Category Archives: Gen Y

Gen Y, you are now grown up. This is a good thing.

Gen Y/Millenials are now officially old. Well maybe not old, but old enough to no longer be the new kids on the block. Definitions of when Gen Y/Millenials were born vary widely, but sometime around 1980 seems to be the general consensus. Which means that most members of the generational cohort have turned thirty or are in their mid to late twenties. Many Gen Y’s tell me that they do not feel ‘grown up’ but the raw data of their lived years tells a different story. Despite our culture having a liquid idea of maturity, Gen Y’s are well into adulthood.

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Millennials Interview Podcast

I was on Hank Hannegraaff’s radio show in the US today, discussing the recent article that I wrote for the Christian Research Journal. Hank read out the section of my article where I talk about the relevance of the cross today, his voice, made it sound heaps more impressive than I ever could with my nasal Aussie accent. You can download or listen here.

Why Asian Kids are Happier and More Balanced

When you read a lot of stuff about the rise of narcissism in the West and it’s links to unhappiness, one thing that always comes up is the difference between Asian kids and their self esteem and Western kids. Asian kids tend to have lower self esteem but are happier, more balanced and have much better mental health. A controversial new approach is lauding the Asian way of parenting over the Western approach. Check out more here.

Under the Surface of the Millennial Generation

I was asked to write an article for the Christian Research Journal exploring the worldview of Young Adults. It is a pretty lengthy piece, and I take quite a different tack than just labelling young adults as tech savvy, lazy etc, I explore the deeper sociological and theological issues that frame the worldview of millennials. It is featured in the current edition.

More teens becoming ‘fake’ Christians

From must read article on CNN.

Your child is following a “mutant” form of Christianity, and you may be responsible.

Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Translation: It’s a watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem.

Dean is a minister, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of “Almost Christian,” a new book that argues that many parents and pastors are unwittingly passing on this self-serving strain of Christianity.

She says this “imposter” faith is one reason teenagers abandon churches.

“If this is the God they’re seeing in church, they are right to leave us in the dust,” Dean says. “Churches don’t give them enough to be passionate about.”

Read the whole piece here. (H/T Dave)

The Problem with Generational Study

Interesting article which suggests that the meta trends of the post boomer generations mean more than the intricacies of differences between Xrs, Y’s and Z’s. Check out article here

Event: Discipling The New Humans

On June 3rd at 7:30pm here in Melbourne I will be speaking at an Uber event called Discipling the New Humans. The event is open to anyone but it will be especially helpful for leaders who wish to bring teams who are ministering to or doing mission with Young Adults.

I will be addressing a whole bunch of new material, talking about what I have been learning lately and specifically teaching about how young adults operate something like new humans, who process life, faith and the world in new ways.

We are going to go way beyond talking about generations, postmodernism or tweaking church. Instead we are going to go on a journey over the last 500 years to see how the new human has been birthed. Plus we will be examining key principles that ministry teams can apply in their own context. Should be a fun trip! Hope to see you there. You can download the details here new humans event info


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