Jessica Brown: Celtic Christianity and the gift of thresholds

Jessica Brown: Celtic Christianity and the gift of thresholds

This post on Celtic Christianity originally appeared in Faith & Leadership.

 

As humans we all encounter times in our lives that the mark the beginning or ending of something, new experiences or times of reflection. In Celtic Christianity,…

Just Worship: The Symbolism Behind Worship for All

This post describes the backstory behind the Just Worship imagery by it’s logo creator, Lauren Wright Pittman.

 

 

 

For me, the heart of Just Worship, a conference catered towards a faithful and vibrant future of worship, is a…

Online Learning: Convenient, Practical and Timely 

If you haven’t tried online learning for continuing education yet, what’s holding you back?

The Center for Lifelong Learning is offering eight additional online courses between now and the end of May 2019.

The topics are contemporary and classic ranging…

What’s Next for Worship? Worship that Equips Us for Justice

Fans of the West Wing may recall that (fictional) President Jed Bartlett could always be counted on to ask this question: “What’s next?” 

Whether at the end of a meeting, after a goal was met, or to break a stalemate,…

Saying Yes to “Prayer Without Ceasing”

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Saint Paul throws down the spiritual gauntlet. He instructs his readers to “pray without ceasing.”

For almost two thousand years now, Christian saints, nuns, monks, and mystics have been trying to unpack that simple three-word verse…

Joyful prayer

The Promise After the Planting: Growing Faith on the Farm

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5)

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed…

When Option A is not Available…

About fifteen years ago, the great jazz musician Wynton Marsalis performed a rendition of Victor Young’s ballad from the 1930s, “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You.” Marsalis performed unaccompanied, and according to David Hadju in The…

Learning to Love the “Habit” of Prayer

May 31, 2018—We human beings are creatures of habit.

We brush our teeth in the same direction, we take the same route to work, we fold our clothes or make our beds in pretty much the same manner day after…

Join the Online Learning Community at The CLL

May 18, 2018—If you haven’t tried online learning for continuing education yet, what’s stopping you? Consider yourself invited to attend any of our upcoming courses at the Center for Lifelong Learning. Here are three reasons for doing so:

1. The…

The Beautiful – Traveling Exhibit

May 10, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is hosting a national traveling art exhibit called The Beautiful open to the public now through May 24, 2018 The exhibit is made available through CIVA | Christians in…

Pastor as Pinball

May 3, 2018—I remember a day when – as a parish pastor – I chose cover art for a worship bulletin, did Greek word studies for a sermon on the Gospel of Luke, visited a new mom in the hospital,…

pinball machine

“How do I make sense of the way God engages with me?”

April 26, 2018—”It’s invaluable. It’s scary. It’s joyful. But all-in-all, it brings you closer to God.”

Spiritual Direction, often called spiritual companioning or spiritual friendship, is an intentional relationship between a person seeking spiritual guidance and a trained individual (the spiritual director). The Certificate…

In God’s Economy Small Is Not a Liability

April 19, 2018—My relationship with the small church has been an on-again, off-again relationship. I grew up in a small congregation where my faith was formed, I was confirmed, served as a junior elder and as a youth leader. In…

Procrastination, or Intentionally Delayed Planning?

April 12, 2018—Back in December, I wrote a blog post about the adult learner tendency to gravitate to learning opportunities that build upon or enhance previous learning and skill development. That post invited a resolution to jump start your continuing…

On Demanding a Surrendered Life

April 5, 2018—My book, Blessed at the Broken Places: Reclaiming Faith and Purpose with the Beatitudes, shows how the Beatitudes of Jesus validate the faith of people in emotional pain. It addresses people whose suffering arises from normal losses and…

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