On Monday I submitted the final version of my DMin thesis at McCormick Theological Seminary and since then everything has advanced such that I will graduate a week from tomorrow. I have thoroughly enjoyed this program and highly recommend it. Next week I'll try to get back to more regular … Read more about It Is Finished…the DMin, That Is
I'm past the half way mark of the DMin class I'm taking with Lillian Daniel this week on "Why Church Matters in a Culture of Narcissism." While I'm still not sure that we've articulated an answer to the question of why church should matter to those who would prefer "spiritual but not religious," … Read more about Church is a Tool, But For What Purpose?
This week I'm taking a DMin course at McCormick Theological Seminary called "Why Church Matters in a Culture of Narcissism," taught by Lillian Daniel. This is a class that I've been looking forward to for quite a while. It's the kind of class on contemporary Christianity that I think is really … Read more about How to Be Church in a Culture of Narcissism?
This week and next I'm at McCormick Theological Seminary for what my DMin program calls a "thesis residency." The idea is to be on campus for a dedicated time of intentional work on our thesis proposals and preliminary research. I'm beginning this time with a 15 page preliminary thesis proposal I … Read more about Post-Christendom Confirmation: A Preliminary Thesis Proposal
Back in my PhD days, I was a regular attender of the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. In 2005 I contributed to a panel discussion of congregation-based biblical scholarship and in 2006 I presented a paper on sovereignty in Ruth. But when my … Read more about Back at SBL/AAR
Earlier this summer I took a great DMin class called The Gospel and Global Media Cultures. One of my favorite books from the course was Elizabeth Drescher's Tweet If You ❤ Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation. What I especially appreciate is Drescher's analysis of social media from a … Read more about What #nbcfail Says About Digital Culture
Earlier this week it was reported that Facebook is thinking about lowering their minimum age so that kids under the age of 13 can join the social network, with parental supervision. Many people think this is a bad idea, and some have even suggested that the age requirement should be raised. As … Read more about Social Media Catechesis?
Okay, so this four years old now, but I've never seen it before. (Even in a media saturated world, you can't see everything, right?) We watched it this evening in my DMin class on The Gospel and Global Media Cultures. It's almost an hour long, but totally worth watching. Not only will this help … Read more about Anthropology of YouTube