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Navigating Secular Spirituality

Navigating Secular Spirituality

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Magnificence, burnout, and confession with Andy Root
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Faith Goes with You

Travel as a spiritual practice
Detail from Lucas Cranach the Younger’s “Martin Luther and the Wittenberg Reformers,” ca. 1543.

Visio Divina at the Art Museum

How might a church gather people to encounter God through art?
Good Courage Farm: Death and Resurrection

Good Courage Farm: Death and Resurrection

Spring soil bears witness to resurrection
Genealogy, Church Records, and God’s Larger Story

Genealogy, Church Records, and God’s Larger Story

Things will be discovered that were either not known or were pushed to the side
Monasticism and the Mayo Clinic

Monasticism and the Mayo Clinic

Silence and presence create space for centering in upheaval
The Word Comes Alive in Song

The Word Comes Alive in Song

Lutherans are a singing people
Prayer Types for Personality Types

Prayer Types for Personality Types

Walking with saints in the shadowlands
DEAR SOPHIA: Post-Pandemic Disconnect

DEAR SOPHIA: Post-Pandemic Disconnect

Feeling disconnected, disoriented, and unmoored from God and community
Crucifixion (sculpture), Paul Granlund, Luther Seminary Chapel

The Hope of the Crucifixion

A symbol of a love so deep, so infinite, that it is almost terrifying to behold
Photo of silo

Good Courage Farm: God Regenerates Soil and Spirit  

Inviting all of creation to flourish
Filling in the Vowels

Filling in the Vowels

Seeking Buechner’s alphabet of grace in Vonnegut’s incomprehensible world
A Life Worth Wanting

A Life Worth Wanting

Following Jesus to purpose and meaning
De-Professionalizing Pastoral Identity?

De-Professionalizing Pastoral Identity?

On occupying time and being prophetic
Between Two Gileads

Between Two Gileads

The danger of bumper sticker theology
Russian icon on the second coming, circa 1700.

Where Can Hope be Found?

The importance of eschatology in Christian community
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The Ecstatic and the Everyday

On a Christian-mysticism-informed car pilgrimage to northeast Wisconsin
Is This the Year?

Is This the Year?

Dreams, marbles, black holes, and soil