From Generation to Generation, Lent 2

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 […]

Student writing gone public: blogging the classroom

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 […]

Engaging Hate Online: Respond & Reframe

#usemeinstead Clergy’s well-intentioned, digital response to injustice is critiqued as racist. When confronting injustice online, Christian leaders must respond and reframe.

Learning Together, Planned and Unplanned

Among other things, at the beginning of a new semester considering the freedom allowed by face-to-face courses heavy on discussion versus the possibilities and limitations of online learning.

Has church branding progressed too far?

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?

Christmas Week Hodgepodge

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 […]

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 […]


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….


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.