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 […]

5 Quick Thoughts on Traveling Abroad with Students

I’m currently traveling with 9 Concordia College students on a Justice Journey, in partnership with our campus ministry commission, to Ensenada, Mexico. Specifically, we’re learning and volunteering with Lantern Hill, a nonprofit that works with very poor indigenous persons on the outskirts of town. Here’s five highlights of travel with students off the top of […]

God Made Me An Introvert…So Tweet Me?

Why, at a big party with all my friends, do I stand in a corner speaking quietly to one person? Why do I prefer deeper, more meaningful conversations? Why do I look forward to weekends when I can simply be quiet, read the Times, and see a movie by myself?

Hi. I’m Adam. I’m an introvert.

Jeff Foels on #SALIC13: What it wasn’t, what it was, what I heard, what’s next

Last week, a small group of Presbyterians from across the denomination gathered in Baltimore for the Six Agency Leadership Initiative Consultation (SALIC). Here’s what happened and why it matters.

MPR Op-Ed: A Lesson in Caution, in time for Christmas

A Minnesota Public Radio commentary of mine went up today, “A lesson in caution, in time for Christmas.” I’ve posted the introduction below, but you’ll need to click over to the MPR site for the full piece.   A lesson in caution, in time for Christmas A few days ago I wrote a bitter, snarky […]

Full, Not Busy

It turns out that December is a busy time for both pastors and professors. Pastors plan Advent services—often Sundays and Wednesdays—and, when Christmas Eve comes, the sermons pile up further. Professors have the end-of-semester duties of grading both final exams and final papers, plus there are more end-of-year deadlines than I care to count. When […]

5 Ways New Media Has Changed the Way I Think (and Write)

5) Lists get hits. Opine all you like about our short attention span and the decline of critical thinking, but there’s something about a top five or top ten list that entices people to read. So, I sometimes write posts with lists (like this one). But hey, it’s not just a new media thing: God […]

Election Day Communion & the Sacrament of Voting

Partisan politics separates us; Christ’s table unites us. Divisions into red and blue, voter blocs and turn-out machines cheapens us; the Lord’s Supper strengthens us. Yard signs, social media fights, and bumper stickers reduce us; in the bread and the wine Christ’s love is multiplied beyond our understanding.

Inspiration pinned: The rise of spiritual quotes on Pinterest

Rather than demeaning the shallow nature of most spiritual/religious Pinterest quotes, faith leaders should take a gander and try to discern what is going on with users beneath their clicks, pins, and likes. In fact, we might even start a trend ourselves. Here’s a few of my own, ready to be made sharable and rendered in fancy font: “The Spirit moves in mysterious ways…even online.”