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 […]

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.

Has church branding progressed too far?

Branding is all about claiming distinctiveness. What can your product do that others can’t? What looks or feels better than the others? Sometimes we treat faith communities the same way, but should we?

CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Bethany Stolle

The next post in our creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Bethany Stolle. I first met Bethany back when she developed amazing new products with Sparkhouse. She’s super fun, amazingly talented, and a veritable fount of creativity! Think I’m exaggerating? Read on and soak in the delightful imagination of the one and only Bethany Stolle.

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…