Pastor, Bless My iPhone

Is it strange that pastors so rarely speak of smartphones, the main tool with which I serve God and neighbor?

No More “Volunteers” at Church

  Language matters. Particularly, the language we use in worship matters. So, my ears perked up recently when in worship congregation members were besieged by many, oh so many, opportunities to “volunteer.” Now I’m all for businesses giving their employees time off for volunteering. I’m all for helping people. I’m all for paying it forward. But […]

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.

Sabbath for Professors…and Students?

As the school year begins, I’m considering an “email Sabbath” clause for my syllabi. But does that mean students, too, should take a day to rest?

Luke, “God’s Plan,” & Vocation

Contemporary Christians should back away from sure and certain language of God’s plan for us. A burning bush is by far the exception for bringing about vocational clarity. God saves angels for only super-special occasions.

The Word Made Pixel: On Bible Apps

How does a Bible app change the way we encounter the Bible? Does it affect one’s theology of scripture? Does a Bible app actually change what Christians do in worship?  A few experiences in class and leading chapel this week at Concordia have wondering. In an article, “The App of God” in the July 2013 […]

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?

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