Learner Beware: Why I’m Starting a PhD Program in the Humanities and Why I Recommend Against It

“Do what I say, not what I do.” I recently began a PhD program in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Why? Because I’m a glutton for punishment, bad odds, and the esoteric. Also, I’m a sucker for academic virtues and the love of learning. But, learner beware: a PhD in the humanities is probably a bad idea.

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Church-related or Christian. What of college affiliation?

Is there a difference between a “Christian College” and a “church-related” college? What is the best working connection between faith and learning in higher education?

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What Makes a Great Coffee Shop?

I spend a lot of time in coffee shops. I go to coffee shops to read and write. For work, I regularly meet students and colleagues in coffee shops. I even got engaged in a coffee shop. I’m a coffee shop connoisseur, a java junkie, a free wireless wonk. Here, then, are my top coffee shop quality indicators.

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The Wrath of God, the PCUSA & a New Hymnal

Why is an evangelical Divinity School Dean and Glenn Beck’s website “The Blaze” writing about God’s wrath and the Presbyterian Church? Answer: copyright law and a decision by our hymnal committee. I guess I’m not surprised that in a news environment itching for the latest click bait, the absence of one hymn in the new Presbyterian Hymnal is being cited as evidence for people’s previously-held theories of the denomination.

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Stewardship: New Ideas, New Media, New Moves

Amazon.com WidgetsI’m speaking within the next few hours at a Luther Seminary conference, Stewardship with Adults Under 40. Below is a list of links and references my talk will address. Follow along with the Twitter hashtag, #StewUnder40. Ultimately, I’m making the argument: Unless we in the church engage digital technologies…we are not fully living into our […]

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Completely Unsolicited Advice to Parents

Too many millennials have reflected on their faith saying, in part….“I just went through the church motions until college. So, to parents out there, a word of encouragement: talk to your children about faith!

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Networked Individualism and Belonging to God

How does a new book on “networked individualism” call the church to reconsider our notions of belonging, particularly our practice of belonging to discrete local congregations?

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Buy a Hymnal. Save Your Church.

I promise you that no hymnal – not even a cool new one with a website, e-book edition, and app – is going to “fix” your church’s young people problem. If you think that, I’m so sorry.

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Friday Roundup: A Top Ten List

This post consists of small ideas, trifling opinions,  and middling proposals. In other words, it’s great! And, of course, it’s in 10. Want a cool somewhat churchy job, a large component of which will be focused on facilitating communications (web content management, social media, etc.) re young adults? You should apply to be the Assistant […]

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