Pastor, Bless My iPhone

Is it strange that pastors so rarely speak of smartphones, the main tool with which I serve God and neighbor?

Hybrid Pedagogy: Teaching Digital Wisdom

Hybrid Pedagogy is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that, as their website explains… combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology and new media in education. avoids valorizing educational technology, but seeks to interrogate and investigate technological tools to determine their most progressive applications. invites […]

Same-Sex Marriage & the Christian Majority

Within 10 minutes on Monday morning, I ran into not one, but two news stories covering the “Christian reaction” to the Supreme Court’s ruling last week affirming the rights of citizens to same-sex marriage. I was first annoyed by the stories’ characterization of Christianity, but now I’m not so sure.

Ten Transitional Tidbits

The last few weeks have been a bit intense with a delightful vacation to visit family in Alaska, and a much less delightful placing of all my earthly belongings into boxes and then taking them out again a few days later. But, finally, Megan and I feel somewhat settled in Minneapolis. I start my new […]

Down with unhelpful, imprecise “worldview” talk

“Worldview” is one of those handy words that seems somewhat sophisticated….except that, it isn’t.

What’s the Point of a Pastor? | Bearings

An essay of mine went up yesterday at the BTS Center’s Bearings blog. In it I wonder, “What’s the point of a pastor?” and end up in an uncomfortable place. Conversation partners include an Emory English professor, Will Willimon, Craig Barnes, Rachel Held Evans, and Jesus. Check it out by clicking here, or on the image below.

Crowdfunding the Church | Christian Century

So this is cool. Real cool. Like, so very cool: I wrote the cover story for the current issue of The Christian Century magazine! Ahhhhhhh! Honestly, I’m still in a bit of shock from when I saw it for the first time (illustrated splendidly by James Yang). I didn’t know it was in the works — well, I knew […]

Writing Theologically: Writing Digitally

A few weeks ago I received a fun surprise package in the mail: Writing Theologically, edited by my friend and future colleague at Luther Seminary, Eric D. Barreto. Along with the books Reading Theologically, and Thinking Theologically, which came out a few months earlier, Writing Theologically serves as a foundation for learning for those considering or […]

Exam Week Hodgepodge

I was hanging out with some colleague friends last week when I mentioned the NDSU field education credits I was working towards this semester. Part of my progress towards that work is blogging my reflections teaching Word for the Wise: Writing for Religious & Social Change this semester at Concordia. Immediately, you could see the light […]

Teaching Matters: Down with Learning Objectives

Ever since I started teaching I’ve always had a skeptical view of the very foundation of most college courses: learning objectives. Now I know why. I hope to teach in a way that what sticks is what truly matters