The With-God Life: “Living is Christ and dying is gain”

“What is bringing you life this season?” That’s one of the two questions one of our campus pastors asked me to think about, for a short series of daily videos he’s recording with various Bethel employees. (Here’s what my friend Sara said.) “What is bringing me life?” I’ve still got a few hours before I … More The With-God Life: “Living is Christ and dying is gain”

“Look, your king is coming to you”: A Palm Sunday Meditation

While Holy Week is often a time when I write more devotionally than academically, I don’t think I’ve ever reflected on Palm Sunday. But our pastor’s sermon this morning — part of a wonderfully rich service — got me thinking about this day in new ways. Preaching on Matthew’s account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem … More “Look, your king is coming to you”: A Palm Sunday Meditation

Diversity, Shalom, and Remarkable Christianity (Ruben Rivera)

Today I’m happy to welcome my Bethel colleague Ruben Rivera to the blog. Educated at Vanguard University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Boston University, Ruben came to Bethel in 1997 as a history professor, and now serves as our chief diversity officer. He regularly speaks to Christian and community groups about shalom, diversity, and reconciliation. What … More Diversity, Shalom, and Remarkable Christianity (Ruben Rivera)