Ready or Not, Spring Semester Has Come

The semester has begun again and, ready or not, I’m in for a full one. Before I’m too swamped, here’s a few quick highlights of the last 10 days and expectations for the semester ahead. College Conference at Montreat Along with my dear friend Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman, I served as Co-Director of the College […]

7 Reasons We Love Lists with 7 Reasons

I’m not a huge fan of the “7 Strategies for Success,” “5 Unsupported Claims,” “10 Top Cat Videos” type of article, but I click on them all the time. Heck, sure, I write them from time to time too. What’s up with the lists?

Smart Online Commentary on Religion and Culture

I’m always looking for smart, religion and culture commentary on the Internet. I’m sure there’s more, but here’s a list of some great religion and culture sites that get my eye time each week.

Culture Watch: Marrying Young, Marrying Smart

The Internet has been abuzz this week with several pieces on marriage, young adulthood, and culture. These things are hard to track, but it all started (maybe) when Susan Patton published a letter in The Daily Princetonian titled, “Advice for the young women of Princeton: the daughters I never had.” Agree or disagree with her, Patton’s piece has proved to have major legs. So Christians, so pastors, what’s our wise, faithful, hopeful response?

Inspiration pinned: The rise of spiritual quotes on Pinterest

Rather than demeaning the shallow nature of most spiritual/religious Pinterest quotes, faith leaders should take a gander and try to discern what is going on with users beneath their clicks, pins, and likes. In fact, we might even start a trend ourselves. Here’s a few of my own, ready to be made sharable and rendered in fancy font: “The Spirit moves in mysterious ways…even online.”

On Evangelizing Nones, Vagina-gate, & Christian Bullies

Last week, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a study, “’Nones’ on the Rise: One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation.” This week, two related articles caught my eye. Ready for some unsupported, but perhaps helpful, connecting the dots? Here we go. For the full Pew study go here, but the stats should […]

New Media Project: “Twitter mob attacks religious studies professor”

It’s an honor to write a few posts for the New Media Project. If you don’t know their research and case studies on church life and new media, check it out today. Today’s post is entitled, “Twitter mob attacks religious studies professor” I’ve posted an excerpt below: Twitter mob attacks religious studies professor Adam Copeland, guest […]

Missional Church & Global Media Cultures Conference at Luther Seminary, Nov 9-10

Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota is hosting what should be a pretty sweet conference November 9-10, 2012. I’m looking forward to attending. You should too. It’s officially the 8th Annual Missional Church Consultation, and this year’s topic On the Road to Emmaus: The Missional Church and Global Media Cultures. Several stellar leaders in media, […]

First Student, then Pastor, now Faculty…Still Blogging

As I transition, in just over a week, to joining Concordia College’s religion faculty where I will launch and direct the religion major concentration for faith and leadership, I commit to maintaining an active online presence that includes regular blogging. Yes, OK, this is not quite a news flash. No PR firm needed. Call off […]