An Open Letter to Anyone with $75 Million to Give to Christian Colleges

Dear madam or sir, I write in hope that you exist. Honestly, it’s hard for me to imagine that there are individuals in this or any society who have the ability to donate $75 million to their favorite good cause. (Subtract a few zeroes and I’d still need to battle my budget a bit.) But … More An Open Letter to Anyone with $75 Million to Give to Christian Colleges

The Minneapolis Miracle

So it was a few days before Christmas, and I got a call from my wife. She was looking for a jersey to buy our sports-loving eight-year old son, Isaiah. “Are you okay with the Vikings?” I’d prefer the Twins, but she’s braving the mall so… “Definitely. What are the options?” “Who’s #14? Would he … More The Minneapolis Miracle

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • Reviews of The Pietist Option continued to come in: one predictably positive; one less so (also predictably). • I loved how Mark Safstrom linked the Protestant ideal of “always reforming” with a more agricultural metaphor. …There and Everywhere • Well, at least we Covenanters can no longer complain that no one knows who we are. … More That Was The Week That Was

The Englewood Review of Books on The Pietist Option

Yesterday I shared a review of The Pietist Option from someone who doesn’t share our religious instincts. (John Fea thinks my response was itself a model of Pietism.) Today, a review from someone who does: Covenant pastor David Swanson wrote a lengthy piece on our book for the Englewood Review of Books, a wide-ranging weekly review published by … More The Englewood Review of Books on The Pietist Option

The Gospel Coalition Review of The Pietist Option

Now, that may seem like an unlikely title. But honestly, I’m delighted that The Gospel Coalition published a fairly lengthy review of The Pietist Option, by Union University dean Nathan Finn. Now, I would fully expect a TGC review of our book to raise serious concerns, as when Finn blames our “Pietist ethos” for introducing into evangelicalism a … More The Gospel Coalition Review of The Pietist Option

Always Reforming, Always Planting

Among other upcoming speaking engagements, I’m eager to return to Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis for a multi-day seminar (February 9-11) entitled Always Reforming: The Pietist Option for Covenanters and Other Protestants. The title comes from the venerable, vexing Protestant idea that the church is “reformed, and always reforming” (ecclesia semper reformanda est). It’s a line … More Always Reforming, Always Planting

That Was The Week That Was

All I did here was to promote some upcoming speaking engagements and to invite people to sign up to receive a free e-copy of our forthcoming Lenten devotional. (At The Anxious Bench, I considered Ulysses Grant’s position as America’s first Methodist president.) I’ll try to get back to Pietist Schoolman blogging next week; until then, here’s some of what … More That Was The Week That Was

Where You Can Hear Me Speak (and Preach!) This Winter

I don’t understand how actual big shot author types survive authentic speaking tours. I’m only averaging one Pietist Option-related event per month from January through March, and even that’s enough to make me feel tired. But then, that’s partly because I’m not only teaching about Pietism, but giving sermons at three different churches. It’s been a … More Where You Can Hear Me Speak (and Preach!) This Winter

How You Can Request a Free Copy of Our Forthcoming Lenten Devotional

If I don’t write a whole lot around here for the next four weeks, it’s partly because I’m busy editing Come Back to Jesus: A Lenten Devotional from the Readers and Authors of The Pietist Option. Submissions have started to come in from the 38 readers who signed up to join Mark and me in writing daily devotions … More How You Can Request a Free Copy of Our Forthcoming Lenten Devotional

That Was The Week That Was

Aside from doing some year-in-review stuff for Pietist Schoolman and Anxious Bench, I took off the week between Christmas and New Year’s in order to get ready for my J-term class. But here’s a round-up of some good writing from the waning days of 2017. Happy New Year, all! • Tish Harrison Warren, fresh off winning Christianity Today‘s book … More That Was The Week That Was