Festival of Faith & Writing Recap

Last weekend, I attended the Festival of Faith & Writing with 2,000+ others at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The experience deserves more than a quick post, but such is life. A few reactions follow.  What fun to be around so many stellar thoughtful folks considering faith, writing, and culture. The quality of presentations […]

Palm-Powered Protest, a Palm Sunday Commentary

A short essay of mine is up this week at Huffington Post Religion, ON Scripture, Day1 and Sojourners. Entitled, “Palm-Powered Protest” it’s a commentary on Matthew 21:1-11, one of the lectionary readings for this coming Palm Sunday.

Luke, “God’s Plan,” & Vocation

Contemporary Christians should back away from sure and certain language of God’s plan for us. A burning bush is by far the exception for bringing about vocational clarity. God saves angels for only super-special occasions.

The Word Made Pixel: On Bible Apps

How does a Bible app change the way we encounter the Bible? Does it affect one’s theology of scripture? Does a Bible app actually change what Christians do in worship?  A few experiences in class and leading chapel this week at Concordia have wondering. In an article, “The App of God” in the July 2013 […]

Lent 40 Day Project: Cup by Cup

Has my experience in a coffee growing region of the world, in one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere changed anything? When it comes to the question of food justice, was my (extremely privileged) visit with coffee farmers anything more than a progressive’s version of feel good token tourism?

5 Ways the Internet Makes Lent Better

5 ways folks in my networks are using the Internet to practice Lenten discipline. Miss something? Add your experience to the mix.

Report on Teaching a Twitter Chat College Class

A few weeks ago I posted about my plans to hold a live Twitter Chat Class—a college class in which I required my students to actively engage the course content over Twitter. Here’s how it went.

Why Kristof’s Latest Column Stings & Why He’s Right

Kristof says professors should move beyond our academic “turgid prose” and “gobbledygook” and shape our culture’s great debates. He’s right, but he misses much of the point.

For Real? Planning to Hold a College Religion Class as a Live Twitter Chat

Is it crazy to hold a college class on Twitter? Perhaps. But we’re going to give it a try. Here’s how…

Review: My Move from the iPad (Biggie) to iPad Mini

I’m writing this post because, a few weeks ago, I Googled for a similar one without avail. I hope it’s helpful for folks considering the move from an iPad biggie to iPad mini. Before the Switch Before I moved from the iPad (biggie, 2nd gen) to the iPad mini retina, I used my iPad every […]