Brief Reflections in My Final Days Leading The Project F-M

This is my last week serving as Director and Mission Developer of The Project F-M (our new Director starts Wednesday!). Much is swirling through my head — and past my desktop — these last days, but here’s a few fairly random thoughts about leadership, young adult ministry, and transition. It’s all about relationships. Thankfully, since […]

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First Student, then Pastor, now Faculty…Still Blogging

As I transition, in just over a week, to joining Concordia College’s religion faculty where I will launch and direct the religion major concentration for faith and leadership, I commit to maintaining an active online presence that includes regular blogging. Yes, OK, this is not quite a news flash. No PR firm needed. Call off […]

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The Vocation of a Lutheran College

I have recently returned from the 18th Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference held at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. The conference theme was “A Calling to Embrace Creation: Lutheran Higher Education, Sustainability and Stewardship.” I enjoyed both the conference as a whole and exploring the particular sustainability theme, and I’m left with the following thoughts, some […]

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Yes! But…The Forum comes well short

I posted last week about the social media firestorm resulting from The Fargo Forum rejection of the wedding announcement from Allison Johnson and Kelsey Smith. On Sunday the paper’s editor, Matthew Von Pinnon, announced a new policy that moves for positive change at a snail’s pace. IMHO, it’s a justice tease — “True Love Waits” […]

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In praise of Fargo, new media, love & equality

Here’s a heartwarming story of collective action, love, and social media savvy, all set in my lovely Fargo/Moorhead. Call it David vs. Goliath. Call it new media vs. old media. Call it young adults vs. not so young anymore. Whatever the name, it’s a good story. On Monday, the Fargo Forum newspaper opted to reject […]

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Hopes and fears from Collegeville

A post from the Collegeville Institute, Summer Writing Program: Theology in the Real World with Kathleen Norris “What are our hopes and fears for the week?” Kathleen asks us Sunday night as the shadows fall and the mosquitoes fly. “Write them down. We’ll share them in the morning.” Fears? Fear are easy. Anxiety is one […]

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5 Reasons to Stop Calling Things ‘God’s Plan’

Topping the list of the most annoying and least helpful excuses ever is the phrase, “It was God’s plan.” George Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watch member charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin, used it this week in an interview with Sean Hannity. Here’s five reasons to stop throwing around the phrase, “It was God’s plan.”

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Douthat & Bass: Asking the Wrong Question?

Arguing over why denominations are in decline is plenty fine for Sunday morning breakfast reading, but what most of us care about — especially, what young adults not connected to the church care about — is how they can see Jesus’ in the life and work of a faith community.

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On transition, rituals, and boxes of books

I own 12 boxes worth of work-related books taking up 40 feet of bookshelves. I know because a few weeks ago I packed up one office and moved the 12 boxes down to my basement. Last week, I moved them out of the basement and into my new office in the department of religion at […]

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