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THIS IS CENTRAL: Bennie L. Jackson, Jr.

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
In my first week as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, I quickly realized that there are stories from the Central community that need to be heard—not just by me but by all who love and are committed to the seminary. To share those stories with you I will “interview” students, alums, faculty, staff, board...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Debbie Buchholz

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
In my first week as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, I quickly realized that there are stories from the Central community that need to be heard—not just by me but by all who love and are committed to the seminary. To share those stories with you I will “interview” students, alums, faculty, staff, board...
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Life-Changing Central Experiences Made Michael Ready to Lead

Reflection from Michael Vollbrecht, Pastor of Peace United Church of Christ in Alma, Kansas, and post-graduate intern at Kansas Interfaith Action When I began my Master of Divinity program at Central in the summer of 2016, I could not have envisioned the many life-changing experiences that have both deepened my calling and helped me to...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Nathan Huguley

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
In my first week as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, I quickly realized that there are stories from the Central community that need to be heard—not just by me but by all who love and are committed to the seminary. To share those stories with you I will “interview” students, alums, faculty, staff, board...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Melissa Dowling

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
In my first week as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, I quickly realized that there are stories from the Central community that need to be heard—not heard just by me but by all who love and are committed to the seminary. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff,...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Dr. Samuel Park

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
In my first week as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, I quickly realized that there are stories from the Central community that need to be heard—not heard just by me but by all who love and are committed to the seminary. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff,...
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Classes Made DMin Alum Ready to Lead

Listen to this reflection from DMin Alum, the Rev. Dr. Terrell Carter:
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Helen Moore Montgomery

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
In my first week as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, I quickly realized that there are stories from the Central community that need to be heard—not heard just by me but by all who love and are committed to the seminary. To share those stories with you, I am “interviewing” students, alums, faculty, staff,...
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10 Ways Central Prepared Me to Lead

A Reflection from WLI MDiv student Angela Zimmerman 10-Online classes have taught me knowledge can be very successfully transmitted without physical proximity. 9-Zoom – Two years of using Zoom in class has made me the Zoom Queen of my church. I can host meetings and help others as they struggle to figure out how to...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: Nay Tar Mu

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
In my first week as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, I quickly realized that there are stories from the Central community that need to be heard—not heard just by me but by all who love and are committed to the seminary. To share those stories with you, I will “interview” students, alums, faculty, staff,...
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Some Things Matter Both a Great Deal and Not at All

A Reflection from Alyssa Bennett Smith, Central MA(TS) Alum When I began the MDiv program at Central in 2011, I had ideas. Really big ideas. My husband (who was a year ahead of me in the same program) and I wanted to start an intentional community. We wanted to think creatively about ministry and come...
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THIS IS CENTRAL: A Little History and an Invitation

by Dr. Pamela R. Durso
I am thankful for the warm welcome I’ve received from the Central community in my first week and deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as the seminary’s next president. Last week was filled with conversations and meetings, many of which were virtual. I met with seminary leadership and staff. I attended briefly two Doctor...
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DMin Creative Leadership Track Equips Learners

Des Peres Assistant Professor of Congregational Health Dr. John Park Explains how the DMin Creative Leadership Track Equips Learners Central’s DMin program offers a track in creative leadership. This unique track has equipped and graduated students with tools and connections that helped them to be the kind of leaders they need to be as they...
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Creatively Serving People as a Missionary in Daily Life

Director of Korean Programs and Associate Professor of Practical Theology & Contextual Ministry Education Dr. Samuel Park Reflects on Prospective Graduate Eunho Lee’s Experience at Central  “As a worship leader in my church, I see my role not as a position of carrying the burden of leading congregants into the worship,” says Eunho Lee, a...
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A Foundation for Thoughtful Navigation and Critical Engagement

Landreneau Guillory Professor of Biblical Studies Dr. David May Reflects on How the MA(TS) Degree Prepares Students for Leadership   The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) degree provides a path of exploration and engagement for those persons open to new ideas and perspectives.  In a changing world where theological and religious questions are raised both explicitly...
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한국부 이야기: 시애틀 – 다양한 사람들이 가족같이 함께하는 시애틀분교

by Misong Kim
Misong Kim 김미성 (시애틀분교 디렉터) 시애틀 분교는 우리 센트럴 분교 중 가장 오래된 분교들 중의 하나로 많은 졸업생들을 배출해 낸 분교입니다. 그동안 우리 분교 출신으로는 경제학 박사도 있고, 한의사 박사과정에 있다 오신 자매도 있고, 아동 미술치료 석사학위를 가진 분과 약사로 일을 하시다가 자녀 교육을 위해 미국에 들어오신 분도 계십니다. 그런가 하면 평범한 주부들도 있습니다. 가장...
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코로나 팬데믹: 목회 – 코로나 시대 목회자들의 고민과 제언

by Kyoungpan Kim
Kyungpan Kim (목회학적 관점) 코로나 펜데믹이 시작된 지도 벌써 1년 여의 시간이 지나가고 있다. 그렇게 기다리던 백신개발 성공이라는 기쁜 소식도 잠시일 뿐 세계 곳곳에서 들려오는 코로나 재확산 소식은 우리를 더 암울하게 만든다. 확진자 수가 나라마다 마치 경쟁이라도 하듯이 매일 기록이 갱신되고 있다. 일상은 점점 더 제한을 받게 되고, 그로 인해 경제는 내리막길로 치닫고 있다. 정말...
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Let Us Still Dream

by Ruth Rosell
The events of recent days have been disheartening. The destructive disrespect, threats of execution, and overt violence by those attempting to overthrow democratic processes at the U.S. Capitol remain stunning.  Continued online calls for more violence in the days ahead are worrisome.  And it was heart-sinking to see Christian banners and symbols, along with those...
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Epiphany 2021

by Ruth Rosell
  As I write this, it is the first day after Epiphany 2021, the first day after the U.S. Capitol building was stormed by those seeking to disrupt and overturn the formal counting of presidential electoral votes. I find some comfort in today's scripture reading for our daily Morning Prayers.          ...
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코로나 팬데믹: 신학 – COVID-19 팬데믹은 종말의 징조인가?

Sam S. Bang (신학적 관점) 지난 3월 11일 세계보건기구 (WHO)가 팬데믹을 선언하자, 많은 사람들이 Covid-19 팬데믹이 종말의 징조라고 떠들기 시작했다. 인류의 타락에 대한 하나님의 심판이며, 마지막 회개의 기회라고 주장하는 이들도 종종 보았다. 심각한 자연재해, 기근, 팬데믹과 같은 전염병들이 닥치면, 기독교인들은 재림의 때가 가까웠고, 종말의 대 환난이 시작된다는 생각을 쉽게 하게 된다. 물론, 그리스도인들은 주님의 오심을...
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코로나 팬데믹: 설교 – COVID 19의 절망적 상황에서 설교에 대한 제언

Shinchan Jeong (설교학적 관점) 한 세기에 한번 있을 팬데믹이 만연하고, 기후 변화로 인해 세계 곳곳에서 재난사건들이 빈번해 져가고 있다. 팬데믹이 장기화 되면서 미국의 경제가 불확실해지고 사회적으로 취약한 지역이 더 열악한 상황으로 치닫게 되며 경제적 불균형이 점점 더 심화되고 있다. 교회의 상황도 크게 다르지 않다. 온라인 예배로 전환하면서 대형교회의 전문 사역자들과 뛰어난 영상 기술력으로 준비되어진 예배에...
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코로나 팬데믹: 선교 – 코로나 시대 교회의 선교사역

Kwangsup Shin (선교학적 관점) 코로나 바이러스의 세계적 확산은 정치, 경제, 사회, 문화 등 인류의 삶에 엄청난 고통과 변화를 야기했고, 그리스도인 공동체의 삶과 사역도 예외는 아니다. 예배당을 중심으로 모이기에 힘쓰던 교회들의 대면 예배가 닫히거나 제한되고, 다양한 모임과 사역들은 중단되거나 축소되었고, 많은 그리스도인 리더들은 이러한 상황과 앞으로의 전망에 대한 깊은 염려와 위기감을 가지고 있다. 그러나, 위기의 순간...
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한국부 이야기: 달라스 - 달라스를 향한 비전

윤영혁 (달라스분교 디렉터) 약 20년전에 처음 유학길에 도착한 달라스 공항에 대한 인상이 아직도 기억에 생생하다. 그 때가 8월달이었는데 공항 밖으로 나왔을 때 피부로 느꼈던 뜨거운 공기와 건조함은 아직도 잊혀지지 않을 정도로 강렬하게 달라스에 대한 첫 인상으로 남아 있다. 한국을 떠나 미국 생활은 처음이었기에 모든 게 낯설었지만 가장 이질적으로 다가온 것은 달라스-포트워스 지역이 속한 텍사스의 황량하고...
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Political Anxiety and Speaking Out for Peace

  Election day is finally here.  It has been years and months and weeks and days of increasing political anxiety, and now election day is here.  A recent Harris Poll conducted for the American Psychological Association (APA) found that 68% of Americans are experiencing considerable stress related to election anxiety.  While that's high, I wonder...
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Choose Life

by Ruth Rosell  "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live." Deuteronomy 30: 19 These words are found in a narrative that records the final instructions Moses gave the Israelites before they crossed the Jordan River to enter a new land.  He...
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The ‘Angry’ Emoji and Proverbs 15

  Proverbs 15: 1, 18 (NRSV) A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife, but those who are slow to anger calm contention.   When emojis first became a thing, I wasn’t impressed and didn’t use them. Now, I use emojis probably 25...
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코로나 팬데믹: 교육 - 코비드19와 기독교교육 성찰하기 (미주한인교회를 중심으로)

Hyo Jun Kim (기독교교육 관점) 코비드19는 우리 모두의 일상생활을 바꾸어 놓았을 뿐만 아니라, 교회 공동체의 신앙생활을 비대면 온라인 예배와 온라인 교육으로 바꾸어 놓았다. 또한 사회적 거리두기로 인해서 우리의 생활은 타인과의 접촉뿐만 아니라 성도들과의 교제까지도 접촉을 줄이라는 사회적 권고를 받으며 공공의 덕을 세우기 위한 책임으로까지 받아들여지고 있다. 올해 미국에서 2월초에 시작된 초기만 해도 상황은 금방 호전될 것이라는...
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한국부 이야기: 휴스턴 - 발자국을 따라서

박규석 (휴스턴분교 디렉터)  踏雪野中去 不須胡亂行 今日我行蹟 遂作後人程 “눈 덮인 들판을 걸어갈 때 모름지기 함부로 걷지 마라. 오늘 걷는 나의 발자국은 반드시 뒷사람의 이정표가 될 것이니” 조선후기 문신 이양연의 한시입니다. 이 시는 백범 김구 선생님이 평생 자신의 좌우명으로 삼고 애송해서 더 유명해진 시입니다. 앞서 길을 걷는 리더자나 직분이 있는 사람이 어떤 자세로 살아가야 하는지에 대한 많은...
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코로나 팬데믹: 상담 – 코로나시대 한인가정의 자녀양육에 관한 몇가지 제언

Gyounghee Lee (상담 관점) 코로나19 바이러스로 인해 외부 활동이 제한되는 비대면 사회속에서 살아가게 되면서, 한 집에 사는 가족들은 제한된 한 공간안에서 더 많은 시간을 함께 지내는 상황이 되었습니다. 즉 코로나 사태로 인해 부모들은 실업상태이거나 혹은 재택근무를 하는 상황이 되기도 하고, 많은 학령기 자녀들은 학교에 등교하지 못하고 집에서 화상수업을 하며, 많은 대학생 자녀들까지도 집으로 돌아와 함께 가족과...
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KP Stories: Austin Site - The Reverberation of Praise in the Trembling of Theology

Hyung Joong Kim (Austin Site Director) (한글 Click to read in Korean) I arrived early at the Austin branch church to participate in chapel. When I arrived, my ears heard the phrase, “Look only to the Lord.” I stopped because I wanted to experience each verse of praise lyrics. When I entered the chapel filled...
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한국부 이야기: 어스틴 - 신학의 떨림에 찬양의 울림을 담다

김형중 (어스틴분교 디렉터) (Click to read in English) 채플에 참여하기 위해 어스틴분교에 일찍 도착했다. “주만 바라볼지라!” 찬양이 울려 퍼지고 있었다. 아름다운 찬양에 가던 발걸음 잠시 멈춰 세워 마음을 내려 놓았다. 가사 한 구절 한 구절을 생각하며 곡조에 마음을 담아 하늘의 은혜를 다운로드 받고 싶었기 때문이다. 찬양이 끝나기를 기다렸다. 주님의 사랑을 가득 채워 예배당으로 들어서자마자 깜짝 놀랐다....
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코로나 팬데믹: 신약 – 멈춤 그리고 침묵의 미학

SungMin Hong (신약관점) 1. “인류 역사에 이런 일이 또 있었을까?”는 물음이 자연스레 찾아오는 지금이다. 세계를 초토화시킨 전쟁들도, 전염병들도, 기근과 자연재해들도 이렇게까지 사람들을 가두었던 적은 별로 없었던 것 같다. 새로운 현상이다. 생존을 위해 착용하는 마스크는 시대를 아우르는 새로운 패션이 되어버렸고, “사회적 거리두기”라는 신조어가 생겼으며 많은 회의와 심지어 학교들이 온라인으로 비대면 수업을 하고 있다. 그야말로 새로운 일상 즉...
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Medical Bankruptcy, Personal Luck, and a National Sin

By Tarris Rosell I was raised on a farm up in Minnesota by Fundamentalist Depression-era parents. Among the many rules taught by words and deeds was that you don’t buy what you can’t afford. And never accrue debt. Save enough to buy a car when it’s needed, and then only buy the car that costs...
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Ministry Journey Bumpy, But Amazing and Miraculous

  Reflection from Alum Ray Henson, Chaplain Resident, VA Hospital, Nashville, TN My journey into ministry has been a little bumpy but filled with amazing and almost miraculous interventions.  The story of it begins about ten years ago when I came to the Nashville VA Hospital to be nearby when a veteran friend of mine...
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코로나 팬데믹: 구약 (2) – 미리암과 함께하는 7일: 민수기 12장을 통해 배우는 코비드 대응

Soo Jung Kim (구약관점 2) COVID 19이라는 단어가 검색어 상위권을 차지한 채 우리들 삶에 침투한 지 어언 반년이 지나고 있다. 개개인에게 많은 책임을 요구하지만, 결코 어느 개인도 혼자서는 풀 수 없는, 우리를 팍팍하게 하는 이 공동체 문제에 대해 오늘은 민수기 12장에서 교훈을 얻고자 한다. 민수기 12장은 이스라엘 백성이 약속의 땅을 향해 행진하던 중 어느 광야에서...
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Today’s Struggles Will Make Us Better

by Sara Crocker
2020–and all it has brought with it–has been the most difficult and challenging time of my life. I find myself trying to figure out how to parent two small children, maintain my full-time teaching position at Clemson University, and continue on my seminary journey. Our family has experienced loss in several profound ways: job, preschool,...
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On the COVID Pandemic (1) - "Plagues, the Finger of God?"

Seung Ho Bang (from a Hebrew Bible perspective 1) (한글 Click to read in Korean) Before last Easter, I emailed my excavation director saying that we were planning to have our Easter service through Zoom. In reply, he told me, “Oh, we’re going to have a Passover Seder through Zoom as well!” “A Passover Seder...
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코로나 팬데믹: 구약 (1) - "전염병, '하나님의 권능'인가?"

Seung Ho Bang (구약관점 1) (Click to read in English) 지난 부활절 전, 제가 참가하고 있는 발굴 프로젝트 감독에게 부활절 예배를 줌을 통해 할 것이라는 이메일을 보냈습니다. 그런데 “어, 우리도 유월절 예식을 줌으로 할 거야”라는 답장을 받았습니다. “유월절을 줌으로?”라는 생각이 머릿속에 스쳐 지나갔습니다. 좀 이상하기는 하지만 이제 코로나바이러스가 우리 삶의 여러 가지를 많은 다른 방향으로 바꾸어...
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Christians in the 21st Century

Samuel Park Challenges in the 21st Century (한글 Click to read in Korean) The development of modern human science and technological civilization is remarkable. Thousands of years passed between the development of industries dependent on the labor of humans and animals and the evolution of the 18th-century mechanized industry through steam engines (1st Industrial Revolution)....
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21세기 그리스도인

by Samuel Park
Samuel Park, PhD 21세기의 도전 (Click to read in English) 현대 인간 과학기술 문명의 발전은 눈이 부실 정도다. 인간과 짐승의 노동력에 의존하던 산업이 18세기 증기기관을 통한 기계화혁명이 일어나기까지 수 천년의 세월이 흘렀다 (1차 산업혁명). 그러나 증기에너지에서 전기에너지를 통한 대량생산 혁명까지 백여 년 (2차), 전기에서 컴퓨터 인터넷을 통한 정보혁명까지 백여 년 걸렸다 (3차). 21세기는 이런 축적된...
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The Micah 6:8 Project

A Reflection from Dr. Tarris D. Rosell, Professor of Pastoral Theology--Ethics and Ministry Praxis  "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8 (NIV)  The "Micah 6:8 Project" is a learning activity that I added about 15 years ago to...
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Christ in the COVID

Reflection from Pastor Dionne T. Boyice, MDiv 2019 and current DMin student  Currently, I am enrolled in the Embracing Design Thinking course at CBTS. This course teaches and encourages creativity in worship leadership. It challenges us as spiritual leaders to dig deeper in cultivating new and innovative designs for relevant worship.  Embracing Design Thinking, along...
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I Am Ready and Leading!

Reflection from DMin student Mary Wood, who serves as pastor of Calvin United Church of Christ in Toledo,Ohio On the first week of March 2020, I was sick at home with a sinus infection. This kept me away from pastoral church ministry. Since my pace had slowed, I started reading what was happening in Italy...
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Pandemic Pause

It has been a couple months now since I packed up my office, taking with me the books and files needed to teach online from home.  For some in the healthcare field and supportive industries, the pandemic brought a frenzy of activity in efforts to save human lives.  For the 1.5 million Americans who have...
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Journey to Readiness Unique to Each Student 

A Reflection from Grant Officer Rev. Dr. Angela Jackson   Working with students – whether through grant programs, as a ministry mentor, or in the classroom – is one of my greatest joys. I love witnessing their unfolding vocations and ministries as they matriculate through seminary and emerge as increasingly thoughtful, confident leaders. For some, ministry...
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Stay-at-Home Order Leads to Using New Skills Gained

A Reflection from Liz Larrivee, M.Div. student from the Ann Arbor, MI, Site  As a charter member of the Ann Arbor, Michigan, extension campus M.Div. program, I value Central’s academic excellence and faith community formation through an innovative blended learning approach.  The creative contextual learning-based curriculum provided hands-on new church plant experience at New Waves...
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Transcending Geographical Boundaries to Find the "Sacred"

Reflection from Marci Wilson-Boggs, MDiv Student, Class of 2020   The Worship Class we experienced in the fall of 2019 via Zoom was a great opportunity for us to transcend the boundaries of geography to determine what we decided collectively would be "sacred." As we studied the liturgies across history, we were able to let go of...
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Transition to Online Teaching Seamless

Dianne C. Shumaker Assistant Professor of Peace and Justice Dr. Ruth Lofgren Rosell Reflects on the Relevancy of Central’s Innovative MDiv Curriculum  When the pandemic hit and there arose the need to socially distance and shelter in place, many schools and seminaries were left scrambling as how to proceed with the process of education.  Such...
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