Report from the Association for Theological Field Education Consultation

Greetings from Williamsburg, Virginia, across the street from the campus of William and Mary, and this year’s home of the biennial consultation of the Association for Theological Field Education (ATFE). ATFE is the professional association for those at colleges, universities, and seminaries who coordinate students’ field ed — or, by other names, “practica,” “internships,” “placements,” […]

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An Atheist, a CNN iReport, and a Scary Proposition

My fear is not that parents will raise their children without God, but that they will raise them without the skills to address faith, religion, and diverse culture.

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The Remarkable College Conference at Montreat

What’s better than 1,000+ college students attending a mainline church conference on their Christmas break and loving every minute of it? Maybe the Twins winning a World Series, but not much else. With my good friend, Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman, I am Co-Directing the next College Conference at the Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina! […]

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Three Good Books

I finished off 2012 by reading three good novels (thank God for vacations) all of which I commend to you. Though I didn’t plan it, they all take up the theme of growing up, or maturing in some way, which seems most appropriate at the turn of the year. Richard Ford’s Canada (2012) tells the story […]

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MPR Op-Ed: A Lesson in Caution, in time for Christmas

A Minnesota Public Radio commentary of mine went up today, “A lesson in caution, in time for Christmas.” I’ve posted the introduction below, but you’ll need to click over to the MPR site for the full piece.   A lesson in caution, in time for Christmas A few days ago I wrote a bitter, snarky […]

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No Christmas Trees in Church

[This is a repost, though slightly altered, of a post of similar name from a year ago. Since I don't seem to have won the argument, I figured I'd try again.]  It’s a wonderful tradition in my house: putting on Christmas music, lugging the tote full of Christmas decorations up from the basement, making hot […]

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OMG: The Pope’s on Twitter!!!

Hey @pontifex, can I get a follow back! — Jesus Christ (@jesus) December 13, 2012 In this week’s news: Jesus asked the Pope to follow him on Twitter, and was rejected. In case you missed it, the Pope has joined Twitter under the handle @Pontifex. (Despite the cool hat collection, he’s not yet on Pinterest.) […]

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Full, Not Busy

It turns out that December is a busy time for both pastors and professors. Pastors plan Advent services—often Sundays and Wednesdays—and, when Christmas Eve comes, the sermons pile up further. Professors have the end-of-semester duties of grading both final exams and final papers, plus there are more end-of-year deadlines than I care to count. When […]

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Young Adults & Stewardship: What Gives?

Does Christian stewardship look different for millennials who grew up in our increasingly post-Christian world replete with Facebook, Justin Bieber, and legalized marijuana? Is the sky blue? Is North Dakota cold in winter? The good folks at Luther Seminary’s Center for Stewardship Leadership and I have been in some conversations recently about young adults and […]

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