Michael Emerson on the Role of the Christian University

As a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, I was thrilled to see our denomination’s university, North Park, hire sociologist Michael Emerson as its new provost. Most recently on faculty at Rice University, he taught at Bethel in the mid-to-late Nineties. Probably best known for writing Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America with… More Michael Emerson on the Role of the Christian University

Non-Covenanters, Meet John Weborg

I seem to have this thing for organizations that can be described as “best kept secrets.” At my most sanguine, that’s how I feel about my employer — perhaps our forthcoming book will boost Bethel’s profile a bit. It’s no doubt true about my denomination, which I can’t help trying to explain to the tens of millions of American Christians who… More Non-Covenanters, Meet John Weborg

Announcing a New Issue of The Covenant Quarterly on Pietism

I’m honored to announce the publication of a theme issue of The Covenant Quarterly, guest edited by my colleague Christian Collins Winn and myself, that features articles on the historical and contemporary significance of Pietism. If you’re not familiar with it, The Covenant Quarterly is published by the Evangelical Covenant Church through its seminary, North… More Announcing a New Issue of The Covenant Quarterly on Pietism

Don Frisk on Pietism and Christian Education

As part of the seminar on Pietism that I’m leading this weekend at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis, I’ll devote an hour or so to my chief area of interest: Pietist models of education. In doing some reading for that talk, I revisited an interesting document from my own denomination‘s history: a working paper from… More Don Frisk on Pietism and Christian Education

The Usable Past: Pietism and Bethel University

Today I’m going to wrap up a series of posts on the notion of Christian colleges looking to a “usable past” for guidance as they consider their missions and identities. Thus far, we’ve mostly found that schools founded by denominations originating (at least in part) in Pietism have not found such utility in that tradition.… More The Usable Past: Pietism and Bethel University

The Unusable Past: Pietism and Christian Colleges (part 2)

Today we continue to consider why, for most historians and leaders of colleges and universities founded by Pietist denominations, Pietism seems not to provide a “usable past,” a living history capable of sustaining a distinctive mission and identity. In the first part of this post, I suggested, first, that this might be a byproduct of… More The Unusable Past: Pietism and Christian Colleges (part 2)