Completely Unsolicited Advice to Parents

Too many millennials have reflected on their faith saying, in part….“I just went through the church motions until college. So, to parents out there, a word of encouragement: talk to your children about faith!

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

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…

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 […]

I’m no man for a “wife”

Your bride. Your better half. Spouse. Old Lady. Other half. Wifey. Missus. Little woman. Ball and chain. Wife. I have a confession: I dislike every phrase or word above when it’s used to describe the woman to whom I’m married. Some phrases I strongly dislike; others I approach with more mild distain. For going-on five […]

Thursday Mind Dump

I usually blog structured reflective short essays, but I’ve got too much going on at the moment. So, a change in form (Steve likes lists): I’m excited and a bit overwhelmed that: Another article of mine was published in The Christian Century, (sorry no link, dead tree edition only). It’s entitled “Songfest: Challenges for a […]

Married to a Medical School Student

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That’s me. At one time, my partner Megan worked for Luther Seminary in St. Paul, during which time she began a support blog for the spouses of seminary students in the distance learning program she coordinated. So surely it’s only fair for me now to reflect on being a med school spouse. My advice in […]

September 3, 2006: Our Sunday Morning Wedding

Happy anniversary Megan! Two years ago today, we wed at First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee during Sunday morning worship. I could get all romantic-like and wax eloquently about how it was the best decision I’ve ever made or how I’m only deeper in love with Megan today, but, that’s not blog-propriate.  Instead, I’m using our […]