Rural Churches as Sacred Spaces

Rural Churches as Sacred Spaces

April 9, 2018—I was once on staff at a small church in the Houston area. We had less than 150 people weekly, but our property situated on a busy road where nearly 30,000 cars a day passed us by. One…

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…

Exploring God’s Promise: “I am with you”

March 29, 2018—Rev. Amy Poling Sutherlun, author of the 2018-2019 PW/Horizons Bible Study will lead this summer’s class designed to prepare bible study leaders for the PW/Horizons Bible Study, God’s Promise: I Am with You. This study invites us…

We Are More Alike than We Know

March 22, 2018—“What was the best part of your recent pilgrimage to Israel?” several people have asked me.  I could say it was the opportunity to walk, for a second time, in the places Jesus walked or see some of…

It’s About Formation, Not Schooling

March 12, 2018—Every now and again I come across the call from enthusiastic, often dissatisfied, church educators to create within the congregation a model of seminary or “school for faith.” The motivation is an earnest desire to make Christian education…

Education by Israel Galindo

Older Adult Ministry Partnership in its Fourth Year

March 8, 2018—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) continue to strengthen their partnership, one that is intended to better equip churches and faith-based organizations to address…

Rejection Hurts, But Joy Comes in the Morning

March 5, 2018—The pastor talked slowly but deliberately as he responded to a request to tell the group about his experience of being forced from his pastorate several years earlier.

“For decades, I contended that life gets both harder and…

God Listening Within Me? Really?

March 1, 2018—Of the many extraordinary poems included in Rilke’s Prayers of a Young Poet, this one—listed as no. 18 in the collection—is a good place to begin. And this is as true for those who may know little or…

Moving Into a More Active Spiritual Life: the Spirituality Program

February 15, 2018—When we say “spiritual formation,” what are we talking about?

For over 20 years, the Spirituality Program has been an active and vibrant part of Columbia Theological Seminary and The Center for Lifelong Learning. But what is it?…

Old Dogs, New Tricks, and Learning

February 12, 2018—A participant in a recent online course introduced himself as an “old dog,” and expressed trepidation about managing his first online learning experiencea “new trick” for him. Ultimately he did just fine, with the help of an attentive…

Education by Israel Galindo

Lunar New Year for All Ages

February 8, 2018—Soon, for many of our sisters and brothers from the eastern hemisphere is the Lunar New Year celebration. I was blessed to be invited to a celebration last year by one of our students, Loann Nguyen, to her…

Lunar New Year Dragon

“My life is not this steep hour in which you see me hurrying so.”

January 11, 2018—Many of us could claim these lines, taken from one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poems, as a true confession.  We live hurried lives, caught in the pressures of a culture—a “hurried society,” as it were—that seems addicted to…

Sabbatical as Fitting Room—Part 2

January 8, 2018—This is PART II of a two part reflection on pastoral sabbaticals from James Lamkin, Senior pastor at Northside Drive Baptist Church, Atlanta GA. (PART I HERE)

The clothing store in my small hometown of Arcadia, Louisiana,…

Fostering Change Workshop February 15-16, 2018

The Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to offer the “Fostering Personal Change Workshop” with Dr. Mark Biddle on February 15-16, 2018.

“What was I thinking?” John Smith was pastor of an urban interfaith, interracial, and demographically mixed parish community….

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The Sabbatical as Fitting Room—Part 1

January 1, 2018—This is PART I of a two part reflection on pastoral sabbaticals from James Lamkin, Senior pastor at Northside Drive Baptist Church, Atlanta GA.

The clothing store in my small hometown of Arcadia, Louisiana, had a mirror in…

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