The Assault at Wheaton… and the Importance of Interfaith Engagement

By now, I suspect most of my readers have read about an incident involving students at Wheaton College, perhaps the leading evangelical institution of higher learning. As first reported by the Chicago Tribune, five members of Wheaton’s football team assaulted one of their teammates in March 2016. The victim transferred to another school, while the … More The Assault at Wheaton… and the Importance of Interfaith Engagement

Where You Can Hear Us Speak on The Pietist Option

Three weeks and counting until The Pietist Option hits bookshelves! I’m marking the occasion in SeaTac International Airport, waiting for my flight home after my first visit to the Pacific Northwest. Hard to imagine a better introduction to a region than one that offers these kinds of views: I was on Whidbey Island to give two talks … More Where You Can Hear Us Speak on The Pietist Option

The Three Journeys of the Christian Liberal Arts

I originally delivered this address (which pulls together several ideas I’ve chewed on at this blog) last spring and published it at The Anxious Bench. But it struck me last night that it’s actually better-suited to this time of year, when many of us are welcoming new students who may not understand or value the liberal … More The Three Journeys of the Christian Liberal Arts

That Was The Week That Was

This’ll be my last post for a while, as we enjoy a family reunion and wedding. Meanwhile, enjoy these posts you might have missed during the past week: Here… • There’s a spiritual side to The Spirit of St. Louis (the Lindbergh memoir that is… and the Billy Wilder film adaptation of it). • I’m still working … More That Was The Week That Was

Marriage, Friendship, and the Mission of Christian Colleges

According to research by higher education scholar Robert Kelchen, former students of religious private colleges were much more likely to be married — and earlier — than those at other types of institutions. For example, Dordt College (a Christian Reformed school in Iowa) and two campuses of Brigham Young University topped the field in having … More Marriage, Friendship, and the Mission of Christian Colleges

How Christian Scholars Seek Truth in a “Post-Truth” World

Fake news. Alternative facts. Post-truth. When those are the catch phrases of the moment, this portion of my employer’s statement of core values can seem both quaint and urgently needed: As learners, we are critical thinkers and problem-solvers committed to academic excellence and intellectual rigor. At the same time, we are truth-seekers, recognizing that all truth-scientific, artistic, philosophical, … More How Christian Scholars Seek Truth in a “Post-Truth” World

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • I belatedly celebrated a pair of blogging anniversaries. • Want to understand Pietism? Start by singing this hymn. • I wrestled again with 1 Samuel 15. • Only 36% of Republicans think that colleges have a positive impact on America. I shared some quick thoughts — including a potential implication for Christian colleges. … More That Was The Week That Was

Quick Thoughts on Republican Dislike for Higher Education

Further evidence of polarization in America: a recent Pew survey finding sharp partisan splits in how Americans view institutions’ impact on the country. It’s worth digging into the full report, but here’s a summary: Type of Institution Overall % with Positive View Republicans and Lean GOP % Democrats and Lean Dem. % Churches and religious organizations … More Quick Thoughts on Republican Dislike for Higher Education

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • I found some more evidence of the Pietist impact on American religious history. • Indexing the Bible verses cited in our new book made me wonder again about the place of the Old Testament in Christian theology. • One particular Hebrew scripture has been especially formative for Christians living in exile, from 16th … More That Was The Week That Was

Update: How Well Paid Are Christian College Presidents?

In 2013 I parsed some data from The Chronicle of Higher Education to see how well evangelical college and university presidents were paid. Since the Chronicle just released an updated version of the study, today thought I’d revisit that question. Four years ago about a third of the presidents in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) were … More Update: How Well Paid Are Christian College Presidents?