My New Podcast: “Nothing Rhymes with Gehrz”

What do the following words have in common? Crusader, optics, process, unity, upset, wondering 1. They don’t rhyme with Gehrz. But then, it seems that nothing (in English) does. 2. They’re discussed by Sam Mulberry and myself on the pilot episode of Nothing Rhymes with Gehrz, our latest venture in the world of podcasting. (Last year, Sam joined … More My New Podcast: “Nothing Rhymes with Gehrz”

That Was The Week That Was

Here… • Spring semester is barely started and I’m already thinking about a new course for the fall. • Just how economically diverse are the student populations at Christian and church-related colleges? • While David Swartz is on hiatus, I’ve been extending his Anxious Bench series on “Unexpected Sites of Christian Pacifism.” …There and Everywhere • On the … More That Was The Week That Was

How to Follow Our 2017 WWI Trip in Europe

LONDON – Greetings from my favorite city in the world, where I’ll be spending the first eight days of a three-week travel course on the history of World War I. Joined by my friend and colleague Sam Mulberry and his wife, Anne-Britt, we’re taking twenty students from Bethel University on this, our third iteration of the WWI … More How to Follow Our 2017 WWI Trip in Europe

Mapping Your Academic Career: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

I miss teaching. I enjoy being on sabbatical, but I miss teaching so much that when I erased a chalkboard at my parents’ church the other day, I actually felt a wave of emotion. Feeling that eraser rub against that slate instantly evoked the anticipation, exhilaration, and (yes) fear that accompany the start of every class I … More Mapping Your Academic Career: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

Parables: Seeds

A second parable I’ve been thinking about today: The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full … More Parables: Seeds

Mapping Your Academic Career: From Security to Success

As I wrote last Monday, my main goal for the second half of my fall sabbatical is to engage in some professional stock-taking. Having received tenure, been promoted to full professor, and just sent off the manuscript for my third project on Pietism, I’d like to step back and consider where I am in my academic career. My guide for this … More Mapping Your Academic Career: From Security to Success

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

What David Barton Doesn’t Understand about Graduate School and Christian Scholarship

Like Jared, I think it’s evident that David Barton struggles to understand what historians do and how we do it. That’s especially true whenever he gets to the intersection between faith and learning. Consider his recent mini-tirade against John Fea: He [Fea] said the founding fathers didn’t want ministers–the founding fathers were ministers in office [sic].  So they’re doing this … More What David Barton Doesn’t Understand about Graduate School and Christian Scholarship

Searching for Jerusalem: A New Review of Our Pietist Vision Book

One of the pleasures of being (almost) done with grading is that I can start to catch up on reading. A summer book list will come another day, but this week, I want to mention two articles in the Easter issue of The Cresset, starting with a review essay that makes kind mention of our book, The Pietist Vision … More Searching for Jerusalem: A New Review of Our Pietist Vision Book