Rather than blogging very often, I often post short thoughts and share resources on Twitter. I have posted below my tweets (Twitter posts) from May 1 through today Nov 2, 2014. On Twitter, I share resources and brief thoughts. Most of what I post is related to my interest in church leadership. By posting my tweets here, non-Twitter users can easily see what I have been thinking about. They are also searchable here because they are on a webpage.
Nov 2014 5 TWEETS
"I don’t think avoiding Twitter is pragmatic if your audience is there, but it’s also unwise to dump..." tmblr.co/ZA1xby1UZvjr_
Throwing out Halloween candy is like running several marathons.
The benefit of Twitter is interaction with professors/pastors--a change from day job with students/lay people. But it skews sense of normal.
Oct 2014 55 TWEETS
Goodbye, Mars Hill: Driscoll's multisite empire to sell properties and dissolve as churches go separate ways bit.ly/1vpBpRR
"A Ukrainian man who claimed responsibility for organizing a campaign to send heroin to my home last..." tmblr.co/ZA1xby1UVSO7C
I also love my MotoX (Android) smart phone from @republicwirelss $25 a month for basically unlimited texts, data, and phone. Can't beat it.
If you are used to Apple applications, don't switch to Windows laptop. But if you are using Windows laptop, I would not switch to Mac.
In Aug 2013 I got new MacBook Pro ($1000+) and new ASUS Windows 8 laptop ($399) from Groupon. I love the speed and reliability of...Windows.
Whew! Lots of people sharing opinions re today’s article on the flipped classroom. Great to see! ow.ly/DxaQk
@jrgordon13 Missional Outreach & Evangelism; Global Mission of the Church. Once they get it, they like it. Main text is: Newbigin's TGiaPS
A high school teacher who spends two days as a student finds the sitting exhausting and the passivity demeaning.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-s…
Curtis Freeman's Contesting Catholicity probably the most important Baptist work since Fiddes' Tracks and Tracesandygoodliff.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014…
Hadn't seen Feb 2014 story about "spontaneous baptisms." Thorough planning involved planting people to come forward.religionnews.com/2014/02/24/meg…
"We cannot be credibly good without the outcast." Living the good life: Rowan Williams on Marilynne Robinsonnewstatesman.com/culture/2014/1…
Some of my comments on student papers who prayed 150 Psalms over 30 days and read Eugene Peterson's Answering God.andyrowell.net/andy_rowell/20…
The Pope's concluding comments at the Synod on divorce, sexual issues etc. This is profoundly good leadership.en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/10/1…
Have younger pastors given up climbing the "pastoral career ladder", or have we just found a new way to do it? buff.ly/1omcoKj
"universities expanded marketing, diversity, disability, sustainability, security, recruiting, tech, fundraising." necir.org/2014/02/06/new…
Maybe the sermon's gonna be a bit long, but today is a day of rest. And these people look exhausted, in need of a little shut-eye
This is the best of the articles I've read about Driscoll, and it just so happens to be written by my dad. christianitytoday.com/parse/2014/oct…
My daughter's nighttime situation is rather Isaianic & eschatological: the lion shall lie with the dog and bear and Dora and elephant and...
Ebola update today from @BethelSeminary student in Liberia during live online session. He traveled 88 miles to Monrovia for good internet.
David Hollinger reviews Grant Wacker's book on Billy Graham:ow.ly/C4QMW
Minnesota second best state to live in the USA after New Hampshire.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog…
John Sommerville citychurchmpls.org jokes that pastors are tempted to append to email messages "Heb 13:17".
Love U2's new "Song for Someone" "If there is a light you can’t always see And there is a world we can’t always be" u2.com/discography/ly…
"Peter Enns believes Exodus was a comic battle." (That's 'cosmic'…Not God & Anubis telling insulting jokes about each other's mother.)
@ostrachan I have students read: Barth, Church Dogmatics, IV/3.2, 769-780 on the church's purpose; 734-742, 812-824 on mission in context.
@ostrachan A brief, representative, accessible piece from Barth himself: 𝑮𝒐𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝑨𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏: 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝑨𝒅𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒔 by Karl Barth (3 of 3)
@ostrachan On the implications of Barth for ministry: 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑩𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒏 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 by William H. Willimon (2 of 3)
@ostrachan Description of his ministry: 𝑲𝒂𝒓𝒍 𝑩𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉: 𝑯𝒊𝒔 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒐𝒃𝒊𝒐𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒑𝒉𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒆𝒙𝒕𝒔 by Eberhard Busch (1 of 3)
Extraordinary shot of HK protests from last night.pic.twitter.com/hXpO9fGcUe
76 of 79. That's the # of brains of NFL players found w/ CTE at the biggest brain bank for traumatic brain injury: pbs.org/wgbh/pages/fro…
New York Times Plans Cutbacks in Newsroom Staff nyti.ms/1nKLyew
Sep 2014 26 TWEETS
The New Yorker reviews Marilynne Robinson's latest: "This is an unflinching book." newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…
Is Blogging Bad for Your Academic Career? (Gupta) wp.me/p2Rhc-1yw
All men should be farmers and all women should be mothers. Facetious hermeneutics with Elesha Coffman.christianitytoday.com/women/2014/sep…
P.osted: Is it the mission of the church to be a blessing to people? DeYoung and Gilbert say no: postost.net/2014/09/missio…
David died on Friday surrounded by his friends, family and books. More information at ln.is/dgmyers.blogsp… Naomi Myers
"upgrading an iPhone on a 24-month phone service contract doesn’t cost $199. This year it will cost me at least $649" nytimes.com/2014/09/28/tec…
Excellent bumper sticker seen near Duke: "Midwives help people out."
My latest article has been published in IJST on dialectical theology as theology of mission. bit.ly/1mvtAMa
My comments yesterday to the Christian College Consortium: a Pietist perspective on remaining Christ-centered. wp.me/p1DrnD-4ar
Chip Kelly shows some love to the faculty. | The Philadelphia Eagles' Secret Coaches: Professors m.wsj.com/articles/the-p…
George Hunsinger responds to Matthew Rose. bit.ly/1wKe3ZK
Me: You smell like meat. Bea, age 6: I am meat.
Lecrae: Christian rappers, Christian rap, and the No. 1 album in the countrygrantland.com/hollywood-pros…
Superb review essay by Victoria Barnett on recent Bonhoeffer books by Marsh, Nation, and Williams.contemporarychurchhistory.org/2014/09/interp…
Wonderful news for our insect friends. pic.twitter.com/0BNGBmqJjP
If you are a Barthian, you don't say the flow or structure of your syllabus, you say the *architectonics* of your syllabus. #guiltyascharged
Aug 2014 53 TWEETS
Prayer "does not have to be beautiful or edifying, logically coherent or theologically correct." Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, III/4, 88.
Prayer is first of all, petition. "The Christian is able to ask." - Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, III/3, p. 269.
"And that brings up the macho performance of busyness. Often, when I mention trying to work less,..." tmblr.co/ZR9d0p1PSt6eF
My wife Amy preached today at City Church for the first time. I didn't notice the four-year-old's dress was on backwards.
You shall love your neighbor as your coffee.
Listened to volume 1 of 3 of "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill" (1984) and was struck by his will and force but also misjudgments.
"There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all." Peter Drucker quoted by @ericries.
Enjoyed audiobook The Lean Startup by @ericries (2011). It is impossible to know ahead of time which ideas will fly so test early and often.
Views: On being a gay faculty member at a Christian college:insidehighered.com/views/2014/08/…
@drewdyck Great story. Website comment: The next page buttons are really tiny. Anything you all can do about that.
@octothorp I recently read the opening story of Ishmael meeting Queequeg to my 9 and 6 year old boys who loved it.
In one America, people think about diets, guns and religion. In the other, digital cameras. nyti.ms/1oLlKy7
This is more or less true all the time, but you should be reading@tanehisicoates’ Twitter feed right now
But I love this event - the Leadership Summit at Willow - and I'm glad to get to be here and share. So that's the weird tension of the day.
I just want to say: It feels a little weird to be tweeting about anything other than Ferguson, or Gaza, or depression today.
Did you miss any of the lectures from the 2014 Barth conference? Have no fear. Access them all here: tiny.cc/48ifkx
Saul doesn't persecute Christians, but Christ. He's like his royal namesake from the tribe of Benjamin, chasing down David to kill him.
Allie's Rules For High School: #20 Selfies are for faces. sandrastanley.com
Jul 2014 35 TWEETS
A group of authors is called a Procrastination.
"If your goal is to end up passionate about what you do, “Follow your passion” is terrible advice." buff.ly/WUKM20
@wdavidotaylor For the first time I recently upgraded to Spotify Premium for more sanity regarding outside noise.
Enjoyed audiobooks The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Pulitzer 1980) & Theodore Rex (2002) by Edmund Morris. Teddy was passionate & productive.
Life Change: Moving to England to work at Trinity College Bristol!thissideofsunday.blogspot.com/2014/07/life-c…
Interview I did with Lifehacker with questions about my daily tasks and how I do them, which I guess is their thing: smarturl.it/fdvr6c
Twitter lets you pretend to be friends with celebrities and strangers. Facebook lets you pretend to be friends with your friends.
Lady: "We have a lot of ticks in our area." My son Jonah (7): "We have a lot of lunatics in our area."
Public Service Announcement: My Duke Ph.D. friends are passing this around: "Academia and the people without jobs"medium.com/@publicanthro/…
"Growing church with dynamic leadership leaves wake of destruction" stories remind us theology and character matter.crosscut.com/2014/07/16/rel…
Heard this today-a pastors job-"hatch, match, patch, dispatch." In other words, baptism, weddings, counseling, funerals. Hilarious.
Our obit for James MacGregor Burns, presidential historian and leadership scholar: washingtonpost.com/politics/james…
Listened to audiobooks of classics: Moby Dick, The Odyssey, The Prince, The Art of War. Enjoyed most: Odysseus's wild adventures.
I loved Bishop (2012) by @WillimonTweets about what he thinks United Methodist bishops should do. Humor & urgency. Practical & theological.
Jun 2014 92 TWEETS
Enjoyed "Book of Common Prayer: A Biography" by @ayjay. Engaging rich history. I admit Schadenfreude seeing BCP's rep of stability debunked.
On the way to prayer meeting, I passed by a guy who had been beaten and robbed. Help me raise awareness. #BeatenRobbedGuys
@CSCleve I also had students read chapter 9 "Creating Positive Crosscultural Interactions" of your Disunity in Christ for that course.
@CSCleve The Northouse text is the basic textbook used by McCloskey, Irving, and I in the Intro to Leadership courses at Bethel Seminary.
"He is at his best when he is plagiarizing." The endorsement no author wants!
Mark Lau Branson also recommends to me: Everett M. Rogers, Diffusion of Innovations. 5th ed., 2003. as an alternative to strategic planning.
Mark Lau Branson recommends to me on leadership: Heifetz, Leadership without Easy Answers (1994) and Parks, Leadership Can Be Taught (2005).
Fitch says he when quoting John Howard Yoder he always now gives disclaimer (RYFC), which means "Recognizing Yoder's Flawed Character."
@postbarthian “Barth and Brunner represent fundamentally different ways of doing theology." John W. Hart, Karl Barth vs. Emil Brunner, 218.
@cagedbread I would go with the book on the topic, not the throwaway remark.
Leadership Journal has taken down the post "From Youth Minister to Felon." Their apology here: bit.ly/1uKEJJ5
Justin Bieber baptized by Hillsong NYC pastor. That is all.m.nydailynews.com/entertainment/…
@TylerWS Hear, hear, to ecumenical humility and evangelistic paedo-baptists and discipling believers-baptists.
Article: Baptist leader ok w preschool baptisms if family is committed to discipling kid. Which is, um, paedobaptism.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/june-w…
@andygoodliff I probably shouldn't have tweeted it because I think Newbigin is wrong here. Witness is Paul's driving motivation.
@andygoodliff Yeah. Sorry for confusion there. Newbigin refers to both Acts and Paul in that essay.
Being with the Southern Baptists has @AndyStanley unusually fired up tonight.
Acts 1:8 ἔσεσθέ μου μάρτυρες is "predictive future" or "may be imperatival future." Daniel Wallace, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, p. 568.
"To use the simplest and biblical formulation: 'Ye shall be witnesses unto me' (Ac. 1:8)." Karl Barth, CD IV/3.2, 797.
"It is with a task, and to fulfil this task, that the community is sent into the world and exists for it." Karl Barth, CD IV/3.2, 795.
Acts 1:8 "the disciples must accomplish their task of being witnesses to Jesus." I. Howard Marshall, Acts, Tyndale NT Commentaries, p. 60.
"'You shall be my witnesses.' It is a promise – not a command." Newbigin.newbigin.net/assets/pdf/78c… /I think N. is overstating this a bit.
"I cannot find in any of Paul’s letters a single word which lays on the churches the ‘task’ of evangelism." Newbigin.newbigin.net/assets/pdf/78c…
@cagedbread @sheddenm Rowan Williams is dense, nuanced, archbishop. Francis Spufford is popular, provocative, journalist.
@cagedbread @sheddenm I think of Lost Icons as the apologetics work of Rowan Wiliams. Tokens of Trust is catechesis.
Karl Barth t-shirt, mug, and clock.mostlysmilingsticks.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/kar…
New post: Now Online: Charles Taylor Firth Lectures 2014 bit.ly/1no1Ndy
Good man, beloved mentor, legendary pedagogue, Doug Green is being "retired" from Westminster Seminary. wts.edu/stayinformed/v… Alas.
"The task of leaders is to... animate all... to engage [in]... coordinate [and] test... charismatic activities." @MiroslavVolf, After, 230.
Here is the church *building*, here is the steeple, open the doors, and see all the *church.*
"The members do not stand over against the church as an institution; their actions and relations are the institution." @MiroslavVolf 241.
"Zizioulas's ecclesiology can get along quite well without... the majority... who belong to a given local church." @MiroslavVolf After, 116.
"Where 2 or 3 are gathered in Christ's name, not only is Christ present among them, but a Christian church is there as well." @MiroslavVolf
"I will join this long tradition by taking Matt 18:20 as the foundation...for determining what the church is." @MiroslavVolf After Our, 136.
Rule of thumb: If it is too long to be a tweet, it shouldn't go on a PowerPoint slide.
Review of Simon Chan, Grassroots Asian Theology bit.ly/1hjDvSj
Praying for SPU... blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2014/06/…
Enjoyed Great by Choice (2011) by Jim Collins and @MortenTHansen. I appreciate Collins again attempting to root insights beyond anecdotal.
"If someone has heard of your work, ascribe this to your interlocutor’s erudition" & other good conference tips:davidlincicum.com/2014/05/28/som…
"Dietrich would tell his brother Karl-Friedrich that Germany needed an ACLU of its own." Is subtext Marsh's Bonhoeffer vs. @ericmetaxas's?
@johnstonmonte Maybe u are being too hard on yourself. Ecumenism has to do with appreciating other members of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12).
@johnstonmonte Body of Christ is Individual (one) and group of individuals (many). It is not good... to be alone (Gen 2:18).
@johnstonmonte I don't have a handle on that. Do you see that in Sanctorum Communio or Life Together?
Hat Tip to Charles Marsh for amusing treatment of the quote in Strange Glory books.google.com/books?id=hWfCA…
Feel free to substitute your own locale for Spain. This needs to be put with a photo of Bonhoeffer in tennis gear.
"In any case I now do have serious questions whether Barth could have written in Spain" - Bonhoeffer books.google.com/books?id=900Ph… / A great line.
Tips for professors just joining Twitter: recommend articles/books you have found interesting. Facebook is personal, Twitter professional.
Steps for professors joining Twitter: create handle with your name, fill out profile, look at who others are "following" and follow some.
I'm suggesting professors join Twitter to: see what people they admire are reading, publicize their articles/books, and share resources.
Marquette theologian @dstephenlong has joined Twitter. "Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Preoccupation" is my book of the summer.
May 2014 109 TWEETS
A map of Mars Hill's "non-compete" zones in Washington Statepic.twitter.com/KtnBUZtewu
There is also now an audiobook of Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (19 hours and 41 minutes) amazon.com/Strange-Glory-…
Most excited about: Saving Karl Barth: Balthasar's Preoccupation by D. Stephen Long and Strange Glory: A Life of Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh
Clear, generous, concise analysis by New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado of Bart Ehrman's How Jesus Became God.larryhurtado.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/how…
Feud between Dave Ramsey and former employees hits the Daily Beastthebea.st/1kpaSmD
As the youngest, newest faculty member at a seminary, I am sometimes like the fabled youth pastor who held a pool party in the baptistry.
You're Doing Twitter Wrong: bit.ly/1hyjXVl
Just war and pacifism--rightly understood--are not so far apart. Both want stuff done through forceful nonviolent means.
"You cannot teach non-violence to a man who cannot kill." - Gandhibooks.google.com/books?id=tquxD…
"Pacifist Christians should encourage nonpacifist Christians who hold to a just war theory to take it seriously"Yoder books.google.com/books?id=1r3v2…
Finished listening to Moby-Dick. Some spellbinding storytelling along with many detailed asides about whaling. All of it witty and cheeky.
@j_andersen I have had Logos since 1999 so it was a different scene. I only use it for Greek and Hebrew reading and searching.
"I took my appointments calendar and wrote in 2-hour meetings with 'FD.'" -- Eugene Peterson on Dostoevsky as mentor. books.google.com/books?id=ZZ7kp…
North Heights Lutheran Church (Arden Hills and Roseville, MN) Removes 3DM (April 2014) nhlc.org/3dm
Jerry Walls responds to Piper's Calvinism: ow.ly/x4o1E
@AndyRowell and Alan Padgett and Bruce Ware
Witherington, Carson, and Frame on Meaning of Inerrancy (Gupta)wp.me/p2Rhc-1sE
Video: Hays, Sumney, and Thompson Respond to Wright’s Paul Book (Gupta) wp.me/p2Rhc-1r1
Video: Who is Christ for us Today?: Bonhoeffer's Final Questions - from biographer Charles Marsh - Jan 2013. veritas.org/talks/who-chri…
Robert Gundry: N.T. Wright argues for pacifism, theocracy, divine right and repudiates democracy and just war theory. patheos.com/blogs/euangeli…
Is Piketty All Wrong? nyti.ms/S2fdRg
If students blow the word limit, then they are telling me: "You can speed read this." I think that's what I think when I do it.
Of all the tasks of the church, witness is the one ring to rule them all. Barth IV/3.2, 797 + Tolkien. / @jakeeyler reminded me I said this.
I like the weekly 1 page reflections: to force consistent reading, fuel class discussion, & have less stressful poorly-prepared long papers.
What you get in my Christian ministry courses: Bible, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Newbigin, @Pontifex, sociology, church stories, Twitter, and HBR.
I still think of insights from Advice for New Faculty Members by Robert Boice that I read when I taught at Taylor University from 2005-2007.
I used lots of PowerPoint. I found it faster & more flexible than lecture notes + handouts and better for students than no outline/guide.
Last class tonight of 1st year at @BethelSeminary. 7 courses X 14 lectures = 98 lectures. Lots of Thomas Groome's Shared Christian Praxis.
A number of Twin Cities mission and evangelism theological gatherings in June and July andyrowell.net/andy_rowell/20…
"Yoder hinted that ...bodily intimacy ...was based in his ... vision of a radically nonconformist church." archive.bethelks.edu/ml/issue/vol-6…Accurate.
"during softball games [Yoder] ... preferred playing outfield, so he could read a book while waiting for a fly ball." archive.bethelks.edu/ml/issue/vol-6…
See articles "On Teaching John Howard Yoder," Mennonite Life, May 2014.archive.bethelks.edu/ml/issue/vol-6…
@tedolsen This has been a helpful counterpoint for me as I rail against silos. Thanks, Ted.
David Harvey's critique of Picketty's Capital bookdavidharvey.org/2014/05/aftert…
As one is a professor longer, it is hard to imagine becoming more energetic, optimistically helpful, and conscientious in one's grading.
I find myself writing longer comments for online/hybrid student papers than traditional because I have less time to clarify things in class.
I know I should ideally turn all of this into published articles / books but is that realistic? And won't it be outdated? Is this new era?
Pouring so much into teaching, I wonder about posting on the blog PowerPoints and nuggets of advice given to students while grading.
A gentle, friendly request for Baptist writers to stop conflating their issues w/issues in American Evangelicalism. dranthonybradley.com/a-gentle-frien…
@sniequist And if you vacuum broccoli, you will need to get rid of that vacuum.
@FaithTheology The downloadable OneClickDigital audiobook from my library is read by Frank Muller. Will have to see if I can get Hootkins.
@joshmrowley I listed 20 other ones in my previous couple tweets that I think better represent those most influential on evangelicals.
@JasonGoroncy In my last two tweets, I give you a different list of 20 which I think represent influence on evangelicalism in the US.
20 living American influential evangelicals: Plantinga, Carson, Dobson, Coleman, McLaren, Keller, A. Stanley, Crabb, Sanneh, Yancey. (11-20)
20 living American influential evangelicals: B. Graham, Sider, Perkins, Foster, Peterson, Hybels, Piper, Guder, Fee, Vanhoozer. (1-10)
We're still working on restoring services - no ETA just yet but we'll update when we have that info. #typepadstatus
@joshmrowley The list is from a Southern Baptist in Nashville. I tweeted it because I have referred to it in class re: perceived influence.
Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts bit.ly/1oIj1lA
Today kicks off #KBCDIII - read the front matter to the end of page 5 in III/1 today. It pairs well with coffee.
Ironically, I've never felt respected after any sentence beginning with "With all due respect..."
Just finished my last @BethelSeminary online class. After 6 yrs, thought I'd be ecstatic, but truth is I'm a little sad. Been a great ride!
Excellent take on the Q conference from John Murdock:firstthings.com/web-exclusives…
@ayjay I value Arthur Holmes's influence on Wheaton College (leadership) more than what it takes to rise to be president of Wheaton College.
@ayjay Being a "good conversationalist" may help you social climb in American elite circles but that does not mean you accomplish things.
I listened to audiobook Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris (2002) from library. It left lasting impression of Roosevelt's infectious energy.
Confirmed: philosophers--like most rational readers!--prefer footnotes to endnotes > leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2014/05/f…
@jrgordon13 Hauerwas was normal i.e. great. Mohler was mostly respectful--blustered but seemed to know better than to attempt to argue.