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...]

Wide Awake

The iron has entered my hair. For a while I told people—too many people—that I was “embracing the gray,” but the mirror doesn’t display enough real silver to do that statement justice. Yet. “Personal tinsel?” suggested a friend over the holidays as she showed off her white stripes. Stripes are cool. But I haven’t got [Read More...]

Wal-Mart & the Neo-American Dream

Today’s guest post comes from Bill Sieben, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. Beginning my recent Theology of Vocation class, I struggled to determine the difference between a Theology of Vocation class vs. a Discipleship Class. What I found is that a Theology of [Read More...]

Smile: It’s the New Mark of the Beast

“Don’t smile!” the DMV agent ordered my sister as she posed for her license photo. He pointed to a poster with four unacceptable facial expressions and one model countenance. “Why?” She tried to arrange her face properly. “It’s the TSA. Their facial recognition technology can’t read cheekbone structure if you smile.” She grinned her cheekiest [Read More...]

Mad Science & Youth Mission Trips

Today’s guest post comes from Ryan Braley, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. Youth pastors are kind of like mad scientists. We sit in a lab and experiment with crazy idea after crazy idea searching for better ways to create space for young people [Read More...]

In the City and Under the Mercy

“God is Creator. All things are related,” read the African side of a Contrast in Worldviews chart in my orientation packet. “A set order in the universe, independent existence, a naturalistic view,” answered the Western side. “There is a spirit world,” insisted the African side. “Many factors in life cannot be known, controlled, or predicted.” [Read More...]

The Work of Christians in the World

Today’s guest post comes from Maurice Williams, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work.   The issue of AIDS looms heavily in Africa as well as in Black communities in the United States. It has been reported that AIDS has killed an estimated 25 million [Read More...]


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