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 it worked: 2 weeks, 10 Students, 1 Lutheran NGO + Me

The pilot travel seminar to Nicaragua, a partnership between Concordia College and Lutheran World Relief, was a huge success. I’m recently back from a 15-day journey on which students and I saw LWR’s work in action, meeting with cocoa and coffee farmers, drinking the water their projects helped clean, and learning from LWR partners near […]

Notes from Nicaragua: Experiencing the Hospitality of Farmers

Chandler Carriker, my co-facilitator for the Concordia College and Lutheran World Relief travel seminar to Nicaragua posted this yesterday. Check it out in full at the LWR blog. Driving through the mountains of Nicaragua and looking out over the valleys, I don’t feel all that far away from the pine-filled mountains and valleys of western […]

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…

Smart Online Commentary on Religion and Culture

I’m always looking for smart, religion and culture commentary on the Internet. I’m sure there’s more, but here’s a list of some great religion and culture sites that get my eye time each week.

Helpful or Hurtful? On “Aspirational Hymns” such as “For Everyone Born”

I received an interesting message from an old friend asking about the hymn, “For Everyone Born” (text by Shirley Erena Murray; tune by Brian Mann). He wondered whether the hymn struck me as controversial. After all, how do we sing about abuser and abused having a place at the table?

5 Reasons Why I Pray that Bishop Eaton Joins Twitter

A few days ago, at an elaborate worship service in Chicago, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton was installed as the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is not on Twitter. That fact—that the new ELCA Presiding Bishop does not tweet—may strike most people as inconsequential (or even a blessing), but during […]

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 […]

Stewardship with Adults Under 40

People of faith must ask the question: “How is God calling us to be stewards of social media?” Consider this, and other contemporary questions concerning stewardship with adults under 40 at Luther Seminary’s stewardship leaders conference July 29-31 in St. Paul.

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