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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…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #7: A Cord of Three Strands

“A university,” observes philosopher David Williams, “can have brilliant academic and Student Affairs programs, but it is quite rare for there to be much communication between these aspects of the university.” So as our conversation about Christian colleges continues, I wanted to devote an episode to bridging the gaps separating academics, student development, and campus ministries…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #6: Body and Soul

“Whole-person education” is one of those stock phrases within higher education that is at once meaningful and meaningless: it’s core to the mission of institutions and central to how many of us conceive our vocations; it’s also so pervasive and thinly understood as to resemble a slogan concocted by the worst of branding consultants. So in this week’s episode we…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #5: Sciences and Arts

It’s time to start addressing some blind spots in our vision for higher education, as Dick Peterson embellishes on his brief remarks about science education in our book from InterVarsity Press and Ken Steinbach discusses the visual arts — utterly absent from that book. Better yet, both talk about teaching — a part of their craft…

"The Tree of Vices"

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #4: Virtues and Vices

Philosopher and noted Family Guy interpreter Ray VanArragon joins us to discuss intellectual virtue and vice. To my mind, Ray was one of the most important contributors to our Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education project. First, he called attention to a possible pitfall of what we’re doing, suggesting that a Pietist embrace of the virtues of love and open-mindedness could — if…

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The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #3: Borderlands and Bridges

This week I’m joined by philosopher Sara Shady and historian Amy Poppinga, leaders in an effort to encourage interfaith dialogue and engagement at evangelical colleges and universities. Sara (co-author of a chapter in our Pietist Vision book on this topic) and Amy (an Islamic studies specialist) talked about love, courage, hospitality, and spiritual formation and engaged with my suggestion that…