What’s the Point of a Pastor? | Bearings

An essay of mine went up yesterday at the BTS Center’s Bearings blog. In it I wonder, “What’s the point of a pastor?” and end up in an uncomfortable place. Conversation partners include an Emory English professor, Will Willimon, Craig Barnes, Rachel Held Evans, and Jesus. Check it out by clicking here, or on the image below.

Crowdfunding the Church | Christian Century

So this is cool. Real cool. Like, so very cool: I wrote the cover story for the current issue of The Christian Century magazine! Ahhhhhhh! Honestly, I’m still in a bit of shock from when I saw it for the first time (illustrated splendidly by James Yang). I didn’t know it was in the works — well, I knew […]

Teaching Matters: Down with Learning Objectives

Ever since I started teaching I’ve always had a skeptical view of the very foundation of most college courses: learning objectives. Now I know why. I hope to teach in a way that what sticks is what truly matters

My Classroom is Not a Safe Space

Usually, it’s a man who says it. He wants conversation to go deeper. He’s hoping for more self-disclosure. With the best of intentions, he wants to move past the mundane. He desires this time to be different. So he says, “Go ahead. Share. This is a safe space.” Except, no it isn’t.

Coming soon: A New Position with the Center for Stewardship Leaders

This announcement is last week’s news on Facebook and Twitter, but I realized I failed to share here on the blog. I’m excited to announce my appointment as the next Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I’ll begin July 1. It will be an honor to work […]

Engaging Hate Online: Respond & Reframe

#usemeinstead Clergy’s well-intentioned, digital response to injustice is critiqued as racist. When confronting injustice online, Christian leaders must respond and reframe.

In Praise of the Archbishop of Doubt

In a click-obsessed world it’s not surprising that the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, drew some gasping headlines last week. But for me, the truly noteworthy story would have occurred if Welby responded, “No, never have I ever doubted.

Why Kristof’s Latest Column Stings & Why He’s Right

Kristof says professors should move beyond our academic “turgid prose” and “gobbledygook” and shape our culture’s great debates. He’s right, but he misses much of the point.

For Real? Planning to Hold a College Religion Class as a Live Twitter Chat

Is it crazy to hold a college class on Twitter? Perhaps. But we’re going to give it a try. Here’s how…