A simple way to help a brother out…

Well, he happens to be my brother, actually. Ian, a recent Oberlin College and Conservatory grad is about to start on an exciting new venture as a music teacher in Lake Village, Arkansas. He’s there through the auspices of Teach for America, “a national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to […]

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HolyCity Debuts in F-M. What Just Happened?

Cross-posted from The Project F-M this is a post describing our first worship experience called HolyCity. Last Sunday The Project F-M curated our first HolyCity event. Beforehand we were pretty sly about what exactly the event would look like. Partly, this was because we hadn’t planned it yet and didn’t really know what would happen, […]

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What’s the big deal about Rick Perry’s Prayer Rally?

The news coverage was pretty huge beforehand. Commentators rattled on re the appropriateness of Gov. Rick Perry’s Houston prayer rally, The Response. Sure, I read the articles and took in the ruckus. Afterwards, I dutifully read the follow-up and even watched a video Rick Perry’s full remarks. Sarah Posner, as usual, has some of the […]

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Reworking, Reconsidering, & Re-doing Young Adult Ministry

Also posted at Gathering Voices I just got in from a lovely block party celebrating National Night Out Block Party Night. At the party several friendly folks asked, “So, what do you do?” I always hesitate a bit when I get that question these days. It’s complicated. I see myself as part pastor, part faith […]

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It

The Fargo newspaper, the Fargo Forum, featured The Project F-M‘s ministry Theology Pub in today’s paper. The headline reads, “Holy happy hour: Project F-M reaches out to young adults to discuss spiritual issues” and boy is it a joy to see well-written local religion coverage. John Lamb’s reporting was thorough, thoughtful, inquisitive, and fair. Also, […]

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Three Good Books

A few weeks ago I enjoyed a lovely vacation and some solid reading time. Here’s what I read and totally recommend to you. Room by Emma Donoghue is a page turner like none other I’ve come across in the past year or two. It doesn’t sound like it, for the story is of a child […]

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Expanding my worship culture

Strangely, in my current stage as mission developer of The Project F-M I don’t have regular Sunday morning commitments. So, in recent weeks I’ve taken Sunday mornings to visit several new church plants in the Fargo-Moorhead area. I’ll be perfectly honest: as vibrant as some of them are, I need a break from visiting such […]

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Eugene Peterson: Pastor, Prolific Author, & RUNNER

The life of a pastor can be awfully rough sometimes. It’s comforting to know Eugene Peterson, in all his wisdom and new church development skills, struggled significantly at points. And it’s a comfort to know something as straightforward as running helped him outpace tough emotional times.

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In PC(USA), “Minister” no more. Now: “Teaching Elder.”

I write this all with a huge change in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in mind. As of Sunday, our constitution has changed so that “Minister of the Word and Sacrament” is no longer the preferred way to speak of a pastor’s office. “Minister” is replaced with “Teaching Elder.” So now rather than a denomination led by those called “Ministers of the Word and Sacrament” and “Elders,” we are a denomination led by two types of elders: Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders.

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