I‘m not sure that these facts actually blew my mind. At least my mind doesn’t seem to be any more blown that it usually is on a Saturday morning after staying up too late playing Wii with the girls. But it’s still a fun video. Enjoy.
- The Myth of the Relevant Sermon: It is not the responsibility of the preacher to make the Bible relevant. Instead, it is the responsibility of the preacher to show his congregation that the Bible IS relevant.
- What’s Wrong with Self-Help Books? Journalists say they want to help people. So why do they sneer at self-help books?
- A More Religious World: God had a good convention: The Almighty’s name was mentioned (albeit at the last minute) in the platform at the Democratic National Convention. And He was invoked no less than 12 times in the Republican platform, in case He is keeping score. But the real news is that God is having a strong millennium, according to some fascinating poll results from the Pew Research Center.
As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the demise of guys, here’s an infographic on the changing demographics of higher education. As you can see, women now receive well over half of all degrees awarded, with a particularly large share of masters degrees.
This is, of course, one of those good news/bad news situations. The good news is that women are getting more opportunities in higher education and succeeding at higher rates. That’s outstanding. As the father of two daughters, I find it very encouraging to see how well women are doing in higher education. A generation of highly motivated and highly trained young women makes for an exciting vision of the future.
But, as we saw yesterday, some of this appears to be coming as a result of the poor performance of many young men. And that’s not so great. A generation of underperforming and undereducated young men does not speak well for where things are heading.
Now I realize that getting a degree isn’t the only way to pursue excellence. So don’t think I’m saying that any guy who doesn’t get a degree is a lazy loser. But when you see things shift this dramatically, it does raise significant questions about what’s happening with young men in America and why they are not doing well in higher education overall. (And, as Pat pointed out in a comment on yesterday’s post, it also raises questions about what kinds of losers my daughters may end up dating in the future. I’m still a couple years away from dealing with that, but I’m not looking forward to it. So if you’re a loser guy, please stay away and date someone else’s daughters. If you show up at my door, I will be forced to read systematic theology books to you until you go away.)
According to psychologist Philip Zimbardo, young men in America are doomed–at least they are educationally, relationally, and sexually. As he says at the beginning of his recent TED Talks video, “The Demise of Guys,”
Guys are flaming out academically, they’re wiping out relationally with girls, and sexually with women. Other than that, there’s not much of a problem.
You may remember Zimbardo from his famous “Stanford prison experiment,” which divided students into “prisoners” and “guards” to study the effects of power relationships. Now he’s looking at why it is that young men in America seem to be performing poorly in so many areas. Educationally “girls now outperform boys at all levels from elementary school to graduate school.” And relationally guys are rather clueless. (That’s been true for a long time, but apparently it’s getting worse.)
- How Do You Explain the Trinity to Children: Sometimes we seek a quick analogy for children because we want to put our kids out of their mystery. If the Trinity is an easy explanation (it’s like a shamrock; it’s like water, ice, and steam), we can “move on.” We’re afraid if we say that the Trinity is in some ways beyond comprehension that our kids won’t trust us to tell them with confidence about the truth of the gospel.
- The Rise of the Corporate Chaplain: These chaplains are a rising regiment of corporate America’s human-resources army, as employers have found that a pastoral touch is often more appealing to workers than an impersonal hotline of the sort included in many benefits packages.
- The Race-Transcending Gospel: The gospel has power to bring even the most unlikely of people together for his glory. God will also give the most unlikely of people the power to share with those unlike themselves.
- Why Little Kids Need Big Biblical Words: Small kids need big words. Not because they understand everything all at once but because, over time, God uses the inspired words of His Book to convict kids of sin and convince them to repent and believe in Christ.