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How to Choose a Seminary

You are trying to decide where to go to seminary. I’m here to help. Our admissions office knows what you […]

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I Wish My Dear Friend Good Sailing: A Tribute to Alan Culpepper

The decades of the Southern diaspora have seen key leaders such as Bill Leonard and David Garland and Alan Culpepper go to new schools (or, in my case, an old one) offering their splendid gifts in the service of the church through shaping ministers. Alan has remained a steady helmsman, and reminds us of the myriad ways God has preserved our vocations and called forth our best when “not our choice the wind’s direction.”

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Making a New Beginning: Ezra 3:8-13

So, while some shouted for joy, others wept. They sang a new song, but their shouts were mixed with the cries of those who wept, and the noise was so great that even those at some distance away from the temple could hear them. Here, at the end of the chapter, we meet a new group: those who were not part of the rebuilding of the House of God, those who lived in the area and watched what was happening at the temple.

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Something Deeper is Lacking in Churches than Information

Our job as pastors is to create space for people to interact with God. We get paid to help them glimpse the divine. This calling takes seriously the need for transformation, but our church mediums stop short by only transferring information. Here’s what I mean:

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Are you a church millennial?

Many think a millennial is any young adult born after 1980, but if you go to church you know that millennials are defined by more than their age. Their church experience is different. This scientific quiz will help you understand how “church millennial” you are. According to my best guesses, these questions will reveal whether you share the values, attitudes, and behaviors of a typical church millennial.

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Imagining a God Who Makes All Things New

No doubt there are wicket gates ahead that we have not yet encountered, so I want to challenge you to be open to new truths while you hold fast to the core convictions of our faith. Biblical criticism, religious pluralism, and modern science need not undermine your faith. Wrestling with them will actually deepen and enrich your faith, but you need to develop the determination of a pilgrim and the balance of a tightrope walker.

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Risky Love

Love takes courage, but love is one of the few things every single person on this earth wants and needs. Call me an idealist or naïve, but love can change the world. Love is why we go into ministry. Love is why we preach, write and teach. Love is why we protest injustice and feed starving people. Love binds us together in good times and bad.

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Unexpected Miracles

Today I urge you to take God out of the box, and realize that God cannot be confined, simply defined, so let us refine the definition of God. As God the one who produces unexpected miracles in the lives of us all!

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“The Cup”

By Kali Freels, sermon delivered for the 2015 Claypool Preaching Award I became a Christian at a young age, 9 […]

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God Doesn’t Need Us

God chooses to use the church, but God does not limit God's work to the church. God's love for every human God created is bigger than our failure to act and our limited resources.

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Learning Ministry

Maybe today you find yourself in a similar position. You came to seminary expecting your education and experience to go one way, but nothing is as you expected. Rejoice! Because this is exactly how seminary is supposed to go.

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I Am a Man

I am Bryan. I am good enough (though I can be better). I am powerful. I am a man.

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Leaving Fred Craddock’s Funeral

Fred Craddock wrote, “When I was in my late teens, I wanted to be a preacher. When I was in my late twenties, I wanted to be a good preacher. Now that I am older, I want more than anything else to be a Christian. To live simply, to love generously, to speak truthfully, to serve faithfully, and to leave everything else to God.”

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Don’t Push the River

Success and notoriety may be found momentarily in an attempt to move upstream, but the only people who care are the ones floating by. Vocation is not found in pushing the river. Life does not work that way. We end up losing faith, energy, and hope.

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Life. Death. Birth.

None of us (at least in my church) have enough holiday cheer to mask life’s pain. We’re all grieving something while trying to find room for the joy of Jesus. So instead of faking it, we’re taking time to name and offer our pain to God.

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The Sophia Project Part VI

In the last installment of The Sophia Project, women answer the question, “What would you tell a young woman contemplating […]

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Wild Horses

By Brett Younger Photo by Neil Walbaum I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him […]

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Pondering Anew

By Rachel Freeny It’s been years since I’ve been excited about Advent. Most people get giddy like children to indulge […]

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Light is Around the Corner

By Tiffany Pickett A few months ago I was really struggling with depression.  My mom has progressively gotten more ill […]

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My Canterbury Tale

By Brett Younger The caption under this photo could be “Who doesn’t belong?”  I am the one photobombing these very […]

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Take My Life

Take my life and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee. Take my moments and my days, Let them flow […]

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Border Crossers

In May, 15 theology students and two professors took a trip to India, visiting multiple religious sites over two and […]

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I Am a Man

I am Bryan. I am good enough (though I can be better). I am powerful. I am a man.

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Leaving Fred Craddock’s Funeral

Fred Craddock wrote, “When I was in my late teens, I wanted to be a preacher. When I was in my late twenties, I wanted to be a good preacher. Now that I am older, I want more than anything else to be a Christian. To live simply, to love generously, to speak truthfully, to serve faithfully, and to leave everything else to God.”

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Light is Around the Corner

By Tiffany Pickett A few months ago I was really struggling with depression.  My mom has progressively gotten more ill […]

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I Can Do More: A Lament

August 2014 is a bad month. People are angry. Humans are dying. Cultures are dividing. These are the talking points […]

Missing Gwen

By Pam Durso It has now been a year since that moment on August, 27, 2013 when I learned that […]

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Take My Life

Take my life and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee. Take my moments and my days, Let them flow […]

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I Wish My Dear Friend Good Sailing: A Tribute to Alan Culpepper

The decades of the Southern diaspora have seen key leaders such as Bill Leonard and David Garland and Alan Culpepper go to new schools (or, in my case, an old one) offering their splendid gifts in the service of the church through shaping ministers. Alan has remained a steady helmsman, and reminds us of the myriad ways God has preserved our vocations and called forth our best when “not our choice the wind’s direction.”

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