What’s Your Facebook Profile Religious View? Why?

When asked, my students articulated clear, considered reasons for their religious views on their Facebook profile. What does this say about new media and religion today?

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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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