Lenten Journal Entry: Loneliness in America

You may have missed these two stories about the rise of loneliness, but they are worth revisiting as we head into Lent. (From NPR and NBC.) Lent being that time when I think it’s a fine time to consider more deeply what it means to be human. On the face of it, these news accounts…

How to Hack American Christianity

You may not have seen any of the targeted Russian Facebook ads designed to tilt the 2016 election, but some of your neighbors probably did. Before you start to say: what does this have to do with a blog about data? Consider that these ads were created and targeted using a very sophisticated and deep…

Is Moderate Church in America Dead?

Hi there, Rev. Jeremiah, here again, to offer some analysis and insight using some recent headlines, polling data, and some thoughts on what this means. I could have started this post with a less tantalizing headline, something like “Is the church suffering from political polarization?”, but, I think it really is time to consider what…

Has the Church Squeezed Young People Out?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: church is a luxury that many can’t afford. Disagree? Consider Squeezed as your summer read. I read books to find out new ideas, get fresh perspectives, and catch a glimpse into different people’s lives. It’s rare for a book to also really resonate with my own state of mind and…

Is the Protestant Reformation Over and Did we Lose?

Let’s talk division. The Pew Center for Religious life recently completed a survey that polled people’s thoughts on key issues that were at play during the Reformation 500 years ago. The headline story being that Reformation era divisions have lost much of their potency. The study found that people were more likely to believe the…