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Rev. Adam J. Copeland
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Rev. Adam J. Copeland teaches in the Religion Department at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he serves as Faculty Director for Faith and Leadership. His writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Working Preacher, Lectionary Homiletics and in several books.

An associate editor of Journal for Preachers, Adam’s broad interests include Christian ministry, digital religion, emerging church, and culture. He holds degrees from St. Olaf College and Columbia Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He blogs at A Wee Blether.

Entries by Rev. Adam J. Copeland

Palm-powered Protest (Matthew 21:1-11)

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:07 PM

People talk about the power of crowds...

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Why Nicholas Kristof's Latest Column Stings So Much and Why He's Right

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:19 PM

The grading rubric I use to grade my students' essays includes two important parts. First, there's:

"Thesis. Is the essay's claim easily identifiable, plausible, novel, sophisticated, or insightful?"

Then there's:

"Analysis, Logic, and Argumentation."

Nicholas Kristof's latest op-ed published last weekend, "Professors, We Need...

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5 Reasons Why I Pray That Bishop Eaton Joins Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 3:05 PM

A few days ago, at an elaborate worship service in Chicago, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton was installed as the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is not on Twitter.

That fact -- that the new ELCA Presiding Bishop does not tweet -- may...

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In Context: The Wrath of God, the Presbyterian Church, and a New Hymnal

(8) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Back in May, The Christian Century published two articles by Mary Louise Bringle, chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song of which I'm a member. One of the articles, entitled "Debating Hymns" noted that when denominations publish new hymnals there is, inevitably, controversy.

Church folks, myself included,...

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Vocation Meets Graduation: 7 Questions for College Seniors

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 3:56 PM

For college seniors, May means graduation, and it's only natural to want to ask graduates the question on all our minds: So ... what's next?

My work with the theological notion of vocation, and conversations with students themselves, has me pondering better questions to ask this graduation season. I...

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Revelation 21:1-6: Earth Day, God and the Apocalypse

(114) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 2:39 PM

Have you ever heard someone described as, "So heavenly minded, he was no earthly good?" This phrase suggests one danger of interpreting the Book of Revelation. Sadly, when it comes to considering the natural world and Revelation, heavenly mindedness often undermines care for our environment....

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Mark 13:1-8: Signs That the End Is Near

(10) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 9:09 AM

No matter the tragedy these days, some religious leader or blogger will attempt to connect it to God's judgment. Some say superstorm Sandy was God's wrath on liberal New York and New Jersey. Others fault 9/11 on "the homosexual agenda," whatever that is. Many argue...

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Election Day Communion and the Sacrament of Voting

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 10:16 AM

This election cycle has included enough religion-related bickering for a lifetime of elections. There was "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," Mormon bashing, continued ignorance of President Obama's Christian faith and Billy Graham's surprising endorsement of Mitt Romney (orchestrated by son Franklin?). Even though much...

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7 Ways to Remain Faithful (and Sane) This Election Season

(10) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 2:08 PM

Political advertisements assail our TVs. Yard signs sprout on every block. E-mail solicitations storm our inboxes. Whether we like it or not, Nov. 6 is just around the corner. Short of going underground -- or moving to Canada -- how is a person to survive the torrent? It's no easy...

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5 Reasons to Stop Calling Things 'God's Plan'

(320) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 3:49 PM

Topping the list of the most annoying and least helpful excuses ever is the phrase, "It was God's plan." George Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watch member charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida, used it this week in an interview with Sean Hannity. But the phrase and accompanying...

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Reaching Out to Young Adults Will Screw Up Your Church

(36) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 11:20 AM

I have a theory about young adults and the church. Here it goes.

While many mainline churches say "we want young people," they don't really. If young adults actually showed up and joined their church for good, the change they'd naturally bring with them would be stark, even off-putting....

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Rev. Wright Redux: A Conversation Worth Having

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 6:44 PM

Four years ago this month I organized a blog series with a pastor friend on the topic of then Presidential candidate Barack Obama and his one-time pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. For the next three years and 11 months, the Rev. Wright controversy slowly settled into the recesses of my...

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Acts 8:26-40: Castrating Our Customs

(44) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 7:49 AM

Some people call them "thin places," locations where the gulf between heaven and earth narrows and we fully sense God's presence. Many people find these thin places in nature. Others discover them in the familiarity of a favorite book, a worshiping community, or a touching...

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