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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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