5 Reasons Why I Pray that Bishop Eaton Joins Twitter

A few days ago, at an elaborate worship service in Chicago, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton was installed as the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is not on Twitter. That fact—that the new ELCA Presiding Bishop does not tweet—may strike most people as inconsequential (or even a blessing), but during […]

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Testing the Aims of College

I’m sick and tired of the perspective (often coming out of Washington, or from local politicians of all stripes) that college is primarily — or only — about job preparation, or even more narrow: getting a job at all. As hesitant as I am to consider any sort of enormous exam for already stressed-out college students, I don’t think it’s a crazy idea if it helps refocus higher education on LEARNING.

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Eat Your Heart Out, Congressman! After the Food Stamp Vote, 10 Scripture Verses for Rep. Cramer

This weekend my elected representative, Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) responded to a constituent who questioned Rep. Cramer’s vote cutting our nation’s food stamp program by $40 billion with the Bible verse: “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” Since Rep. Cramer appreciates quotes taken from the Bible without any concern for context, I’ve made him a handy list. Warning: don’t read on an empty stomach!

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Teaching Faith & Leadership: If it were easy, it’d be boring

Teaching “Faith and Leadership” is tough and fun. I don’t test student on who Jesus is. I test on how to think, speak, discern, and argue in a world of competing claims.

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Ten Thursday Tidbits

It’s time for a bulleted, random post. I won’t even stoop to a top ten list! (Where are my Internet skillz?) Here goes some tidbits for the week…

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Is the PCUSA Going Down the Tubes?

Some people say funny things–call them “misrepresentations” or “lies.” This post is an informal revision of the official PCUSA document, “Constitutional Musing: Misrepresentations about the PCUSA” published by the Office of General Assembly.

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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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