Dystopia, Fantasy and Ferguson

Here’s what I learned from Racism in seminary. The color of my skin means that irrespective of my actions, words, thoughts or intentions, I participate in white supremacy. There is nothing I can do that will ever wipe out the wrong into which I was born. This does not excuse me from trying to make [Read More...]

The Devil’s in the Application

Today’s guest post comes from Daniel Reeves, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. Both scientists and theologians pursue knowledge with passion. Sharing what is discovered in convincing ways is also common for each. In Isaiah 55 we are reminded that God’s thoughts and ways are [Read More...]

“Starved for Justice”: The Beatitudes, Ferguson, and Us

If you’re like me, you grew up hearing in Sunday School about the “poor in Spirit” in Matthew. These were the humble, the meek, the spiritually thirsty. And if you and I would just be humble and meek (and we can all do that, whether poor or rich, white or black, educated or uneducated), we [Read More...]

Ferocious Originality

Today’s guest post comes from Eric Samuel Timm, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. Have you ever seen the divided come together to make something beautiful? Think Pie. American Apple Pie to be really specific. The ingredients in a pie, divided in the corners of [Read More...]

The Form of Christ: On “The Church for the World”

In the past several weeks I have been preparing for fall courses at United Seminary of the Twin Cities, one of which is a course called “Public Theology for Social Transformation.” I have been attempting this academic preparation while the world is ripping apart. Palestine/Israel, deadly persecution of Christians in Iraq and now the mind-boggling [Read More...]

Divergent Gifts of the Spirit

Which Harry Potter character are you? What percent redneck are you? What breed of dog are you? Quizzes pepper my Facebook newsfeed, with friends posting their results. I don’t usually take the quizzes myself, but I’ll admit to giggling or eye rolling along with the cyber crowd. Although it may not matter much whether I’m [Read More...]

Take a Seat

Today’s guest post comes from Andy Cass, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. I have a friend who is colorblind, and for the last four years we’ve been working hand and hand with a youth ministry.  The Wednesday night youth program has a part within [Read More...]

Free Candy, No War, and The Giver

Guest-blogger Andrea Adams is a middle school English teacher in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in Alive Now and other devotional and educational venues. She continues to learn new things about writing, teaching, and living. “Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth? We’ll make heaven a place on earth. . . .” [Read More...]

Eternity is a Long Time

Today’s guest post comes from Chad Brown, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. Jesus’ favorite self designation is of course “Son of Man”, however in the Gospel of John Jesus expands his poetic self descriptions.  He says; “I am the Bread of Life”, “I am [Read More...]


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