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It’s About Formation, Not Schooling

Dr. G. & Friends

It’s About Formation, Not Schooling

March 12, 2018—Every now and again I come across the call from enthusiastic, often dissatisfied, church educators to create within the congregation a model of seminary or “school for faith.” The motivation is an earnest desire to make Christian education…

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Older Adult Ministry Partnership in its Fourth Year

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Older Adult Ministry Partnership in its Fourth Year

March 8, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) continue to strengthen their partnership, one that is intended to better equip churches and faith-based organizations to address…

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Rejection Hurts, But Joy Comes in the Morning

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Rejection Hurts, But Joy Comes in the Morning

March 5, 2018—The pastor talked slowly but deliberately as he responded to a request to tell the group about his experience of being forced from his pastorate several years earlier.

“For decades, I contended that life gets both harder and…

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God Listening Within Me? Really?

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God Listening Within Me? Really?

March 1, 2018—Of the many extraordinary poems included in Rilke’s Prayers of a Young Poet, this one—listed as no. 18 in the collection—is a good place to begin. And this is as true for those who may know little or…

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10 Commandments for Clergy Leaders

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10 Commandments for Clergy Leaders

February 26, 2018—There is no end to spin offs and parodies on The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). I thought I’d add to the mix by offering “10 Commandments for Clergy Leaders” from a systems theory point of view. Here is…

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J. B. Green Papers on Display in Advance of Inaugural Address

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J. B. Green Papers on Display in Advance of Inaugural Address

February 24, 2018—The C. Benton Kline, Jr. Special Collections and Archives announces the freshly processed papers of James Benjamin Green. The papers, documenting Dr. Green’s life as a Presbyterian minister and a member of faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary,…

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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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Why You Can’t Fix Some Church Committees

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Why You Can’t Fix Some Church Committees

February 19, 2018—Congregations are, by their nature, authentic communities of faith—despite the fact that they are also organizations. That’s an insight worth keeping in mind for every congregational leader. The tendency for leaders too often is to address congregational issues…

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Moving Into a More Active Spiritual Life: the Spirituality Program

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Moving Into a More Active Spiritual Life: the Spirituality Program

February 15, 2018—When we say “spiritual formation,” what are we talking about?

For over 20 years, the Spirituality Program has been an active and vibrant part of Columbia Theological Seminary and The Center for Lifelong Learning. But what is it?…

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