Love the Stranger at our Gates 

Love the Stranger at our Gates 

By Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President 

Some Bible texts are difficult to understand and baffling to interpret. When Jesus spoke to his disciples in parables, they often scratched their heads in puzzlement. But the dozens of Bible texts about strangers…

Love the Stranger

Does Future Presbyterian Witness Require Younger and More Colorful Churches?

By Betsy Lyles and William Yoo.

Presbyterians in the United States have always sought to be a faithful Church and a diverse Church. Looking back at our history, we clearly see positive developments and grave mistakes in our desire to…

William Yoo and Betsy Lyles

Weaving Adinkra Symbols into Christian Tapestry

By Griselda Lartey, Serials and Interlibrary Loan Assistant, John Bulow Campbell Library.

February 14, 2017—Adinkra is a collection of African traditional symbols used by the Akan peoples of Ghana and the Cote d’Ivoire of West Africa. These symbols which are regarded…

Adinkra African traditional symbols

Human Rights in Ordinary Churches

By Michael K. Thompson, Director of Communications

My childhood was unusual in ways that I didn’t fully appreciate at the time. Recent events have stirred up all kinds of memories and emotions that I suspect not everyone understands. I grew up…

Human Rights

2016 Advent Devotional Online

Once again, Columbia Theological Seminary has created an Advent Devotional for 2016 with meditations and devotions written by our faculty, staff, students and alumni. Some churches and individuals will be receiving the print version soon, but you may view and download it

Reflections Following Election 2016

By Leanne Van Dyk, President

Upwards of 60 psalms of the total number of 150 are lament psalms. These psalms give voice to my own deep sadness this morning. The presidential election culminating with last night’s results threw many here…

Reflections Following Election 2016

A Brief Reflection of Lament and Hope

By Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary

July 8, 2016—The Psalms ring every tone of human experience before the face of God:  praise, agony, protest, joy, lament, horror, disbelief, and hope.  On this day, at the end of…

Leadership in Ministry Faculty to Gather for First Time at the Center for Lifelong Learning

The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant from the Pastoral Excellence Network for its Leadership in Ministry program (LIM). The grant will enable the CLL to gather fourteen LIM faculty members…

Charge to the Graduates of 2016

Charge to the Graduates, May 14, 2016 By Leanne Van Dyk, President

It is the long tradition of Columbia Theological Seminary for the president to send out the class of graduates with a series of charges from the words of…

The Risky Hospitality of Joseph, from The Journey: 2015 Advent Devotional

By Tom Walker, Chairman, CTS Board of Trustees; and pastor of Palms Presbyterian Church

As Luke tells the story of the journey to the manger, Mary is center stage and becomes the paradigmatic example of what a faithful follower of…

Same Old Tune, Same New Song

By Stephen Fearing, MDiv  and MAPT ’14

The word “liturgy” means “the work of the people.” One of the most important works that we do in our worship is join together in song to give glory to God. However, many…

Columbia Joins “Appeal” for Change in Tone of U.S. Politics

In response to the dangerous political rhetoric circulating from various campaigns, the media, and other sources, Dr. T. Erskine Clarke, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary as well as editor and publisher at the “Journal for Preachers” issued a letter…

Breaking Boundaries

By Carrie Weatherford, MDiv ’16, Director of Children and Family Ministries at Roswell Presbyterian Church

The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,     the spirit of wisdom and understanding,     the spirit of counsel and might,     the spirit of knowledge and the fear of…

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

By Randy Calvo ’81, Director of Alumni/ae & Church Relations

With great affection I call it my pastor’s Bible. Gifted to me, it became the Bible that I worked out of for most of my twenty six years in parish ministry….

Finding My Theological Voice

By Alexia Ford, MDiv/MAPT ’18

After practicing Social Work for over 14 years, I never expected that I would have to change the way I think and process and write. And I had always excelled academically in Social Work, but…