Giving Data A Soul

Giving Data A Soul For Signal Hill’s series “A Really Short Interview about Something Big,” I offered a few sentences on the role of storytelling in research and data analysis. The full text is below (or just click on the link above). In your work you deal with lots of data. What role does storytelling…

Alban Institute R.I.P.

Congregations have been a big part of my life. I’ve been a member of seven and have worked with hundreds of others as a preacher, consultant, researcher and friend. Watching people congregate (a word I like even more than congregation) is one of my favorite pastimes and I’ve learned from every encounter. I recall an…

Changing the World

How the world has changed in a few short years!  That realization came to me afresh when one of my research colleagues asked for suggestions for survey questions about women in ministry.  He realized as he looked back over previous surveys that the questions we asked in the 70’s and even 10 years ago just…

Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again O Thou that asketh much of him to whom thou givest much, have mercy. Remember me not for the ill I’ve done but for the good I’ve dreamed. Help me to be not just the old and foolish one thou seest now but once again a fool for thee. Help…

Questioning the Questions

One of the most important skills of any qualified researcher is an ability to craft good questions. Not just any old questions, but the right questions, at the right time.Good questions are direct—they get to the heart of the matter and address the things that need addressing. Answers, on the other hand, can sometimes seem…