Old Molly and the Flipped Switch

Old Molly and the Flipped Switch

My memory holds many stories from my childhood. Two continue to shape me in profound ways.

Old Molly is a true story, first told to me by my grandmother. Old Molly was the family’s only cow, highly valued because she…

Travel…with a Purpose

October 12, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning offers travel opportunities designed to educate the mind and engage the heart. Travel seminars in the United States, India, the Holy Land, Central Europe and the Bahamas encourage participants to explore and experience…

Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas: An Eco-Travel Seminar

October 30 is deadline to register for “Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas: An Eco-Travel Seminar” an innovative travel opportunity offered through The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary. This unique experiential learning opportunity combines island camping, kayaking on…

Trusting the Slow Work of God

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something…

“What has our church been doing wrong?”

September 14, 2017—This was a question posed to me by a very concerned member of the congregation a year into my time there as interim pastor there. As happens often during interim periods, church membership, attendance, and giving were lower.

Biblical Terror

August 24, 2107—Everywhere we turn, it seems we come face to face with terror: a missile threat from North Korea, a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, a refugee crisis in South Sudan, and the seemingly ubiquitous specter racism, sexism, violence,…

The Useful and the Beautiful

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

July 17, 2017—One of the courses I most enjoy teaching is on educational philosophy. It’s a course that is always interesting and one I think, when…

Beth Waltemath

So You Want to Improve Yourself?

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

July 3, 2017—Every once in a while I get a question like the following from a former student, friend, or colleague seeking to improve themselves:


Possibility and Potentiality

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

June 26, 2017—I had an interesting conversation with a local church minister who expressed frustration about his congregation’s failure to live fully into its potential. That’s…

Texts of Terror

By Ryan Bonfiglio, Lecturer in Old Testament, and Certificate in Spiritual Formation course leader.

The Bible is full of beautiful passages that nourish the soul and inspire our faith. There are parables about hidden treasures and forgiven sons. There are…

What Kind of Thinker Are You?

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

June 19, 2017—Last week I heard someone ask, “How am I supposed to think about this?” That’s a good question. Often we’re asked about what we…

Alone or Together

By Melissa Bane Sevier, author of  Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews (2017-18 Horizons Bible Study Guide) and course leader.

Like most writers, I love to read. A few years ago I went through a phase of reading…

For the Bookshelf: Leaders Who Last—Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry

Reviewed by Stephen J. Price-Gibson, Pastor, Church of the Plains (Presbyterian Church U.S.A.), Edgar, Nebraska.

June 5, 2017—In Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry, Margaret J. Marcuson has written a deceptively simple book that should be insinuated into the…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Meet Ally

By Ally Markotich, Spirituality Program participant.

June 1, 2017—I’ve enjoyed ‘routine’ for as long as I remember. I wake early in order not to miss too much of any given day. Three meals are not an option. The rhythm of…

Meet-ally as new terminology during a Spiritual Formation class adventure

Truisms in an Anxious System

All systems experience episodes of acute anxiety but systems manifest it differently.