Our Persistent God

Our Persistent God

By Shannon Johnson Kershner, DMin ’99

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….


The Lamp is Not the Path

By Michael D. Kirby, MDiv ’03

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

At the church I serve, Northminster Presbyterian, we are exploring what it this passage means as we make…

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Cross+Gen Worship: Where do I start?

By Karen Ware Jackson, MDiv ’08

Each congregation, each sanctuary, each worship service has its own unique gifts and challenges. There isn’t a set formula for “how to” engage all ages in worship so pray, dream, and listen to the…


The Center for Lifelong Learning announces Talking Politics During Polarized Times Event

Registration is now open for Talking Politics During Polarized Times, hosted by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary on October 21, 2016. This timely, one-day event is designed for clergy and interested parties who want to think…


The Struggle is Real

By Rev. James Ellis III, Chaplain of Discipleship at Hope College

In Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian, CEO and founder of International Justice Mission, Gary Haugen raises a timely moral inquiry for our society: “Are we raising…


GA Reflections by Jan Edmiston

August 3, 2016

As I write this article, J. Herbert Nelson is enjoying his first day on the job as the new Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church, USA.  I have imagined this day for a while now.

We are…

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Keeping Sabbath With My Confirmation Class

By Keith Anderson, author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World

We are learning about the Ten Commandments in our Confirmation class this fall, and most recently the Third Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath and Keep It Holy”…


Beyond the Lock-in: Real Ministries Require Real Conversations

By Rev. Dominique A. Robinson, Children’s, Youth & Young Adult Pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church

It’s summer time and this means that most churches are either on break or working overtime to keep their children, youth and young adults engaged….


The Struggle for Community – Whatever That Means

By Jonathan Davis, Small Town Churches Network

The struggle for community is real. Across America people long for community, whatever that means, and whatever that means, community seems increasingly elusive.

I’ve lived in suburbia before, and the sense of isolation…


Down in the Dirt

By Bethany Benz-Whittington, MDiv ‘15

Luke 10:25-37 25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you…