On ANTS and Your Mental Health

On ANTS and Your Mental Health

Mental health has become a big issue because of our social isolation. It is like having ants in your home! How many are there? Where are they coming from? Where have they been? How can I get rid of them?…

People Need a Narrative: Clergy and COVID-19

I’ve been gratified for, and impressed with, at the presence of our pastors on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have jumped in reluctantly onto social media. The learning curve is evident, sometimes amusing.

As is often the…

Embrace the Good

In a February lecture at Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS) renowned Womanist theologian and biblical scholar Renita Weems paraphrased the term activist with this proclamation: “Change begins with a shock, loss, with a radical interpretation of what…

Leadership in Ministry Faculty Coaches Lamkin and Maccini Share Insights About Clergy Responses to COVID-19 Part 1

When the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders caused our spring Leadership in Ministry (LIM) sites to close, our seventeen faculty members quickly strategized. The spring coaching groups are meeting virtually. We asked faculty coaches James Lamkin (JL) Atlanta faculty and Rebecca Maccini…

Managing Stress: A Bowenian Perspective

In the last several months, the world has been touched by coronavirus.

It has quickly evolved into a global pandemic.

This unexpected force has relentlessly disrupted the flow of commerce, changed the shape of education, revealed the inadequacies of our…

Imagination and Resilience: Your Keys to Success in Unusual Times

With such devastating pandemic news looming over our heads each day, how do we find ways to illuminate the shadow in the world’s mind? To regain, hold onto or spark a sliver of hope and resilience in these unusual times?

A Healing Experience for Clergy

Author Tim Sledge, in Goodbye Jesus: An Evangelical Preacher’s Journey Beyond Faith, wrote about the silent epidemic of clergy forced termination. Citing a survey reviewed by Leadership magazine, he wrote:


“Squabbles that end in the ouster of ministers are…

Meet the Team: The Faces Behind the Center for Lifelong Learning

The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary seeks to connect disciples as they learn in community.

CLL courses and programs give lifelong learners opportunities to engage in courses designed to assist with the daily challenges of…

Moving and Mourning: A Practical Theologian’s Values Matrix for Stressful Times Part 2

This post is part of a series on moving and mourning. Click here to read Part 1.


A Practical Theologian’s Values Matrix 

As a practical theologian, there are values embedded in my scholarly discipline that…

10 Things Every Church Educator Needs to Know

The ministry of the trained, paid, full-time professional congregational Christian educator has seen a dramatic arch over the last 20-some years. Once a viable ministry professional pursuit supported by seminaries, denominations, and congregations it may be on the list of…

Education by Israel Galindo

Moving and Mourning: A Practical Theologian’s Values Matrix for Stressful Times  Part 1

Moving and Mourning 

Recently, I celebrated my daughter’s 14th birthday in quarantine. 

Celebrating her life’s unfolding story, we recounted the seven times we have moved since she was born.  

We remember the quirks and beauties, frustrations and funny stories of each living arrangement. 

Each move met a…

The Life-giving Emptiness of This Easter

This Easter will be different. With April 12 no longer designated politically as an “American Resurrection” from the novel coronavirus, hopes are dashed for packed churches and large sunrise services. There, of course, will be a few exceptions led by…

So, What’s Your Story?

I was a hospice chaplain for five years. It was a great job, despite the obvious need to redefine one’s ideas of professional competence and success that comes with the territory. Nothing I was able to do would help the…

A Message from Prof. Harkins

Among my favorite passages from the Hebrew Bible is Joshua 3: 1-5. The NRSV version reads like this: 

3 Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan….

Image of leaf in forrest

Being Called to the Ordinary in These Extraordinary Times

“Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came to me: Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours…”…