Seminary Is a Lot Like Holy Week

Seminary Is a Lot Like Holy Week

December 8, 2016—When I started seminary a third-year student pulled me aside to offer a forecast of the next three years of my life. She said, “You know, seminary is a lot like Holy Week. During orientation, everyone is excited,…

God’s Beating Heart

December 1, 2016—As the oldest of four children and a type-A person, I have lived a life of doing and accomplishing. I learned early on that it was the path to gaining affirmation and strokes from those I loved. It even…

God's beating heart through Centering Prayer

Offering A Little Extra

November 24, 2016—Soon after moving to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, we were dining in a nicer-than-usual (for us, anyway) restaurant. At the end of the meal, our server came by and asked “Would you like a cookie?” I immediately…

"Offering a Little" is the 2015 Thompson Scholar sermon by Jay Lynn.

For the Bookshelf: Almost Christian

The book’s thesis states that teens are “almost Christian” because of a socio-cultural turn that has changed their understanding of faith in the Christian church.

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

You Have Gathered Us in a Divided Nation

November 17, 2016—In the days after the election, in the midst of all the analysis and in the midst of many of conversations, I started noticing that some of the conversations involved an analysis of cause. Why did Trump get…

Gathered in a divided nation article by Jihyun Oh.

Blogging as a Spiritual Practice

November 10, 2016—I have been blogging now for about four years now. As I looked back in the archives of my current blog, I was interested to note some changes in the format of my blogging. On an earlier…

Blogging as a spiritual practice by Michael Moore

For the Bookshelf: Visible Learning

November 7, 2016Visible Learning and the Science of How we Learn, by John Hattie and Gregory Yates (New York: Routledge, 2014) is an accessible volume that reinforces the concept of “visible learning” previously presented in Hattie’s 2009 Visible Learning (VLT)…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Seven Questions Students Still Ask

Here are the seven questions students still ask at the graduate studies level. I’ve heard each of these this year.

Education by Israel Galindo

For the Bookshelf: Live, Learn, Pass it On

faith formation is a lifetime gift from God and that a teacher and a learner growing in that faith is a life-time process

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Our Persistent God

October 20, 2016—In some ways, this should have been the easiest sermon I have written in a while. Luke (18:1–8) tells us right off the bat what this parable is supposed to be about. While introducing Jesus’ telling…

Our persistent God by Shannon Kershner

10 Principles on Learning

Whether we design a program for continuing education or any other educational event we will do well to keep certain principles of learning in mind.

Education by Israel Galindo

The Lamp is Not the Path

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119)

October 13, 2016—At the church I serve, Northminster Presbyterian, we are exploring what it this passage means as we make the move from the…

Lanterns, lectionary

Lessons from a Yarn Ball

When I selected an activity for my elementary school students using a ball of yarn, I was not expecting how much I myself would learn in the process.

When Triangles are “Bad”

October 3, 2016—The Leadership in Ministry workshops at The Center for Lifelong Learning uses Bowen Theory (or Bowen Family Systems Theory—BFST) as a framework for interpreting the dynamics of congregational and organizational life, and, to help participants work on…

For the Bookshelf: The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry

Root, Andrew, and Dean, Kendra Creasy, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (2011), InterVaristy Press, Downers Grove, Illinois.

August 29, 2016—This book’s content is collection of published essays from Dr. Kendra Creasy Dean and Dr. Andrew Roots. It is a…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler