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?

Stewardship: New Ideas, New Media, New Moves

Amazon.com WidgetsI’m speaking within the next few hours at a Luther Seminary conference, Stewardship with Adults Under 40. Below is a list of links and references my talk will address. Follow along with the Twitter hashtag, #StewUnder40. Ultimately, I’m making the argument: Unless we in the church engage digital technologies…we are not fully living into our […]

Networked Individualism and Belonging to God

How does a new book on “networked individualism” call the church to reconsider our notions of belonging, particularly our practice of belonging to discrete local congregations?

What matters is that they’re Christian?

Really? What matters of course, more than anything else, is that we’re all Christian? It’s important to have faith claims and faith communities, but their function is to show God’s inclusive love not narrow it.

Heartless Humanities?

If we in the humanities aren’t seen by our students to be living out our own vocations, pursuing lives of worth and service, we have failed as humanities scholars.

What on Earth? Earth Day, God, and the Apocalypse

An essay of mine is up today at Huffington Post Religion, ON Scripture, Day1 and Sojourners. Entitled, “What on Earth? Earth Day, God, and the Apocalypse” it is a commentary on Revelation 21:1-6, one of the lectionary readings for this coming Sunday. I’ll post the intro below, and I invite you to click over to the other sites […]

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