Molly T. Marshall - Trinitarian Soundings

Killing Jews

Monday, Apr 14th, 2014

            Yesterday in Overland Park, Kansas, a rabid anti-Semite, white

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Entering Jerusalem

Monday, Apr 7th, 2014

            Jesus completes his measured journey to Jerusalem for the time

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Raising Lazarus

Monday, Mar 31st, 2014

            The drama is heightening as the Gospel of John moves the narra

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Opening Eyes

Monday, Mar 24th, 2014

            I returned to Kansas City on Saturday after my lengthy sojourn

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Enjoying Class

Friday, Mar 21st, 2014

            We have enjoyed a lively week in seminars, which will conclude

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Welcoming Dialogue

Tuesday, Mar 18th, 2014

            Sunday afternoon presented a rare opportunity for a thoughtful

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Sharing Love

Saturday, Mar 15th, 2014

            On Saturday morning we observed an extraordinary ministry for street children.&n

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Encountering the Faith of Others

Friday, Mar 14th, 2014

            Everybody is here now as the

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Claiming the Land

Thursday, Mar 13th, 2014

            My trip on the river did not materialize, and I spent the bett

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Venturing Forth

Tuesday, Mar 11th, 2014

            I have never been in Yangon without students and colleagues wi

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Singing, Praying, Giving and Healing

Sunday, Mar 9th, 2014

             I was happy to return to the Ywama Baptist Church today,

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Celebrating Completion

Sunday, Mar 9th, 2014

            I knew it would be festive with flowers and wonderful music; I

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Pursuing Flexibility

Friday, Mar 7th, 2014

            Journeying to Myanmar is a regular and enjoyable pilgrimage fo

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Recognizing our Frailty

Monday, Mar 3rd, 2014

            The Scriptures for Ash Wednesday are the same in each of the t

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Transfiguring the Future

Monday, Feb 24th, 2014

            There are few things that I enjoy more than the warm hospitali

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Doing Justice, Loving Mercy

Monday, Feb 17th, 2014

              Kansas is in the limelight these days.

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Loving, Obeying, and Holding Fast to God

Monday, Feb 10th, 2014

            Over the weekend I endorsed a new book,

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Lighting the World

Monday, Feb 3rd, 2014

            I visited a most remarkable church over the weekend, First Bap

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Becoming God’s Holy Partner

Monday, Jan 27th, 2014

            Rich are the lectionary readings for this coming Sunday.

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Recognizing a Prophet

Monday, Jan 20th, 2014


            Over the past week in Kansas City we have been

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Looking for Life

Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2014

She plopped her luggage down on my foot while asking, “is this seat free?” She had managed

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Receiving Baptism

Monday, Jan 6th, 2014

            A cluster of events surrounds the church’s celebration o

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Reading the Book of Nature

Monday, Dec 30th, 2013

            I received some books for Christmas; I really needed some more!

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Seeing a Great Light

Tuesday, Dec 24th, 2013

            We have been keeping the Advent vigil, preparing for

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Overcoming Fear

Wednesday, Dec 18th, 2013

The Advent readings display the intricate intertwining of hope and fear.  T

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Magnifying the Lord

Monday, Dec 16th, 2013

   Described as one of the most radical theological descriptions of God’s redeeming

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Living in Harmony

Tuesday, Dec 10th, 2013

     The Second Sunday of Advent tells of the new beginning when “a shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a b

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Healing with God

Sunday, Dec 8th, 2013

           Tomorrow we will visit the Ywama Medical Clinic, housed at the Ywama Baptist Churc

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Shaping the Future of the Church

Saturday, Dec 7th, 2013

           Central’s mission has always related to the church in its global form. In th

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Greeting the Baptists

Friday, Dec 6th, 2013

           The great celebration has started, and many more have come than expected. Is it po

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Sustaining Peace and Place

Thursday, Dec 5th, 2013

           Traveling back to Yangon on Wednesday allowed us to see signs that new policies are underway. In

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Honoring Faithful Women

Wednesday, Dec 4th, 2013

            Our journey yesterday continued down the long peninsula shared by Thailand and My

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Collaborating with Others

Tuesday, Dec 3rd, 2013

            Driving a long haul in Myanmar is an arduous process. The driver has many fellow

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Making a Pilgrimage

Monday, Dec 2nd, 2013

            When Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales

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Walking in God’s Light

Wednesday, Nov 27th, 2013

            Lights are going up all around us as businesses and homes prepare sparkling disp

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Giving Thanks for the Judson Legacy

Monday, Nov 25th, 2013


            For the past year Baptists around the world hav

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Serving and Learning

Wednesday, Nov 20th, 2013


            Central welcomed about 100 persons to the semin

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Ruling in Righteousness

Monday, Nov 18th, 2013

            The last Sunday of the Christian year draws nigh, and we will celebrate Christ the King on November 24

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Longing for New Creation

Monday, Nov 11th, 2013

            As I write this morning, images of the destruction in the Philip

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Holding Fast to Traditions

Monday, Nov 4th, 2013

            The Christian witness does not always look the same—even i

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Partnering with Churches

Monday, Oct 28th, 2013

            I have the best job in the world!  Yesterday I was privileg

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Departing this Life

Monday, Oct 21st, 2013

            Paul is remarkably forthright as he contemplates the conclusion of his life.  In this moving passage

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Prevailing with God

Monday, Oct 14th, 2013

           The biblical readings for this coming Sunday are an interesting collection of texts.  First, there is

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Prevailing with God

Monday, Oct 14th, 2013

           The biblical readings for this coming Sunday are an interesting collection of texts.  First, there is

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Learning Gratitude

Monday, Oct 7th, 2013

            I have heard gratitude described as “the index of spiritual health.”  Those who forget t

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Devastating Consequences

Monday, Sep 30th, 2013

            The lectionary readings for this coming Sunday are bracing.  They speak of destroyed cities, exilic

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Taking Hold of Life

Monday, Sep 23rd, 2013

            This has been a busy weekend of ministry for me, and I give thanks for these opportunities.  On Satu

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Tending the Desolate

Monday, Sep 16th, 2013

            I witnessed a remarkable church doing God’s work yesterday.  Persons with real challenges&mdas

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Forming Useful Lives

Monday, Sep 9th, 2013

            I have spent the last several days at Conception Abbey with the

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Pursuing Saving Work

Tuesday, Sep 3rd, 2013

             The fall semester is w

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Carrying the Treasure

Monday, Aug 26th, 2013

            On Sunday I have had the privilege of participating in a wonderf

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Loosing from Bondage

Monday, Aug 19th, 2013

            The most meaningful experience of my studies in Jerusalem has fo

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Joining the Cloud

Monday, Aug 12th, 2013

            The Senate of the Ministers Council is gathering at Green Lake, and I have the privilege of representing

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Joining the Cloud

Monday, Aug 12th, 2013

            The Senate of the Ministers Council is gathering at Green Lake, and I have the privilege of representing

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Keeping Lamps Lit and Burning

Monday, Aug 5th, 2013

            Over the weekend our government put US embassies in the Middle E

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Fooling Ourselves about Money

Tuesday, Jul 30th, 2013

            An article in yesterday’s Kansas City Business News said that most people worth $1-5 milli

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Becoming a Religiously Plural Nation

Thursday, Jul 25th, 2013

            Our concluding study at the Christian Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the American Jewish Committee a

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Reactivating the Peace Talks

Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2013

            It is a significant time to be here.  For the last three ye

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Longing for Home

Tuesday, Jul 23rd, 2013

            The progression of Zionism and the founding of the State of Is

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Welcoming the Stranger

Sunday, Jul 21st, 2013

            For Sunday worship a colleague and I returned to a site visited yesterday, Ratisbonne, which now serves a

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Remembering the Shoah

Saturday, Jul 20th, 2013

            A remarkable museum, Yad Vashem, h

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Interrogating Jewish Identity

Thursday, Jul 18th, 2013

            Our first session explored the requirements for becoming a Jew,

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Searching for a Meal

Wednesday, Jul 17th, 2013

            After traveling overnight from New York City to Tel Aviv and the

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Returning to Israel

Friday, Jul 12th, 2013

            Once again I am preparing to travel for Jerusalem for ten days of study

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Measuring Our Lives

Monday, Jul 8th, 2013

           During the recent Baptist World Alliance gathering in Jamaica, Glen Stassen received the Human Rights Awar

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Celebrating Women in Ministry

Monday, Jul 1st, 2013

            This past Wednesday evening, Baptist Women in Ministry celebrated thirty years of educating, advocating,

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Listening to New Voices

Monday, Jun 24th, 2013

            American Baptists have just completed a remarkable Mission Summi

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Ordaining the Called

Monday, Jun 17th, 2013

            It is the season after Pentecost in the life of the church, which is a most fitting time for ordination.&

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Reimagining Disability

Tuesday, Jun 11th, 2013

            Central is offering a new class this week, Disabilities and the Church, in conjunction with the Universit

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Nurturing Generosity

Monday, Jun 3rd, 2013

            The lectionary reading for this coming Sunday features another story from the life of Elijah.  Once

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Halting between Two Opinions

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

            The showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal is one of the riveting scen

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Graduating to Serve

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

            Central celebrated its 111th commencement on Saturday morning, with all the pomp and blessing

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Receiving Holy Power

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

            Lent leads to Easter, and Eastertide leads to Pentecost.  These forty and fifty day seasons set the

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Ascending for Us

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

            The ascension marks the end of Eastertide, 40 days after the resurrection, and the disciples are poi

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Anchoring a Ministry

Monday, Apr 29th, 2013

            I have always loved the story of Lydia, the busy entrepreneur of the first century.  Always a rather

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Claiming our Neighbor

Monday, Apr 22nd, 2013

            In planning for nearly a year, Saturday's Baptist-Muslim conversation could not have gone better.  I

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Exercising Great Faith

Tuesday, Apr 16th, 2013

            Simon Peter figures prominently in the drama leading up to Jesus’ death. Failing to stay awake and

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Exploring Possibilities

Monday, Apr 8th, 2013

            The halls and classrooms and chapel were humming on Saturday as Central hosted i

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Resting Well

Monday, Apr 1st, 2013

On Good Friday I enjoyed the St. John Passion at my home church.  It is one of Bach’s finest musical offerings, written in 1724

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Meeting Jesus in Seoul

Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2013

            One does not have to look far in South Korea to find energetic expressions of Ch

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Becoming Colleagues

Friday, Mar 22nd, 2013

            Gift giving is a part of this culture, and the MIT cohort did not disappoint!  The doctoral students

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Entering New Contexts

Tuesday, Mar 19th, 2013

            The joy and challenge of intercultural education is learning how to enter into one another’s contex

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Preparing for the Bicentennial

Saturday, Mar 16th, 2013

            The Baptists in Myanmar are in high gear preparing to host thousands to celebrate the two hundred year im

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Gathering in Yangon

Friday, Mar 15th, 2013

            Little by little (hurry up and wait), we made our way to Myanmar (Burma) once again.  It was surely

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Praying for Burma

Saturday, Mar 9th, 2013

            March 10th is the Global Day of Prayer for Burma, and I want to invit

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Welcoming Sinners

Monday, Mar 4th, 2013

            Each text for the Fourth Sunday in Lent declares God’s forgiveness for wayward people, indeed, God&

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Thirsting for God

Monday, Feb 25th, 2013

            “Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters . . . “ Thus Isaiah 55 begins with these welco

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Sheltering the Fearful

Monday, Feb 18th, 2013

            The Lenten journey invites reflection in every area of our lives.  As our m

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Learning to Be Family

Monday, Feb 11th, 2013

            “We are the relatives who just won’t go away,” observed Rabbi

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Reflecting God’s Glory

Monday, Feb 4th, 2013

            In the Christian year, this coming Lord’s Day is Transfiguration Sunday.  Appropriately, the l

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Proclaiming Justice

Monday, Jan 28th, 2013

            Of all the texts that describe Jesus’ mission, the sermon preached in Nazareth most clearly reveals

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Thinking About Race

Monday, Jan 21st, 2013

         It is a joyous day for our country as we inaugurate  President Obama for a second term in the

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Speaking by the Spirit

Tuesday, Jan 15th, 2013

           St. Augustine warned that our words will always fall short of the

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Heading to the Abbey

Sunday, Jan 6th, 2013

            Every other January thoughtful learners and I head to Conception Abbey for a weeklong immersion in Benedi

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Announcing the Good News

Monday, Dec 31st, 2012

           “Words without end, amen, amen!” is not actually how the

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Lightening Our Darkness

Monday, Dec 24th, 2012

            “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep

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Weeping for the Children

Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2012

            Matthew recounts an aspect of the Christmas story most of us avoid.  After

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Rejoicing with God

Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2012

            Rejoicing springs from a deep well of gratitude, yet it cannot be forced.  The Third Sunday of Adven

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Preparing the Way

Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012

            Recently President Obama visited Burma (Myanmar) for the first time.  It was an historic occasion, b

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Fulfilling the Promise

Thursday, Nov 29th, 2012

            The word promise is all about the future.  Derived from the Latin promi

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Christ Reigns

Tuesday, Nov 20th, 2012

            I posed this question in my theology class last week: “What does it mean for Christ to reign?&rdquo

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Retracing My Steps

Monday, Nov 12th, 2012

            There is nothing like attending one’s 40th anniversary of graduating from college to put

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Practicing Fidelity

Wednesday, Oct 31st, 2012

            Could this week get any busier at Central?!  We have representatives from the Department of Educatio

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Overcoming Death

Friday, Oct 26th, 2012

            Friends with regular preaching responsibilities often ask why I do not post lectionary reflections ah

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Tempering Ambition

Monday, Oct 22nd, 2012

        The Sons of Thunder put a “gotcha” question to Jesus: “Teacher, we want you to do for

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Laying Up Treasure

Monday, Oct 15th, 2012

            American Baptists of the Central region gathered this past weeke

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Preparing Transformative Leaders

Monday, Oct 8th, 2012

            This week in the academic calendar is designated as “Fall Reading Week,” and there is a break

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Learning from Esther

Monday, Oct 1st, 2012

            Too bad that Esther shows up just once in the Common Revised Lectionary.  She is surely worth more t

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Becoming Great

Tuesday, Sep 25th, 2012

            The Gospel lesson recounts a fuss among the disciples about who would be the gre

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Charting New Horizons

Monday, Sep 17th, 2012

I have been giving a great deal of thought to charting new horizons in theological education because of wide-spread cultural changes, especially as

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Keeping the Poor in View

Monday, Sep 10th, 2012

            A friend of mine in Louisiana has been deeply invested in disaster relief for that area so hard hit in re

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Claiming Work, Claiming Sabbath

Tuesday, Sep 4th, 2012

My daddy was a letter carrier for 42 years.  My brothers and I regularly embarrassed our mother at school by saying she thought we looked like

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Re-framing Ministry

Tuesday, Aug 28th, 2012

    Preparing creative leaders for diverse ministry contexts is the task of theological schools.  It is a perplexing and propit

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Celebrating Faculty

Monday, Aug 20th, 2012

          It is that time of year again!  New books, new classes, and new challenges all beckon new students.  W

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Imitating God

Tuesday, Aug 14th, 2012

          Most of us are mimics; we learn by watching others.  Whether it is tying a bow tie, serving a tennis ball,

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According to the Measure of Christ’s Gift

Tuesday, Aug 7th, 2012

               When we want to learn more about the calling of God, we quickly turn to Ephesians 4:1-16. &n

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Making Charity

Monday, Jul 30th, 2012

                Returning to the work of the President's Office is a great joy; however, I continue to re

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Concluding Study

Thursday, Jul 26th, 2012

                Storytelling is at the center of rabbinic study.  When illustrating a legal precept ou

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A Geo-Political Exploration

Tuesday, Jul 24th, 2012

With the joy of kids getting out of class for the summer, our cohort had opportunity to get the lay of the land on a road trip yesterday.  Whi

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Enjoying Shabbat

Sunday, Jul 22nd, 2012

                The last 24 hours have been amazing as our cohort has en

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Practicing Havruta

Friday, Jul 20th, 2012

We are not the only group at the Shalom Hartman Institute this week.  A large group of Israeli officers is also here, as well as a contingent

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Becoming a Pilgrim

Wednesday, Jul 18th, 2012

                This is my third journey to Israel, and I think that I have come in a different way each ti

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Attending Summer School

Monday, Jul 16th, 2012

                Sometimes attending summer school is required for those who have not done well during the s

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Praising God...and Others

Monday, Jul 9th, 2012

                They say confession is good for the soul, so here goes.  I am a tennis junkie--and am

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Becoming Generous

Tuesday, Jul 3rd, 2012

               I sat behind a Daddy and his three children at church last Sunday.  Mother was away at

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Saying Goodbye to Wilfred

Wednesday, Jun 27th, 2012

               Folks have different ways of grieving; I tend to write.  I said goodbye to a faithful f

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If Not Now...

Monday, Jun 25th, 2012

                Discerning the season in which we live is a key spiritua

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Thinking about Bodies

Monday, Jun 18th, 2012

                The number of Americans who think they will go to heaven

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Sustaining Pentecost

Thursday, Jun 7th, 2012

                While we celebrate Pentecost on one Sunday, the Sundays that follow are in the "Season af

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Sending, Coming, Abiding

Monday, Jun 4th, 2012

                 I hate to admit it, but many Baptists are sub-trin

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Stirring into Flame

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

              Wind and fire attend the presence of the Spirit—whether it be

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A Friend in High Places

Monday, May 21st, 2012

               One looking for the

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Celebrating Commencement

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

           A bright clear Saturday morning provided the start to a joyous commencement.  Like the tabernacle of

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Receiving the Holy Spirit

Monday, May 7th, 2012

                It is not surprising that some New Testament scholars have referred to Acts as the “A

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Going Long

Monday, Apr 30th, 2012

                Don't you love to see transformative work in action?&nbs

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Understanding the Scriptures

Wednesday, Apr 25th, 2012

                Eastertide is the season when we more completely perceiv

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Holding Things in Common

Monday, Apr 16th, 2012

                The early church in Jerusalem was of “one heart an

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Overcoming Violence

Tuesday, Apr 10th, 2012

                 On Easter Sunday morning I was not in my usual pew at Prairie Baptist Church; rather,

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Suffering Toward Victory

Monday, Apr 2nd, 2012

                Palm/Passion Sunday 2012, interestingly, fell on the same day that Myanmar conducted democr

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Receiving Forgiveness

Monday, Mar 26th, 2012

                Psalm 51 shows up twice in this year’s cycle of lectionary readings, beginning with A

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Believing is Seeing

Tuesday, Mar 20th, 2012

                We are little past the midpoint of Lent.  The walk toward Calvary gets harder for Jesu

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Becoming the Dwelling of God

Monday, Mar 12th, 2012

                The Gospel lesson for the third Sunday in Lent is the John 2:13-22, the narrative known as

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Rebuking Jesus

Tuesday, Mar 6th, 2012

                The Gospel reading for the second Sunday in Lent narrates an encounter between Jesus and Pe

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Embodying the Word

Thursday, Mar 1st, 2012

                I had the opportunity to lecture on preaching at Belmont University this week, a bit of a s

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Returning to God, Returning to Self

Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2012

                As we begin the Lenten pilgrimage, we brace ourselves fo

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Learning with Learners

Sunday, Feb 12th, 2012

    We are on our way home, and I have a few minutes to reflect on the joy of learning with engaged seminary students.  Questio

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Strengthening Partnerships

Friday, Feb 10th, 2012


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Gaining Perspective

Thursday, Feb 9th, 2012

    Yesterday was a day of great contrasts as we rose from the dusty plains to the heights of Mount Popa, an ancient Buddhist shrine

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Reviewing the Past

Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2012


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Homecoming with MIT

Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2012


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Visiting Than Him Camp

Monday, Feb 6th, 2012

    Yesterday we got to witness the spoils of the long war between the Burmese military and the Karen people as we visited an isolat

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Preaching through Translation

Sunday, Feb 5th, 2012

    Preaching through translation invites humility.  As one who uses words much as a craftsperson uses tools or an artist uses

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Listening to Wisdom

Saturday, Feb 4th, 2012

    Two insightful persons, Dan and Sharon Buttry, are participating in our pilgrimage.  Global peace consultant with ABC (Dan)

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Circling the Globe

Thursday, Feb 2nd, 2012

    If I were a mother hen, I would need to resign, for the chicks have scattered with gale force Thursday morning.  Some flew

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Caring for the City

Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2012

                Last evening there was a great gathering of the people o

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Calling Forth Light

Friday, Jan 6th, 2012

                Epiphany marks the ending of the Gospel focus on Jesus a

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Discerning the Christ

Monday, Jan 2nd, 2012

                Getting to the manger of Bethlehem hardly finishes the s

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