Now THIS is Leadership

Whenever I hear Christians rushing to judgement, or spouting-off anger before they think through a response, I hope I’ll think of this exchange. Thank you, Jeff and Kevin, for modeling humble, open-minded, kind-hearted leadership….

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Review: Vincent Miller’s “Understanding Digital Culture”

As part of my Independent Study, “Religious Communication and Digital Life” this semester at UND, I recently read Vincent Miller’s “Understanding Digital Culture.” It turns out that it’s difficult to write a review with the audience of both professor and blog readers in mind, but I need to do this before I get it confused […]

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No Need for Church | The Christian Century

An essay of mine, “No Need for Church: Ministry with young adults in flux” is published in the Feb 8, 2012 edition of The Christian Century. A teaser is posted below, which is also available to all readers on the Century website. To read it in full, find a dead tree edition, or subscribe and […]

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Debating Religion & the Presidency

At last week’s Republican Presidential Debate hosted by CNN in Jacksonville, Florida, a wonderful question was asked of the candidates: if elected, how would their religious beliefs affect their decisions as president.

I don’t mean to Monday morning quarterback — actually, yes I do, because this question is the sort of thing I think about a lot (from the discipleship angle, not the presidential one). So, with the benefit of plenty of time to think, I thought I’d take a stab at my own response.

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Sex on campus, the campaign trail, & in the classroom

Megan and I recently gave away four boxes of books and sold two others to secondhand book dealers. Taking old beloved books off our shelves was a painstaking process. Most of the books we ended up giving away were from college and seminary (if you were wondering: science books resell for a whole lot more […]

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Review: “On Our Way” edited by Dorothy Bass & Susan Briehl

The new book, On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life sums up my best hopes for how young adults might live well in today’s world. Because of that, I found the book both delightful and tragic at the same time since it calls us to think deeply about how we are living […]

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Secular Sabbath vs. Christian Traditions

Do the recent secular sabbath essays of Iyer and Roiphe mark a cultural shift in which today’s main advocates of “sabbath” consider it from a spiritual and decidedly not religious perspective?

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IS: Religious Communication and Digital Life

Since I have so much time on my hands, I’m taking an Independent Study this semester: Religious Communication & Digital Life. This will count as credit towards a MA in Communication at the Univ. of North Dakota, but mainly help deepen my understanding of the field of religious comm, particularly as it concerns cyberculture studies, […]

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Advice for the new blogger in 2012

They say, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, that may be true, but I recently set up a WordPress blog for my dad. (For background, my father is the longtime pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee.) So I thought I’d write a few intro blogging tips and treats for my old […]

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