Facebook rules for pastors

Also posted at the CENTURY Blog “Should I post or should I not?” I ask myself this when I’m thinking of posting a particularly snarky religion-related Facebook status update that would entertain my old seminary friends, go over my high school friends’ heads and unsettle some members of my congregation. I use Facebook daily in […]

Stories from the ELCA

(Also posted on the CENTURY Blog) On the drive home yesterday I heard a beautiful piece from Minnesota Public Radio, reported by Sasha Aslanian with context, depth and emotion. She told the story of Ruth Frost and Phyllis Zillhart, partnered lesbians who will be added to the ELCA roster of ordained clergy after a “rite of […]

Meme: My Faith, My Tattoo

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In a few sentences, respond to the questions below — respond on your blog, on this blog, on Facebook, wherever. When you’re done, share, tag a few friends, and pass on the questions. If you post this somewhere else, keep the title, “Meme: My faith, my tattoo” for easy searching. For background on what the heck a “meme” is, see this article.

1. Describe your tattoo(s):

Citizenship and the merits of dead trees

Maybe I’m becoming an old fuddy-duddy, but in recent weeks I’ve found myself speaking glowingly for the old-fashioned dead tree paper edition of the local newspaper. No, it’s not that I think the Grand Forks Herald is a particularly stellar paper, anything but that. I do think it’s unfortunate, however, that subscribing to a local […]

In Defense of Twitter

Let’s call it “Twitterphobia.”  Several times a week, in my usual perusal of weekly magazines, op-ed pieces, and current event commentary I run into a well-respected and well-researched writer bemoaning Twitter. “Twitter is dumbing down our teenagers,” they say. “Twitter is besieging our English majors.” “Twitter is poisoning our minds and starving us of the few intellectual […]

What? My phone has an off button!

I’m not a huge multi-tasker, but my skills for doing one thing at a time are slipping fast. Though I don’t tend to talk on the phone, chat online, listen to the radio, etc. at one time — mostly because I’m just not very good at it — I find my attention span shortening. I […]

Public Thoughts on Private Matters

There’s been a lot of talk lately about privacy, the internet, and Facebook.  It’s very interesting and all that, but I fundamentally disagree with many of the privacy zealots.  Most articles you read these days on the topic will have some person saying something to the effect, “I can’t believe Facebook would use my private […]

iPhone or Android, a Letter to Steve Jobs

Dear Steve Jobs, Hi there. I’m a big fan — of your products, your business, and, well, you too — love the mock turtle necks. I have a conundrum, and I hope you can help me. I understand that you generally keep product information tip-top secret. I understand this probably helps you make money and […]

Virtual Choir, Real Art, What Next?

Ok, this is pretty darn cool. The YouTube video below is a virtual choir singing Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque. “Wait, what’s a ‘Virtual Choir’?” you ask? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of it before since, with this piece, Whitacre is breaking new ground. You have to watch the video to really get it, […]