Glad Hearts: Some of My Favorite Voices from the Covenant Church

As I begin work on a book with one of its pastors about its theological heritage, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Evangelical Covenant Church. So with delegates from its congregations gathering in Phoenix, Arizona for our denomination’s annual meeting, I thought I’d share a few quotations from a few of my favorite Covenanters, clustered around our denomination’s … More Glad Hearts: Some of My Favorite Voices from the Covenant Church

Everything the Same, Everything Different: A Quasquicentennial Reflection

The actual anniversary date isn’t for a few weeks, but yesterday our congregation celebrated its quasquicentennial: 125 years of mission and ministry that began with a handful of Swedish immigrants gathering for a Bible study in Northeast Minneapolis and now involves a thousand or so people who are members of a suburban church in New … More Everything the Same, Everything Different: A Quasquicentennial Reflection

Pietism, Resurrection, and the Virtue of Hope

Unless you limit its definition to that relatively small group of German Lutherans inspired by Philipp Jakob Spener and then led by August Hermann Francke in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Pietism is a tremendously diverse movement within Christianity — spanning centuries, oceans, languages, and confessions. So what do Pietists have in common? … More Pietism, Resurrection, and the Virtue of Hope

Singing the Story

12/7/11 – Looking for a Christmas present for the hymn-loving Pietist near and dear to you? Order a copy of Glen Wiberg’s new book, Singing the Story: Sightings in Christian Music. If you’re not already familiar with Glen (he helped edit the last two hymnals of the Evangelical Covenant Church and writes a regular column … More Singing the Story

Best of The Pietist Schoolman: In Celebration of Alumni

During my Thanksgiving hiatus I’m reprising some older posts: one each from June/July, August, September, and October. This one was originally posted on August 18: as the summer neared its end, I reflected on conversations with former students. If you like what you see, please consider nominating this blog at the Cliopatria Awards, recognizing excellence … More Best of The Pietist Schoolman: In Celebration of Alumni

A Stretched People

Last week I mentioned that I was preparing to preach a sermon for the first time, at Salem Covenant Church of New Brighton, MN on All Saints’ Sunday. Despite my fears, it seemed to go well yesterday, and I thought I’d post my text in case anyone who wasn’t there was interested in reading it. … More A Stretched People