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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The totally unromantic but wholly appropriate symbol for our marriage

I don’t often blog on personal relationship issues, but preparing to celebrate five years of marriage will make a guy reflective. Recently I’ve been pondering: this marriage thing is pretty spiffy, so how do I sum it up? And for some reason I’ve kept coming back to a central symbol in Megan’s and my relationship. […]

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Never Kill A Question

A Thoughtful Christian.com Post The young adult emergent ministry I lead takes a different sort of approach to event planning than the approach of most congregations. From our inception, the bias of our leadership was not to jump to planning activities and events because, well, there’s plenty of churches in Fargo-Moorhead that lack young adults. […]

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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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