Inside Financial Aid

We’re headed down to the basement for the first tornado warning of the season up here in Minnesota, so briefly: This week’s episode of College for Christians is our most in-depth yet, as special guest Alex Hintz answered all the questions Sam and I could think of regarding financial aid. A former student of mine, … More Inside Financial Aid

If You’d Like Me to Speak at Your Church, College, Library, Etc. in 2022-23

It happened last month: that annual moment when I realize that all of the events on my Speaking page are now in the past and nothing is yet listed for the future. Not coincidentally, that moment almost always comes in mid-spring, which happens to be the time when churches are planning adult education speakers for … More If You’d Like Me to Speak at Your Church, College, Library, Etc. in 2022-23

That Was The Week That Was

This week Bethel wrapped up its 150th anniversary celebration, so I shared both the talk I gave at the celebratory dinner (on the individual moments that make up our collective story) and an analysis of the religious and educational continuities that define Bethel in the midst of so much change. Also, we recorded a podcast … More That Was The Week That Was

What Is Bethel? The Moments That Make Up Our History

Earlier this week I was invited to talk about Bethel’s history at a dinner celebrating the university’s 150th anniversary. For once I spoke without notes, but here’s the best I can do to reconstruct what I said: my attempt to make our history more personal for more people, rather than focusing on the stories of … More What Is Bethel? The Moments That Make Up Our History

Following Jesus: The Wesleyan Tradition

“If Lutheranism is the parent of Pietism,” I began my response this month in the Following Jesus conversation, “then surely the Wesleyan Tradition is the closest cousin to my own.” Started by English Protestants who had been profoundly shaped by their encounters with Pietism, Methodism and the other Christian movements that originated with John Wesley … More Following Jesus: The Wesleyan Tradition