Digi-social-i-Tablet. What’s the best tech speak?

It’s awfully difficult to know what words to use these days to describe that newfangled technology stuff that takes up so much of our lives. What phrase is best?

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Vocation Meets Graduation: 7 Questions for College Seniors

Sadly, our usual questions for graduating college seniors buy into the notion that the measure of a college degree is its ability to get the degree-holder a job. Instead of repeating, “What are your plans after graduation?” I’m seeking kinder—even more faithful?—alternative questions.

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Culture Watch: Marrying Young, Marrying Smart

The Internet has been abuzz this week with several pieces on marriage, young adulthood, and culture. These things are hard to track, but it all started (maybe) when Susan Patton published a letter in The Daily Princetonian titled, “Advice for the young women of Princeton: the daughters I never had.” Agree or disagree with her, Patton’s piece has proved to have major legs. So Christians, so pastors, what’s our wise, faithful, hopeful response?

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The HRC Red Equals Sign: Share & Tell

When it comes to politics and faith, Facebook better allows for simple sharing than complex reasoning. If support of marriage equality is important to you, have a real live face-to-face conversation about it with someone of a different viewpoint.

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Who BREWs Best? or…Why I Love My Job

I have a pretty great gig. Though I began just 8 months ago, my work on the religion faculty at Concordia College has already allowed me some amazing opportunities. The permission I have to innovate is significant, support from my colleagues immense. I could—and perhaps should—have blogged two weeks ago about a campus visit and […]

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Vocation On Campus

Last week I attended a conference — ready for the title — the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education: Enriching the Theological Exploration of Vocation conference. Despite that mouthful, NetVUE was a solid, reflective, conference on a topic important to me, and not coincidentally part of my work at Concordia. As […]

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Improve Mission Trips: Less Service, More Learning

I recently returned from a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico with students from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. The trip took place over our spring break, and in Ensenada we worked with Lantern Hill, a small US-based non-profit with whom the college has partnered for several years. When I returned to campus, I met with […]

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5 Quick Thoughts on Traveling Abroad with Students

I’m currently traveling with 9 Concordia College students on a Justice Journey, in partnership with our campus ministry commission, to Ensenada, Mexico. Specifically, we’re learning and volunteering with Lantern Hill, a nonprofit that works with very poor indigenous persons on the outskirts of town. Here’s five highlights of travel with students off the top of […]

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Big News! I’m editing a book on faith & college

Here’s some pretty fun news to share: I’m editing a book on wrestling with faith and college! Yes…a real book, full of young adults’ stories, edited by me, and published by the Alban Institute. I’d love your help in getting the word out that I’m accepted essays. Please share this post with your young-reflective-writer-type-friends-and-relations, or better yet, share this page describing the Call for Submissions.

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