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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Review: “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario

Looking for a harrowing stocking stuffer that adds complexity to the illegal immigration debate, highlights addiction and poverty, and might even cause nightmares? Yeah, probably not. But, Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother (Random House, 2006) is a fine book worth reading. About ten years ago, […]

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5 Ways New Media Has Changed the Way I Think (and Write)

5) Lists get hits. Opine all you like about our short attention span and the decline of critical thinking, but there’s something about a top five or top ten list that entices people to read. So, I sometimes write posts with lists (like this one). But hey, it’s not just a new media thing: God […]

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Signs That the End Is Near, Mark 13:1-8

A commentary of mine went up this week on Mark 13:1-8, Sunday’s gospel lectionary text. The piece is for the Odyssey Networks ON Scripture series — they do great work! It post appears at ON Scripture, Huffington Post, and Day1.org (talk about multi-platform publishing, Odyssey Networks). A teaser sentence is below. For the full piece, visit the other […]

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Young Adult Volunteers Rock!

I’m happy to join others in the PC(USA) in YAV social media blitz week. The Young Adult Volunteer program is a gem, so it’s great to see the denomination committed to making the program bigger and stronger in the coming years. Read the YAV description below, and also check out Thomas Guthrie’s inspiring sermon preached […]

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Election Day Communion & the Sacrament of Voting

Partisan politics separates us; Christ’s table unites us. Divisions into red and blue, voter blocs and turn-out machines cheapens us; the Lord’s Supper strengthens us. Yard signs, social media fights, and bumper stickers reduce us; in the bread and the wine Christ’s love is multiplied beyond our understanding.

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Inspiration pinned: The rise of spiritual quotes on Pinterest

Rather than demeaning the shallow nature of most spiritual/religious Pinterest quotes, faith leaders should take a gander and try to discern what is going on with users beneath their clicks, pins, and likes. In fact, we might even start a trend ourselves. Here’s a few of my own, ready to be made sharable and rendered in fancy font: “The Spirit moves in mysterious ways…even online.”

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