We’ll have some new guest posts at the end of the week, but little from me while I spend Bethel’s spring break in Virginia with my parents. But it’s been a while since I’ve reposted any “best of” material, so I’ll share one from each year this blog has been published — in part to … More Best of The Pietist Schoolman: Emmaus Education
As excited as I’ve been to share our book on Pietism and Christian higher education, I’m at least as thrilled by the near-simultaneous publication of a broader study of Pietism. And as it happens, Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition (Eerdmans) is written by two of the contributors to our book: Roger Olson and Christian Collins … More Announcements: Reclaiming Pietism
I’m still a bit staggered that scholars as gifted as John Fea, Rhonda and Douglas Jacobsen, John Schmalzbauer, and Amos Yong would think highly enough of our book on Pietism and Christian higher education to endorse it. But my heart was specially warmed that Houghton College president Shirley Mullen focused so much of her endorsement on how the book was written: … More Pietist Vision Previews: “Pietist not just in content but tone”
Copies are already being delivered, but one week from today is the official publication date of The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons. The seed of the idea for this book was planted over eight years ago, so it’s beyond exciting finally to hold the book in my hand. But more so, to anticipate … More Pietist Vision Previews: Background
The last two days I was honored to take part in a Christian College Consortium (CCC) gathering at Wheaton College. Our delegation from Bethel was assigned to help lead the Tuesday morning discussion, of what it means for colleges and universities to stay Christ-centered. I’m grateful to our president, Jay Barnes, for inviting me to prepare some remarks stemming from … More Staying Christ-Centered: A Pietist Perspective (My Remarks to the Christian College Consortium)
Here… • Jared and biblical scholar D. Brent Sandy dug into what “The Lost World of Scripture” has to teach evangelicals about hermeneutics and inerrancy. • A good week for people who treasure the history of Swedish-American Pietist denominations: the archives of the Baptist General Conference won an award, and those interested in the history of … More That Was The Week That Was
In my introduction to our forthcoming book, I emphasize our desire to cast a vision for Christian higher education that is “Pietist not just in content, but tone.” At least in the present draft, that means four things: A degree of autobiographical reflection unusual for such an academic book; Extended meditation on scriptural passages (e.g., Rev 21:5 in my … More Pietism: Eclectic and Playful?
One final follow-up to some of the comments on my open letter on churches and Christian higher education. In part two of this mini-series, I took up the argument that churches and denominations might not give as much to Christian colleges because the latter tend to be poor stewards of the former’s funds. Today I … More Are Christian Colleges Poor Spiritual Stewards?
Here… • What kind of financial support do evangelical colleges and universities receive from their sponsoring denominations? • Short answer: Data are sketchy, but… not as much as they used to. Case in point, Bethel University. • Are these good measures for ranking colleges: The mid-career salaries of alumni? How meaningful they find their work? … More That Was The Week That Was
As I mentioned in passing here, I spent last Wednesday and Thursday facilitating a workshop at Bethel University: “The Pietist Idea of a Christian College.” Twelve current Bethel colleagues, two former faculty back as guest speakers — theologian Roger Olson (Baylor University’s Truett Seminary) and philosopher David Williams (Azusa Pacific University’s High Sierra Program) — … More Thoughts on The Pietist Idea of a Christian College