I’ve lost track of the number of Christian declarations, confessions, and other statements that have come out this year. But I encourage you to read one more, just released today: The Boston Declaration. Subtitled “A Prophetic Appeal to Christians of the USA,” it begins: As followers of Jesus, the Jewish prophet for justice whose life reminds … More The Boston Declaration
Here… • Guess which cluster of undergraduate majors produces the highest MCAT scores and med school acceptance rates. • The Pietist Option is a finalist for a readers’ choice award. Vote before December 3rd! • The penultimate episode of season 3 of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast surveyed Protestant Reformations apart from Luther’s. (We’ll take Thanksgiving week off, then wrap … More That Was The Week That Was
In the past year, I’ve noticed an intriguing micro-trend among History majors at Bethel: in the space of a year, three of them expressed an interest in pairing a History major with preparation for med school. (And one of my teaching assistants has added History to his Biokinetics major in our Applied Health Science department.) … More Major in History, Go to Med School
Back from a break for our penultimate episode of season 3, Sam and I surveyed a variety of Protestant Reformations, both magisterial (Calvin’s Geneva, the Church of England) and radical (Anabaptists in particular). Featured Books Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Reformation: A History and All Things Made New: The Reformation and Its Legacy Other Readings John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the … More Thursday’s Podcast: Magisterial and Radical Reformations
Thanks to everyone who nominated The Pietist Option for an InterVarsity Press Readers’ Choice Award! I’m happy to report that we are one of the finalists in the Academic category, where we keep company with a conversation with N.T. Wright, not one but two books about Karl Barth, and books on everything from missiology to creation. It’s … More Cast Your Vote for The Pietist Option!
Here… • Election Day had me wondering how Christians can best “honor the emperor” in contemporary American politics. • We said farewell to a farm that’s been in my mom’s side of the family for over a century. • It’s awards season: here’s how you can nominate our book for one. • Just how many … More That Was The Week That Was
I’ve described my current research project as a “spiritual, but not religious” biography of Charles Lindbergh. A non-churchgoer who never identified with any particular religion, the famous aviator nonetheless read religious texts, lost much of his early faith in science and technology, and grew increasingly interested in matters spiritual and supernatural. In part, what drew … More How Many Americans Are “Spiritual, But Not Religious”?
If you’ve read and enjoyed The Pietist Option, please take a minute to nominate our book for the InterVarsity Press Readers’ Choice Award. Just click through to the link and explain briefly why you think The Pietist Option deserves this recognition. (Note: nominations close at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 12th.) If we receive enough nominations, we’ll move to … More How to Nominate The Pietist Option for a Readers’ Choice Award
It promises to be a quiet Election Day for me. The two cities on either side of Roseville are having contentious mayoral races, but Roseville residents have nothing on their ballots but an uncontested school board race and what strikes me as the obvious choice to approve a bond that will allow our aging public … More “Honor the Emperor”: One Year Later, A Plea to the 81 Percent
It was a particularly emotional All Saints’ Sunday for me. Not only did I think of Glen Wiberg as we gathered in the sanctuary where he preached and worshipped for so many years, but I carried a candle in memory of my Grandpa Peterson, just a day after we’d gathered at the family farm to … More On Saying Farewell to a Family Farm