Our Holy Saturday post comes from Jason Barnhart (Ashland, OH), director of Brethren research and resourcing for The Brethren Church. You can read more from him at his blog, Tethered Freedom. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human … More Harrowing

Stooping Before Each Other

We’ve reached Maundy Thursday in our Pietist Option devotional. Thanks to Kurt Frederickson (Simi Valley, CA) of Fuller Seminary for sharing today’s reflection. I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you … More Stooping Before Each Other

Reclaiming Hope

For this Wednesday of Holy Week, a lovely meditation on hope by Krista Brumberg Stevens (Andover, MA). Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before … More Reclaiming Hope

The Foolishness and the Power

Our Holy Tuesday reflection comes from John Bangs (Carnation, WA), director of Fuller Seminary’s Northwest campus.  The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God… Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified… For God’s foolishness is wiser … More The Foolishness and the Power

On a Horse with No Name

I’m going to ease back into blogging by spending Holy Week sharing the final set of reflections in our Pietist Option Lenten devotional, Come Back to Jesus. For this Palm and Passion Sunday, Bethel Seminary student Steve Pavlicek (Plymouth, Minnesota) considers Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount … More On a Horse with No Name

A Friendly Critique of the “Confessing Faculty” Statement (Ray VanArragon)

As of yesterday afternoon, the Confessing Faculty statement of confession and commitment had 424 signatures from faculty and staff at seventy Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries. One of my 34 colleagues from Bethel to sign the statement was philosopher Ray VanArragon, who nonetheless had some reservations about the document. I invited him to share those concerns (and his reasons for … More A Friendly Critique of the “Confessing Faculty” Statement (Ray VanArragon)

Reflections on a Pietist Identity (Tim Johnson)

Today’s guest post comes from Tim Johnson, who attended last week’s Bethel Colloquium on Pietism. (To watch video of all sessions, click here, select the On Demand tab, and look under December 13, 2016.) Tim is Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books and the E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections for the University … More Reflections on a Pietist Identity (Tim Johnson)