New Media Project: “The old rugged hymnal: New songs and old media”

It’s an honor to write a few posts for the New Media Project. If you don’t know their research and case studies on church life and new media, check it out today. Today’s post is entitled, “The old rugged hymnal: New songs and old media.” I’ve posted an excerpt below: The old rugged hymnal: New songs and […]

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Scrapping Sunday School? Faith Development Today

Last weekend I spoke on a panel for a congregation’s Task Force on Faith Development. The congregation is a strong one with a great history and vital programming for all ages. It’s also, of course, enmeshed in our culture and congregational leaders are increasingly aware that their current model of Christian education, worship, and discipleship training […]

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Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50, Edited by David Lose

Want a great e-book? Free? Full of creative new ideas for your church? Well have I got a deal for you! Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50 is a free e-book, edited by David J. Lose, that features short essays from 54 Christian leaders in 15 different traditions. The […]

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New Media Project: “Twitter mob attacks religious studies professor”

It’s an honor to write a few posts for the New Media Project. If you don’t know their research and case studies on church life and new media, check it out today. Today’s post is entitled, “Twitter mob attacks religious studies professor” I’ve posted an excerpt below: Twitter mob attacks religious studies professor Adam Copeland, guest […]

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How Pastors Have it Easy

Last weekend, when leading a Men’s Bible Study retreat, a group discussion led me to reflect on how easy pastors have it. Of course I’m not talking about workload, or the intellectual demands of pastoring, or the stress of shepherding a flock. Rather, I noted that when it comes to discipleship, pastors have it relatively […]

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Missional Church & Global Media Cultures Conference at Luther Seminary, Nov 9-10

Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota is hosting what should be a pretty sweet conference November 9-10, 2012. I’m looking forward to attending. You should too. It’s officially the 8th Annual Missional Church Consultation, and this year’s topic On the Road to Emmaus: The Missional Church and Global Media Cultures. Several stellar leaders in media, […]

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Out of Touch Professors Like Me

It took about three weeks in my new post for me to feel like an out-of-touch academic. One afternoon last week I was sitting in my office about to send an email when I suddenly thought, “Oh no! I have no idea what’s happening in the church, ‘in real life’ ministry, right now.” It felt […]

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For Millennials Are iPhones the New Ford Pickups?

Reflecting on a recent article in The Atlantic, “The Cheapest Generation” by Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann, I ponder the Millennial Generation’s move away from owning cars and towards buying tech gadgets such as iPhones. Does owning a car instill certain positive traits that you can’t Google on a smartphone?

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Eboo Patel at Concordia College: “Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America”

Dr. Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, member of the President’s religious advisory council, and interfaith movement rock star, visited Concordia College’s campus this week. He was splendid. Speaking at Convocation, giving a public lecture, and appearing at a full day’s worth of conversations, Patel set a tone for our year of interfaith cooperation, […]

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