Author: Chris Gehrz

Munich's WWI Memorial

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #34: Munich

The fourth season of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast wrapped up with Sam Mulberry and me talking about our favorite memorials, museums, meals, and masterpieces in the southern German city of Munich. In addition, we closed with some broader reflections on the spiritual purposes of travel. (If nothing else, skip ahead to 33:50 for our discussion of Dachau…

Les Invalides

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #33: Paris

Sam and I are back from our Thanksgiving break to talk through the next stop on our “World Wars in Western Europe” tour: Paris, France After trying to decide whether or not Paris is our favorite city in the world — and why American college students rarely recognize it as anything like a contender for that…

Vimy National Memorial

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #32: The Western Front

Our Pietist Schoolman Podcast travelogue continues with the Western Front of World War I: Sam Mulberry and I talked about the battlefields at the heart of our January 2019 travel course and June 2019 adults tour on the history of the world wars. While we did mention favorite meals, we skipped museums in order to focus on this season’s other…

The Cenotaph, with Big Ben in the background

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #31: London

We’re happy to announce the return of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast for its fourth season! This time out, Sam Mulberry and I are going with a travelogue theme, as we prepare to lead Bethel University students on our World War I travel course next January… and then take our first group of adults on a “World Wars in Western Europe” tour…

Ryrie, Protestants

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #30: Legacies of the Protestant Reformation

Sam and I wrap up our third season by considering some of the legacies of the Protestant Reformation: from democracy and free inquiry to religious pluralism and secularization to the notion that Protestants are “reformed and always reforming” (and why that means you should all buy The Pietist Option). Featured Book Alec Ryrie, Protestants: The Faith That Made the…

MacCulloch, The Reformation: A History

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #29: Magisterial and Radical Reformations

Back from a break for our penultimate episode of season 3, Sam and I surveyed a variety of Protestant Reformations, both magisterial (Calvin’s Geneva, the Church of England) and radical (Anabaptists in particular). Featured Books Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Reformation: A History and All Things Made New: The Reformation and Its Legacy Other Readings John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the…

Gregory, Rebel in the Ranks

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #28: Sola Scriptura and Christian Unity

Is the Protestant principle of sola scriptura antithetical to Christian unity? That’s the argument of Catholic historian Brad Gregory, in his newest book: “Though it liberated evangelicals from the Roman Church, [“scripture alone”] also plunged them into the beginning of an unwanted Protestant pluralism. What lay behind these church-dividing disagreements was the very thing that had launched the…

Eire, Reformations

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #27: Could the Reformation Have Happened Without Luther?

It’s counterfactual week on The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, as Sam and I conjure up thought experiments in which the Reformation either happens before Martin Luther comes on the scene, or proceeds in a timeline from which he’s been somehow removed. Featured Book Carlos Eire, Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 Other Readings It doesn’t touch on the Reformation, but…

Armstrong, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #26: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Protestants

On the newest episode of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Sam and I put the Reformation on hold for a moment to consider the Christianity that lies on the other side of 1517: the faith of the Middle Ages. Featured Book Chris R. Armstrong, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C.S.…

Howard, Remembering the Reformation

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #25: How Do We Remember the Reformation?

After taking some time off to turn our second season into this book, I’m happy to announce the sudden return of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast for a special third season: six or seven episodes clustered around the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. That is: around the 500th anniversary of the date that Martin Luther supposedly posted…

"That's a wrap"

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #24: The Pietist Future of American Christianity

And Season 2 comes to an end! Thanks to everyone who wrote in this year, especially Eric Johnson (who asked a great question about Pietism and politics), Johanna Fenton (who prompted us to dive deeper into the nature of peace and Christian unity — with an assist from North Park Seminary professor Jay Phelan), and Christian Humanist friend…

C.O. Rosenius preaching

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #23: Preaching (and Listening)

If you’ve been waiting for Mark — one of the best preachers I know — to talk about preaching and proclamation, this episode is for you. If you’ve been waiting for Sam to help us think through the importance of Christians taking up what Krista Tippett calls a “ministry of listening,” this episode is also for you. And if…

Pietist Schoolman Podcast logo

If You’ve Listened to This Season of the PS Podcast, We Want to Hear From You!

Yesterday Mark, Sam, and I recorded the penultimate episode of this season of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, on preaching, listening, and (somehow) Donald Trump. It’ll go up on Thursday, but in the meantime I want to go ahead and start soliciting comments for our season finale, which we’ll record next Monday. If you’ve been listening, you…

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #22: Education as Whole-Life Formation

This week I got to be a bit more of a Pietist schoolman again, as we considered how a Pietist ethos would shape education at several levels. Things started with Sam and me talking about Bethel and revisiting some of the key themes of last year’s book on The Pietist Vision for Christian Higher Education: e.g., education as…

Icon of Peter and Paul from Patmos

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #21: A Peaceable Spirit

It’s one of the four instincts that we think defines the Pietist ethos: to trust that Christians are better together than apart. Around Bethel, it shows up as an “irenic [or peaceable] spirit” that leads us to avoid needless controversy and try to reach decisions by consensus; in the Evangelical Covenant Church, it results in our affirmation of having…