Week 2 (May 7-14)

Mark Vitalis Hoffman is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His website CrossMarks (www.crossmarks.com) offers bible study materials and resources. He is a mentor for Fisher’s Net online courses (www.fishersnet.net) and he blogs at Scroll and Screen (http://bibleandtech.blogspot.com/) a biblical studies and technological tools blog. He is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His fourteen years of parish experience in Minnesota and North Dakota were often focused on Christian education. Hoffman holds a B.A. from University of Illinois and an M.Div. from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary. His M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. are from Yale University.


Week 1 (April 30 - May 4)

Mary Hess is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since 2003 she has written the blog Tensegrities www.religioused.org/tensegrities/. A Roman Catholic Layperson with eclectic interests, Hess received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University; her M.T.S. is from Harvard University; and her Ph.D. is from Boston College. She served as a core member of the International Study Commission on Media, Religion and Culture. She serves on the editorial board of Journal of Media and Religion, Religious Education and Religion and Education in the Public Sphere. Visit www2.luthersem.edu/mhess/web/Home.html to learn more about her publications and teaching.




 

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The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg is launching its first-ever Blog Tour on Religion and Media April 30 - May 11. The Tour is intended to engage in a wide-ranging conversation with bloggers and their readers on issues related to religion and media.

Mon. 4/30 Tues. 5/1 Wed. 5/2 Thur. 5/3 Fri. 5/4
The Rev. Mary M. Brown
ON Living Faith
 
The Rev. Peter M. Wallace
Day1 Blog
 
Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF
A Cyberpilgrim's Blog
 
Laura Gifford
 
 
Uncle Sam's Attic
 
Terri Mork Speirs
 
 
The Snake Charmer's Wife
Mon. 5/7 Tues. 5/8 Wed. 5/9 Thur. 5/10 Fri. 5/11
 Tim Bulkeley
 
Sansblogue
 
Keith Anderson
 
PastorKeithAnderson.net
 
Adam J. Copeland
 
A Wee Blether
 
 Beth Birkholz
 
 
Chickpastor
 
John Dyer
 
Don't Eat the Fruit
 
   Tues. 5/15      
   
Bruce Reyes-Chow
Patheos Blog
     
 
 


Meet the bloggers from each stop on our tour
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The Rev. Mary M. Brown
Read Blog     Director for philanthropy for Odyssey Networks in New York and editor of ON Scripture, Mary is a Lutheran pastor with 20 years of ministry experience. A member of the creative team that launched the WorkingPreacher.org website, Brown is most proud of her leadership in adding Spanish lectionary commentary to the site. Odyssey Networks is a partner with Gettysburg and Luther Seminaries in a Religion and Media concentration.
       

The Rev. Peter M. Wallace
Read Blog   The Rev. Peter Wallace is president and executive producer, Alliance for Christian Media, and host of "Day1," presenting outstanding preachers from the mainline Protestant denominations. Peter is the author of Connected: You and God in the Psalms, Living Loved: Knowing Jesus as the Lover of Your Soul, Out of the Quiet: Responding to God's Whispered Invitations, and TruthQuest Devotional Journal. He has also contributed to many books, study Bibles, devotional guides, magazines, and teaching curriculums.
       

Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF
Read Blog   Sr. Cerveny is founder and president of Interactive Connections (IC), a global network of faith-based ministers for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. She is an Internet and educational technology leader and consultant working with faith-leaders who are interested in how to integrate technology into their learning ministries at all age levels.
       

Laura Gifford 
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Laura Jane Gifford is scholar in residence in the George Fox University history department and has taught courses in the department since 2008. Gifford's first book, The Center Cannot Hold: The 1960 Presidential Election and the Rise of Modern Conservatism, was published by Northern Illinois University Press in 2009. She is currently co-editing a volume of scholarship on conservatism in the 1960s titled "The Right Side of the Sixties: Reexamining Conservatism's Decade of Transformation," scheduled for late summer 2012 release by Palgrave Macmillan.  Her blog focus is “ruminations upon the dust-laden corners of American history... and their relevance to American society today.”
       

Terri Mork Speirs
Read Blog   Terri Mork Speirs subtitles her blog "woman in progress." She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is a contributor to The Lutheran, Gather, and LivingLutheran.org. She is currently writing a book about liver failure; she started her first blog to deal with her husband's struggle. "In the end, there was no transplant but a lot of transformation," she writes. "Old liver, new lives. Our whole family made it through a dark time thanks to the community that provided us a lifeline of love."
       

Tim Bulkeley
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Tim Bulkeley studied Psychology and Theology at the Universities of Leicester and Oxford, his PhD  from the University of Glasgow concerned the use of motherly language and imagery to speak and think of God. He pastored a Baptist Church in England and was Vice-recteur and Head of OId Testament at the Universit√© Protestante du Congo.  He prepared the first true hypertext Bible commentary (on Amos) and blogs (Sansblogue) and podcasts (5 minute Bible) regularly on topics related to Scripture, electronic media and teaching. He lives on 7 acres in the hills between Tauranga and Rotorua in the North Island of New Zealand.  His other projects, academic publications etc. are listed here.
       

Keith Anderson
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Keith Anderson is pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer near Boston. His book Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible is being published this month by Morehouse Publishing.  A popular blogger on religion, new media, and popular culture at pastorkeithanderson.net, he employs a wide range of social media to minister on and offline. Pastor Anderson speaks regularly with local and national church groups, synods, and other organizations on the practice of digital ministry and the impact of digital culture on face-to-face ministry. He has taught at Andover-Newton Theological School and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He received pastoral training at Harvard University Divinity School and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
       

Adam J. Copeland
Read Blog   Adam Copeland describes himself as a "writer, mission developer, God considerer, tech enjoyer, and social critic." He leads The Project F-M, a new venture for a faith-based community of 20/30-somethings in Fargo-Moorhead, Minnesota. A former congregational pastor and current master's degree student, he is has been a featured blogger for WorkingPreacher.org, CCblogs Network, Patheos.com, and The Thoughtful Christian.com. His work has been published by The Christian Century, Minnesota Public Radio, Lectionary Homiletics, Call to Worship, and The Presbyterian Leader.com. He blogs on church and culture, preaching, politics, the emerging church, "technology (if I can understand it), and sundry items that strike my fancy."
       

Beth Birkholz
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  The Rev Beth Birkholz is a parish pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran church in Marietta, Georgia.  She's written for Cafe (online magazine sponsored by welca), the ELCA board of pensions, livinglutheran.com, and Living the Gospel Life.  Her blog is an extension of her life as a mom, wife, preacher, suburban farmer, and pop culture enthusiast. 
       

John Dyer
Read Blog   John Dyer is director of web development at Dallas Theological Seminary, from which he holds a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree. John writes: "After working in the field of technology and studying theology for several years, I have begun to think that technology may not be all it is seems. On the one hand it expresses the power and beauty of our God-given creativity, but on the other hand it showcases the corruption and decay of our Adam-given sin.... Today, we are told by our screens that everything new, fast, and shiny will make our lives better. I suggest that we need to think more deeply about the tools we use." John is the author of From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology.
       
 
Bruce Reyes-Chow
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Bruce is a native Northern Californian and third generation Chinese/Filipino who has been living in San Francisco since 1998. Until May, 2011 he was the founding pastor of Mission Bay Community Church, a church of 20/30-somethings in San Francisco, CA and from 2008-2010 was Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is currently one of those "consultant" types who makes his way, writing, speaking, teaching and drinking coffee. An avid social networker and blogger, he is committed to expressing a Christian faith that is beautifully complex, unimaginably just and excruciatingly gracious. He usually blogs and tweets on issues of faith, culture, technology, race, politics, parenting and urban living. When he isn't on Twitter, Facebook or blogging for Patheos, SFGate and The Huffington Post you can usually find him riding his motorcycle, hanging out in a local cafe or chauffeuring his three daughters around beautiful San Francisco.