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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…

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…

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…

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…