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Alumni Spotlight: Denise Hill, M.A.R.S. '82 & M.Div. '86

On October 21, 2022 during Centralize, our annual fall alumni gathering, Denise Hill received Central's Alumni Award for Ministry Excellence. Denise Hill graduated from Central in 1982 with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies and in 1986 with a Master of Divinity degree.  She recently retired from Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City,...
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Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Buscher, D.Min. '16

On October 21, 2022 during Centralize, our annual fall alumni gathering, Jeff Buscher received Central's Alumni Award for Ministry Excellence. Jeff Buscher earned his Doctor of Ministry at Central in 2016 while serving in campus ministry at William Jewell College.  He currently serves as Community Impact Coordinator for the United Way of Lewis & Clark...
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Alum Joy Freeman Wins Award

The American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) Office of the Ecclesiastical Endorser presented Central alum, Rev. Joy Freeman '01, BCC, with the American Baptist National Network Merit Award for commitment to effective service as a specialized minister. The ABHMS website said, "Freeman provided excellent leadership during the initial stages of COVID by implementing a care plan that...
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Alum Spotlight: Joanna Harader, M.Div. '08

Joanna Harader, M.Div. ’08, serves as pastor at Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  She is currently on sabbatical from this ministry while she engages in renewal, as well as study and discernment exploring ways other congregations integrate in-person and online worship.  In recent months Joanna has participated in The Well: Central Alumni Thriving in...
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Alumni Spotlight: Richard Copeland, B.D. '65, MDiv '70

Rev. Richard Copeland, B.D.'65, MDiv '70, began serving as pastor at DeSoto Baptist Church in DeSoto, Kansas in 1967.  This month he will retire from the same church after 55 years of ministry there.  We asked Rev. Copeland to share some of the highlights and challenges of ministry, his time at Central Seminary, and advice...
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Alumni Spotlight: Carmen Raines & Mary Wood

Central’s global community of faculty, staff, students, and alums offers support, networking, and resources.  At Commencement 2022, two Central graduates from different degree programs and different parts of the country were united as they discovered how one graduate’s Bible Study on the book of Ruth and refugee border areas was utilized by another student at...
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Business Office Manager Announced

Central Seminary is pleased to announce that Christine King recently joined our community in the role of Business Office Manager. An experienced office manager, Christine succeeds Connie Mohr, who retired on May 27 after serving on Central’s staff for twenty-six years. Christine has held similar business manager roles over the past twenty years in a...
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Alumni Spotlight: Peter Sung Jun Yang

졸업생 스포트라이트: 양 성준(피터) Peter Sung Jun Yang, MDiv ’20, was ordained on Tuesday April 26, 2022 in Houston, Texas by the Korean Hanbit Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Yang began his Central journey in 2016 as a student the Houston, Texas Central site.  In a note sent to Central’s alumni office, he fondly recounts that through...
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Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Newberry

“God has us at a rest stop,” Rev. Melissa Newberry, ‘03, commented regarding her congregation’s current journey.  As pastor of Grandview Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas, Melissa led her congregation through a journey of discernment to sell their building.  Three years later the church continued on that journey of discernment and transition as they...
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Alumni Spotlight: Sau Nam, MA '20

My country, Myanmar, is a beautiful land, but it is also known for injustice, government corruption, a decade-long civil war, and the current military coup. The unjust political structure is reflected in churches that are under the leadership of the Kachin Baptist Convention (K.B.C). Although the Kachin religion changed from ‘nat’ worship (spirit worship in...
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Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Joins Leadership Team

Central Seminary is pleased to announce that Scott Wedel has joined the organization in the role of Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. An experienced business leader, Scott succeeds George Townsend, who announced in October 2021 that he would be leaving the seminary to pursue new vocational endeavors and complete unfinished educational initiatives.  Scott comes to...
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Alumni Spotlight: Rev. Robert Molby

Rev. Robert Molby BDiv ’60, MDiv ’70, was born in 1930 in Kansas, where he attended a one-room schoolhouse and worked on dairy farms.  He answered a call to ministry at the encouragement of his pastor, Rev. Floyd L. Boyd, and decided to enroll at Central Seminary in 1956.  In 1960 Rev. Molby graduated with a...
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Alumni Spotlight: Coaches-in-Training Joy Choi and LeAundra Stewart-Boyice

Yonga 'Joy' Choi, MDiv '21, and LeAundra Stewart-Boyice, MDiv '21, are currently serving as Coaches-in-Training with Central Seminary's Reshaping Church: Thriving Congregations project.   최용아(조이)와 LeAundra Stewart-Boyice 는 2021년도 목회신학석사과정 졸업자로서 현재 ‘건강한 교회로 성장하기 프로젝트’라는 주제로 진행중인 센트럴 신학대학원의 교회변화 프로그램에서 코치훈련생으로서 섬기고 있습니다. Why did you choose Central's MDiv program? 왜 센트럴의 목회신학석사과정을 선택하셨습니까? LeAundra...
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Alumni Spotlight: Rev. Walter Lanier

Rev. Walter Lanier is a recipient of Central Seminary’s 2021 Alumni Award for Ministry Excellence.  Rev. Lanier is a 2011 Master of Divinity graduate who currently pastors Progressive Baptist Church Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He carries many roles within his community including pastor, community leader, lawyer, father, and husband.  He is a tireless advocate for justice in...
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Alumni Spotlight: Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford

Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford is a recipient of Central Seminary’s 2021 Alumni Award for Ministry Excellence.  Rev. Ford is a 1982 Master of Divinity graduate who very recently retired from her role as Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Indiana/Kentucky after serving over 40 years in congregational and denominational ministries, including at Mid-American...
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Alumni Spotlight: Jeremy Spencer, M.Div. '83

Rev. Dr. Jeremy L. Spencer serves as pastor of Odessa Baptist Church in Odessa, NY 1.  What was your life or faith or ministry journey before coming to seminary and how did you decide to attend Central? I grew up in the home of an American Baptist minister who served small churches in the Midwest,...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Traci Bartell

Traci, tell us about your Central origin story. How did you come to be a student at Central? What led you to Central? I was accepted into Central in January of 2014 and took my first class that summer. Rev. Dr. Julie Kilmer was the interim pastor at my home church. I shared with her...
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Alumni Spotlight: Gyounghee Gina Lee, M.Div. '17

Gyounghee ‘Gina’ Lee had been serving as a social worker in Chicago when she felt a tug from the Holy Spirit to make a change within her life and ministry.  While serving immigrant families and the elderly as a social worker, she found herself wanting to harness the power of faith to assist individuals and...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: CJ Duffie

CJ, tell us about your Central origin story. How did you come to be a student? What led you to Central? My journey into theological education has been a long, winding road with many deep valleys of discovery, exhilarating peaks of joy, and pitstops to ponder. After completing undergrad (BA in Religion, Faith International University),...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: San Htoi Lat

by Pamela R. Durso
As I get to know the Central Baptist Theological Seminary community, I want you to hear some of the amazing stories that I am hearing. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters and sharing an interview on my blog, THIS IS CENTRAL. I invite you...
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Alumni Spotlight: LeAundra Stewart-Boyice

Check out the latest alumni spotlight of one of our newest Central alums, LeAundra Stewart-Boyice, MDiv'21, in her own words! Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I was involved in a ministry planted by my wife, Rev. Dionne Boyice, which housed people who have been morally injured by the church. Although COVID brought about an abrupt cease...
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졸업생 스포트라이트: 이 은희 (Alumni Spotlight: Eunhee Lee)

이 은희님은 2014년 센트럴 졸업생의 추천과 더불어 신학 공부에 대한 열정으로 센트럴에 지원하였습니다. 또한, 센트럴의 온라인을 통한 뛰어난 교육도 중요한 지원 계기가 되었다고 합니다.  이 은희님은 2020 겨울 신학석사과정을 마치고 현재 어스틴한인장로교회에서 어린이 사역을 맡고 계십니다. 다른 학생들과 마찬가지로, 이 은희님도 팬데믹 기간동안 많은 어려움을 겪어야 했습니다. 센트럴 학생들은 경제적인 어려움, 건강상의 염려, 이에 더하여...
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Alumni Spotlight: Lal*

Lal* began his ministry as a pastor at a church in Myanmar in 1992. He enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Central Seminary in 2015 to continue developing his ministerial gifts to serve his congregation of over 2,000 members. In 2018, he completed his dissertation, Spiritual Formation for Chin Immigrants, and graduated from...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Teresa Ambler

by Pamela R. Durso
As I get to know the Central Baptist Theological Seminary community, I want you to hear some of the amazing stories that I am hearing. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters and sharing an interview on my blog, THIS IS CENTRAL. I invite you...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Lauren Ng

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
As I get to know the Central Baptist Theological Seminary community, I want you to hear some of the amazing stories that I am hearing. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters and sharing an interview on my blog, THIS IS CENTRAL. I invite you...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Jessica Williams

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
As I get to know the Central Baptist Theological Seminary community, I want you to hear some of the amazing stories that I am hearing. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters and sharing an interview on my blog, THIS IS CENTRAL. I invite you...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Adam Cooper

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
As I get to know the Central Baptist Theological Seminary community, I want you to hear some of the amazing stories that I am hearing. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters and sharing an interview on my blog, THIS IS CENTRAL. I invite you...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Jeff Langford

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
As I get to know the Central Baptist Theological Seminary community, I want you to hear some of the amazing stories that I am hearing. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters and sharing an interview on my blog, THIS IS CENTRAL. I invite you...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Angela Lowe

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
As I get to know the Central Baptist Theological Seminary community, I want you to hear some of the amazing stories that I am hearing. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters and sharing an interview on my blog, THIS IS CENTRAL. I invite you...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Kwangsup Shin

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
As I get to know the Central Baptist Theological Seminary community, I want you to hear some of the amazing stories that I am hearing. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters and sharing an interview on my blog, THIS IS CENTRAL. I invite you...
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Central Attracts Leaders and Leaders-to-Be

Rev. Dr. Joshua Paszkiewicz, BCPC, BCCC Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council Josh’s history with Central Seminary goes back to 2017 when he first came to Central as a visiting student to complete a couple of classes to transfer into a local seminary at which he was completing an MA in Religion....
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Karen M. Dames

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
As I get to know the Central Baptist Theological Seminary community, I want you to hear some of the amazing stories that I am hearing. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters and sharing an interview on my blog, THIS IS CENTRAL. I invite you...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: David May

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
As I get to know the Central Baptist Theological Seminary community, I want you to hear some of the amazing stories that I am hearing. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters, and each week I am sharing an interview on my blog, THIS IS...
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Mary's Song

"My soul proclaims your greatness, O God, and my spirit rejoices in you, my Savior. For you have looked with favor upon your lowly servant, and from this day forward all generations will call me blessed... Your mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear you. You have shown strength with your arm;...
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Gratitude for the Goodness of the Earth

By Rev. Ruth Rosell, Ph.D., Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence, Central Seminary This Thanksgiving I am grateful for the goodness of the earth.  As human beings we are utterly dependent upon the earth, its many creatures, and its ecological systems for the sustenance of life.  I am grateful for the trees...
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Political Violence is Never Acceptable

By Rev. Ruth Rosell, Ph.D., Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence, Central Seminary Election Day has passed with robust turnout and no reported violence at the polls.  My heart is grateful.  Back in the mid-2000s, when I was talking with our Haitian seminary students regarding their worries about violence occurring in their...
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성서 고고학–남겨진 것 그리고 기록될 것

by Seung Ho Bang
Seung Ho Bang 방승호 박사는 센트럴신학대학원 한국부 구약분과 조교수(겸임)겸 구약 분과장으로서, Baylor University 종교학부에서 구약학으로 박사학위(PhD)를 받았다.현재 성서고고학자로 이스라엘에서 고대 남유다지역의 도시를 발굴하는 The Lahav Research Project의 연구원으로 활동하며 웨이코한인감리교회에서 대학생/유스를 담당하면서 휴잇제일감리교회의 담임목사로 있다. 저는 이스라엘 남부에 있는 텔 할리프라는 곳을 발굴하는 고고학 프로젝트에 15년째 연구원으로 참여하고 있습니다. 텔 할리프는 성경에서 이스라엘의 전통적 남쪽...
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유발 하라리의 오판

[사피엔스], [호모데우스]를 열독하고 있었다. 마침 펜데믹이 맹위를 떨치고 있었고, 유발 하라리의 인텨뷰 기사를 우연히 접할 기회가 있었다. 출처 인용은 불가능하지만 대략 이런 내용이었다. ‘유대교, 이슬람교, 기독교는 시작부터 회중 집회를 강조했고 수 천년간 이를 지켜냈다. 그런데 펜데믹이 시작되자 과학적 지식 앞에 그들은 자진해서 회합을 중단했다. 과학적 지식 앞에 목숨 같았던 전통도 무릎을 꿇어야만 했다’ 는 말에...
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Faith, Voting, and the Climate Crisis

By Rev. Ruth Rosell, Ph.D., Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence, Central Seminary With the mid-term elections just weeks away, it's again the season for yard signs. The sign placed in our yard reads, "Vote Climate! For Our Children."  Pictured are children of diverse skin tones holding hands and encircling the earth....
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CEDM, 또다른 예배 찬양 문화 될 수 있다

by Prof. Joungmin Lee
Prof. Joungmin Lee CEDM, 또다른 예배 찬양 문화 될 수 있다 현재 전 세계 CCM 에 가장 영향력 있는 젊은 뮤지션을 꼽으라면 반드시 등장하는 이가 싱어송라이터 겸 워십 리더인 크리스 탐린(Chris Tomlin)이다. 그의 2013 년 앨범 버닝 라이트(Burning Lights)는 발매되자마자 빌보드 크리스천 뮤직차트 1 위를 달성했을 뿐 아니라, 기독교 음악으로서 역대 네 번째로 빌보드 200...
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Retirement during the Climate Crisis

I have received many kind well wishes for my retirement from full-time work on the faculty of Central Seminary.  Along with them, images of retirement have also been expressed - expectations of spending time resting, relaxing, traveling, being with family, and simply enjoying life.  And I do hope for more of these.  In fact, living...
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Compact! Impact!

by Hyung Joong Kim
COVID-19 팬데믹이 미국에 상륙했을 때 당황스러웠습니다. 이미 여러 나라에서 기승을 부렸던 바이러스가 미국의 허술한 방역시스템을 뚫는 데는 그리 오래 걸리지 않았습니다. 이전에 경험하지 못했던 생경함과 불안함으로 살아야 했습니다. 더 심각한 것은 바이러스의 공포가 삽시간에 퍼지면서 차별과 혐오, 편견과 배제의 바이러스가 만연해졌습니다. 신앙적으로도 큰 타격을 입었습니다. 당장 교회에서 예배를 드릴 수 없는 상황이 벌어졌습니다. 혼란스러웠지만 급조된...
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Training for Transforming Conflict

by Rev. Ruth Rosell, Ph.D.
It has been a busy week and a half at Central Seminary where the Buttry Center has been hosting an intensive 10-day Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers (TCTT) led by Dan and Sharon Buttry, and assisted by Stephanie Parham.   Participants came by plane, train, and car from as far away as South Africa and as...
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칭찬은 배워야 할 최고의 사랑의 기술입니다   

by Mi Ra Kim
비관론자 치고 별의 비밀을 발견하고 미지의 땅을 항해하고 인간 정신의 새 지평을 연 사람은 없었다. -Hellen Keller -        최근 인터넷 속어인 가스라이팅(gaslighting)이라는 단어가 심심찮게 들리더니 급기야 정신과 의사가 운영하는 한 유튜뷰 채널 부모와의 관계 강의에서 가스라이팅이라는 단어가 거침없이 언급되는 것을 보며 소리 없이 무너져 가는 가족 관계의 민낯을 그대로 보는 것 같았습니다. 국립국어원은 가스라이팅이란...
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마음의 길을 잃지 않기를 바랍니다

by SungBong Choi
“Think globally, act locally!” 풀러 선교대학원에서 찰스 벤 엥겐 교수님 통해 들은 말입니다. 새관점을 확정해주고, 제 삶에 영향을 준 말입니다. 모든 신자는 구원의 주를 고백하면서, 필연적으로 온 세상을 다스리시는 하나님의 역사(Missio Dei)에 동참하게 됩니다. 전 세계에 영향을 끼친 코비드 시대가 이제는 엔데믹이라고 말합니다. 과연 바이러스와의 전쟁이 종식되는 것일까요? 성경은 또 다른 형태의 팬데믹이  출현 할...
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Leaving Church, Part 4: The Coming Clergy Shortage

This article was published by Baptist News Global on June 17, 2022 and was re-published by Central Seminary with permission. This is the fourth in a series based on new research by Pam Durso and Carol McEntyre conducted among Baptist pastors who have left their congregations during the pandemic. Baptist churches may soon face clergy shortages like other...
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산소망의 근거이신 하나님

인간은 희망하는 존재다. 희망한다는 것은 무엇일까? 희망은 희망하는 행위와 희망하는 내용으로 구분할 수 있다. 지금보다 더 나은 것을 희망하기 때문에, 희망하는 행위는 그 자체로 좋은 것이다. 내일 해가 뜨기를 희망하는 것은 좋은 것이다. 그러나, 역설적이게도 희망때문에 절망도 있다. 희망이 희망 고문이 되는 현실때문이다. 절망적인 상황때문에 오히려 희망이 필요하다고 생각할 수 있다. 그러나, 완전한 절망에서는 희망이...
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믿음의 돌파

저자에 대해: 윤영혁 교수는 리전트 대학교에서 신약학으로 박사학위(Ph.D)를 받았다. 달라스 지역에 새본 교회를 개척하여 섬기고 있고, 센트럴 신학교의 겸임교수로 신약 과목을 가르치며,  달라스 분교 디렉터 (디플로마)를 맡고 있다. 약 2년간에 걸쳐 세계적으로 600만명 이상의 생명을 앗아간 코로나 사태가 이제 거의 진정되어 가는 상황이다. 오랫동안 기다려왔던 긴 터널과 같은 답답한 코로나의 상황을 이제 거의 빠져나오게 된...
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우리는 팬데믹을 연주했다

by Joungmin Lee
Prof. Joungmin Lee이정민 교수는 오하이오주립대 작곡 박사학위를 받고 센트럴신학대학원에서 예배와 음악 겸임교수로 가르치고 있다. 우리는 지금 팬데믹이라는 긴 어둠의 터널을 지나고 엔데믹에 와 있는 듯 하다. 아직종식되지는 않았지만 작은 ‘희망’을 가져본다. 지난 2년간 우리는 어떻게 지내왔는가?사랑하는 가족과 죽음 앞에서 이별을 해야 했고 전 세계 150 만 명의 아이들이 부모를잃었다. 배고픈 자식들을 위해 빈 솥에 돌을...
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차세대, 하나님의 선교를 위한 동역자로서의 부르심

by Mooyoung Lim
“시카고 브릿지 교회 사례를 중심으로” 임무영 교수 I. 차세대란 누구인가? 최근 선교학 분야에서 다루고 있는 주된 관심사 중 하나는 차세대 전문인 선교에 대한 내용이다.  학문적 바탕과 배경을 견고하게 제시해 주어야 하는 신학교 현장이나, 실제 선교지에서 하나님 선교의 도구로 사용되어지는 모습 가운데 여전히 선교의 문을 두드리는 도전은 바로 차세대에 관한 선교전략임을 부인할 수 없다. 최근 10년동안...
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아직도 얻을 땅이 많이 남아 있습니다

by Se Young Roh
노세영 교수 우리 부부는 여섯 분의 일행과 함께 지난 1월 17일부터 2월 3일까지 아마존 지역에 있는 마나우스, 파라과이 아순시온과 아르헨티나 부에노스 아이레스를 방문하였다. 우리는 마나우스와 아순시온에서는 선교사들이 세운 현지인 신학교를 방문하여 학생들과 면담도 하고 학생들에게 특강을 진행하였다. 마나우스에 있는 신학교에서는 15명의 학생들이 3년간의 과정을 마쳐서 졸업식도 거행하는 좋은 시간을 가졌다. 그렇지만 아순시온에 있는 신학교에서는 안타깝게도...
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Prepare to Meet Thy God: A Lenten Reflection

This is the sign of “welcome” at the farm where I grew up. There is something more traditional at the back entrance—a front door is rarely used up at the farm—where family and guests come and go. Small signs saying “Welcome!” and “Come again!” hospitably are posted there. But what one sees first out at...
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Sighs and Prayers for Ukraine

This week Dr. Kwangsup Shin, Assistant Professor of Missional Church Studies, shared this devotional during our faculty meeting.  We found it to be meaningful and want to share it with others during these troubling times. Isaiah 2:1-5 [1] This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: [2] In the last days...
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Ponderings on the War in Ukraine

With outrage, horror, and deep sadness, we have watched images of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  It is outrageous that without legitimate reason or provocation, a large military nation would attack a much smaller one, and that Putin would so abuse his power for his own self-aggrandizement.  Always the images of war are horrifying -...
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Leaving Church, Part 3: Opposition to Leadership

This article was published by Baptist News Global on February 7, 2022 and was re-published by Central Seminary with permission. This is the third in a series based on new research by Pam Durso and Carol McEntyre conducted among Baptist pastors who have left their congregations during the pandemic. In the face of opposition to leadership, successful leaders...
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죽음을 바라보는 신학적 소고

by Young Jun Kim
사람은 때가 되면 죽는다는 사실은 상식이고 모두 인지하고 있다. 오늘도 널싱 홈(Nursing Home)에 들어가서 기도드렸는데 뭔가 이상해서 자세히 들여다보니 금방 돌아가시었다. 목 옆으로 맥박이 뛰질 않아 급히 간호사에게 말해 주었더니 영어로 'Expired' 되었다고 한다.  사람이 죽으면 주로 'Passed away'라는 말을 쓰는데 참 생소한 느낌이 들었다. 물건이 날짜가 지나면 'Expired'라는 용어를 쓰지만 돌아가신 분에게 미국 간호사들은 가끔...
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Leaving Church, Part 2: The Great Baptist Resignations and COVID

This article was published by Baptist News Global on January 18, 2022 and was re-published by Central Seminary with permission. This is the second in a series based on new research by Pam Durso and Carol McEntyre conducted among Baptist pastors who have left their congregations during the pandemic. The recent surge of COVID cases led one of...
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Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers to be offered at Central Seminary in August 2022

Dear Friends: We are delighted to inform you that a team led by Dan and Sharon Buttry will be conducting another intensive 10-day Training of Conflict Transformation Trainers (TCTT) at Central Baptist Theological Seminary (CBTS) in Shawnee, Kansas on August 2-11, 2022.  The Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence is able to offer this program...
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광야에서

by Bumhoon Lee
언젠가 어느 분이 내게 이렇게 말했다. “저는 지금 광야에 서 있는 것 같습니다!” ‘광야’(wilderness)라는 말은 사전적으로 ‘텅 비고 아득하게 너른 들’ 을 말한다. 모든 것을 잃고 희망이 사라지고 절망과 슬픔만 가득한 경우에 우리는 ‘광야에 서 있다’고 말할 수 있다. 우리는 살면서 슬픔의 광야를 지나가는 것과 같은 때를 경험할 때가 있다. 성경에는 이런 절망의 광야에서 방황하던...
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미래가 오는 방식

by Jangho Jo 조장호
흔히 우리는 미래가 “온다”고 말한다. 마치 미래라는 어떤 실재가 있어서 우리에게 다가오는 것처럼 생각한다. 이는 일종의 착시현상이다. 이미 1,500년전 어거스틴은 과거는 기억이라는 이름으로 우리 마음에 저장된 것이요, 미래는 기대와 희망이라는 이름으로 우리가 생각하는 것이고, 현재는 그것을 지목하는 순간 과거가 되어버리는 짧은 순간임을 통찰했다. 미래는 다가오는 어떤 실재가 아니다. 그것은 과거와 현재를 바탕으로 구성된 어떤 전망이다....
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Leaving Church: So Many Baptist Resignations

by Pam Durso and Carol McEntyre
This article was published by Baptist News Global on November 30, 2021 and was re-published by Central Seminary with permission. This is the first in a series based on new research by Pam Durso and Carol McEntyre conducted among Baptist pastors who have left their congregations during the pandemic. In May 2020, during the early...
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부활의 능력으로

by Yeon-Seung Lee 이연승
러시아에서 가까스로 회복된 나의 몸이 한국에 돌아와 다시 심한 오열을 앓았다. 어떤 음식을 먹어도 타는 듯이 아픈 식도를 넘기지 못해 김치물과 미음으로 연명하기 보름이 넘었다. 그러던 그날은 아마도 생의 마지막 날인 것 같았다. 남편도 유치원생 딸의 모습도 스쳐 지나갔다. 무엇보다 성전에서 기도하다 죽는 것이 좋겠다 싶어 새벽 4시에 교회로 가서 무릎을 꿇었다. 스러져 가는 기운을...
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Soul Food

by Sung Min Hong 홍승민
아직도 여전한 위세를 떨치고 있는 코비드-19 판데믹이 그나마 나에게 가져다 준 일상의 자그마한 변화는 대학생이 되어 집을 떠나 공부하고 있는 아이들이 없는 집에서 아내와 둘이 넷플릭스를 시청하는 시간을 갖게 된 것이다. 사실 아내와 나는 넷플릭스 취향이 무척이나 다르기는 하지만 함께 즐겁게 보는 장르가 몇 개 있는데 그 중 하나가 음식이 등장하는 드라마나 다큐멘터리이다. 최근 “심야식당”이라는...
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Reflections on Noah and the Climate Crisis

by Rev. Ruth Rosell, Ph.D.
The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry for having made humankind on the earth, and it grieved God's heart. So the Lord said, "I will blot out from the earth...
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세계 속에 부는 "한류"에 실려 보내는 소망과 기도

by Changil An 안창일
요즘 전 세계적으로 한국의 드라마 ‘오징어 게임’의 인기와 열풍이 대단하다. 이제는 세계 어느 곳에서도 한국이라는 나라를 알지 못하는 사람이 없지 않을까 싶다. 그만큼 한국의 위상이 세계 속에서 높아졌다. ‘오징어 게임’의 열풍이 일어나기 전부터 이미 세계 곳곳에서는 한국의 대중문화에 매료되고 관심을 갖는 사람들이 점점 늘어나고 있다. 소위 K-POP 시대, ‘한류’의 시대를 맞고 있는 것이다. 아이돌 그룹인...
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December 21, 2022 1:00 pm
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January 31, 2023 6:00 pm
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