The Positive Listener Assessment

The Positive Listener Assessment

Research tells us that between 75% to 80% of the communication flow in most classrooms is from the teacher to the students.

While sharing information and directing instruction is a necessary part of the classroom learning experience, so is a…

Everything Seminary Didn’t Prepare Me For

I have found memories of the seminary I attended in the early 2000s and am forever grateful for the lessons, experiences, and relationships that emerged from that period in my life.

At the same time, seminary did not prepare me…

You’ve Graduated, What now?

You’ve graduated. You stared out into a crowd or intently at your screen as your name was called and your degree conferred. But what happens now? Mission work? Chaplaincy? Pastoring a small church? Teaching over the summer? More coursework to…

Improvisation in Ministry: “Yes, and…”

Improv has become, for me, more than playing a collection of silly games aimed at making an audience laugh.

Rather, improv is becoming a way of living.

Improvisers talk about “Yes, and…” If you know anything about improv beyond “Whose…

Self Care and Christian Educators

The ministry and work of the professional church educator is challenging and demanding.

The fact is that the more you stay in the field and in the ministry (especially if you stay in the same ministry context) the job only…

Delicious Can Be Good For You

With more and more people getting vaccinated, the closer we are getting to being able to gather again with family and friends, which also means that pretty soon we will once again be able to participate in one of life’s…

Touched By An Angel

I still haven’t gotten used to being called an angel.

When introducing myself to someone new, if I mention my work as a hospice chaplain the most common response is “Oh my goodness! You are such an angel.”

 

What…

Dr. Jake Myers Named the Wade P. Huie Chair of Homiletics

Dr. Love Sechrest, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary, announced that Dr. Jake Myers was elected by the Board of Trustees as the Wade P. Huie Associate Professor of Homiletics. The chair was…

New logo for Columbia Theological Seminary

The Validity of Prayer

First, I think I need to start this post by saying that I believe in prayer and am a practitioner (although I must confess that I didn’t really know how to pray until I was forty, even though I grew up…

A Formation Approach to Continued Education

In 1966 Jerome Bruner, Harvard psychologist and educator, wrote:

There is a dilemma in describing a course of study.

One must begin by setting forth the intellectual substance of what is to be taught, else there can be no sense…

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