Christian Unity Is a Task for Christian Formation

In the course of trying to convince evangelicals that they might actually be Pietists, yesterday I argued again that the beginning of Christian witness is the unity of the church. With Jesus, we ought to pray that his followers “may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them … More Christian Unity Is a Task for Christian Formation

Pietism: Interdenominational, Nondenominational, or Anti-denominational? (Jim Rohrer)

Today I’m pleased to present the first guest post in the thirteen-month history of this blog, by Jim Rohrer (PhD, U. Michigan), a professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. A longtime reader and commenter here at The Pietist Schoolman, Jim holds a master’s in sacred theology and leads senior worship services six times … More Pietism: Interdenominational, Nondenominational, or Anti-denominational? (Jim Rohrer)

Confessing History: Theory and Method

Today I’ll come back to my series on Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation, eds. John Fea, Jay Green, and Eric Miller (University of Notre Dame Press). I should reiterate that I read the book alongside my students in HIS499 Senior Seminar, the capstone course for History majors at Bethel University. … More Confessing History: Theory and Method

The Fear of Preaching

The three most frightening moments in my life, in descending order: 3. The breath that precedes the first word of every single lecture I’ve ever given. 2. The half-second between the end of me asking, “Will you marry me?” and my wife answering, “Of course.” 1. Every single second between now and approximately 9:00am CST … More The Fear of Preaching