My blogging life is largely on hold until after my PhD comprehensive exams finish up at the end of February. Overall, I’m enjoying the process of studying for my three exams areas: Digital Religion & Rhetoric, Christian Rhetorics, Online & Hybrid Pedagogy. But, all the same, I’ll be very happy when the process is wrapped up. In the meantime, here’s a few pieces of writing I’ve been up to:
Last month, I published an Op-Ed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “Materialism” Isn’t a Dirty Word: New Focus on Craft and Quality Redeems the “stuff” of life. In it, I argue for a redemption of consumer goods, at least when viewed through the right lens.
This week, an article of mine came out in Word & World’s winter volume on “The Neighbor.” My essay, “Sing a New Song to the City: Ambient Rhetoric and Urban Hymns” explores what Thomas Rickert’s work on ambience has to do with Christian ministry, and particularly, our appreciation of urban life that’s been largely dismissed in hymnody.
I’m also continuing my research into crowdfunding for congregations and non-profits. There’s plenty of interesting connections to make with my comps readings once I get to that stage. Specifically, I’m curious what light Jody Shipka’s multi-modal approach to writing, as well as her mediated action framework, might shed on crowdfunding composition. Further, I hope to consider Peter Simonson’s approach to digital religious eloquence and the crowdfunding moment. I’m also quite drawn to George Siemens, Shane Dawson and Dragan Gasevic’s connectivism proposal for digital learning, and wonder what the connections to the crowdfunding genre.
Finally, it looks like things are on track with the good folk Westminster John Knox Press to publish my edited collection, Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship this summer. I’m so excited to share the wisdom of the ten writers with the church.
Now…back to studying.