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5 Must Read Posts by Dr. G

Dr. G. & Friends

5 Must Read Posts by Dr. G

While it’s always exciting to see a post do well, it’s exceptional to watch some posts get attention year after year. In particular, a number of posts by our Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, Israel Galindo (aka Dr. G.) continue…

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Author, Scholar, Preacher Dr. Frank Thomas to Give 2019 Smyth Lectures

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Author, Scholar, Preacher Dr. Frank Thomas to Give 2019 Smyth Lectures

December 15, 2018—Columbia Theological Seminary announced that author, scholar and renowned preacher Dr. Frank A. Thomas, the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, will be the 2019 Smyth lecturer. Thomas will deliver two…

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Artists, Leading Theologians, Legal Scholars, and Community Leaders to Explore Migration and Border Crossings in Multidisciplinary Conference

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Artists, Leading Theologians, Legal Scholars, and Community Leaders to Explore Migration and Border Crossings in Multidisciplinary Conference

Columbia Theological Seminary and Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion are excited to co-host a multidisciplinary conference on immigration—Migration and Border CrossingsFebruary 7-9, 2019 at Columbia Seminary. [REGISTER HERE]

“This conference will bring together leading theologians, legal…

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Resisting the Co-oping of MLK’s Legacy and Remembering Him as a Theologian

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Resisting the Co-oping of MLK’s Legacy and Remembering Him as a Theologian

Martin Luther King Jr. is arguably the most celebrated non-elected citizen in the history of the United States of America.

This is evidenced by the fact that Dr. King is the only American to have a federal holiday named in…

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Your Congregation Is Not Your Family

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Your Congregation Is Not Your Family

January 7, 2019—The fact is that, despite the warm metaphor we commonly use, a congregation is not a family. A congregation is a localized, institutionalized expression of a larger social system: the organized religious system.1 The relationship clergy have with…

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Foster Connors, Gehman to Receive 2019 Alumni Awards

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Foster Connors, Gehman to Receive 2019 Alumni Awards

January 9, 2019—Columbia Theological Seminary announces recipients of its 2019 Alumni Awards to be presented during their annual “Homecoming” alumni reunion event, February 4-6, 2019, on campus in Decatur, GA near Atlanta. Philip R. “Phil” Gehman (MDiv ’68) will…

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A Spirituality Reading List for 2019

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A Spirituality Reading List for 2019

A Spirituality Reading List by Fives

Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education

Someone recently asked me for a reading list of books on spirituality. I’ll start by confessing that coming up with this…

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Effective Leaders Focus on Process

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Effective Leaders Focus on Process

December 31, 2018—Effective congregational leaders know the difference between content and process—and they focus on process rather than content. Content has to do with what people say, while process has to do with how people function. Beliefs, doctrines, mission statements,…

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For the Bookshelf: On Prayer—Conversation with God

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For the Bookshelf: On Prayer—Conversation with God

December 24, 2018—John Calvin was the great Protestant reformer from France, who ultimately pastored the church in Geneva. During his Christian journey and ministry as a reformed pastor, he wrote and frequently revised the classical work of theology, Institutes of…

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The Writer’s Block Antidote…It’s Not What You Think

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The Writer’s Block Antidote…It’s Not What You Think

When I first started writing fiction, I had a great idea for a story, and it felt like the whole story was alive in my imagination.

Each time I tried to write the story down on paper, though, the excitement…

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A Leader’s Responsibility

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A Leader’s Responsibility

December 17, 2018—One major trap for clergy leaders is the demand for them to take responsibility for things that rightly are not theirs. This is exacerbated by the propensity of pastors to accept that demand. After all, they are in…

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