Evocative

Today’s guest post comes from Eric Morgan, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. Do we even have time for vocation?  My daughter has honors math, literature, and chemistry.  She plays in the orchestra and runs track.  Our factory education system is training her to [Read More...]

14 Fictions for Surviving Snowpocalypse 2014

When ice turns into vapor without melting first, it’s called sublimation. I wonder what it’s called when millions of Americans murmur a collective complaint, our breath huffing out in white clouds, which waft upward, merge, and dump deathflakes on us. Again. Snowpocalypse. Snowmaggedon. Snowzilla. Snoverkill. Call it what you will, I am weary of it. [Read More...]

Whatever You Do

Today’s guest post comes from Mona Lee, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. It seems that there is this tendency that Christians somehow learn to separate the work of God and regular everyday work. Personally I am unsure of where we learned this; maybe [Read More...]

Lego Movie, Leaf by Niggle, and the Urge to Perfection

“All I’m asking for is total perfection,” instructs President Business pleasantly. When his Lego citizens fail to arrange themselves in the ideal pose, he calls in Micromanagers to do it for them. Then he aims his ultimate weapon, the KraGl, and squirts them with Krazy Glue. “Everything is awesome!” his Lego people sing, unaware of [Read More...]

Hunger Stories | New Ending

The Hunger Games is not about hunger. I loaded Suzanne Collins’s trilogy onto a Kindle for my recent 47-hour days of traveling to, from and between Burundi and Zambia. The story is well-enough told that it distracted me from the cramped seats of all seven of my Airbuses, Boeings, and Embraers. Katniss Everdeen grows up [Read More...]

Just Work

Today’s guest post comes from Abbie Borchers, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. NPR reported a story out of Japan a recently: sixty years ago two boys–one born to a rich family, the other to a poor family–were switched at birth. One boy grew [Read More...]

Zombie Jesus Saves

I thought zombies were dead. I can’t abide those movies. I can’t even watch the trailers. Three years ago, I saw one for The Crazies and it’s still messing with my adrenalin. So I presumed, without verification, that we’d passed zombies and moved into apocalypse until I nearly backed into this bumper sticker.    I [Read More...]

The Battle Rages: Can We Move Beyond the “Conflict Model”?

I’m a day late and a dollar short with this post, since yesterday was the prime day to enter the fray and offer perspectives on the recent Creation debate. But hey, I haven’t blogged in awhile, and I have a cool photo to share. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Jesus versus Darwin. The [Read More...]

Gladys, Starbucks, and Steve: Finding Calling in the Unemployment Generation

Today’s guest post comes from Bonnie Kristian, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. There’s a meme I enjoy called “Old Economy Steve.” It’s a high school photo of a kid from the 70s with a zitty face and a future marked by an affordable [Read More...]

Billy Joel, George R. R. Martin, and Job

My sister thought we were a bunch of boring, goody-two-shoes and we needed to diversify our image. She was right. I didn’t drink or watch R-rated movies until I was in seminary. We were four siblings, all women, and our idea of “bad” was howling Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young” as we disobeyed [Read More...]

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...]


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