Don’t Ask How to Grow Your Church

As an academic theologian, I don’t read a lot of church leadership books. So I was glad to join with Patheos folks in a discussion of Michael Foss’ Reviving the Congregation: Pastoral Leadership in a Changing Context. I wondered how an established, working pastor (St. Mark Lutheran Church in West Des Moines) deals with “changing [Read More...]

Fear Not

Today’s guest post comes from Matt Ulven, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. Speaking for myself I feel overwhelmed by the challenges that confront the understanding of our faith related to human origins.  If evolution is true, then how should we understand the beginning of [Read More...]

How I Learned to Find Beauty in Creation

Today’s guest post comes from Rocky Muñoz, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. I used to be a young earth creationist.  And when I say that what I mean is that I was that kid who tried to debate my biology teacher in class over [Read More...]

Interpretation and Humility

Today’s guest post comes from Aaron DeMaster, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. As a Christian society we are currently dealing with a cultural tension between science and scripture. Science makes discoveries on nature that sometimes do not match the literal understandings and interpretations of [Read More...]

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...]


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