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Dr. Love Sechrest Named VP, Dean of Faculty

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Dr. Love Sechrest Named VP, Dean of Faculty

April 9, 2018—The Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary voted unanimously today to appoint Dr. Love L. Sechrest to be the school’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, and Associate Professor of New Testament. She is currently…

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Spouses Too Are Casualties in Church Conflicts

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Spouses Too Are Casualties in Church Conflicts

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Center for Lifelong Learning has partnered with the Ministering to Ministers Foundation to help address the crises of clergy forced termination. If you have experienced a forced termination from your ministry consider attending the Healthy Transitions…

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The Seven Days of Retirement: Is It Really All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

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The Seven Days of Retirement: Is It Really All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

February 22, 2018—Having recently retired at the ripe old age of 62 and having given it (I felt) considerable thought and prayerful preparation, I thought that some feedback on the “before and after” would be of interest to those contemplating…

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C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives Releases Ormond Papers

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C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives Releases Ormond Papers

April 21, 2018—The C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives is pleased to announce the release of the personal papers of Dr. J. Will Ormond, Jr at The John Bulow Campbell Library on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus. A…

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In God’s Economy Small Is Not a Liability

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In God’s Economy Small Is Not a Liability

My relationship with the small church has been an on-again, off-again relationship. I grew up in a small congregation where my faith was formed, I was confirmed, served as a junior elder and as a youth leader. In my young…

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Why Do So Many Remain Silent During Church Conflicts?

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Why Do So Many Remain Silent During Church Conflicts?

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Center for Lifelong Learning has partnered with the Ministering to Ministers Foundation to help address the crises of clergy forced termination. If you have experienced a forced termination from your ministry consider attending the Healthy Transitions…

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Procrastination, or Intentionally Delayed Planning?

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Procrastination, or Intentionally Delayed Planning?

Back in December, I wrote a blog post about the adult learner tendency to gravitate to learning opportunities that build upon or enhance previous learning and skill development. That post invited a resolution to jump start your continuing education plan…

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Lisa Weaver Named Assistant Professor of Worship

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Lisa Weaver Named Assistant Professor of Worship

April 10, 2018—The Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary voted unanimously today to appoint Ms. Lisa M. Weaver as Assistant Professor of Worship. Ms. Weaver, a Ph.D. candidate in Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology at The Catholic University of America, will…

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Dean of Students Brandon Maxwell Promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Life

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Dean of Students Brandon Maxwell Promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Life

April 9, 2018—Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary, has promoted the Rev. Brandon Maxwell to be Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Life, effective immediately.

“Brandon Maxwell has, in his two years here at Columbia Seminary,…

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Rural Churches as Sacred Spaces

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Rural Churches as Sacred Spaces

April 9, 2018—I was once on staff at a small church in the Houston area. We had less than 150 people weekly, but our property situated on a busy road where nearly 30,000 cars a day passed us by. One…

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On Demanding a Surrendered Life

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On Demanding a Surrendered Life

April 5, 2018—My book, Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes, shows how the Beatitudes of Jesus validate the faith of people in emotional pain. It addresses people whose suffering arises from normal losses and…

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