Be Very Afraid. Again? A Christian Response to NSA

I long for another cultural frame with which to approach the NSA revelations. I’m tired of fear. I’m sick of worry. I hate labeling any other—be it general unknown, the government, or that “foreign outsider”—a threat in the name of vigilance. I read my Bible and, over and over again, the phrase “fear not” provokes me.

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Concordia & LWR: A Nicaragua Scouting Trip Top 10

Last week I traveled with a colleague and student leader from Concordia College to Nicaragua where we learned about the amazing work Lutheran World Relief is doing in the country. If plans proceed as I hope: Concordia students, look for info this fall about a May 2014 LWR Justice Journey seminar to Nicaragua!

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Review: Lillian Daniel’s, “When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough’”

I confess: I didn’t want to like Lillian Daniel’s latest book, When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough’: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church. Though I appreciated her 2009 book with Martin Copenhaver, An Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers and assigned a few chapters for class, the […]

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Top of the Mind Thursday

I’m a bit busy these days — recently back from vacation, getting the keys for a new apartment today, and headed out of the country on Saturday. I don’t want to totally neglect my blog, though, so here are a few things on my mind at the moment. Are you friends with the Journal for […]

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Adjusting to Summer, Professor Style

This is my first summer “off” as a professor. So far I’ve learned: it’s definitely not “off.”

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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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