Introducing Our Newest Assistant Professor of Philosophy: Omar Fakhri, Ph.D.

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our faculty: Omar Fakhri, Ph.D. Dr. Fakhri will be serving as Assistant Professor of Philosophy, offering courses in environmental ethics, philosophy of religion, and more. Recently, we sat down with Dr. Fakhri and asked him to share a bit about himself — what his story is, … Continue reading Introducing Our Newest Assistant Professor of Philosophy: Omar Fakhri, Ph.D.

Screenshot of Chris Gehrz article from Winter 2020 issue of Bethel Magazine

Prof. Gehrz in Bethel Magazine: College under COVID

The current issue of Bethel Magazine includes a letter that history professor Chris Gehrz addressed to his students at the beginning of a semester that has been shaped in many ways by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's part of how Prof. Gehrz explained why the pandemic should nudge students to think more intentionally about the purpose … Continue reading Prof. Gehrz in Bethel Magazine: College under COVID

Gehrz and Barr (eds.), Faith and History

Coming This December: A History Devotional

Congratulations to Drs. Gehrz and Poppinga, two of the contributors to Faith and History: A Devotional, due out this December from Baylor University Press, which describes the project this way: Join over forty Christian historians as they journey through the biblical and historical past, reading God’s word in light of the experiences of those made … Continue reading Coming This December: A History Devotional

The Calling of Historians: Justin Haughton ’21

To conclude our series of student essays on calling, from the conclusion to this spring's Intro to History course, we're happy to share the following reflections from Justin Haughton '21, who explains why a minor in History proved to be such a good complement to his major in Social Work. I don’t think anyone aspires to be … Continue reading The Calling of Historians: Justin Haughton ’21

The Calling of Historians: Meraiah Latty ’22

This week we're sharing a few essays from HIS290 Intro to History, which concluded with students reflecting on their calling in light of their interest in history. Today we're happy to hear from Meraiah Latty '22, who is planning to major in Philosophy and Digital Humanities, with a minor in History. History allows for many positive traits … Continue reading The Calling of Historians: Meraiah Latty ’22

The Calling of Historians: Essie Shull ’23

Before we say farewell to a spring semester unlike any other, I'd like to share some student work from HIS290 Introduction to History. This year I had students conclude our gateway course by writing a thousand-word essay in response to this question: What does history have to do with your calling? After watching this interview … Continue reading The Calling of Historians: Essie Shull ’23

Gehrz & Pattie, The Pietist Option

Prof. Gehrz in Chapel on November 8th

Join us for Chapel next Friday (11/8), when our own Prof. Chris Gehrz will be the speaker. The author or editor of three books on Pietism, Prof. Gehrz will be talking about Bethel's roots in that Christian tradition, using the Emmaus Road story in Luke 24 to explain Pietist emphases on the Bible, personal experience … Continue reading Prof. Gehrz in Chapel on November 8th

Augustine, Christine de Pizan, and Carl Lundquist

Faculty Favorites: Biographies

For this week's installment of our new Faculty Favorites series, we're going to introduce you to some of the life stories that move and fascinate us — as Christians and historians. Tell us about a member of your "cloud of witnesses" (Heb 12:1). Who's an earlier Christian whose story inspires, convicts, or challenges you? Sam Mulberry: Augustine of … Continue reading Faculty Favorites: Biographies

Logo of Interfaith Youth Core

Prof. Poppinga on Teaching and Interfaith Engagement

Prof. Amy Poppinga recently published an article with Interfaith Youth Core's INTER site. It starts with her taking Bethel students to a local mosque to observe worship and then share a meal. While the evening provoked some difficult conversation about theological differences, she found that the awkwardness actually led to considerable learning among her students: There was … Continue reading Prof. Poppinga on Teaching and Interfaith Engagement