26.2 Miles: Marathon Running and its Questionable Ends

My body doesn’t like marathons. I can get through them. I could run many more. But they feel far from marking health and wholeness. After 20 miles or so, it just gets silly.

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Social Media Blackout: This Time It’s Personal

I’m quitting social media. For a few days next week, that is. I think I might make it an annual occasion just like Harrisburg University. Readers might remember last year at this time when Harrisburg University of Science and Technology imposed a week-long ban on social media use on campus. Well, they’re at it again. […]

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Friday free-for-all

So much is swirling around my already taxed mind these days I can’t seem to pop out a traditional post, so here’s some bullets from the swirl: The three state sanctioned executions this week greatly trouble me. Opposition to the death penalty is an issue deeply tied to my Christian faith, so much so that […]

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Not quite the NY Times, but…

The Presbyterian News Service published this article on our approach and developing new ministry in Fargo-Moorhead. Writer Erin Dunigan was a blast to work with. I’ve posted the first few words below, but if you want to read the full piece — or not pull out your magnifying glass, click on the picture for the […]

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Young adults are amoral heathens, but what’s new?

This week’s Theology Pub, a gathering of 20/30-somethings The Project FM hosts at a local bar to talk about God and life, tackled the topic “Is my truth better than yours?” Though it came out a few days too late, David Brooks’ NY Times Op-Ed yesterday, “If it feels right” would have been great pre-reading. […]

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On apples and oranges known as an Interfaith Spirituality Panel & Republican Presidential Debate

This week I’ve found the juxtaposition of two evening events particularly striking. On Monday night, I attended an Interfaith Spirituality Panel of young women at Concordia College. Last night I watched (most of) the Republican Debate broadcast from the Reagan Library and Museum. The experiences could not have been more different. At the Interfaith Panel […]

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Responding to Lillian Daniel’s “Spiritual but Not Religious” Column

On airplanes, I dread conversations too, just as Lillian Daniel wrote in a August 31, 2011 UCC devotional column that is making its merry way around Facebook. But that’s where my agreement ends. I understand Daniel’s piece was perhaps adapted from her long-form work on the subject, so I don’t want to be too harsh […]

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Sing a new/old/tricky psalm to God

 A Gathering Vocies post This post comes to you live from Louisville, Kentucky where I’m attending a meeting of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (PCOCS). For several years now, PCOCS has met to select the contents, format, etc. of the next collection of Presbyterian songs and hymns – the next hymnal. We’ve focused this […]

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Sermon: “Young Adult Jesus” Matt. 16:21-28

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Fargo, N.D. August 28, 2011 Young Adult Jesus Matthew 16:21-28   Thank you for the invitation to worship with you all this morning. It’s always a joy to share a bit about what God is doing with young adults in Fargo-Moorhead and The Project F-M. So, I’m very grateful to be […]

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