Archives for January 2014

Establishing One’s I-ness

Today’s guest post comes from Reggie Robinson, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. What does it mean to be human? Is a human being a soul imprisoned in a body (Plato), an isolated thinking thing (Descartes), consumers that are moved and shaped by an [Read More…]

The Eternal Melody: Mendelssohn and Bonhoeffer

The following is a guest post by Josh de Keijzer. Josh is a Ph.D. Candidate in Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). He blogs regularly at http://endofgod.wordpress.com. You can find him on Twitter at @Yossmantweets   Dutch conductor Hans Vonk once said of Beethoven: His music is the truth and nothing but the [Read More…]

Wal-Mart & the Neo-American Dream

Today’s guest post comes from Bill Sieben, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. Beginning my recent Theology of Vocation class, I struggled to determine the difference between a Theology of Vocation class vs. a Discipleship Class. What I found is that a Theology of [Read More…]

Mad Science & Youth Mission Trips

Today’s guest post comes from Ryan Braley, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. Youth pastors are kind of like mad scientists. We sit in a lab and experiment with crazy idea after crazy idea searching for better ways to create space for young people [Read More…]

The Work of Christians in the World

Today’s guest post comes from Maurice Williams, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work.   The issue of AIDS looms heavily in Africa as well as in Black communities in the United States. It has been reported that AIDS has killed an estimated 25 million [Read More…]

The Two Tasks of Moltmann’s Future Church

I’ve been reading through Moltmann’s recent work, Ethics of Hope. Not surprisingly, Moltmann develops his ethics through the framing of eschatology. Christian ethics must be understood with reference to Messianic Christology, which means that the resurrection of Christ determines how we understand present and future history. Indeed, present history is a present-future tense when understood in light [Read More…]

Inertia

Today’s guest post comes from Charles White, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. Inertia, the force that we first learn to associate with physical processes, is also an extremely strong force when we look at vocation. In physics it is defined as the resistance [Read More…]