Teaching Matters: Down with Learning Objectives

Ever since I started teaching I’ve always had a skeptical view of the very foundation of most college courses: learning objectives. Now I know why. I hope to teach in a way that what sticks is what truly matters

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My Classroom is Not a Safe Space

Usually, it’s a man who says it. He wants conversation to go deeper. He’s hoping for more self-disclosure. With the best of intentions, he wants to move past the mundane. He desires this time to be different. So he says, “Go ahead. Share. This is a safe space.” Except, no it isn’t.

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On a Student’s Right to Choose…Writing Assignments

It’s hard to imagine, but there’s only four weeks of spring semester left at Concordia College. Continuing my reflection series on my course Word to the Wise: Writing for Religious & Social Change, this post considers my approach to assignments and, more specifically, what students have had to say about the assignments they’ve selected and […]

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Coming soon: A New Position with the Center for Stewardship Leaders

This announcement is last week’s news on Facebook and Twitter, but I realized I failed to share here on the blog. I’m excited to announce my appointment as the next Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I’ll begin July 1. It will be an honor to work […]

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When Faith Goes to College . . . And Joins the Wrestling Team

I have a post up today on the new Bearings blog of the new BTS Center. Teaser below, but head to the Bearings blog for the full post. Considering the amount of online commentary available concerning the millennial generation and the future of the church, the relative dearth of attention paid to young adults’ experience […]

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No More “Volunteers” at Church

  Language matters. Particularly, the language we use in worship matters. So, my ears perked up recently when in worship congregation members were besieged by many, oh so many, opportunities to “volunteer.” Now I’m all for businesses giving their employees time off for volunteering. I’m all for helping people. I’m all for paying it forward. But […]

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On My Love/Hate for Grading

Top among the activities I never quite feel like I get just right is grading. Grading student papers, to be exact. Here’s the thing: I’m perfectly comfortable giving feedback. I’m more than happy to respond with comments, hopefully helpful comments. But, that darn grade—whether a number, a letter, even a check/check plus—is always the worst. […]

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From Generation to Generation, Lent 2

A short essay of mine is up this week at Huffington Post Religion, ON Scripture, Day1 and Sojourners. Entitled, “From Generation to Generation” it’s a commentary on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, the Old Testament lectionary reading for this coming Sunday, Lent II. I’ll post the intro below, and I invite you to click over to the other sites for the full piece. From Generation […]

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Student writing gone public: blogging the classroom

In my Word to the Wise: Writing for Religious and Social Change course, students engage in two main types of writing assignments. First there’s Digital Writing Assignments, all of which they post on their personal blogs. Options include, for example: Write a post reflecting on a time you changed your mind. Record and post a video […]

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