Designing a new course, “Word to the Wise,” Want to help?

Next semester, I’m planning to teach “Word to the Wise: Writing for Religious and Social Change.” I’m posting my thoughts on the course design thus far with the hope that you, dear Internets, will suggest tweaks, correct horrendous ideas, and/or send me more boxes of books to read.

Sundry Summer Celebrations

I’m not sure what constitutes the official “end of summer” these days, but I think it’s here for me. Faculty workshops have replaced writing time. Syllabus prep has replaced reading time. New, longer lists of to-dos have replaced my unfinished lists of summer projects. Ready or not, it’s back to school…

Think This, Do This, Read This

This is a hodgepodge post about thinking, doing, and reading. First, the thinking regarding the blog’s Fargo media debut last week. I Think This… The reaction to my “I’m #AmbivalentAboutFargo and You Should Be Too” post went beyond anything I envisioned. Not only did the post receive over 600 Facebook shares (most of them well […]

Review: Lillian Daniel’s, “When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough’”

I confess: I didn’t want to like Lillian Daniel’s latest book, When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough’: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church. Though I appreciated her 2009 book with Martin Copenhaver, An Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers and assigned a few chapters for class, the […]

Three Good Books

I finished off 2012 by reading three good novels (thank God for vacations) all of which I commend to you. Though I didn’t plan it, they all take up the theme of growing up, or maturing in some way, which seems most appropriate at the turn of the year. Richard Ford’s Canada (2012) tells the story […]

Review: “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario

Looking for a harrowing stocking stuffer that adds complexity to the illegal immigration debate, highlights addiction and poverty, and might even cause nightmares? Yeah, probably not. But, Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother (Random House, 2006) is a fine book worth reading. About ten years ago, […]

Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50, Edited by David Lose

Want a great e-book? Free? Full of creative new ideas for your church? Well have I got a deal for you! Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50 is a free e-book, edited by David J. Lose, that features short essays from 54 Christian leaders in 15 different traditions. The […]

Review: Keeping the Faith in Seminary, Ellie Roscher ed.

I know of plenty books that tell you how to get into medical school, how to study for the LSAT, or how to thrive in business school, but books on seminary education are pretty rare indeed. Keeping the Faith in Seminary not only fills a gap in for anyone interested in what seminary is like […]

“Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible,” A Review

Though doing so makes me a bit bashful as I’m featured in it, I would like to review Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible by Elizabeth Drescher and Keith Anderson (both Twitter and Facebook friends whom I’ve never met in real life. Yet.) In short: it’s a darn good book. Unless you have a […]