What is Midrash & a Meal

Beginning in September you are invited to join your graduate colleagues from Central Baptist Theological Seminary for lunch and a hearty discussion.  Four times in the coming year one of our esteemed seminary staff will provide a book to read and then gather with us to discuss that book together.  You are invited to read the selected text, agree, disagree, pontificate, wonder, question, expound, interact, listen, or celebrate what you have learned.

The goal of this Midrash is simply to keep our minds sharp, continue to be learners, and allow our iron to sharpen iron.  Our seminary staff has graciously volunteered to convene our discussion, provide some opening comments, and bring their insights into our discussion.  Each of us comes to the discussion with a diverse wealth of lived experiences and theological insights.  Those along with a freshly read text will provide some insightful discussion with our CBTS graduate cohorts and select seminary staff.

Our first Midrash & a Meal will be in the library on Central’s Shawnee Campus on September 20, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. and will be convened by Dr. Molly T. Marshall.  We will be discussing Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, by Ross Douthat, the provocative columnist for The New York Times.You can purchase the book online or at Cokesbury.  If you need help to cover the cost, please contact Derek Varney, President of the Alumni/ae Association at pastorderekv@comcast.net.

Lunch will be provided.

Here’s the schedule for the coming year:

    Date                                   Convener                                Place

September 20                     Molly T. Marshall                CBTS, Shawnee Campus

January 24                             Tarris D. Rosell                   KU Medical Center

April 18                                    TBA                                              TBA

July 11                                      TBA                                              TBA


My Experience:

Terrell Carter

Striving to be a more effective and prepared servant

From early on in life my desire has been to follow God and serve Him in any capacity that was available to me. My grandparents, who actively involved me in the spiritual life of our family, raised me in a Christian household.

I accepted Christ as my personal savior when I was nine years old. As a teenager I felt a strong, consuming desire to do more with my life, especially as it related to life within the staging church. After much prayer and spiritual counseling, I answered the call to preach when I was 16 and delivered my first sermon when I was 17, becoming the fourth generation of pastors/ministers in my family. Eventually, my responsibilities within the staging church increased. I have served as Youth Minister, Associate Minister, Assistant Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Senior Pastor in churches in Missouri and Texas.