If I Ever Led a Trip to Germany on the History of Pietism…

This spring I’ve had the pleasure of teaching a group of adults who are planning a trip to Germany this fall. We started with a 90-minute tour of the Reformation last week and will conclude next Sunday with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but for the middle of our three-Sunday course, they were kind enough to let me … More If I Ever Led a Trip to Germany on the History of Pietism…

Coming This Sunday… Two Pietists, Two First Covenant Churches

Within our denomination, one of my favorite theologians and writers is Jay Phelan, former president, dean, and professor at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. I’m happy to claim him as a fellow Covenanter — and a fellow Pietist. His longstanding column in Pietisten is called “A Pietist’s Bookshelf,” and Pietism comes up often in his regular contributions to … More Coming This Sunday… Two Pietists, Two First Covenant Churches

What’s Next for The Pietist Option?

Hard to believe, but today marks exactly six months since The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity, my book with Mark Pattie, officially came out. In that half-year, The Pietist Option has sold far more copies than the other books I’ve been part of, been reviewed by Christianity Today (very positively) and The Gospel Coalition (less so), been given … More What’s Next for The Pietist Option?

The Path to Renewal: Be a Priest! (John 2:13-22)

Let me suspend my Lenten hiatus just long enough to share the text of the sermon I delivered yesterday at Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton, Minnesota. It was the fourth in a “Path to Renewal” series inspired by The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity, with my co-author — and Salem’s senior pastor … More The Path to Renewal: Be a Priest! (John 2:13-22)

Set Down Your Mantle

Thanks to Cheryll Fong, Joyce Denham, Pastor Matt Kennedy, and all my other wonderful hosts this past weekend at Minneapolis’ Bethlehem Covenant Church. We discussed the Pietist Option on Friday night and Saturday morning, then I preached this sermon on 2 Kings 2:1-15 at worship services on Sunday. Don’t let anyone tell you that God … More Set Down Your Mantle

“Do You Believe in the Resurrection?”: My Elevator Speech for The Pietist Option

In my column for the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of the journal Pietisten, I took a shot at doing something I’ve been most leery to do. Here’s how the column starts: “You need an elevator speech.” So said a friend when I announced on Facebook the publication of our book on Pietism. What she meant is that … More “Do You Believe in the Resurrection?”: My Elevator Speech for The Pietist Option

Always Reforming: Next Weekend’s Seminar on The Pietist Option

If you live in the Twin Cities — or want to capitalize on some post-Super Bowl deals and pay us a visit next weekend — please consider attending the Winter Seminar at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis on February 9-11. I’ll be preaching at both services that Sunday, with the bulk of the seminar itself … More Always Reforming: Next Weekend’s Seminar on The Pietist Option

That Was The Week That Was

Fear not, readers: I will blog more here in February. But between putting the finishing touches on my J-term course and on our Lenten devotional (coming soon!), all the blogging I could muster was a Holocaust remembrance piece. Elsewhere: • One of the most gripping moments in the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, the physician … More That Was The Week That Was