The Church’s (Clear?) Mission

Over the past four years, in my current and previous jobs and in my volunteer work with the local synod, I have had the joy of talking with dozens – hundreds, perhaps – of pastors, church professionals, and volunteers from Lutheran congregations throughout the northeast United States. I have talked with leaders of congregations thatContinue reading “The Church’s (Clear?) Mission”

Good Luck Jessicah, Tony, Chip

Good luck to Jessicah Duckworth (my wife!), Tony Jones and Chip Hardwick who begin their Ph.D. Practical Theology Comprehensive Exams today at Princeton Theological Seminary. Some of you may know Tony, who was blogging at (until exam preparation took up too much of his time). It’s an amazing task, to sit down for sevenContinue reading “Good Luck Jessicah, Tony, Chip”

Going Beyond Red vs. Blue

Bill Moyers, formerly of Public Television, gave a wonderful speech two weeks ago.  The entire text can be found here – In it he talks about being a journalist who refuses to be limted by the Democrat vs. Republican, Left vs. Right power structure. Just giving both sides their due, he says, isn’t enough.Continue reading “Going Beyond Red vs. Blue”