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Tell the Story - Luke 9:28-36

  Lenten Blog Series A Lenten Reflection from Rev. Dr. Terrell Carter, Central Seminary Director of Contextualized Learning and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology   One of the themes in the gospel of Luke is the importance of storytelling as a way to share historic events, build community, and affirm God’s presence and commitment to...
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My Lenten Fail

  Lenten Blog Series A Lenten Reflection from Rev. Jessica Williams, Central Seminary Registrar and International Students Officer At the start of 2019 I made a New Year’s Resolution to try to reduce the amount of plastic I use, especially single-use plastic.  I started bringing cloth napkins and silverware to work to eat my lunch,...
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How Shall We Pray?

Lenten Blog Series A Lenten Reflection from Dr. Sheryl Stewart, Central Seminary Director of Language Development and Curriculum Implementation     How shall we pray? For ourselves. Why? As we pray for ourselves, we become more able to pray for others. “Make me an instrument of thy peace,” the famous prayer of St. Francis, asks that...
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“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Lenten Blog Series A Lenten Reflection from Rev. Nathan Huguley, Student Success Office     I recently listened to a discussion on NPR about supernovae. Supernovae occur at the death of some stars when they use up their fuel supply of lighter elements like hydrogen and helium in their process of nuclear fusion. The gravitational...
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Ash Wednesday: The Beginning of Mending

Lenten Blog Series by Dr. David May, Professor of New Testament & Director of MA(TS) Program     In Herman Melville’s book Moby-Dick, the narrator, Ishmael, watched with interest the religious obligation of “Fasting and Humiliation” of his whaling companion Queequeg. While many might have viewed Queequeg’s rituals as strange and even comical, Ishmael did not....
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A Reflection on An Evening of Global Learning from Sungjoon Lee, a student of Korean D.Min. program

  Greetings in Christ! “An Evening of Global Learning” was one of the most memorable events of my life. Thankfully, it was even more meaningful to me that I was able to participate in the process of preparing the event. With the encouragement of Professor John Park, I gladly started the preparation for the event....
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Cuba Through CBTS 2017-Cohort Eyes

  by Timothy Bonner, 2017 D.Min. Cohort Scholar We DMin students knew we would see plenty of 1950s American cars, but we weren’t sure what else to expect. We found Cuba to be full of surprises.  First was the amount of horse traffic there is, both in the city and the rural areas.  Also, a...
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Conflict: Bring it on!

Reflection from 2017 Central Alum Elizabeth Buckner, Pastor of Dearborn Christian Church, Dearborn, Missouri, who participated in the Buttry Center Training for Conflict Transformation Trainers this summer at Central. I have never loved conflict. I have never been one to seek it out, and I definitely have never been one to welcome conflict with open...
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What Is Ministry?

A Reflection from Nathan Huguley, Office of Student Success What is “ministry?” I’ve been struggling with this question for a number of years now. Traditionally, we might understand ministry to be essentially pastoral. A woman or man is called by a church or assigned there by an ecclesiastical authority to be the pastor, the spiritual...
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Reflections from the Baptist-Muslim Dialogue Event

On April 16-19, Mary Ann and I attended the Third North American Baptist-Muslim Dialogue at the American Baptist Assembly at Green Lake, Wisconsin. What and why is that?  A little backstory is needed.     On Oct. 13, 2007, 138 Muslim scholars and other leaders signed “A Common Word Between Us and You,” a document stating...
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In the darkest and quietest time, God speaks.

In the darkest and quietest time, God speaks. It was a dark time for me as my longtime dream was about to fall apart. I always dreamed of being with you (Medicine) and working by your side. Unfortunately, we had some irreconcilable differences. I had to let you go; but I was afraid. I was...
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Is It Ok to Curse the Darkness?

Central Seminary Faculty Devotion 9 January 2018 By Dr. David May, Professor of New Testament, Director of Online Curriculum Design and Director of MA(TS)   As usual, my faculty devotion comes at the beginning of the new year and the start of the new semester/term. I usually try to share a reflection that relates to new...
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“Where is my neighbor?” Confessions of a Country Boy

By Dr. Terry Rosell, Professor of Pastoral Theology--Ethics & Ministry Praxis READING:  Luke 10:25-37 (NIV) 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your...
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2017 Central Seminary Korean Graduate Serves in Kansas City Lao Church

  Central had a marvelous day of celebration in the new 21st Century Learning Center on May 13. About 350 people gathered to witness the Commencement ceremony for 36 of the 58 graduates who completed their diploma and degree programs this year. In addition to those who were on campus for the celebration, this year...
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Storytelling: Narrative Historical Theology Course Reflection

COURSE DESCRIPTION This course brings together three disciplines (theology, history, communication) to challenge and to train students for historical theological storytelling. The course examines narrative theology and the role of story in theological thinking, pursues the recovery of “lost history” or under-reported episodes in church history, and explores storytelling as a discipline and skill for...
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East meets West

Like the mountains in Myanmar, language differences there often feel insurmountable. English is a third or fourth language for persons with a primary tribal language, a specific sub-tribal dialect, and the country’s Myanmar language. Yet, the desire to obtain education that will yield knowledge and skills needed in ministry propels Myanmar Institute of Theology students...
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Hospitality to Refugees

Hospitality to strangers is an integral part of our faith tradition.  In Soul Feast, Marjorie Thompson states it was “a hallmark of virtue for ancient Jews and Christians” (2005, 127). The writer of Hebrews holds up Abraham’s welcome of strangers for emulation.  “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some...
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Truth and the Theological Learning Community in a "Post-Truth" Culture

Convocation Address, Spring 2017 by Dr. Robert Johson, Provost and Dean of the Seminary   The book 1177B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, by Eric Cline,  professor of Anthropology at George Washington University, is dedicated to surveying archaeological findings connected to the end of the Late Bronze Age.  The fact that a surprisingly globalized economy and...
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Just like with Paul, at the Academy of Preachers, my “us” grew

How was the Academy of Preachers National Convention 2017? I now have Facebook. For ten years, I have held out. I have given many legitimate reasons for not being on Facebook. And, after the Academy of Preachers, I signed up. Why, you may ask, would an internet recluse suddenly accept the barrage of so-called “friend”...
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“Wait…who is going to preach?”

In just a few weeks I will be participating in the Academy of Preachers’ National Festival of Young Preachers. Recently I was looking at the Festival of Preachers’ Facebook page and noticed that almost every picture has “iPreach” somewhere on it. First I thought how clever that logo was…but the more I read “iPreach,” it...
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Working the Land and Living the Gospel

How do you suggest to a group of preachers that they shouldn’t be preachers? And who better to pull it off than the farmer seminarian from Central who doesn’t want to be a pastor? As I prepare to preach at the Academy of Young Preachers National Conference, I am starting to realize this perspective might...
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God loves us as we are

In August of 2013, I packed up everything I owned and moved (along with my dog and my cat) from Michigan to Kansas, where I had just been accepted as a seminary student at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. I entered seminary because although I am a passionate follower of Christ, I had experienced first-hand the...
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What is True Greatness?

Woke up at the ungodly hour of 4:15 this morning. Started reading Through the Eyes of a Lion. This is the new small group study for our church. I love his question: How do you live out an extraordinary calling while doing ordinary things and living in a world that is all screwed up? I've...
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A Benedictine Spirituality Course Reflection

As I drove from my home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to Nashville, Tennessee, to catch my plane, darkness surrounded me. My husband made coffee, filled my mug and sent me on my way.   I was eager for our class on Benedictine spirituality, but I had no idea what wonderful connections and what new learning were waiting...
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Reflections at Conception Abbey

This was the year I decided to register for the Benedictine Spirituality Course as a lifelong learner. I was given the required reading list, syllabus and instructions for living at the Abbey for a week. I had sufficient information and preparation, but still wasn’t ready for the transformation it would have on my life. The...
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“I’m not a preacher. I’m a writer.”

To this day, I don’t understand why people ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. On the one hand, I think we need to hold onto the passions we have as children and not let the cynicism and realism of the world kill our hope. On the other hand, I rarely...
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Gaining Experience and Confidence in Crafting and Delivering a Sermon.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.  - 1...
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Bethany Who Has Preached One Sermon

When I was first asked to attend Academy of Preachers as the student representative for Central Baptist Theological Seminary, I thought, “Oh boy…they have an awful lot of faith in me…..I have no idea where to even BEGIN writing a sermon!” However, I have found that the key to doing something new is listening to...
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Surprised by my EMERGE 2014 Experience

The conference in Orlando was delightfully more than I had anticipated. I’m interested in non-pastoral ministry and am working on starting my second career at the age of 62 so I came anticipating that many aspects would be unimportant to me. I hoped to be able to talk with pastors and regional leaders to get...
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I came. I saw. I conquered.

"Riding along in my automobile" is not exactly the song that I thought I would be humming at the end of the festival. But today, due to impeding weather, we find ourselves cruising the highway headed back to Kansas City. This experience at AoP has been one that is hard to put into words. I...
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My insightful preaching circle experience

It has been more than 24 hours since I preached my fifteen minute sermon at the 2014 Academy of Preachers’ festival. It has taken me a full day to digest all of the events from the first day of the conference, especially my sermon experience. I needed to let it soak in, marinate, and simmer...
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Festival - A Definition

fes·ti·val noun: festival; plural noun: festivals 1. a day or period of celebration, typically a religious commemoration. synonyms: fair, carnival, fiesta, etc. You want to know the best part of being at a festival? It’s not the food. It’s not the music. It’s not the people watching. While all of those things make a festival...
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My favorite part of today

Today is a day of new experiences. The beauty of the Academy of Preacher’s festival is reflected in its ecumenical diversity—the incredibly diverse body of Christ uniting for the common purpose of preaching the Gospel and growing together as young preachers. There are many traditions, theological positions, and backgrounds represented here in Indianapolis. Each individual...
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August 31, 2021 6:00 pm
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September 23, 2021 3:00 pm
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