A WWI Speaking Announcement… and How Churches Can Commemorate the Armistice

It’s been a busy week elsewhere, so I’ve taken a brief break from Pietist Schoolman. But I’ll interrupt the hiatus long enough to share a couple of items related to the centennial of World War I: • First, in my capacity as a member of Minnesota’s WWI centennial commission… let me encourage all of you to … More A WWI Speaking Announcement… and How Churches Can Commemorate the Armistice

“I Can’t Hold Out Forever”: RIP Tom Petty

Some days are diamonds. Some days are rocks. Breaking: Tom Petty has died, family announces in a statement pic.twitter.com/Fca6emZwXc — Jon Passantino (@passantino) October 3, 2017 What a terrible way to end a terrible day. I don’t even know how to write anything new about mass shootings at this point. So instead I’ll mourn an … More “I Can’t Hold Out Forever”: RIP Tom Petty

My Summer Soundtrack

With Vacation Bible School and an adult Sunday School class completed and my fall textbooks ordered, today is the first full day of my summer break. For the next two months, you’ll probably find me spending my mornings in a variety of St. Paul area coffee shops, reading and writing on my MacBook as music … More My Summer Soundtrack

Why Yes, I Did Live-Tweet the Hamilton Documentary

Well, most of it. I was at the banquet for the Conference on Faith and History biennial meeting in Virginia Beach, VA and missed the first five minutes of Hamilton’s America tonight on PBS. Then after I burst into our hotel room and saw that Katie was watching, I just sat in rapturous joy for a few … More Why Yes, I Did Live-Tweet the Hamilton Documentary

Best of The Pietist Schoolman: On Hamilton and History

In honor of the Hamilton documentary premiering tonight on PBS… Once more, with feeling: I’m not one for delaying gratification. But I somehow summoned the willpower to avoid buying the chart-topping cast recording of the acclaimed musical Hamilton until last month, when I knew that we would need listening material for our cross-country trip to Virginia. I was not disappointed. … More Best of The Pietist Schoolman: On Hamilton and History

A Few of My Favorite Things, or America’s Already Pretty Great

I don’t regret participating in our national angsting over the presidential election, but I can’t say it’s been much fun. So before diving back into that mess, I thought I’d toss off something vastly less serious: a few of the things in life — other than my family — that I’m currently enjoying. Or, a few … More A Few of My Favorite Things, or America’s Already Pretty Great