Author: Chris Gehrz

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #20: Christianity as Life

If any one of Philipp Spener’s six “pious wishes” is most central, or does the most to set Pietism apart from other Christian traditions that place a high value on Scripture and a “common priesthood,” it’s probably this one: …the people must have it impressed upon them and must accustom themselves to believing that it is…

18th century Moravian illustration of the reception of new brothers

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #19: The Common Priesthood for the Common Good

Like earlier Pietists, Mark and I tend to feel like what we have to suggest isn’t all that new. This episode — like the one before it — we revisited an idea from the Protestant Reformation. Last time, it was sola Scriptura; this week, the common priesthood. (And yes, we talked about why we’re using that version of…

Haugean conventicle studying the Bible

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #18: A Greater Attentiveness to Scripture

Today Mark, Sam, and I return from our spring break with the first of six proposals for how a revival of the Pietist ethos can benefit Christianity early in the 21st century. Continuing to parallel the structure of Pia Desideria (1675), we joined Philipp Jakob Spener in urging greater attentiveness to Scripture: Thought should be given to…

Wooden cross inscribed, "Jesus is risen"

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #17: Why So Hopeful?

If we consult the Holy Scriptures we can have no doubt that God promised his church here on earth a better state than this. Philipp Jakob Spener (1675) Given all the problems we discussed in our previous episode, why should Christians today join Pietists like Spener in holding out “hope for better times” — for…

GW Carlson in his office

No Pietist Schoolman Podcast This Week

Mark, Sam, and I had expected to be recording the next episode of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast right about now, but we’ve decided to postpone for a week our discussion of why Pietists — despite everything that’s wrong with Christianity — would hope for better times. At least for Sam and me, our hearts wouldn’t have been in it. See…

Abandoned church in Nova Scotia

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #16: What’s Wrong?

“What’s wrong with Christianity in 2016?” Yikes. I’ve been dreading this question since we decided that our book on “Pietism and the Future of Christianity” would mirror the structure of Philipp Spener’s Pia Desideria, whose first major section is a “Conspectus of Corrupt Conditions in the Church.” As I mused in our first episode in this…

Evangelical Covenant Church of Centerville, IA

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #15: Pietists Today

So if Pietism is an ethos or spirit, where can you see it today in Christianity? Who or what exemplifies the instincts we talked about last time? On today’s episode, Mark, Sam, and I share some of our experiences with Pietism in the Evangelical Covenant Church and at Bethel University (two Christian institutions that explicitly…

Memorial plaque in Frankfurt am Main for Philipp Jakob Spender

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #14: What’s Pietism?

So what is “Pietism”? I’m not sure that a fifty-minute episode of this or any podcast can resolve a discussion that’s been dividing scholars for(seemingly)ever. But Mark and I gave it our best shot in this episode, with Sam offering some preliminary responses to our proposal that Pietism is (a) both a historical movement and a kind of timeless “ethos”…

Turning to blank pages in a book

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #13: A New Book, A New Season

In Season 2 of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, I’ll be joined by Mark Pattie (senior pastor, Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton, MN) as we think aloud through our new book project for InterVarsity Press:  Hope for Better Times: Pietism and the Future of Christianity. Helping us out as producer — and, in effect, serving as a surrogate…

Season 2 of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast

Coming one week from today: The Pietist Schoolman Podcast returns for a second season! After Season 1 served as an extended sequel to The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons, #2 will serve as an extended prequel to my new project for InterVarsity Press. Tentatively titled Hope for Better Times: Pietism and the Future of Christianity, that book should…

Janel Curry

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #12: The Future of Christian Higher Education

Today we conclude the first season of The Pietist Schoolman by talking with the woman whose preface opened our book, The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education. After spending much of her career as a professor at Calvin College, geographer Janel Curry became the provost of Gordon College in 2012. Janel and I talked about women in leadership at evangelical…

Wartburg College (Creative Commons - Jon Roanhaus)

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #11: A Lutheran Perspective

Pietism was born in the Lutheran churches of 17th century Germany, but by the 20th century it was a pejorative term in much of American Lutheranism. To help us understand Lutheranism, how it approaches higher education, and its complicated relationship with Pietism, this week we welcome Dan Hanson, about to start his final year in the M.Div. program…

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #10: An Anabaptist Perspective

This week on The Pietist Schoolman Podcast we welcome public historian Devin Manzullo-Thomas to the conversation. As the director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College and a member of the Brethren in Christ Church, Devin is well-suited to share a perspective on Christianity and higher education from the intersection of Anabaptism…

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #9: A Wesleyan Perspective

After an early summer hiatus, we return this week with the first in a series of episodes sharing perspectives on Christian higher education from traditions both distinct from and historically related to Pietism. First up, Wesleyanism. It’s represented here by sociologist John Hawthorne, professor at Spring Arbor University and a former administrator at Point Loma…

Ruben Rivera

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #8: All Tribes and Peoples

Ruben Rivera, history professor and chief diversity officer at Bethel University, joins us to discuss the importance of cultural diversity and racial reconciliation at Christian colleges and universities — and why so many of those institutions struggle to build communities that resemble the vision of Revelation 7:9 (“a great multitude… from every nation, from all tribes and…