What Comes Next? (On Reaching Mid-Career in Higher Education)

A big moment in my career happened last Friday around lunchtime, when I sent this document to our editor at InterVarsity Press: Yes, this is the manuscript for the book that Mark Pattie and I have been writing all year. There’s still a lot of work left to do before it comes out (maybe next fall?), but … More What Comes Next? (On Reaching Mid-Career in Higher Education)

6 Things I’ve Learned about Teaching History to 6-Year Olds

Last week our family spent several days in Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, taking the kids to historic sites ranging from the Air & Space Museum to the Gettysburg battlefield. Indeed, one of my favorite things about this fall’s sabbatical is that it lets us continue the historical exploration that we did much of the summer back in Minnesota. … More 6 Things I’ve Learned about Teaching History to 6-Year Olds

Taking Some Time Off…

There’s a guest post up at The Anxious Bench today (on St. Ephrem the Syrian), so I’ll instead use this space to announce that I’m taking a break from Pietist Schoolman for a while. As some of you may remember, I’m spending my fall sabbatical living in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and that transition is only a couple weeks away. So I … More Taking Some Time Off…

Looking Ahead to My Fall 2016 Sabbatical

Now that I’ve signed my faculty contract for next year, I think I can formally announce that I’ll be on sabbatical in fall of 2016. Having any such sabbath is a remarkable blessing — so first off, I need to thank the trustees, administration, and faculty of Bethel University for making it possible! But this one is especially exciting: Our … More Looking Ahead to My Fall 2016 Sabbatical