Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something You

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something You

By Paul Lang, Spirituality Course Leader

In the fall of 1999 I encountered the Liturgy of the Hours for the first time. I arrived at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia weary after a long drive and…

How Devotionals Match Our Lives to God’s Story

By Melissa Tidwell, MDiv ’15

When was the last time you had a good conversation with a true friend? In a busy world full of acquaintances and strangers and lots of online interactions, I relish the times I can have…

Nourishing Your Spiritual Life

By Debra Weir, Associate Director, Spirituality and Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary.

February 23, 2017—Greetings from Montreat Conference Center! This week I’m with the Certificate in Spiritual Formation class, Illuminating the Text, led by Ann Laird Jones. It…

Pastoral Imagination and Emotional Intelligence

By Michael Lee Cook, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care

It is no longer a secret that faith communities, particularly mainline denominations, are in a precarious state and facing an uncertain future. Some evidences of the sea of changes include declining…

On Hamilton and The Saint John’s Bible!

By Ann Laird Jones, Illuminating the Text course leader

February 9, 2017—The Broadway musical Hamilton (which I have only heard but never seen) catches you at every turn. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrics, music, and choreography of space bring the story of…

Broadway Musical

Can’t Get Enough of Howard Thurman

by Lerita Coleman Brown, Spirituality Program Leader

February 2, 2017—I think I have Howard Thurmanitis. Yes, I have previously posted about him and I made up that name. But after giving two workshops on his writings in the span…

Can't get enough of Howard Thurman

Why We Should Pay Attention to Brain Research

By Holly Inglis, DEdMin ’12

Why should the church pay attention to brain research? With everything else happening in and around us, why should we attempt to understand and apply scientific research about the brain? What difference would it, could it make?…

Why We Should Pay Attention to Brain Research

Going to Church v. Being Church

by Adam L. Bond; Associate Professor of Historical Studies’ The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University; and 2017 Thompson Scholars keynote speaker

I caught myself the other day. When the snow started falling across the east…

going to church vs being church

Older Adult Ministry Program enters third year, celebrates a new graduate!

By Sarah Erickson, Director for Lifelong Learning

As the OAM Certificate program, a partnership with POAMN (Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Netword) enters its third year, we are celebrating a new graduate as well. The Rev. Lynne Trout completed the requirements…

Older Adult Ministry Certificate Program entering it's third year

1000 Under 25

By Jan Edmiston, DMin ’01 and 222nd General Assembly Co-moderator with T. Denise Anderson

You’ve seen the lists:

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list was published yesterday highlighting “today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S.” Many of them have…

1000 under 25 are becoming the hands and feet of Jesus

Presence, Listening and Depth: An Invitation to Spiritual Direction

By Debra Weir, Associate Director, Spirituality and Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminiary

One of the great spiritual longings of modern times is the longing for ‘depth.’ Some might call this a search for meaning or a desire for connection….

Presence, listening, depth, as an invitation to spiritual direction

You Cannot Erase Light: Video Blogpost

By Andrew Kukla, MDiv. ’03 and DMin. ’12

I got the idea to do sermon teasers from a NEXT Church conference and the awesome folk at 90 second sermons.  I have now been doing them every week since October of…

Light cannot be erased blogpost.

Seminary Is a Lot Like Holy Week

By Rev. Brandon T. Maxwell, Dean of Students, Columbia Theological Seminary

When I started seminary a third-year student pulled me aside to offer a forecast of the next three years of my life. She said, “You know, seminary is a…

seminary like Holy Week analogy

God’s Beating Heart

By Monica Hix, Spirituality Program participant

As the oldest of four children and a type-A person, I have lived a life of doing and accomplishing. I learned early on that it was the path to gaining affirmation and strokes from those…

God's beating heart through Centering Prayer

Offering A Little Extra

By Jay Lynn, 2015 Thompson Scholar

Soon after moving to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, we were dining in a nicer-than-usual (for us, anyway) restaurant. At the end of the meal, our server came by and asked “Would you like…

"Offering a Little" is the 2015 Thompson Scholar sermon by Jay Lynn.