Saturday’s Podcast: Family History and WWII

We’re in Munich, near the end of our World Wars in Western Europe tour. Before heading home, we recorded one more episode of our Pietist Schoolman Podcast with four more trip goers: Barb and Jim Lindberg, Jim’s sister Sherri Berry, and Sherri’s husband Dale. I especially appreciate them sharing reflections on our recent tour of … More Saturday’s Podcast: Family History and WWII

Monday’s Podcast: First Impressions of the Western Front

Greetings from the French city of Amiens, where our World Wars tour is spending the night before heading to Normandy tomorrow morning. We just finished a two-day tour of memorials, cemeteries, and former battlefields on the Western Front of World War I. For the second of our “live” podcasts from this tour, we talked with … More Monday’s Podcast: First Impressions of the Western Front

Friday’s Podcast: Live from London with My Parents

We’re now a couple of days into our “World Wars in Western Europe” tour, with today’s visit to the Imperial War Museum following yesterday’s walking tour of war memorials in central London. When Sam Mulberry and I did a longer version of this tour this past January with Bethel students, we improvised a couple of … More Friday’s Podcast: Live from London with My Parents

75 Years Later… An Oral History of D-Day

Seventy-five years ago this morning, about 160,000 American, British, Canadian, and other Allied troops landed at five beaches along the coast of Normandy, beginning the liberation of western Europe from German occupation. Our Pietist Schoolman Travel group — which formally began its world wars tour today in London — will be at Pointe du Hoc and … More 75 Years Later… An Oral History of D-Day

That Was The Week That Was

I considered the similarities between professional hockey and evangelical Christianity, and encouraged my home denomination to cling to its distinctive heritage in Pietism. Elsewhere: • U.S. historians are debating a new article alleging sexual misconduct by Martin Luther King, Jr., on the basis of documents from the FBI agents who spied on him. • One … More That Was The Week That Was

I’m a Pietist

Over the past months of transition, challenge, and uncertainty, I’ve learned something about myself: I’m a Pietist. It may seem like an obvious statement from someone who wrote a book called The Pietist Option and keeps a blog called The Pietist Schoolman. But I’m seeing even more clearly than before just how central Pietism is to my understanding … More I’m a Pietist

The Mothers of My Faith

There’s been more than a little Christian debate swirling around this year’s installment of Mothers’ Day. In part, it has to do with a certain enormously popular Southern Baptist layperson preaching — more on that later. But I’ve also seen a fair number of Christians on social media complain that Mothers’ Day is simply not … More The Mothers of My Faith

The “Next Chapter” in Christian Liberal Arts Education

I’ve only been on the campus of Gordon College once — and given what that school announced yesterday, I’m not sure I’ll have much reason to come back. I visited the suburban Boston Christian college in 2012, when it hosted the biennial meeting of the Conference on Faith and History, the leading society of Christian … More The “Next Chapter” in Christian Liberal Arts Education