Christian Work & Money

Today’s guest post comes from Chad Wensink, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. The relationship between Christian work and money continues to be a matter of major concern for Christians who seek to fulfill their God-given calling while managing their finances well. In the [Read More...]

The Redemption of Thor

A few nights before Christmas, Daniel and I snuggled down to watch that holiday classic Thor: The God of Thunder. (I’d post a spoiler-alert at this juncture, but I don’t think your viewing experience will be devastated by the following plot-revelations.) Thor the Movie Odin, the Allfather god, expels his son Thor from Asgard for [Read More...]

Whistle While You Work

Today’s guest post comes from Laura Schaffer, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. Over the last couple of months I have had the opportunity to do some in depth thinking and reflecting on the concept of work in ways that unfortunately I [Read More...]

Scripture at Work

Today’s guest post comes from Dave Jernander, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. I believe to adequately understand the concept of work we must recognize the origin of work which is recorded in Scripture, namely (Genesis 1:1-15). In regards to this Biblical [Read More...]

War on Christmas Fantasies

No Stable, No Manger “I’m going to the flea market. I don’t want to hear this,” complained my aunt. My uncle, a minister, was retelling the Christmas narrative. He said his version was more accurate. She said he was ruining it. “You’re taking my story away!” My uncle was referencing Kenneth E. Bailey (1–37). Bailey [Read More...]

What To Do?

Today’s guest post comes from Carley Evenson, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. I have been waiting for God to send me the pristine, professional and beautiful PowerPoint slideshow, with perfectly timed music in the background and an accompanying map of my [Read More...]

Free at Last

Today’s guest post comes from Craig Case, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. “Work is one of those things in our daily life ‘whose meaning is hidden in the mystery of their familiarity.”  -Miroslav Volf Theology or faith and work are becoming [Read More...]

Jackson v. Tolkien v. Miéville

Who? Peter we know. And John Ronald Rueul we know. But who is Miéville? China Miéville is a fantasy author, who wrote a January 2002 article in Socialist Review called “Tolkien—Middle Earth Meets Middle England.” In it he argues that the Jackson movies vastly improve on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings story. Whereas the books [Read More...]

Competent and Humble

For the next few Wednesdays enjoy guest posts from a wonderful group of Bethel Seminary students on the topic of faith and vocation. This week’s post comes from Marcia Schneider. Competent and Humble What is it that you are really good at doing?  Although those who know us the best may have a different list for [Read More...]

Dot Your (Dragon’s) Eyes

“Who’s the hero?” asks someone in my writers’ group. “There isn’t one,” I admit. “The father character is slightly less greedy than everyone else, so he’s the one that rescues his grandson from being eaten by the dragon.” We’re discussing my first-born story. I wrote it ten years ago. The words enchant. The plot, well, [Read More...]


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