This announcement is last week’s news on Facebook and Twitter, but I realized I failed to share here on the blog. I’m excited to announce my appointment as the next Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I’ll begin July 1. It will be an honor to work […]
I have a post up today on the new Bearings blog of the new BTS Center. Teaser below, but head to the Bearings blog for the full post. Considering the amount of online commentary available concerning the millennial generation and the future of the church, the relative dearth of attention paid to young adults’ experience […]
Language matters. Particularly, the language we use in worship matters. So, my ears perked up recently when in worship congregation members were besieged by many, oh so many, opportunities to “volunteer.” Now I’m all for businesses giving their employees time off for volunteering. I’m all for helping people. I’m all for paying it forward. But […]
Top among the activities I never quite feel like I get just right is grading. Grading student papers, to be exact. Here’s the thing: I’m perfectly comfortable giving feedback. I’m more than happy to respond with comments, hopefully helpful comments. But, that darn grade—whether a number, a letter, even a check/check plus—is always the worst. […]
A short essay of mine is up this week at Huffington Post Religion, ON Scripture, Day1 and Sojourners. Entitled, “From Generation to Generation” it’s a commentary on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, the Old Testament lectionary reading for this coming Sunday, Lent II. I’ll post the intro below, and I invite you to click over to the other sites for the full piece. From Generation […]
In my Word to the Wise: Writing for Religious and Social Change course, students engage in two main types of writing assignments. First there’s Digital Writing Assignments, all of which they post on their personal blogs. Options include, for example: Write a post reflecting on a time you changed your mind. Record and post a video […]
#usemeinstead Clergy’s well-intentioned, digital response to injustice is critiqued as racist. When confronting injustice online, Christian leaders must respond and reframe.
Branding is all about claiming distinctiveness. What can your product do that others can’t? What looks or feels better than the others? Sometimes we treat faith communities the same way, but should we?
The blog has been a bit quieter than I prefer these past weeks, so here’s a hodgepodge post catching up on some recent thoughts and goings-on. For some work at NDSU, I read Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson’s new book, The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receiving, Grasping We Lose. Some may recall Smith’s work in […]