Review & Contest: “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?”

With the help of the publisher, I’m running a giveaway for a copy of this book. Make any comment on this post, and I’ll enter you into a contest to win a free copy! Randomly drawn on July 6th. I work with 20-30 somethings who are not connected to a faith community. Many books published […]

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New youth study on tattoos

A TTC Gathering Voices post To tattoo or not to? That is the question. At least it is for many folks these days. Some estimate that approaching 40% of people under 40 have tattoos. While I don’t have one, many of my friends do — of crosses, words (in English, Hebrew, and Greek), Bible verses, […]

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A review of “Friending: Real Relationships in a Virtual World” by Lynne Baab

Article first published as Book Review: Friending: Real Relationships in a Virtual World by Lynne Baab on Blogcritics. In “Friending: Real Relationships in a Virtual World” Lynne M. Baab thoughtfully explores many aspects of modern friendship. Baab does so, largely, from a Christian perspective with particular consideration for how social media affects friendship these days […]

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Searching for the signal

a Thoughtful Christian.com post Recently I’ve been working a lot with a conference theme, “Searching for the Signal.” By, “a lot” I mean — preaching on it for two weeks, reflecting on a small group manual all about it, enjoying recreation based upon it, and listening to two weeks of keynote sessions addressing it. (I’m […]

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You should probably be using Dropbox. It’s swell.

Many technological moons ago — like, well, at least a year ago — someone told me about Dropbox, a cloud-based storage, sharing, and file backup system. I checked it out super-briefly online and thought, “I have no use for this.” Then, I moved on. Now, I use Dropbox every day and totally recommend it to […]

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Youth conferencing in Montreat

For the next two weeks I’m in Montreat, North Carolina as the preacher for the Montreat Youth Conference. These conferences are a part — an essential part, I think — of Montreat Conference Center’s mission as it serves the PC(USA) and beyond. Volunteer planning teams of youth and adults serve a vital role in the […]

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Down with the church women’s group…and the men’s too!

A Thoughtful Christian.com Post It’s a common joke for pastors transitioning to a new call, but it’s also deadly serious: change what you dare in a new congregation, but whatever you do, mess with the women’s group at your peril. The same can be said for men’s groups too. When the new Lutheran hymnal came […]

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Book Review: ‘The Hospitality of God: Emergent Worship for a Missional Church’

Article first published as Book Review: The Hospitality of God by Mary Gray-Reeves and Michael Perham on Blogcritics. In my new work as mission developer for The Project F-M, a new faith community in Fargo-Moorhead, I think a lot about what a new worship gathering might look like. I also try to attend a wide […]

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Why I truly miss my 75-mile commute

I used to commute from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Hallock, Minnesota. One interstate, two state highways, three turns. 75 miles. Then, for a time, I commuted from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Fargo. Interstate all the way. 75 mph speed limit, give or take. 75 miles. There were many things to dislike about the […]

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