The Spiritual Roles of the Christian Teacher

The Spiritual Roles of the Christian Teacher

Teaching is one of the primary functions in the Church, both in importance and necessity. In the early church, the function and calling of teaching was indistinguishable from that of Pastor. But in our age of specialization the role of…

Education by Israel Galindo

Depression and Ministry: When a Good Soul Feels Bad

Washington psychiatrist Sheldon Kopp had a knack for finding great titles for good books.

He once wrote a book entitled The Blues Ain’t Nothin’ But a Good Soul Feelin’ Bad.

I don’t remember much about the book, but I sure…

What you should know about Effective Learning groups

We have all experienced effective and non-effective learning groups.

Why is it that some are effective and others are not?

I would argue that learning experiences that provide more time for critical reflection and dialogue result in more effective learning.

Pastors, their families and best practices

The paradox is that if we want our families to be healthy, balanced and whole, then we need to work on ourselves.

How do I bring my best self to my family?

If I say that something is important to…

The Story of Us

The internet didn’t exist when I was growing up.

I belong to the final generation who had to use card catalogs to look up books and microfiche.

Wild, I know!

I remember going to the public library a few times…

What are the basic functions of a congregational educator?

I had an interesting discussion with a layperson who has just accepted the call to lead her congregation’s Christian education ministries.

She was feeling a bit overwhelmed (close to panic, actually) as she started to get a grasp of the…


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I have learned many new technology skills during this time of physical isolation and virtual ministry.

I’m sure you have, too.

I’ve also discovered that I could reach…

Kathy Dawson and her handmade puppet Zeb.

The biological bases for seeking faith

Jaak Panksepp was the Estonian neuroscientist and psychobiologist known for his work in the area of emotions. In his work “Affective neuroscience of the emotional BrainMind: evolutionary perspectives and implications for understanding depression,” he identified the seven primary-process…

A Heart Condition Worth Having!

This summer Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church has the wonderful opportunity for Lucas Mburu, a 2nd-year MATS student at CTS, to complete a part-time supervised ministry with us in partnership with Columbia Presbyterian Church.

Lucas’ internship focuses on “Building Flourishing Communities,” an…

Reading: Options, Options, and Options

Ebooks, Kindle, Audible, paperbacks, PDFs, hardbacks–there are so many options to choose from!   

When electronic books arrived on the scene, calls for the end of libraries and print books abounded.   

Yet today, both are still with us and their options…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Forget everything you know about teaching…it’s wrong

I’ve been in the field of education, from elementary education to higher education, long enough to see fads come and go and dominant philosophies rise and fall.

Along the way, several unfortunate notions about teaching and learning persist, seemingly immune…