A Rude Welcome to Olmsted County, Minnesota

Dear Jason Sethre, Publisher/Editor of the Olmsted County Journal, As a new part-time resident of Olmsted County, I picked up a copy of the July 3, 2013 edition of your newspaper eager to get a sense of my new community. All was well until page five, when I was met with an atrocious opinion piece by State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, “Guest Commentary: Thoughts on the passage of the gay marriage bill.”

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What matters is that they’re Christian?

Really? What matters of course, more than anything else, is that we’re all Christian? It’s important to have faith claims and faith communities, but their function is to show God’s inclusive love not narrow it.

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Heartless Humanities?

If we in the humanities aren’t seen by our students to be living out our own vocations, pursuing lives of worth and service, we have failed as humanities scholars.

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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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