Fall 2014 and January 2015 Bethel Seminary Syllabi
Spring syllabi - Bethel Seminary

Tweets from Nov 3, 2014 to Feb 24, 2015

I don't blog much but do tweet which is a way of sharing resources that might be worth reading. Here is a batch of previous tweets from the last four months. I myself draw upon my tweets for illustrations in teaching and having them on a website makes them easy to search. I understand the format is not pretty (because I have not gone through and edited out all of the twitter formatting) but if someone wants to find some great things to read, maybe they will find some good nuggets here. I do recommend Twitter as a great place to share resources: "I read this. It is interesting." Join! 


A Canticle for Leibowitz 1960 sci-fi about monks is ok. More fun if you know Latin. Or see Oct 2014 spoilery review: https://twitter.com/NewYorker/status/525446733858627585 …

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Powerful summary of the 73-page report on John Howard Yoder's sexual abuse http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2015-02/report-reveals-full-history-theologian-s-abuse-institutions-response … /cc @ChristianCent via @jamesdpitts

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Today: Feeding Infants Peanut Products Could Prevent Allergies http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/23/feeding-infants-peanut-products-could-prevent-allergies-study-suggests/ … and Peanut Patch Could Protect http://time.com/3718529/peanut-patch-allergy/ …

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Solid brief article by @NaomiSRiley looking into idea that every church should be a multiethnic church. http://nypost.com/2015/02/23/do-we-need-to-integrate-our-churches/ …

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The world's most controversial Wikipedia topics, by language http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2013/08/daily-chart-1?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/editwars …

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The @Wheaton_Thunder men's basketball team set an NCAA all-divisions record by shooting 83.9% from the free-throw line this season

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@FaithTheology @synd_theology William Cavanaugh had a fantastic review of that book http://www.reformation21.org/articles/blood-a-critique-of-christianity-1.php …

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Why does @twitter app and website lose my place? And only allows you to scroll back so far? #youhad1job

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Procrastination as a way of life http://bit.ly/1vn1XcY 

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very exciting (to someone like me) set of essays from US Baptists engaging with Hauerwas in latest Review & Expositor http://rae.sagepub.com/content/current 

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Your scribe's February column, 50 Years from T.S. Eliot http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/02/50-years-from-ts-eliot …

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Middlemarch (32 hrs) and Anna Karenina (33 hrs) both depict earnest, honest, hard-working people ending up happier than self-centered ones.

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Listened to Middlemarch and Anna Karenina back to back. Both appeared in serial form (1871-1872) and (1873 to 1877) respectively.

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is beautiful, brilliant, well-paced. Recommended. The audiobook helps with the pronunciation of Russian names.

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Rank Delusions http://shar.es/1Wb0vo  via @chronicle

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T.S. Eliot reading "Ash Wednesday" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEUlzDTGd44 …

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Just reread Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson. He made me want to pastor in college 17 years ago and I still think his work is gold.

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In evangelism and worship, I stress avoiding the vulgar and pedantic (T.S. Eliot) but in preaching, avoiding "The Ramble" (Lori Carrell).

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New magazine column: Why Minneapolis is the best American city http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/the-miracle-of-minneapolis/384975/ …

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We're a movement of churches working together to start and strengthen more churches.


Christian. Husband. Father. Pastor. Leader. Thinking Through Spiritual growth, Church Planting, Generosity, Leadership and Church Collaboration.

When @TylerWS @millinerd @WilcoxNMP @Fikkert @JeffreyGoldberg note it, read it. What ISIS Wants by @gcaw @TheAtlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/ …

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"more than 86 percent of Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims globally do not personally know a Christian" @CSGC http://www.gordonconwell.edu/resources/documents/1IBMR2015.pdf …

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"what the kind, nice old fellow had said had not been at all so stupid as he had fancied at first" Tolstoy on clergy https://books.google.com/books?id=YRhdVMLQBWEC&q=%22There+remained+a+vague+memory%22#v=snippet&q=%22There%20remained%20a%20vague%20memory%22&f=false …

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"Vouchsafe to them help, O Lord." Levin thought, "How did they guess that it is help that one wants?" --Tolstoy https://books.google.com/books?id=YRhdVMLQBWEC&q=%22Vouchsafe+to+them+love%22#v=snippet&q=%22Vouchsafe%20to%20them%20love%22&f=false …

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"Boyhood" accurately depicts growing up. But if you work with people, the experience of watching it is like your normal life: messy people.

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John Barclay on the problems with N. T. Wright's new Paul books: http://dro.dur.ac.uk/14230/1/14230.pdf?DDD32+dth0jmb+d700tmt …

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St. Valentine was beaten, stoned, beheaded and buried on 14 Feb 269 AD for helping persecuted Christians and marrying Christian couples!

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Tolle lege: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/20/magazine/20Carr-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 …

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Pope to cardinals: You asked for Curia reform, and I'm determined to follow through. http://bit.ly/1F1bnOe 

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Happy Safer Internet Day. Be #SafeOnline with a 2-minute Security Checkup and we’ll say thanks with a 2GB bonus. http://goo.gl/5nyZ4x 

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Brian Williams suspended for six months. Have watched Nightly News podcast since 2007 and it has been consistently solid. Sad that he lied.

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My new responsibility among the Anglicans: http://ow.ly/HsuhP  http://fb.me/1HLHtp3W6 

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Starred review from @PublishersWkly for Lauren Winner's new book: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-06-176812-5 … I've read one chapter, and it's amazing!

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'I would bet that nearly all pastors... have caught themselves—just a little bit—contemplating murder.' @RootAndrew http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2015-01/young-life-together …

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Witty reviews from @byronborger on new bks from Donald Miller, Wendell Berry, Makoto Fujimura & Dallas Willard. http://www.heartsandmindsbooks.com/booknotes/four_fantastic_books_for_early/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#.VNorlb9-Tz0.twitter …

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here is the link to my piece in Christian Century (Bonhoeffer & his confirmation class) http://ow.ly/IuOHq 

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I'm hoping it is not Samaritan's Purse or the Billy Graham Association which are paying for Franklin Graham's promoted tweets to follow him.

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Why I went to seminary: A senator’s theological education http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2015-01/why-i-went-seminary … (@YaleDivSchool alum)

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#Beck wins Album of the Year! Here's our thoughts re: religion and his previous work (via @winbassett) http://www.mbird.com/2013/05/beck-brings-paper-to-life-and-life-to-paper/ …

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This excellent book is now on sale for Kindle! THE CONNECTING CHURCH 2.0 by Randy Frazee - http://thriftychristianreader.com/2015/02/09/randy-frazee-connecting-church-2-0-2-99/ …

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"we are each responsible to all for all." Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov, p. 332. Cf. 182, 321, 335, 338, 358. https://books.google.com/books?id=Wlk3qKfWFaUC&q=responsible#v=snippet&q=responsible&f=false …

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"I was neither... Jewish, nor extremely Christian." Tina Fey, Bossypants. / "extremely Christian" distances her upbringing from extremists.

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Walter Brueggemann reviews Curtis Freeman's book on Baptist identity: http://ow.ly/IqssG 

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I've seen papal "drop-ins" before, and often they are well planned in advance. Not this one. http://on.fb.me/1A4UJfk 

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@ericdaryl @adamkotsko Yeah I really think/(fear?) there's just no way around some kind of Christian supercessionism - or why be Christian?

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The Ineradicable Supersessionism of the Christian Imagination http://wp.me/p3rW2-cc 

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I'm skeptical that absent religion--any religion--human beings would be any less violent. Say that as an atheist.

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Here's the transcript of Bob Dylan's #MusiCares speech http://buff.ly/1M3OlrW  via @LilEdit #GRAMMYs

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Oldie but goodie I found doing book research: 5 smart responses to @sherylsandberg 's LEAN IN: http://theweek.com/articles/466330/5-smart-responses-sheryl-sandbergs-lean … @TheWeek

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In math, girls outscored boys when graded anonymously, boys outscored girls when teachers knew names. http://nyti.ms/1EMhzJR  @clairecm

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White Gentrifiers read Jeremiah as inspiration for moving into cities. I read Jeremiah as immigrant kid in a new country.

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Male professors are "brilliant" on http://ratemyprofessors.com . Female professors are "annoying." http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/07/upshot/is-the-professor-bossy-or-brilliant-much-depends-on-gender.html?rref=upshot&abt=0002&abg=1 …

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We currently have 4 job openings, in Books Editorial, Journals Marketing, Copyrights & Permissions & Project Euclid: http://ow.ly/Iz16x 

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Minnesota and New Hampshire tied for best state by @politico based on education, health, and poverty. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/the-states-of-our-union-are-not-all-strong-114395.html … Jan 20, 2015.

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Listened to 1872 novel Middlemarch by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans). Astonishing perception about human nature. Very long but rewarding.

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Pittsburgh Seminary has named David V. Esterline as its next president!http://www.pts.edu/Esterline_President …

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.@WheatonCollege has announced its new chaplain, @TimBlackmon, ordained in the CRC. http://www.wheaton.edu/Student-Life/Spiritual-Life/Chaplain …

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theology prof @westernsem, cancer patient, disciple of Jesus Christ

@markcgorman FOLLOWS YOU

United Methodist Pastor, Theologian

The book that has influenced me more than any other is Eugene Peterson's list of books: Take & Read: Spiritual Reading: An Annotated List.

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The Regent College Board of Governors is delighted to announce the new President of Regent College effective Feb 1 will be Jeff Greenman!

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Congratulations to Dr. John G. Stackhouse Jr. on his new appointment at Crandall University: http://ht.ly/ImETm 

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Delighted to be joining @CrandallU this summer, tho sad to leave @regentcollege: http://www.crandallu.ca/2015/02/johnstackhouse/ …

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I begin every course with a week on "Why does this topic matter? What happens if we ignore it or do it badly?" including my best pitch.

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A new chapter in my journey of following Jesus... http://bit.ly/1yJ82zx 

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Your church may not require seminary but it may help you from hurting people. @HarrisJosh is off to @regentcollege http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/long-an-outsider-popular-evangelical-pastor-heads-for-the-mainstream/2015/01/30/31827364-a881-11e4-a7c2-03d37af98440_story.html …

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This is a great piece on how the iPad succeeded for the exact reason many tech pundits hated it: http://bit.ly/1CK1iTK 

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Today we honor William E. (Bill) Pannell at Fuller Theological Seminary. http://bit.ly/15P8ilP 

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“Like old Israel, the U.S. is often said to be legalistic. And for some reason this is taken to be a criticism" Marilynne Robinson, When, 69

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Shame is positively correlated with addiction, depression, violence, and suicide; guilt is inversely correlated with them. @BreneBrown

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"To claim that a word in the biblical languages has a 'literal'... English equivalent, is simply not true." Doug Moo http://www.thenivbible.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/We-Still-Dont-Get-It.pdf …

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Fiction can be true or false. If I am not telling the truth, I hope someone will let me know. -- Marilynne Robinson. http://billmoyers.com/2014/10/19/child-read-books/ …

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MT“@davewalker:How to cope in church - a guide for those of differing heights http://davewalker.cc/differing-heights/ …@scottagunn

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@ccollinswinn FOLLOWS YOU

Professor of historical and systematic theology at Bethel University. Interested in the intersections of culture, social witness and the gospel of God's reign


The Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) is a demographic research center located on the campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological…

"So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection." http://huff.to/1yLbpIi  Feels true to me: we're created to connect.

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"Religious people ...made her nervous; they were like men in raincoats who might or might not be flashers." --Atwood https://books.google.com/books?id=ntczSSLZ4VwC&dq=john+bowen+evangelism&q=%22might+or+might+not+be+flashers%22#v=snippet&q=%22might%20or%20might%20not%20be%20flashers%22&f=false …

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"I never f. with True Religion" (Jay-Z, The Devil is a Lie). "True Religion reminds people of their dissolution" (Barth, Romans, 129).

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Farmers Insurance teaches agents to ask about FORE: Family, Occupation, Recreation, and Enjoyment. https://books.google.com/books?id=oneWAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=make+it+stick&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cgXAVKKMBYqdNq_6gMAP&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=family%20questions&f=false …

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2 resources on faith & work: ReFrame from @regentcollege http://www.reframecourse.com/  Redeeming Work from @Leadership_Jnl http://www.smallgroups.com/bible-studies/streaming/redeeming-work …

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Maybe need to let students think, process, and discuss a little and put all this material in a book.

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The longer I teach courses, the more "absolutely essential brilliant content" I accumulate which I *must* lecture at students.

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"Good dogmatics [theology] is always the best and basically the only possible apologetics" (Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, IV/3.2, 882).

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Job's parents took 13 year old to church. Pastor said yes, God knows about starving children. Jobs never returned. https://books.google.com/books?id=8U2oAAAAQBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=walter%20isaacson%20steve%20jobs&pg=PA15#v=onepage&q=lutheran&f=false …

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Amy Poehler ends Yes Please with “The only way we will survive is by being kind." And the Christian says, "yes, *and* to sustain that..."

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"to decide whether our relationship to the world will be fundamentally passive and infantile" DF Wallace,1996, 6:39 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8f6JhNOQb8 …

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I have posted my Fall 2014 and January 2015 Bethel Seminary course syllabi: http://www.andyrowell.net/andy_rowell/2015/01/fall-2014-and-january-2015-syllabi.html …

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"I have to do it sometime. Feedback is a form of love. I will learn and become better teacher. Many would love this opportunity." What else?

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What do you tell yourself when you need motivation to grade papers?

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Learning styles "not supported by science, and instills a corrosive, misguided sense of diminished potential" (144). https://books.google.com/books?id=t9JoAwAAQBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=making%20it%20stick&pg=PA144#v=onepage&q=%22learning%20styles%22%20evidence&f=false …

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We talked about "Selma" and watched "I have a dream" speech. 4 year old: "Were you there? How do you know about this?" #Childdevelopment

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Compare "evangelism" music videos: Parker Millsap "Truck Stop Gospel” http://www.cmt.com/videos/parker-millsap/1094766/truck-stop-gospel.jhtml … Frightened Rabbit “Holy” http://youtu.be/j2GkM9FWvag 

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Discover a ton of fantastic films that don't interest the Academy. Here's my Favorite Films of 2014 list. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lookingcloser/2015/01/overstreets-favorite-films-of-2014-a-work-in-progress/ …

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Steven Greydanus's Top 10 of 2014 is topped by a film that STILL HASN'T OPENED IN SEATTLE. Argh. http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/sdgs-top-films-of-2014 …

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@synd_theology FOLLOWS YOU

A New Forum for Theology


I love learning about public policy, God, behavioral economics, and deep sea creatures (not in that order), and about everything that makes the world better.

"Oh, don't worry, Selma is only half full. Everyone is here for American Sniper. All our showings are sold out."

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John Lewis tells his truth about 'Selma' http://fw.to/gAmHIaS 

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RT @CTmagazine: The ‘Boy Who Came Back from Heaven’ retracts story http://bit.ly/1ByXPqx  // I am using all my will power not to comment.

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Baptists Freeman and Hartgrove not as concerned @ sacred space & nominally Christian institutions as Methodist Hays and Anglican Bretherton.

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They met at @BethelSeminary "Family trades suburban home for trailer park" http://www.kare11.com/media/cinematic/video/21617147/inspired-family-trades-suburban-home-for-trailer-park/ …

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 Andy Rowell retweeted

Tonight at 11:35 PM EST. Performing on @fallontonight.

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Looking back I realize I was too poor during the years of Apple's ascendancy to use their products. Today I'm not convinced they're better.

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The one positive that one would want to learn from Jobs is insistence on excellence but his means were awful: lying, abuse, neglect.

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"He was not a model boss or human being." @WalterIsaacson, Steve Jobs, p. xxi. After finishing the book, that is my takeaway.

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David Foster Wallace once taught a young Paul Thomas Anderson, who calls him “the first teacher I fell in love with.” http://bit.ly/1Fh5RYN 

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The rise of a radical pope: Frank Brennan reviews a magisterial new bio of Francis by @austeni http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2015/01/06/4158272.htm …

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Good preaching by my wife Amy Rowell, Pastor of Community Life at City Church in Minneapolis: http://www.citychurchmpls.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=212371 … http://www.amyrowell.net 

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Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword recommended by @scotmcknight http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2015/01/01/stylish-academic-writing/ …

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"God bless you. I will pray for you. But you have not been helpful." --monk, restraining anger, to @united rep. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/your-money/between-heaven-and-earth-an-airline-ticket-gone-awry-.html …

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The annual @joelhenghartse top songs of the year list, now up at Good Letters. Always eclectic & fascinating: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/goodletters/2015/01/this-dark-world-is-precious-to-me-14-songs-for-2014/ …

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Jeffrey @Overstweet gives us a gift with his conscientious rich description of his favorite movies of 2014. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lookingcloser/2015/01/overstreets-favorite-films-of-2014-a-work-in-progress/ …

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We might watch these on Amazon Prime: Ida, Nebraska, Spectacular Now, Wolf of Wall Street, Mud, All is Lost. But might just read instead.

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Bono launches 2015 with an epic letter about pretty much everything. http://www.u2.com/news/title/little-book-of-a-big-year/ …

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The new puritans and the cult of the gym: Why gym-going, an author argues, has all the basic lineaments of a religion http://www.economist.com/node/1487649?fsrc=scn/fb/eoy14/ar/thenewpuritans …

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The Sidney Awards, Part 2 http://nyti.ms/1A6dNXd 

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The Sidney Awards, Part I http://nyti.ms/1wLJcye 

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Good writers cut. @scotmcknight http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2014/12/29/great-thought-about-writing/ …

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What films shifted your understanding in 2014? Here are my most memorable movies of the year... http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dochollywood/2014/12/buying-time-the-best-films-of-2014/ …

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Kids: "I was singin' Christmas carols Christmas eve, I got a lump in my throat..." Slugs & Bugs Christmas @randallgoodgame @AndrewPeterson

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In "On Heaven and Earth," @pontifex is pastoral, biblical, forthright, and gracious. In seminary he met a girl: https://books.google.com/books?id=LyTNNk06ZrcC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA47#v=onepage&q=%22which%20does%20not%20take%20away%20the%20possibility%22&f=false …

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In "On Heaven and Earth" (2010), a 256-page conversation between not yet pope Jorge Bergoglio and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, @Pontifex shines.

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Debate on @PremierRadio by Stanley Hauerwas @DukeDivinity & Nigel Biggar @UniofOxford on just war & pacifism. http://bit.ly/1taPE2d 

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SELMA prompted my second "you should go see this" of the year http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/december-web-only/selma.html …

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You followed Craig Detweiler and Fuller Seminary

Author/Filmmaker/Cultural Commentator/Dad


We provide graduate-level education in theology, psychology, and missiology.

Entering Student Questionaire (ESQ) and Graduating SQ (GSQ) data for ATS: http://www.ats.edu/resources/student-data/archived-student-data-reports … See also: http://www.ats.edu/resources/institutional-data/annual-data-tables …

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Some personal news: I will be starting a religion reporter position at the @washingtonpost, working w @mboorstein + https://www.facebook.com/sarahpulliambailey/posts/804194771948 …

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Pope Francis: the fifteen 'diseases' of the Curia http://fb.me/2ge82gFEA 

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Dr. Joseph Mangina joins the conversation around *Saving Karl Barth* at @synd_theology! http://bit.ly/1zc0TE6  #karlbarth

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My wife and I also met in 1994 like fictional couple depicted in 1995, 2004, 2013 Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight. So, fun to discuss these.

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I know this book came out a few years ago, but here's my review of Scot McKnight's A Community Called Atonement > http://thissideofsunday.blogspot.com/2014/12/scot-mcknights-community-called.html?spref=tw …

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.@Alissamarie Wilkinson gives #Unbroken 2/4 stars in her excellent, wonderfully even-handed review in @CTmagazine. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/december-web-only/unbroken.html?start=4 …

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UNBROKEN: Another movie "marketed at Christians ... that is probably going to be an exercise in missing the point." http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/december-web-only/unbroken.html …

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We enjoyed Linklater's BEFORE SUNRISE/SUNSET/MIDNIGHT film trilogy. Thanks to @Overstweet for recommendation.

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Good to remember this time of year (and really, always)

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Ergo Twitter is hell?

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For comparison, the median age in the U.S. is 37

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Interesting review of new Pope Francis biography by @MollyWorthen. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/books/review/the-great-reformer-a-biography-of-pope-francis.html?_r=0 … #USIH #twitterstorians #Catholicism #PopeFrancis

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Revised Edition of Fee's 1 Corinthians Commentary (Gupta) http://wp.me/p2Rhc-1Dw 

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4 great photos from the Mall of America protest.

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Andy Crouch (@ahc), executive editor of Christianity Today (@CTmagazine), presents a Christmas Playlist. http://go.shr.lc/1JAp07P 

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Promise Keeper: Why Bill McCartney walked away from the game 20 years ago, by @MichaelWeinreb http://gran.tl/1BUdsaj 

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Tim Keller adds that he likes “to show secular people that they’re not quite as unreligious as they think." http://www.wsj.com/articles/kate-bachelder-god-isnt-dead-in-gotham-1419032446 …

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Google gives insights to the four major religions.

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Home-run profile of Laura Hillenbrand and how illness shapes her reporting and writing http://nyti.ms/1Gv2ESF 

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Englewood Honor Books – The Best Books of 2014 for the life and flourishing of the church -- http://shar.es/13OSnx 

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Gordon Fee's NICNT commentary on 1 Corinthians named a top book of the year by @AndyNaselli @TGC http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/tgc-staff-cite-best-books-from-2014 …

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The @Slate Year of Outrage 2014 is masterfully done http://www.slate.com/articles/life/culturebox/2014/12/the_year_of_outrage_2014_everything_you_were_angry_about_on_social_media.html …

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Good work by @wthrockmorton providing plenty of material for my Organizational Leadership and Church Governance course this semester.

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Plays games, all sorts.


Author, teacher, political scientist, amateur psalmist, follower of Jesus Christ

Cover story of @NYTmag this weekend: fascinating deep dive by @nichcarlson on Marissa Mayer's struggles at Yahoo. http://nyti.ms/1zsftLw 

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"Some common reasons they gave for not buying e-textbooks were that screens make their eyes tired,..." http://tmblr.co/ZA1xby1YCYP4v 

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Here's @jwilson1812 Favorite Books of 2014 + the Book of the Year http://ow.ly/FZ83m 

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Our picks for the top Christian books of the year http://bit.ly/1DBCxLR  #CTBookAwards

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"RELEVANT’s 10 Most Popular Articles of 2014" http://relm.ag/1xmkAgX  via @RELEVANT / @BethelSeminary grad @aarongloy has #4

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Check out the new @synd_theology symposium on D. Stephen Long's new book "Saving Karl Barth" over the next 2 weeks! - http://syndicatetheology.com/ 

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.@amazon's Jeff Bezos one-on-one with @hblodget — a rare & remarkable conversation — #theBIInterview http://read.bi/1sAxXc1 

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ETS, SBL and California: The Surprises http://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/ets_sbl_and_california_the_surprises …

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Some Memories of Stanley J. Grenz and His Theological Journey by Roger E. Olson http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2014/12/memories-of-stanley-j-grenz-with-special-attention-to-criticisms-of-his-theology-and-some-hitherto-unrevealed-facts/ …

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What can we learn from the collapse of Mark Driscoll's church? http://bit.ly/1yys9wc 

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The Secrets of Making a Great #Presentation - http://philcooke.com/presentation_secrets/ … #speaker #publicspeaking

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Protesters in Minneapolis join Eric Garner demonstrations, shut down portion of 35W. http://ow.ly/Fnzcv 

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One of the Most Innovation-Friendly States Is … Minnesota? http://s.hbr.org/1yj9hpY 

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*Announcing* the first-ever Barth Pastors Conference following the 2015 annual Barth Conference! Learn more here: http://ptsem.edu/pastorsconference …

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100 Notable Books of 2014 http://nyti.ms/1wiNZIm 

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Bought subscriptions for Christianity Today @CTmagazine, Leadership @Leadership_Jnl, and @booksandculture for $10. http://orderct.com/blackfriday 

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Listened to three volume biographies of Teddy Roosevelt and Winston Churchill--moved by their energy and sobered by their demeaning others.

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Vatican Diaries @JohnThavis and The Idealist @ninamunk depict brilliant academics (Benedict and Sachs) struggling with practical and social.

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Enjoyed audiobook The Vatican Diaries (2013) @JohnThavis Good anecdotes about papacy and before resignation depicts Benedict's unhappiness.

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Enjoyed audiobook "The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs @JeffDSachs and the Quest to End Poverty" (2013) by @ninamunk. Lesson: leaders must listen.

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I'm a closet writer - though can a writer really be in the closet? Doesn't there have to be a reader to make someone a writer?


It's been _such_ a good year for @CTmagazine, editorially and as an enterprise. For $10 you can be part of next year: http://bit.ly/1vFGx9U 

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Jon Pott to retire from Eerdmans. He has done some amazing, significant books. http://christianretailing.com/index.php/newsletter/latest/27630 …

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Speculatte: Latest Starbucks product, for philosophers only.

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Just me or does Rob Bell's zimzum trailer feel kinda like an SNL parody? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU3hTwbJeWA …

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new book on Stanley Grenz's theology http://wipfandstock.com/revisioning-renewing-rediscovering-the-triune-center.html … from @wipfandstock with essays by Hauerwas, Fiddes, Vanhoozer, Holmes & others

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"Productive writers reject the notion of 'writer’s block' the way others shun gluten." http://chroni.cl/1uyZ8Tv 

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Guest Post: TJ Lang on Campbell’s new book, Framing Paul http://blog.christilling.de/2014/11/guest-post-tj-lang-on-campbells-new.html …

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The new era of theological education http://ow.ly/Espqt 

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If annoyed by Windows 7 not starting up quickly (unlike Win 8 and Mac), just change Power Options to never sleep (while plugged in).

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Spotify defends itself. "Downloads are dropping just as quickly in markets where Spotify doesn’t exist." https://news.spotify.com/us/2014/11/11/2-billion-and-counting/ … Interesting

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With EndNote X7, from PowerPoint (Windows only) you can insert references into slides. Nice. @EndNoteNews

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Microsoft just made its Office mobile apps free to use without subscription http://yhoo.it/1wzG2Nn 

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Introducing #PrimePhotos! Prime members now get free unlimited photo storage in @AmznCloudDrive http://amzn.to/1vV9vkE 

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iPhone vs. Android: Which is better? Let's answer this once and for all. http://cnnmon.ie/1u9uj5Z  via @DavidGoldmanCNN

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In KJV 14 diff Greek terms are translated as 'preach,' while in Luther's German Bible 33 Greek terms are transl 'predigen.' Guder, BMW, 143.

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N.T. Wright Panel Discussion on YouTube: http://youtu.be/mNzcwo6opqg 

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N.T. Wright: How and Why Paul Invented "Christian Theology" lecture on YouTube http://youtu.be/Y4CY73psVFQ 

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Evangelism isn't about getting people to say a prayer, but helping them not to follow paths that will destroy them.

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Not All Vulnerability Is Brave: @KatelynBeaty considers public confession at @CT_women. http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2014/november/sorry-brene-brown-not-all-vulnerability-is-brave.html?paging=off …

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