Fostering Change Workshop February 15-16, 2018

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….


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…

You Cannot Erase Light: Video Blogpost

[Editor’s note: We think this video post by Andrew Kukla deserves reposting! Enjoy!]

By Andrew Kukla, MDiv. ’03 and DMin. ’12

I got the idea to do sermon teasers from a NEXT Church conference and the awesome folk at 90…

Light cannot be erased blogpost.

Learning has a lot in common with eating

December 18, 2017—At a recent teacher development seminar for church educators a teacher came up to me after the presentation. He shared a challenge he faced in his adult Bible class. His class was made up of a variety of…

Education by Israel Galindo

Praxis: Reflection, Practice, Transformation

December 7, 2017—Praxis is one of those buzzwords that frequently appears in conversations about theological education. It also is a cornerstone for adult learning theory. defines praxis, a noun, as 1. practice, distinguished from theory; application or use,…

What if desire is essential to human flourishing?

November 30, 2017—Desire is a word that stirs mixed feelings within the devout and searching person. Most of us are uneasy when we hear the word as it evokes images of unmet desires or perhaps passions that are less than…

Old Molly and the Flipped Switch

November 16, 2017—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…

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, 2017—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

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 it connects with students, yields enduring understanding. Recently a former student wrote me to…

Beth Waltemath

So You Want to Improve Yourself?

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:

What steps should I take to increase my own functioning in my life and ministry….

Possibility and Potentiality

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 not an uncommon frustration for pastors and local church leaders. But I have found…