Bethel Faculty Pen Daily Devotional for Lent

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Gehrz describes Centered on Jesus as a chance to highlight what it means to be a Christ-centered university – a university that teaches a diverse set of subjects like accounting, education, history, chemistry, and more from this perspective. “How can we engage in disciplines that help focus our attention on who Jesus is and what he did? asks Gehrz. “Above all, this is the most important theme: how do we center ourselves on Jesus? And how do we use disciplines like Bible reading, prayer and meditation or whatever to do that kind of focus? Gehrz also saw the project as a way to bring together faculty and staff from Bethel’s four schools — the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), Seminary, Graduate School and the College of Adult & Professional Studies (CAPS). “It’s a great way to let people know what we do as professors, librarians, and campus pastors,” he says.

Centered on Jesus also touches on the history of Bethel at an important point. “It’s a big year for Bethel, the 150th anniversary,” says Gehrz. “I thought this might be a good way to take a step back and reflect on who we are, why we do what we do, and share something that people might find helpful.” And Bethel’s story recurs throughout the play. A few thoughts show how John Alexis Edgren founded Bethel shortly after the Great Chicago Fire. In his introduction, Gehrz links the prayer, study, and practice of exploring many spiritual disciplines to the life and work of Carl Lundquist, president of Bethel from 1954 to 1982.

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