Learning Together, Planned and Unplanned

Among other things, at the beginning of a new semester considering the freedom allowed by face-to-face courses heavy on discussion versus the possibilities and limitations of online learning.

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Has church branding progressed too far?

Branding is all about claiming distinctiveness. What can your product do that others can’t? What looks or feels better than the others? Sometimes we treat faith communities the same way, but should we?

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Christmas Week Hodgepodge

The blog has been a bit quieter than I prefer these past weeks, so here’s a hodgepodge post catching up on some recent thoughts and goings-on. For some work at NDSU, I read Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson’s new book, The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receiving, Grasping We Lose. Some may recall Smith’s work in […]

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Published. | Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House

I received a rather special delivery today: a book of Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College! So, that happened. Quite to my surprise, the book seems to have been selling quite well recently (if Amazon’s algorithms are trustworthy, that is). Though I didn’t receive copies until today, Rowman and […]

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Creativity Series Wrap-up

Over the past few weeks I have greatly enjoyed—and I hope you, dear reader, have too—six delicious posts on creativity by some of the most creative folk I know. If you haven’t kept up, links to those six posts are below [or category tag link is here]: Adam Walker Cleaveland Erika Strandjord Libby Shannon Colin […]

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CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Michael Larson

The last post in our creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Michael D. Larson. I’ve known Michael for several years now, and am always impressed with his artistry, collegiality, and taste in wine. Plus, he gets paid to create creatively! For inspiration, read on….

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CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Bethany Stolle

The next post in our creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Bethany Stolle. I first met Bethany back when she developed amazing new products with Sparkhouse. She’s super fun, amazingly talented, and a veritable fount of creativity! Think I’m exaggerating? Read on and soak in the delightful imagination of the one and only Bethany Stolle.

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CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Colin Holter

The next post in our creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Colin Holter. Colin is a composer and colleague at Concordia. In other words: it’s his job to be creative.

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CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Libby Shannon

The next post in my creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Libby Shannon. I’ve known Libby for almost ten years, but since we’re both Presbyterians from Florida, I feel an even deeper bond. Plus, she loves a good protest.

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