The most recent list of my publications can be found on my CV, and I’ve stopped updating this page. You can find my writing at Academia.edu, ResearchGate, and at my promotion portfolio page. You can also find several of my presentation slideshows at Slideshare.


Teaching Reflectively in Theological Contexts: Promises and Contradictions is a book that I edited with Stephen Brookfield, and which contains essays by many of the junior faculty at Luther Seminary reflecting on their experiences in the classroom. This book was published by Krieger Publishing in July of 2008.

Engaging Technology in Theological Education is a book about media culture, and teaching and learning in theological contexts published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2005. Reviews of this book have appeared in Teaching Theology and Religion, Horizons, and Religious Education. (There are other journals interested in publishing reviews, should you want to write one.)

Belief in Media is an edited collection of work on Christianity and media cultures, published by Ashgate Publishing in 2004. Peter Horsfield and Adán Medrano are my co-editors on that book. Reviews of this book have appeared in Religious Studies Review, and other publications. It was also recently published in a Spanish translation by the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Chapters in books

“Responding to the challenges of religious storying in a digital age: Building new opportunities through feautor.org” in Erzählen - Reflexionen im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung / Storytelling – Reflections in the Age of Digitalization, herausgegeben von Yvonne Gächter, Heike Ortner, Claudia Schwarz und Andreas Wiesinger, unter Mitarbeit von Christine Engel, Theo Hug, Stefan Neuhaus und Thomas Schröder. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press, 2008, pp. 112-126.

“Listening and learning to teach in theological contexts: An appreciative inquiry model,” in Revitalizing Practice: Collaborative Models for Theological Faculties, edited by Malcolm Warford. New York: Peter Lang, 2008, pp. 67-97.

“Go and make learners! Supporting transformation in education and evangelism,” in Christian Education as Evangelism, edited by Norma Cook Everist. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007, pp. 101-111.

“Media literacy,” in the  Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication and Media, edited by Daniel A. Stout. New York: Routledge, 2006, pp. 245 – 250.

“L’éducation religieuse dans le contexte de la culture médiatique: la pratique de l’imagination,” in Témoigner de sa foi, dans les médias, aujourd’hui, sous la direction de Guy Marchessault, Ottawa: Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa, 2005, pp. 351-371.

“Growing faithful children in media cultures,” in The Ministry of Children’s Education, Professors of Christian Education at the ELCA Seminaries, Fortress Press, 2004, pp 126-150.

“The Bible and popular culture: Engaging sacred text in a world of ‘others,’” in New Paradigms in Bible Study, edited by Robert Fowler, Trinity Press International, 2004, pp. 207-224.

“Practicing attention in media culture,” in Mediating Religion: Conversations in Media, Religion and Culture, edited by Jolyon Mitchell and Sophia Marriage, T&T Clark/Continuum, 2003, pp. 133-142.

“Rich treasure in jars of clay,” in The Conviction of Things Not Seen: Worship and Ministry in the 21st Century, edited by Todd E. Johnson. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2002, pp. 123-140.

“Media literacy as a support for the development of a responsible imagination in religious community,” in Religion and Popular Culture: Studies on the Interaction of Worldviews, edited by Daniel Stout and Judith Buddenbaum. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 2001, pp. 289-311.

Articles in journals

From Crawfordsville to Saint Paul: Promoting reflections on teaching and learning as part of a seminary’s institutional culture,” with David J. Lose and Matthew L. Skinner, Teaching Theology and Religion, Vol. 10, No. 3, July 2007, pp. 178-179.

What difference does it make? Digital technology in the theological classroom,” Theological Education, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2006, pp. 77-91.

“Possible new futures for our journal on the world wide web,” Religious Education,  Vol. 100, No. 1, Winter 2005, pp. 78-88.

“Better off for all that we let in: Being Catholic while teaching at a Lutheran Seminary,” Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture, Vol. 39, No. 3, Fall 2004, pp. 441-451.

“Transforming traditions: Taking popular culture seriously in religious education,” Religious Education, Vol. 99, No. 1, Winter 2004, pp. 1-9.

“Searching for paradise: Libraries and media culture in the theological context,”  ATLA Proceedings, 2003, pp. 127-139.

“Marriage on TV,” Word&World. Vol. XXIII, No. 1, Winter 2003, pp. 48-56.

“All that we can’t leave behind: Pedagogy and theology in cyberspace,” Teaching Theology and Religion. Vo. 5, No. 1, February 2002, pp. 30-38.

“Collaborating with people to study ‘the popular’: Implementing participatory action research strategies in religious education,” Religious Education,  Vol. 96, No. 3, Summer 2001, pp. 271-293.

“A place for reflection, a chance to be honest in our location: Popular culture, media literacy and theological reflection in the years to come,” in Theological Explorations, Vol. One, January 2000, the Duquesne University online journal in theology and ministry (http://www.duq.edu/liberalarts/gradtheology/volume1.html).

“From trucks carrying messages to ritualized identities: Implications of the postmodern paradigm shift in media studies for religious educators,” Religious Education, Vol. 94, No. 3, Summer 1999, pp. 273-288.

“A current snapshot of media literacy in relation to religious education,” Connections: The Newsletter of the Association for Communication in Theological Education, Vol. 6 , #2, Spring 1999.

“White religious educators and unlearning racism: can we find a way?” Religious Education, Vol. 93, No. 1, Winter 1998, pp. 114-129.

“The social construction of knowledge, media culture, and the creation of border communities in religious education.” Religion & Education, Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 1996.

Other written presentations

Most of the following papers and presentation texts are available in "pdf" format (in order to read the papers you must first download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader):

“Shaping spirituality in Web 2.0 pedagogies: Communicative theological practice and learning in social media,” presented to an SSCS session at the AAR in Atlanta, GA, October 30, 2010.

“From ICT to TCI: Communicative theology(ies), Pedagogy and Web 2.0,” presented to the annual meeting of the College Theology Society, May 29, 2009, Notre Dame, IN. Keynote presentation available as a pdf.

"Uncovering understanding in mediated realities: Engaging video in teaching ritual, and engaging ritual in teaching video," presented to the Ritual Studies Group, American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 25, 2003. Keynote presentation also available in quicktime format.

"Transforming our future: Some dreams for the journal Religious Education," presented to the REA/APRRE annual meeting, Chicago, IL, November 8, 2003. Keynote presentation also available in quicktime format.

"Searching for paradise: Libraries and media culture in theological education," a presentation to the ATLA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, June 2003.

"Wondering and wandering ritually amidst US popular culture," is a draft I presented to the International Study Commission on Media, Religion and Culture at their Vancouver, June 2002 meeting. It contrasts the service at the national cathedral following September 11 to the "Tribute to our Heroes" telethon as examples of national ritual.

Rescripting Christian education for performative practice, plenary address to Luther Seminary Convocation, 9 January 2002, Saint Paul, Minnesota. The accompanying handout for this presentation, which includes citations and references for the text, can be found by clicking here.

Response to the Bible in Ancient and Modern Media panel session, "Beyond Bathrobes and Beards: Experiments in new media translation," presented during the AAR/SBL annual meeting, Denver, CO, 17 November 2001.

"Notes on the interweaving of media, religion and culture in the graduate theological context," a presentation made to the preconference Religion and Media Workshop, AAR/SBL annual meeting, Denver, CO, 16 November 2001.

"Searching for the 'blue fairy': Questioning technology and pedagogy in theological education," a plenary presentation to the Lilly Infotech Directors meeting, Indianapolis, IN, 16 August 2001.

"Attending to embodiedness in online, theologically focused learning", a rough draft of a paper written for a University of Dayton Colloquium, "Going the distance: Theology, religious education, and interactive distance education, November 3-4,1999 Dayton, Ohio.

The Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Lectures: Monday evening presentation, 1 November 1999, Anderson University, Anderson Indiana

The Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Lectures: Tuesday after chapel presentation, 2 November 1999, Anderson University, Anderson Indiana

"Practicing imagination: Reinvesting in religious tradition amidst popular culture." A paper delivered to the Ritual, Language and Action seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy, at their annual meeting, January 1999, Vancouver, BC.

"Frame shifting/shifting frames: Using popular culture texts in religious education and pastoral ministry." A presentation made to the SSSR/RRA annual meeting, November 1998, Montreal, Quebec.

"'What if God were one of us?' Using popular culture transformatively in adult religious education." A paper delivered to the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education, November 1996, New Orleans

"Critical religious pedagogies amidst U.S. popular cultures." A paper delivered to the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, November 1996, Nashville