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As I read through a list of seminary students involved in a preaching event, I noted that where their faith traditions were listed that a number indicated that they were “non-denominational” or “interdenominational.”  I don’t remember anyone putting “none.” I would love to hear their definitions of these terms, but let’s just assume for a […] Read More

(RNS) God may hold the whole world in his hand, but persecuted Christians can now hold an entire seminary library on a fingertip. Bible League International is working with the Digital Bible Society to carry the thumbnail-sized chips to Christians in countries, such as China or Saudi Arabia, where possessing unapproved religious materials can result […] Read More

Editor’s note: The column below is part three of a three-part series on theological education. Read part one here and part two here. If you haven’t noticed, theological education in North America is going through a “shake-out” process.  I learned recently of one freestanding denominational seminary that is negotiating to become the divinity school of […] Read More

Editor’s note: The column below is part two of a three-part series on theological education. Read part one here. The decentralized model of theological education that CentralBaptistTheologicalSeminary in Kansas is offering not only in Tennessee and Wisconsin but through the Access Program depends on three things: contextualization, creativity and cooperation. This post addresses creativity. In […] Read More

(RNS) For more than 200 years, Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) has trained future pastors to have expertise in biblical studies, pastoral care and preaching. But in today’s world, the nation’s oldest school of theology has decided that’s no longer enough, and other schools are starting to agree. Under a recent curriculum overhaul, ANTS students […] Read More

There are plenty of holiday tours that will take you to the Seven Churches in Revelation. The sites are easily identifiable, and some of them at least retain an air of mysterious sanctity. Go to Ephesus, for instance, and you are in deep time, at least until another tour group arrives. These experiences are often […] Read More

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) It has been more than two decades since Deng Alier fled war in his homeland. Now, armed with a master’s degree in educational ministry, the former “Lost Boy” is ready to find his way back to Sudan. Alier, Deborah Makuei and Rebecca Deng were among 63 students graduating last week (May […] Read More

Trustees recently concluded two very productive days of meetings and brought to a conclusion the work of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond’s Open Door Committee. The committee was created to study and recommend changes to the seminary’s business plan with the purpose of securing the seminary’s next 20 years. Titled “The Bridge to the […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House is hoping to recruit America’s college and seminary students in a nationwide interfaith service campaign that was launched Thursday (March 17). In the next month, the Obama administration will solicit plans submitted by colleges, universities, seminaries and rabbinical schools for year-long community service projects such as food drives, house building […] Read More

When I was a young seminary student just out of the military, I was befriended by my next-door neighbor in seminary housing. He was in his early 50s with grown children. After serving as a lay leader in churches for a number of years, he had been ordained to the ministry, called to a small […] Read More