Stewardship with Adults Under 40

People of faith must ask the question: “How is God calling us to be stewards of social media?” Consider this, and other contemporary questions concerning stewardship with adults under 40 at Luther Seminary’s stewardship leaders conference July 29-31 in St. Paul.

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Cobber Superlatives: Reflections On My First Year Teaching

The Concordia College class of 2013 graduated this afternoon. With the 2012-13 school year now in the books, here are some quick reflections from my first year as a professor. Biggest surprise: how fast the 70 minutes of class flew by each MWF….

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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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