Why I truly miss my 75-mile commute

I used to commute from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Hallock, Minnesota. One interstate, two state highways, three turns. 75 miles. Then, for a time, I commuted from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Fargo. Interstate all the way. 75 mph speed limit, give or take. 75 miles. There were many things to dislike about the […]

Beyond boxes: imagining how to move well

Also posted at Gathering Voices a blog for TheThoughtfulChristian.com Oh, moving. Cardboard boxes. Back strains. Getting the furniture arranged just right. In a few short weeks, I’ll be doing it again. In the past five years I’ve lived in four different places (Decatur, Ga; Ayr, Scotland; Grand Forks, N.D., and now Moorhead, Minn. — and that’s not […]

Good Friday and Earth Day

Today, for the first time ever, Earth Day falls on Good Friday. So, you can stop by Starbucks or Caribou Coffee with your travel mug and get a free cup of coffee on the way to Good Friday services. What a country! I wondered, however, if any Christians were working on the connection between the […]

Slow coffee, slow Internet, slow everything

Originally posted at the Gathering Voices blog A recent story on NPR’s All Things Considered explored a curious new craze: the slow internet movement. In hipster enclaves like the coffeehouse Drip in Washington, D.C., counter-cultural types are claiming a more calming and intentional way of enjoying the Internet by using slow 28.8K connect speeds. Drip brews […]

Jell-O Confessions

It’s much too early to reflect fully on my ministry in Hallock, but it’s always the right time for bullet points. So, here’s my top twelve reflections on my first stab at pastoral ministry….

MPR crosspost: The art of the public invocation

Originally posted as a Commentary here on MPR News To Whom it may concern: the art of the public invocation I think it was in my second week as the new Presbyterian pastor in a rural northwest Minnesota town that I was asked to pray at a public gathering. I received — and promptly accepted […]

Practice this

Last Wednesday night, my partner Megan went to yoga. She gathered with other like-minded folk to follow a leader who led them through a weekly ritual. While doing so, she pushed her body to a new place and gained an appreciation for its abilities. At the end of the practice, her leader said, “Thank you […]

Feminists go to the movies

Last week, teacher/writer/friend Ellie Roscher posted here about the sexism present at the Academy Awards. Ellie said that her high school students, when asked what female figures they look up to in life give personal examples like mothers, grandmothers, family members. But, when the boys give examples of folks they look up to, they tend to give examples from public life — musicians, athletes, politicians. Ellie then traces this thread of sexism through last weekend’s Oscars….

Congress goes to college

At least 32 members of Congress sleep in their congressional offices when they stay in Washington. Here’s a story on Utah’s up-and-comer Jason Chaffetz (who I follow on Twitter and disagree with about 90% of his tweets), re Jason’s cot and underwear washing plans According to TIME though, a “watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and […]