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 […]

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Completely Unsolicited Advice to Parents

Too many millennials have reflected on their faith saying, in part….“I just went through the church motions until college. So, to parents out there, a word of encouragement: talk to your children about faith!

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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?

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Buy a Hymnal. Save Your Church.

I promise you that no hymnal – not even a cool new one with a website, e-book edition, and app – is going to “fix” your church’s young people problem. If you think that, I’m so sorry.

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Friday Roundup: A Top Ten List

This post consists of small ideas, trifling opinions,  and middling proposals. In other words, it’s great! And, of course, it’s in 10. Want a cool somewhat churchy job, a large component of which will be focused on facilitating communications (web content management, social media, etc.) re young adults? You should apply to be the Assistant […]

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A Rude Welcome to Olmsted County, Minnesota

Dear Jason Sethre, Publisher/Editor of the Olmsted County Journal, As a new part-time resident of Olmsted County, I picked up a copy of the July 3, 2013 edition of your newspaper eager to get a sense of my new community. All was well until page five, when I was met with an atrocious opinion piece by State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, “Guest Commentary: Thoughts on the passage of the gay marriage bill.”

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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.

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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.

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Be Very Afraid. Again? A Christian Response to NSA

I long for another cultural frame with which to approach the NSA revelations. I’m tired of fear. I’m sick of worry. I hate labeling any other—be it general unknown, the government, or that “foreign outsider”—a threat in the name of vigilance. I read my Bible and, over and over again, the phrase “fear not” provokes me.

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