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…]

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…]

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…]

Call the Doctor

Today’s guest post comes from Danny Cheever, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. On April 2nd, Texas Senator Ted Cruz told a group of Liberty University students “Religious liberty has never been more under attack”.  He spoke of the biblical call for Christians towards “action; [Read More…]

What About the Fall?

Today’s guest post comes from Travis Segar, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. Evolution presents problems for us as Christians.  It isn’t because of what some atheists believe:  that if evolution is true that God ceases to exist.  Evolution is a problem because it challenges [Read More…]

Harmonizing Science & Theology

Today’s guest post comes from Eric Fulton, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. Science and theology are seemingly at odds with each other on many complex questions.  While admittedly a person of faith in God, I have recently seen how science and theology do not [Read More…]

Basic Math

Today’s guest post comes from Andrea Paulson, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. If there is one thing I am not, it is a scientist. For as long as I can remember, the sciences were so far beyond my idea of relevant that I saw [Read More…]

The Ironic Relativism of Evangelical Fundamentalism

Growing up evangelical, and being theologically trained in evangelical contexts, I heard a lot of scary warnings about the dangers of postmodernity: i.e., it is based in or leads to epistemological or moral relativism. Truth is not absolute! There is no normative standard for truth! Postmodernity will lead us down a path to nihilism and [Read More…]

Expectation of Suffering

Today’s guest post comes from John Barrett, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. “For affliction does not come from the dust, neither does trouble sprout from the ground, for man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward,” (Job 5:6-7).  These words spoken to Job [Read More…]

Incarnational Hermeneutics

Today’s guest post comes from Chris Argo, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. Over the last week, several events have reminded me of two certainties regarding humanity. First, humans are mortal. The other day, a lay elder of our church had a stroke on her [Read More…]

Your Summer Reading

Just in time for summer! My full survey of Church Fathers A-Z is now available as an ebook from Amazon. For over 20 years I have preached an annual sermon series on the “Church Fathers,” those personalities who over the early centuries of church history fashioned our faith and codified that which we have come [Read More…]

Wonder

Today’s guest post comes from Sam Prellwitz, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. The psalms speak of it. Scientists study what they study because of it. Children’s eyes are filled with it. Wonder astonishes each of us. It does so through different forms and in [Read More…]