Should We Kill the Essay? Is It Dead Already?

If no boss is ever going to require employees to write an essay, why should professors assign them?

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500 Lifetimes of Books & the Screwmeneutical Imperative

If you went to the Library of Congress and read a book every day from birth to death, it’d take you 500 lifetimes to finish. What to do? Enter: the “Screwmeneutical Imperative.”

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Think This, Do This, Read This

This is a hodgepodge post about thinking, doing, and reading. First, the thinking regarding the blog’s Fargo media debut last week. I Think This… The reaction to my “I’m #AmbivalentAboutFargo and You Should Be Too” post went beyond anything I envisioned. Not only did the post receive over 600 Facebook shares (most of them well […]

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I’m #AmbivalentAboutFargo & You Should Be Too

ambivalent, adj. having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone I’m ambivalent about Fargo and I believe you should be too. I’m writing this post in response to a common theme in media coverage of Fargo. The typical Fargo story goes something like this: OMG, look what I, intrepid reporter, just discovered: Fargo […]

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Goodbye, dear friend. I don’t plan to keep in touch.

One of my best Fargo buddies ruined my life this semester by getting a great new job and leaving town. (An all too common occurrence if you live in Fargo.) The other evening, over beers, Andrew was preparing me for when he’ll be gone. “Just so you know, I suck at keeping in touch” he […]

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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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