Announcement: I’m Going to United Seminary

Big changes are happening in my professional life. I’ve recently resigned my position at Bethel Seminary because I have accepted a position at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities to be Associate Professor of Public and Missional Theology, beginning there this fall. This was a pretty recent and quite unexpected development for me, but [Read More…]

I Think I’m Going to be Sick

Today’s guest post comes from Stacey Hammons, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. About 4 years ago, I finally agreed to some medical tests to see what was making me sick.    The results showed a severe food allergy.  I was reluctant and afraid to get [Read More…]

Love

Today’s guest post comes from Chris Eidson, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. I was fortunate enough recently to spend a week of seminary intensives studying “Science and Theology” that this was truly a life-changing experience for me. In the class, we leaned on a [Read More…]

Does Quantum Physics Support Open Theism?

Today’s guest post comes from JC Elliott, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. If you have made it past the daunting title of this post you are either a glutton for punishment or a fellow quantum junkie (for transparency, I’m no quantum physicist); either way, [Read More…]

How Evolution Makes Us Better Interpreters of Scripture

Today’s guest post comes from Aubrey Hogan, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. Evolution has much of American Christianity scared and defensive. What was once sacred and true will be lost if evolution is accepted. Stories that were once concrete are now abstract mythological shells [Read More…]

The Bible Tells Me So

Today’s guest post comes from Christian Kohs, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. If science is right, what does that do to my view of creation in light of my faith?  Today a debate rages about the question of origins and where creation and humanity [Read More…]

Gendercide isn’t a ‘Women’s Issue’ (it’s a Theological One)

Untold millions of women and girls around the globe are victims of physical and sexual violence. In the U.S. alone, over one million women suffer a physical assault by a partner. 25% of American women have been or will be victims of sexual assault. In many countries, structural and systemic violence against women results in [Read More…]

Tension

Today’s guest post comes from Don Sullivan, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. A significant part of the last nine weeks of my academic life has been about the intersection of science, (primarily evolution) and theology. Up to this point, and I assume for the [Read More…]

Divine Intervention vs Divine Involvement

Today’s guest post comes from AnnMarie Vennerstrom, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between theology and science. Often times in our Christian circles we talk about God’s interaction with the world. Sometimes we’ll talk about it in terms of the little things, like how we feel him working in [Read More…]

Why Churches Still Need Seminaries: A Complicated Case Study

Recently Tony Jones suggested that seminaries are “training people to repair phone booths.” Sadly, he has a point. Seminaries are struggling to find new students–and even to keep the ones they already have–because they are becoming increasingly disconnected from the realities of our complicated world. In the Integrative Seminar I’ve been teaching this semester, we’ve [Read More…]

Everyday Prayers

The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing, to take everything to the Lord, not only the dire hardships and trouble. And so for those more ordinary days, I offer seven short prayers borrowed and revised this morning from friends who wrote a little book of uncommon prayers—prayers of transfiguration for those moments when you probably [Read More…]

Would a Clone Have a Soul?

I was first asked this question many years ago. I’ve revisited it Monday and Tuesday in a post for Biologos.org. The question gets at the basic nature of human identity and personality. As people we perceive ourselves as more than our bodies and brains; what we think and believe extends beyond our neurons and synapses. [Read More…]