Dr. Dan Van Voorhis
Daniel van Voorhis has been a professor of modern history and political science for over 10 years having most recently served as the assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University, Irvine. Dan cohost’s the Virtue in the Wasteland podcast, is a nationally sought out speaker. He's authored Monsters: Addiction, Ex-Girlfriends, and Other Dangerous Things and the May 2018 release of Johann Arndt, the Prophet of Lutheran Pietism. Dan was an actor, comedian, and barista before earning his PhD at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Married since 2002 to his wife, Beth Anne, they have two sons, Coert and Raymond.
+ Church History
+ Religion and Politics in America
+ American Christianity
+ U.S. History
+ The history of the Lutheran Church
Dr. Voorhis's Book
This is a story of a historian turning his craft to the story about which he is most afraid: his own. This is a book about fighting the monsters of addiction, severe anxiety, depression, and crippling self-doubt. But more than this, it is about a fight against hope. And how the author fought for thirty years against hope. He fought that dreadful proposition that there might be something else out there that offered some kind of reprieve. He fought, and hoped against hope.
While we don’t have a record of when the poet Dante Alighieri was born, many historians have dated May of 1265 his likely birth month based on autobiographical records, including his most famous work, the Divine Comedy.
You’ve likely seen some of these stories on your social media feed: “Union Seminary President Denies Resurrection!”, or “Ex-Evangelicals reaching new audiences with edgy podcast,” or “Mega Church Pastor claims Old Testament is true ‘like Star Wars’ is true.”
For more stories like this check out the newest podcast from 1517, the Christian History Almanac with Dr. Dan van Voorhis, a daily five-minute podcast with stories, readings and poetry at www.1517.org/almanac and wherever you download your favorite podcasts.
The Easter zombies mentioned in these verses never get a role in the Easter pageant, nor do they get many mentions in Easter sermons. It’s understandable why: they were overshadowed by a larger event.
Without using Google, tell me what you know about the illustrious lives and careers of Chris Burgess and Adam Keefe. What about Bob Hamelin? You might know something about him if you followed the Kansas City Royals in the ’90s.
After teaching in both venerated institutions and glorified junk heaps on three continents over the past decade, I can tell you the scariest place in the world: adult Sunday School. I am not anti-Sunday School but would like to point out that in some Christian traditions giving the wrong answer to a theological question is akin to something between adultery and leprosy.
“Always preach the Law, if necessary use words.” I know this isn’t exactly the Assisi quote, and I’m also aware of a severe distaste for this proverb among some. The idea behind the original quote, “Preach the Gospel, if necessary use words,” goes something like this.
While waiting to pick up our kids from school one day, I sat with a friend who is a devout Muslim recently immigrated from Pakistan. We happened to pick up a discussion on the particularities of our religious communities. We know each other as broadly representative of our respective religions for no other reason than proximity and school zoning, so a deeper conversation, however brief, was welcomed by both of us.
Imagine how silly I felt, sitting there repeating this self-help mantra over and over. As silly as it felt, and still feels, I have followed my psychiatrist's instructions and again learned the power of speaking truth. And I know that when it starts to feel like the life is being sucked from me, I can confess all the truths. I am worthy of basic dignity.
In a bid to convince consumers that their cellular service is superior to others, a phone company has rolled out commercials with the tagline “When Ok is Not Ok.” They suggest that you would never want a simply “ok” mechanic, surgeon, or cellular service. So you should choose them. Point taken.