An Aesthetic Distinctly Religious

An Aesthetic Distinctly Religious

December 11, 2017—I’m often intrigued by what church leaders, anxious about numbers and attendance, assume about non-church-goers. A lot interesting ideas get foisted on “prospects” in an effort to entice them into the church front doors—especially the elusive 20-somethings and…

The Rebellious Pillow: A Story

November 20, 2017—I know a man who likes to sleep, although he’s not a lazy person by any means. He is responsible, competent, and productive in his work, but he likes his sleep! In fact, he is the only person…

Caught By Surprise

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

Every once in a while I hear something in church that catches me by surprise. It’s usually not a good surprise, admittedly. More often than not…

The Power of Written Conversation

By Sharol Hayner, DMin ’17 and instructor for Readings in Spiritual Classics.

Online courses provide a contemporary learning opportunity—one with which some of us are unfamiliar and frankly, uncomfortable. What a different experience to be in a learning community without…

The Celts: the people “at the end of the world”

By Carl McColman.

May 11, 2017—The Celts are the people of the end of the world.

Visit the tip of the Cornwall peninsula and you will find a rocky placed called Land’s End, where the thundering surf of the Atlantic…

For the Bookshelf: Family The Forming Center

Thompson asserts that whatever happens in the family life “inevitably touches our spiritual lives, whether for good or for ill”

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

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

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

For the Bookshelf: The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation

Rainer, Thom S., Rainer, Jess W., The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation. LifeWay Christian Research, B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tennessee, 2011.

By guest blogger Pat Olds

August 22, 2016—The context and content of this book is an “old school vs….

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Ben Campbell Johnson, Professor Emeritus Dies at Age 84

Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Evangelism at Columbia Theological Seminary and the founding Director of the Spirituality program at The Center for Lifelong Learning passed away Thursday afternoon. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 17…

Getting to Know the Familiar Stranger

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Last week I had two interesting conversations with familiar strangers. By “familiar strangers” I mean those people we have become comfortable around because of propinquity yet don’t really know. You know…

It’s NOT a “Leap of Faith” … It’s just FAITH

By Shavon Starling Louis, MDiv ’13

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. Luke 16:10

I have been amazed in recent days,…

Reasons for Not Attending Church

March 7, 2016—I met up with some old friends recently, who’d brought along some of their friends I appreciated meeting. It didn’t take long to get to that awkward point in the conversation that follows the “What do you do…

Better Than Church? Exercise as a Spiritual Experience

March 3, 2016—Last week I caught Tom Ashbrook’s show On Point (via podcast). He was talking about the so-called “boutique fitness” trend—exercise classes that promise not only a hard workout but also strong community, and in some cases spiritual…

Life Assessment

February 29, 2016—In 1990 I was asked to design a course for Trinity College in their adult education program (yes, I’m still tossing out files. I’m doing pretty good on this New Year’s Resolution no. 7. Not so much on…