That Was The Week That Was

Here… • Reviews of The Pietist Option continued to come in: one predictably positive; one less so (also predictably). • I loved how Mark Safstrom linked the Protestant ideal of “always reforming” with a more agricultural metaphor. …There and Everywhere • Well, at least we Covenanters can no longer complain that no one knows who we are. … More That Was The Week That Was

Not a Prophet, Not an Apostle: Blogging after World Vision

I’m not a member of the Organization of American Historians and so wasn’t in Atlanta last week for its annual meeting. Fortunately, John Fea was, and not only lit up Twitter but shared some reflections on panels he attended or participated in. I was especially interested in his reports on two sessions: “Is Blogging Scholarship?” and … More Not a Prophet, Not an Apostle: Blogging after World Vision

The Conclusion of My Interview with David King on World Vision

Yesterday I posted the first part of my interview with historian David King, in which he discussed the origins of World Vision and its child sponsorship program. In today’s conclusion to that interview I asked David to talk about World Vision’s relationship to evangelicalism, and then the international character of World Vision, an aspect of the story … More The Conclusion of My Interview with David King on World Vision

World Vision and Evangelicalism: An Interview with David King

Last week the U.S. chapter of the international Christian humanitarian organization World Vision made headlines: first when president Rich Stearns confirmed to Christianity Today last Monday that the organization would employ Christians in same-sex marriages, only to reverse the decision two days later, in the wake of torrents of criticism from conservatives, some of whom threatened to withdraw … More World Vision and Evangelicalism: An Interview with David King

That Was The Week That Was

Thanks to G.W. Carlson (paying tribute to Baptist geneticist Elving Anderson) and Jared Burkholder (shedding light on the history of the prosperity gospel) for keeping this blog from total inactivity while I extended my break from blogging to work on an article due next Tuesday. Elsewhere this past week in the blogosphere… • Courtesy of the Pew Research Center, here’s … More That Was The Week That Was

Covenant Kids Congo

“Mission Friends.” That’s what my ancestors in what’s now the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) originally called themselves, and it’s a winsome phrase I’ve always enjoyed. It reflects our foundational understanding that Christians are called “to reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ – evangelizing the lost, ministering to those in need, and seeking … More Covenant Kids Congo