Dreaming of an Artists’ Pub (in Fargo)

Reflections on my search (in vain) for a true artists’ pub in Fargo.

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 […]

I’m #AmbivalentAboutFargo & You Should Be Too

ambivalent, adj. having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone I’m ambivalent about Fargo and I believe you should be too. I’m writing this post in response to a common theme in media coverage of Fargo. The typical Fargo story goes something like this: OMG, look what I, intrepid reporter, just discovered: Fargo […]

Monday Mind Dump

My Florida State Seminoles looked pretty amazing on Saturday. Lots of games left, but this year feels special. I don’t second-guess Jimbo Fisher’s decision to play the reserves for the second half, even if it contributed to our slip to #3 in the BCS poll. I downloaded the new Glory to God! The Presbyterian Hymnal iPad […]

Church-related or Christian. What of college affiliation?

Is there a difference between a “Christian College” and a “church-related” college? What is the best working connection between faith and learning in higher education?

What Makes a Great Coffee Shop?

I spend a lot of time in coffee shops. I go to coffee shops to read and write. For work, I regularly meet students and colleagues in coffee shops. I even got engaged in a coffee shop. I’m a coffee shop connoisseur, a java junkie, a free wireless wonk. Here, then, are my top coffee shop quality indicators.

Cobber Superlatives: Reflections On My First Year Teaching

The Concordia College class of 2013 graduated this afternoon. With the 2012-13 school year now in the books, here are some quick reflections from my first year as a professor. Biggest surprise: how fast the 70 minutes of class flew by each MWF….

An Atheist, a CNN iReport, and a Scary Proposition

My fear is not that parents will raise their children without God, but that they will raise them without the skills to address faith, religion, and diverse culture.

Eboo Patel at Concordia College: “Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America”

Dr. Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, member of the President’s religious advisory council, and interfaith movement rock star, visited Concordia College’s campus this week. He was splendid. Speaking at Convocation, giving a public lecture, and appearing at a full day’s worth of conversations, Patel set a tone for our year of interfaith cooperation, […]