Still in a British POW camp

There’s a hoary old joke about Baptists: “Why are they opposed to pre-marital sex? It might lead to dancing.” Reading issues of their denominational magazine from the first half of 1942, I can’t help but wonder if people at the time told a different version of the joke about the people of the Swedish Baptist […]

Cartoon of a G.I. reading the Bethel student newspaper, The Clarion

Today’s Veterans Day edition of the Minneapolis StarTribune features a story on the 70th anniversary of the G.I. Bill, including some comments from me on that legislation’s impact on Bethel College and Seminary in the years after World War II. Reporter Kevyn Burger contacted me after coming across this blog — specifically, my late June post on […]

Lt. August L. Sundvall (d. 1918)

In my one of my first posts for this blog, I briefly shared the story of August L. Sundvall (A ’09), the Marine lieutenant who was killed on the Western Front on April 20, 1918 — making him the first former student from Bethel to die in our century of warfare. In honor of today’s incredibly well-timed football game between Bethel […]

Robinson, "The Deserter"

It’s been a busy fall, too busy to permit for much Bethel at War blogging past sharing my reminiscences of 9/11/01 on 9/11/14. But as the Bethel of 2014 settles down for a few weeks, I’m ready to get back to the Bethel of 1917-18 and 1941-45. (Fletcher, meanwhile, is spending the term in Oxford. If he spends more […]

Operation Rolling Thunder - Wikimedia Commons

It’s been exactly one month since either of us posted anything to this blog, which seems like as good an excuse as any to check which posts have generated the most interest. In order of page views: The Evangelical Left and Vietnam (Fletcher Warren) War on Terror: We Need You! (FW) Can You Help? A Community Invitation (FW) Welcome to […]

Student anti-war protest at Bethel in late February 2003

Over the summer Fletcher invited Bethel alumni, faculty, and staff to share their memories of the War on Terror by completing a questionnaire. I want to join him in thanking those of you who have taken the time to write us. But I also want to step out of my usual role in this project and add […]

Reliving the Versailles Peace Conference in Versailles

This morning let me leave Bethel’s past for a moment and look to a small part of Bethel’s future, as it connects to one of the wars we’re studying… This coming January, my colleague Sam Mulberry and I will take a group of Bethel students to Europe for a three-week course on the history of World […]

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