Beyond Mashed Potatoes: Giving Thanks Together


This week at Theology Pub we discussed Thanksgiving from various angles. I found it an interesting topic because giving thanks — and gratitude in general — is certainly not unique to people of faith. Apparently, the religious origins of the first Thanksgiving(s) are debatable, but in later years Thanksgiving certainly took a more religious tint. […]

He says on SheSays: Forum’s new Women Section must go

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My local newspaper, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, recently launched a new section: “SheSays.” No, you have not just been transported back fifty years (after all, you’re reading this post on a blog and the section title — “SheSays” — is clearly modern because it lacks the space between the words. SoHip. IfOnly.) Judging from the […]

The totally unromantic but wholly appropriate symbol for our marriage


I don’t often blog on personal relationship issues, but preparing to celebrate five years of marriage will make a guy reflective. Recently I’ve been pondering: this marriage thing is pretty spiffy, so how do I sum it up? And for some reason I’ve kept coming back to a central symbol in Megan’s and my relationship. […]

A simple way to help a brother out…

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Well, he happens to be my brother, actually. Ian, a recent Oberlin College and Conservatory grad is about to start on an exciting new venture as a music teacher in Lake Village, Arkansas. He’s there through the auspices of Teach for America, “a national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to […]