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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Embracing the Ideal of the Liberal Arts College

The adjective liberal in the phrase, “the liberal arts,” means ‘freeing.’ The liberal arts are those studies which set the student free — free from prejudice and misplaced loyalties and free for service, wise decision making, community leadership, and responsible living.

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7 Ways to Remain Faithful (and Sane) This Election Season

Political advertisements assail our TVs. Yard signs sprout on every block. Email solicitations storm our inboxes daily. Whether we like it or not, November 6 is just around the corner. Short of going underground — or moving to Canada — how is a person to survive the torrent? It’s no easy task to stay faithful, […]

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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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