David John Seel, Jr.

David John Seel, Jr., PhD (University of Maryland) is a cultural-renewal entrepreneur and social-impact consultant with expertise in the dynamics of cultural change. His latest book is The New Copernicans: Millennials and the Survival of the Church (2018). He lives with his wife on a historic farm in Pennsylvania and blogs at www.ncconversations.com.

The Green Frontier (Netflix); Ragnarok (Netflix); Evil (CBS)


Supernatural realities Although perspectives shaped by the Enlightenment—within or without the church—will have barely noticed, the world is rife with mystery, principalities, mystical voices,…

Korean Dramas as Spiritual Soul Therapy


Our modern problem is not that we are too romantic, but that we are not romantic enough. Our longing for love and romance tell…

The Millennial Existential Experience

Maturity and Flourishing / Pluralistic World

He stood out in a room of forty balding pastors. Most were old and graying with the settled paunch of a largely inactive lifestyle.…

Graceful Social Justice: CreatureKind and the Ethics of Food

Creation / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life

Environmentalists come in different flavors. There are dirt environmentalists like Rachel Carson and Wendell Berry. There are ice environmentalists like Al Gore focusing on…

Building Wells In a Spiritual Desert

Culture / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

Ranchers have a choice: build fences or dig wells. Wells are the better choice. In the Australian outback there are two main methods of…

The New Copernicans (David John Seel, 2018)


The warning signs Some warnings are jarring and immediate. “Mayday,” for example. Most, however, are subtle and incremental, like a pan-pan warning: “Pay attention.”…

Into the Wild
(Sean Penn, 2007)


Some movies are like cotton candy, others like granola. Some are sweet but vacuous; others more demanding but more nutritious. Sean Penn’s cinematic adaptation…

Friends With Benefits (Will Gluck, 2011)


Sex Points the Way A girl can tuck a Trojan in her purse on Saturday night, but there is no such device to protect…

Material Boy: On Artifacts, Discernment, and Elites

Community / Discernment / Pluralistic World

Andy Crouch’s Culture Making, is an important book written by an insightful writer. It warrants wide discussion. It is also strangely troubling. Perhaps this…