Why Do Young People Join ISIS? Part 2

Many young people from the region of Lebanon joining ISIS come from impoverished and desperate circumstances. They are uneducated and have suffered under local and regional security apparatuses, especially those of the Syrian regime during its occupation of Lebanon....

What the Church Can Learn from Scientology

The latest book “exposing” Scientology is “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief” by Lawrence Wright. The author mixes journalistic methods with something of a sociology of religion study to demonstrate just how powerful...

For Generation Y, It’s All About Belonging

Diana Butler Bass (along with others) is publishing frequently about the sociological shifts occurring in churches. She’s helped us see that church growth used to be based on the formula: “Believe. Behave. Belong.” If you believe what we believe and...

Today’s Seekers Prefer Belonging Before Believing

Believe – Become – Belong These three words are prominently displayed on the attractive new sign, just below the church’s name. This sign, in front of the new church building, is located on a busy highway near where I live. When I saw it for the first time...