their garments an … [Read more...]

The Death of Christian Idealism: a Reflection on Preston Yancey

Preston Yancey is young.Well, relative to me anyway.I'm pretty sure he's ten years my junior which both solidifies the already pretty solid fact that I am cresting the fearsome peak of mid-life (and making damn good time), and confirms my suspicion that "millennials," however one establishes the birthdate range, are truly a generation behind those of us who took a few breaths in the 70's. Which means they are far from peaking: they are a generation on the rise.Preston's first book is … [Read more...]