Confessing Faculty: Why I Signed (and Why I Hesitated)

It’s probably getting harder to believe my earlier claim that I rarely sign petitions, now that I’ve gone ahead and done so three times since last February. But please believe me that I don’t add my name lightly to documents like this “Statement of Confession and Commitment,” signed by a growing group of “Confessing Faculty” and inspired by … More Confessing Faculty: Why I Signed (and Why I Hesitated)

God’s Glory, Neighbor’s Good: Revisiting the Pietist Vision for Christian Higher Education

Two weeks ago today, I had the chance to talk about Pietism and teaching with college and seminary faculty, staff, and administrators at North Park University in Chicago. It was the third time that I’ve been invited to another Christian college campus to reflect on themes from our 2015 book, The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education, … More God’s Glory, Neighbor’s Good: Revisiting the Pietist Vision for Christian Higher Education

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • A year after his memorial service, a few of his many friends paid tribute to GW Carlson. • Two short devotionals: on the importance of encouragement in Christian communities, and thoughts on Ash Wednesday. • King of All Media alert: I made a temporary return to iTunes, and video of my lecture on Pietism and evangelicalism … More That Was The Week That Was

Don’t (Always) Judge Christian Colleges By Their Alumni

Every day that I walk into work at Bethel University, I pass by these words from the school’s founder, John Alexis Edgren: Measure our performance by what God accomplishes through our graduates after they have been prepared at Bethel to go out into the world to serve. In general, I think that’s a wise maxim for … More Don’t (Always) Judge Christian Colleges By Their Alumni

Economic Diversity and Social Mobility at Christian Colleges

Back in November 2012 I wondered about the economic diversity of Christian and church-related colleges and universities. “While I’m glad to see more attention being given to the treatment of women and people of color on Christian college campuses,” I wrote, “it also makes me realize how little I’ve heard us talk about a third potential … More Economic Diversity and Social Mobility at Christian Colleges

The Face of Christian Higher Education Is Not Jerry Falwell, Jr.

On Tuesday Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University, told the Chronicle of Higher Education that he’s been asked by the Trump administration to head up a task force recommending higher ed policy changes for the Department of Education. (In late November Falwell had told the Associated Press that he turned down the Secretary of Education position … More The Face of Christian Higher Education Is Not Jerry Falwell, Jr.

The First Must-Read Christian Book of 2017

Coming from IVP Academic on January 16th, it’s the first must-read Christian book of 2017: Marion Larson and Sara Shady’s From Bubble to Bridge: Educating Christians for a Multifaith World! I’ll need to wait until February to read it myself — since I’ll be somewhere in Europe teaching the history of World War I — but trust me, you’re … More The First Must-Read Christian Book of 2017

White Evangelicalism Has Been Politically Conservative… But Must It Remain So?

I’d love to disagree with the thesis of historian Neil Young’s piece in Religion Dispatches, but he’s probably right that …the bulk of white evangelicals’ political efforts have always veered to the right, often to the extreme. From Civil Rights to Vietnam to abortion to gay rights, from national defense to tax policy to climate change … More White Evangelicalism Has Been Politically Conservative… But Must It Remain So?

The Promise (and Problems) of “Usable Pasts”

I’ve been busy this morning packing up for our gradual trip back home, so I’ll have to catch up later and watch video of the 2016 Bethel Colloquium on Pietism. But I did manage to catch the opening remarks by Bethel provost Deb Harless and theology professor Christian Collins Winn, my friend and co-coordinator. Both spoke … More The Promise (and Problems) of “Usable Pasts”

How Did Evangelical College Students Vote in the Presidential Election?

To what extent did evangelical colleges and universities contribute to the election of Donald Trump? That’s the question that Adam Laats, author of a forthcoming book on the history of such schools in the 20th century, raised recently at History News Network. (I’ve recommended his blog before.) Seeking an explanation for the much-cited figure of 81% of … More How Did Evangelical College Students Vote in the Presidential Election?