Church Resources

Columbia Theological Seminary seeks to equip the people of God to bear witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ by offering expanded programs for direct congregational impact. Through both new programming and archives, pastors, educators and church leaders can access Columbia’s resources to further education and formation, both personally and congregationally.

FREE DOWNLOADS FROM JOURNAL FOR PREACHERS

Walter Brueggemann“Until the Dancing Begins Again.”
Brueggemann finds in Jeremiah insights into our ministry in the midst of the present pandemic. We are, he says, “to render the virus as penultimate, to see that even its lethal force is outflanked by the goodness of God.”

William Brown, “Job and the Dismantling of a Supremacist.” 
Brown looks again at the familiar and troubling story of Job, an “upright and uptight patriarch,” and sees Job in new ways—ways illumined by our present moment of seeing our deep national story exposed by powerful protests.


WOMANIST DIALOGUES WITH DR. MITZI J. SMITH

Join Dr. Mitzi J. Smith, J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament, and her esteemed guests as they unpack Womanism.

Womanist Roundtable Webinar: Canaanite Woman (Matt 15:21-28) #SayHerName

This is a Womanist Webinar hosted by Dr. Mitzi J Smith with panelists: Pastor Tonya Bryan, Dr. Lalitha Jayachitra, Dr. Jennifer Kaalund, Pastor Queen Le Teris, Dr. M. Adryael Tong, Rev. Donna Vanhook, Dr. Sharon Jacob, and Dr. Angela Parker #womanism #postcolonial #feminism

Womanist Zoom Dialogue “Repairing the Breach”: A Conversation with Columbia Theological Seminary

This is a womanist Zoom dialogue hosted by Dr. Mitzi J. Smith with panelists CTS Board Chair Atty Jane Fahey, Vice Chair Mrs. Valarie Wilson, seminary President Leanne Van Dyk, and VP Rev. Brandon Maxwell on July 16, 2020

Womanist Dialogue #SayHerName hosted by Dr. Mitzi J. Smith

Panelists of black female scholars and pastors discuss #SayHerName: Reading and Preaching for Freedom. They are: Dr. Renita Weems, Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, Dr. Shively Smith, Pastor Yvette Blair, Pastor Eva Melton, Rev. Dr. Genetta Hatcher, Rev. Yolanda Norton

Dr. Mitzi J Smith defining ‘womanist’ and ‘womanism’ #3

In a series of short videos Dr. Mitzi Smith is on a mission to discuss ‘the terms ‘womanist’ and ‘womanism’ and to eventually talk about womanist biblical interpretation. This is video No. 3 in the series.

Radical Politics of Womanist Interpretation, Dr. Mitzi J. Smith

Dr. Mitzi J. Smith’s lecture on the “Radical Politics of Womanist Interpretation” for the Ekklesia Center for Biblical Research and Pastoral Accompaniment in India vi Zoom. June, 2020

Womanist Zoom Dialogue hosted by Dr. Mitzi Smith: “Unmasking Whiteness: A Multicultural Dialogue”

Drs. Angela N. Parker, Karri Whipple, and Sharon Jacob engage in a conversation around whiteness and solidarity in the context of the ‘Amy Coopers’ and ‘Karens’ of the world. Drs. Marcia Y. Riggs and Tiny Pippin respond. June 24, 2020, 7-9 pm est.


OFFICE HOURS: AN ONLINE POP-UP BIBLE STUDY VIDEO SERIES

Office Hours: An Online Pop-up Bible Study” is designed to meet the needs of pastors and congregations during our season of social distancing. Brennan Breed, from Columbia Theological Seminary, and Chris Holmes, from First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, are teaming up with guest professors to offer an in-depth, spontaneous and unrehearsed five-week study of the book of Ruth.

During the study, we will engage with scholars such as Marcia Y. Riggs and Kathleen O’Connor from Columbia Theological Seminary, Judy Fentress-Williams from Virginia Theological Seminary, Elaine James from Princeton Theological Seminary, and Roger Nam from Emory University.

All are welcome to the free, hour-long conversation livestreamed to Facebook every Sunday morning from 9:30AM to 10:30AM Eastern Time, from September 20th  to October 18nd at https://bit.ly/CTSofficehours. Limited spaces exist for participants to join via Zoom webinar for those without access to Facebook. All sessions will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube for later viewing. See the Office Hours Playlist.

Participants who want a deeper experience may also register to receive free access to course material, complete with syllabus, downloadable readings, and audio-video links for further study. Register for additional resources below.

For the Philippians, Job, and James Series,
visit our YouTube Office Hours playlist

NOTE: Office Hours is now streaming on Sunday mornings.

Office Hours Schedule:

The Book of Ruth: Faithfulness for Troubled Times

September 20
Setting the Scene for the Book of Ruth
Guest Host: Dr. Elaine James, Princeton Theological Seminary

September 27
Ruth 1: Faithfulness across Borders
Guest Host: Dr. Kathleen O’Connor, Columbia Theological Seminary

October 4
Ruth 2: Kinship and Otherness
Guest Host: Dr. Roger Nam, Emory University

October 11
Ruth 3: A Cloaked Covenant
Guest Host: Dr. Judy-Fentress Williams, Virginia Theological Seminary

October 18
Ruth 4: Survival and Transformation
Guest Host: Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs, Columbia Theological Seminary 


@This Point

@This Point offers thought-provoking theological essays, responses, and lesson plans on a variety of topics relevant to the church and the world. Recent volumes cover Repair, Immigration, Racism, Sin, Division, and Empire. Find the complete catalog of @This Point volumes HERE.


FIRST FRIDAY FACULTY LECTURE SERIES

Know someone thinking about seminary? This channel, presented by the Admissions Office, features  Columbia faculty and is designed to give prospective students and others a deeper sense of the communal spirit, intellectual curiosity, and deep faith which are found at the core of Columbia Theological Seminary. Find the YouTube First Friday Faculty Lecture Series playlist HERE.


HARRINGTON SERMON ARCHIVES

Columbia Theological Seminary is pleased to make available approximately 500 sermons preached by Dr. W. Frank Harrington from 1984 through 1999 during his pastorate at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. It was Dr. Harrington’s earnest desire that through his sermons God’s Word address the listener’s needs and concerns. Now a generous grant from the Harrington Family Foundation has made it possible for a broad audience of scholars, pastors, and lay people to learn from and be inspired by his sermons, his biblical insights, and his wit and humor.

Click HERE to search the library and listen to audio files.

Click HERE to search the library and view the sermon videos.

To learn more about Frank Harrington, click here.

The W. Frank Harrington Online Sermon Collection is protected by the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of any reproduction of copyrighted materials in any format. The sermons are displayed here to promote scholarship by providing electronic copies for personal study and not-for-profit educational uses. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. For questions about this collection, please contact our webmaster.


THE CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING AT COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

For deeper exploration of specific topics, to cohort opportunities, to spiritual formation, the Center for Lifelong Learning provides courses and events for church leadership at all levels. Explore all the CLL has to offer HERE.

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