Published. | Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House

I received a rather special delivery today: a book of Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College! So, that happened. Quite to my surprise, the book seems to have been selling quite well recently (if Amazon’s algorithms are trustworthy, that is). Though I didn’t receive copies until today, Rowman and […]

Creativity Series Wrap-up

Over the past few weeks I have greatly enjoyed—and I hope you, dear reader, have too—six delicious posts on creativity by some of the most creative folk I know. If you haven’t kept up, links to those six posts are below [or category tag link is here]: Adam Walker Cleaveland Erika Strandjord Libby Shannon Colin […]

CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Michael Larson

The last post in our creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Michael D. Larson. I’ve known Michael for several years now, and am always impressed with his artistry, collegiality, and taste in wine. Plus, he gets paid to create creatively! For inspiration, read on….

CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Bethany Stolle

The next post in our creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Bethany Stolle. I first met Bethany back when she developed amazing new products with Sparkhouse. She’s super fun, amazingly talented, and a veritable fount of creativity! Think I’m exaggerating? Read on and soak in the delightful imagination of the one and only Bethany Stolle.

CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Colin Holter

The next post in our creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Colin Holter. Colin is a composer and colleague at Concordia. In other words: it’s his job to be creative.

CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Libby Shannon

The next post in my creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Libby Shannon. I’ve known Libby for almost ten years, but since we’re both Presbyterians from Florida, I feel an even deeper bond. Plus, she loves a good protest.

CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Erika Strandjord

The next post in my creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Erika Strandjord. Erika has a PhD in rhetoric, so she can analyze pretty much anything and everything. Plus, she has funky glasses and hearts rosemaling. Read on to learn about weasel memes and knitted Christmas owls, among other pleasing, unpredictable professor pastimes

BTS Center: Church for the Like-Minded Only? Won’t Get My Vote.

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. Several times this fall, my local university has announced which of the university’s colors fans should wear to the Saturday football game. Remarkably, the word gets out […]

CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Adam Walker Cleaveland

Recently, I’ve been thinking hard about creativity. So, I figured, why think alone? I’m happy to present a blog interview series with some particularly creative, reflective folks. First up: Adam Walker Cleaveland…What helps you stay creative? What practices do you find lead to maximum creativity?

Working too much for the earth’s own good

What do a sociologist who wins prizes from economists, a Trappist monk, a former Princeton University school of public affairs Dean, and a best-selling cookbook author have in common? Their work all concerns the dangerous, unsustainable, even violent nature of busyness and overwork.