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.

Digi-social-i-Tablet. What’s the best tech speak?

It’s awfully difficult to know what words to use these days to describe that newfangled technology stuff that takes up so much of our lives. What phrase is best?

Culture Watch: Marrying Young, Marrying Smart

The Internet has been abuzz this week with several pieces on marriage, young adulthood, and culture. These things are hard to track, but it all started (maybe) when Susan Patton published a letter in The Daily Princetonian titled, “Advice for the young women of Princeton: the daughters I never had.” Agree or disagree with her, Patton’s piece has proved to have major legs. So Christians, so pastors, what’s our wise, faithful, hopeful response?

Improve Mission Trips: Less Service, More Learning

I recently returned from a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico with students from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. The trip took place over our spring break, and in Ensenada we worked with Lantern Hill, a small US-based non-profit with whom the college has partnered for several years. When I returned to campus, I met with […]

Big News! I’m editing a book on faith & college

Here’s some pretty fun news to share: I’m editing a book on wrestling with faith and college! Yes…a real book, full of young adults’ stories, edited by me, and published by the Alban Institute. I’d love your help in getting the word out that I’m accepted essays. Please share this post with your young-reflective-writer-type-friends-and-relations, or better yet, share this page describing the Call for Submissions.

Free muffin, free coffee…but, just one question first

“Free muffin?” we asked. “Who wants coffee?” There was just one catch. Students had to answer a question. “How do you want to live your life?” We weren’t just getting rid of mistakenly-ordered food and drinks, we were a mobile vocation reflection unit.

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.