Why it worked: 2 weeks, 10 Students, 1 Lutheran NGO + Me

The pilot travel seminar to Nicaragua, a partnership between Concordia College and Lutheran World Relief, was a huge success. I’m recently back from a 15-day journey on which students and I saw LWR’s work in action, meeting with cocoa and coffee farmers, drinking the water their projects helped clean, and learning from LWR partners near […]

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Notes from Nicaragua: Experiencing the Hospitality of Farmers

Chandler Carriker, my co-facilitator for the Concordia College and Lutheran World Relief travel seminar to Nicaragua posted this yesterday. Check it out in full at the LWR blog. Driving through the mountains of Nicaragua and looking out over the valleys, I don’t feel all that far away from the pine-filled mountains and valleys of western […]

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Top Ten: Religion & Popular Culture, Spring 2014

I survived. This semester was a bit of a whirlwind—a very blustery, very busy whirlwind. As happens, of course, it was all good things, but there were a few too many. Today, though, the day after graduation and the day before I take 10 students to Nicaragua for 15-days with Lutheran World Relief, I can breathe. […]

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Festival of Faith & Writing Recap

Last weekend, I attended the Festival of Faith & Writing with 2,000+ others at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The experience deserves more than a quick post, but such is life. A few reactions follow.  What fun to be around so many stellar thoughtful folks considering faith, writing, and culture. The quality of presentations […]

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Palm-Powered Protest, a Palm Sunday Commentary

A short essay of mine is up this week at Huffington Post Religion, ON Scripture, Day1 and Sojourners. Entitled, “Palm-Powered Protest” it’s a commentary on Matthew 21:1-11, one of the lectionary readings for this coming Palm Sunday.

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Luke, “God’s Plan,” & Vocation

Contemporary Christians should back away from sure and certain language of God’s plan for us. A burning bush is by far the exception for bringing about vocational clarity. God saves angels for only super-special occasions.

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The Word Made Pixel: On Bible Apps

How does a Bible app change the way we encounter the Bible? Does it affect one’s theology of scripture? Does a Bible app actually change what Christians do in worship?  A few experiences in class and leading chapel this week at Concordia have wondering. In an article, “The App of God” in the July 2013 […]

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Lent 40 Day Project: Cup by Cup

Has my experience in a coffee growing region of the world, in one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere changed anything? When it comes to the question of food justice, was my (extremely privileged) visit with coffee farmers anything more than a progressive’s version of feel good token tourism?

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5 Ways the Internet Makes Lent Better

5 ways folks in my networks are using the Internet to practice Lenten discipline. Miss something? Add your experience to the mix.

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