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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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