“Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible,” A Review

Though doing so makes me a bit bashful as I’m featured in it, I would like to review Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible by Elizabeth Drescher and Keith Anderson (both Twitter and Facebook friends whom I’ve never met in real life. Yet.) In short: it’s a darn good book. Unless you have a […]

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Through the Church the Song Goes On: Thank you, John Ferguson

I still remember the first time I heard about St. Olaf College. I was in Montreat, North Carolina at a music and worship conference at which John Ferguson was serving on the faculty. At a dinner, John (who I now know fondly as “Ferg”) suggested I attend St. Olaf College, a small liberal arts college […]

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Announcing Newness! Appointment at Concordia College

I’m extraordinarily excited to announce that I’ve been appointed to the position of Faculty Director for Faith and Leadership at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota! As President Craft recently shared, “The position, with its home in the Religion Department, will provide leadership for a new Concordia Religion Major Concentration in Faith and Leadership that combines […]

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Reaching Out to Young Adults Will Screw Up Your Church

While many churches say “we want young people” they don’t really. If young adults actually showed up and joined their church for good, the change they’d naturally bring with them would be stark, even off-putting. In fact, making a congregation welcoming for young adults necessarily means it will get less comfortable for the current members.

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Ready. Set. Speak! & Relax

It was late and one chair sat empty when I got an uneasy feeling in my stomach. Looking at the panelists seated up front, I knew the speaker from the Jewish tradition, the Islamist, and the Buddhist were present. By process of elimination, I figured the other two occupying their chairs were the Hindu and […]

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Rev. Wright Redux: A Conversation Worth Having

Note: this piece was written in the initial hours after the NY Times story broke, but for some unknown reason did not go live on Huffington Post until this evening. So, apologies for missing the news cycle. And, also, for not addressing more recent events and commentary. Post originally published here, at HuffPost religion. I’ve […]

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NPR, Same-sex marriage, Lutherans, & the Bible

President Obama, by citing his Christian faith as contributing to his “evolution” on same-sex marriage, instigated a blip in media coverage of religion and the Bible. Many Christians have jumped at the opportunity to quote scripture and preach “Christian marriage” but it’s not a simple message. NPR’s Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s coverage May 11, “Same Bible, […]

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Review: Rachel Wagner’s, “Godwired”

This post is a final review for part of my Independent Study in Religious Communication and Digital Life at the University of North Dakota. See a description of the course here. Links to reviews of the other books I read are below. My term paper is being turned in today, and I have yet to […]

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Mark Vitalis Hoffman on technology and the body of Christ

My day has arrived to be featured on the Religion and Media Blog Tour 2012 with Professor Mark Vitalis Hoffman (website, blog), Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. (More information and a listing of all the tour stops here.) In August, LTSG, in partnership with Luther Seminary, will launch of […]

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