Favorites of 2013

As 2013 winds to a close and Auld Land Syne and college football fill our ears and eyes, I (Chris) have always found it a profoundly beneficial and thanks-generating exercise to think back on the year and compile some lists.  Don’t construe our lists as necessarily “best ofs,” there are plenty of those to be…

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External Call, or Internal Ambition? The (Deceptive) Rhetoric of Vocation

Returning now to the ongoing series of posts on Calling/Vocation, I want briefly write about some of the greatest questions I have wrestled with in the move to England for a PhD program: Is the primary source of my desire to take up this venture God’s call or my personal ambition? Am I being beckoned…

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Vocational Decision as Colossal Failure

Part of the reason I am interested in blogging on the idea of “calling” is to offer a dirtier, grimier theology of vocation than the cheerier (and perhaps more marketable) versions that are readily available in pulpits and bookshops. The rhetoric of calling is often hand-in-glove with populist notions of personal fulfillment. Disney has informed…

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Vocational Anxieties: Thinking through Individual and Corporate Callings

The main point of the previous post is that our calling is premised on the idea that Someone beyond ourselves speaks. Vocation is a divine summons. Go to the land that I will show you. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh.  Whatever I command you, you shall speak. Follow me.   Vocational Angst But…

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A Brief Theology of “Calling”

We are going to be thinking about calling and vocation here at Hopeful Realism. I’ve already offered an initial post on these themes: “Vocation as Pyrrhic Victory.” But what does “calling” actually refer to? The word “vocation” derives from the Latin vocatio, the base root of which is vox: “voice.” That’s important. Critically important. Christianity…

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Vocation as Pyrrhic Victory: Personal Notes on “Calling” and the Cross

Now begins a new series here at Hopeful Realism. We will be focusing on vocation (with some other stuff inserted from time to time). By vocation, I mean divine calling. Part of my own vocation seems to be wrestling with the idea of vocation, especially now that I am working overseas on a doctorate in…

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