Do We All, Really, Seek to Care for the Poor?

Joe Biden on Pope Francis, before the new Pope’s inauguration at the Vatican: “He shares a vision that all of us share, to reach out to the poor and the dispossessed.”
Really? All of us? Do we really all share the vision of reaching out to the poor and dispossessed?

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An Installation Sermon: “Following” (Matt. 4:18-22)

For various reasons, I don’t often post my sermons on this blog, nor do I mention my work with the Presbytery of the Northern Plains. Today, however, I’m making an exception and posting the manuscript for the sermon I preached this morning at First Presbyterian Church of Fargo, ND at the Installation Service of the […]

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What on Earth? Earth Day, God, and the Apocalypse

An essay of mine is up today at Huffington Post Religion, ON Scripture, Day1 and Sojourners. Entitled, “What on Earth? Earth Day, God, and the Apocalypse” it is a commentary on Revelation 21:1-6, one of the lectionary readings for this coming Sunday. I’ll post the intro below, and I invite you to click over to the other sites […]

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Digi-social-i-Tablet. What’s the best tech speak?

It’s awfully difficult to know what words to use these days to describe that newfangled technology stuff that takes up so much of our lives. What phrase is best?

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Vocation Meets Graduation: 7 Questions for College Seniors

Sadly, our usual questions for graduating college seniors buy into the notion that the measure of a college degree is its ability to get the degree-holder a job. Instead of repeating, “What are your plans after graduation?” I’m seeking kinder—even more faithful?—alternative questions.

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Culture Watch: Marrying Young, Marrying Smart

The Internet has been abuzz this week with several pieces on marriage, young adulthood, and culture. These things are hard to track, but it all started (maybe) when Susan Patton published a letter in The Daily Princetonian titled, “Advice for the young women of Princeton: the daughters I never had.” Agree or disagree with her, Patton’s piece has proved to have major legs. So Christians, so pastors, what’s our wise, faithful, hopeful response?

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The HRC Red Equals Sign: Share & Tell

When it comes to politics and faith, Facebook better allows for simple sharing than complex reasoning. If support of marriage equality is important to you, have a real live face-to-face conversation about it with someone of a different viewpoint.

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Who BREWs Best? or…Why I Love My Job

I have a pretty great gig. Though I began just 8 months ago, my work on the religion faculty at Concordia College has already allowed me some amazing opportunities. The permission I have to innovate is significant, support from my colleagues immense. I could—and perhaps should—have blogged two weeks ago about a campus visit and […]

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Vocation On Campus

Last week I attended a conference — ready for the title — the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education: Enriching the Theological Exploration of Vocation conference. Despite that mouthful, NetVUE was a solid, reflective, conference on a topic important to me, and not coincidentally part of my work at Concordia. As […]

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