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”

Reformed and Always Reforming… Even 499 Years Later

By the end of this week, Mark and I will have submitted the manuscript for our book on Pietism and the future of Christianity. As it happens, this stage concludes as churches like ours prepare to celebrate Reformation Sunday, and our book will come out in 2017 — the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Indeed, Martin Luther is currently … More Reformed and Always Reforming… Even 499 Years Later

InterVarsity, Sexuality, and the Importance of Christian Unity

If you don’t spend your evenings following Twitter, you’re both a better steward of your time than me and perhaps unaware that the evangelical internet exploded last night, after Time magazine published this story: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to dismiss employees who support gay marriage https://t.co/ExtuqqltaZ — TIME (@TIME) October 6, 2016 Elisabeth Dias reported that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, … More InterVarsity, Sexuality, and the Importance of Christian Unity

What’s Wrong with Chris(tianity) in 2016?

After a midwinter break, Mark Pattie and I are preparing to record the next podcast in our series thinking aloud through the book we’re writing for InterVarsity Press, tentatively called Hope for Better Times: Pietism and the Future of Christianity. The structure of our book will mirror that of Pia Desideria, the 1675 booklet published by the Lutheran pastor … More What’s Wrong with Chris(tianity) in 2016?

Thursday’s Podcast: A New Book, A New Season

It’s here! The first episode of Season 2 of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast is now available for download on iTunes! It’s the first of twelve weekly (mostly) episodes in which Mark Pattie and I will think aloud about our in-process book, Hope for Better Times: Pietism and the Future of Christianity. This episode (#13 in the entire run of the series) … More Thursday’s Podcast: A New Book, A New Season

Announcing… Season 2 of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast

On Tuesday I shared the news that Mark Pattie and I have signed a contract with InterVarsity Press to write Hope for Better Times: Pietism and the Future of Christianity, hopefully hitting stores sometime in mid-2017. Today I’m happy to share a related announcement: Mark will be joining me for the second season of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, as … More Announcing… Season 2 of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast

Announcing… Our Book on Pietism and the Future of Christianity

Today I’m very happy to announce my next major writing project, what I think is the next logical step in a progression of books on my favorite Christian tradition: My co-author Mark Pattie and I are due to deliver the manuscript for Hope for Better Times: Pietism and the Future of Christianity to InterVarsity Press by the end of … More Announcing… Our Book on Pietism and the Future of Christianity