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Worship Online?

A Reflection from Women's Leadership Initiative MDiv Student Andrea Huffman I remember being flabbergasted when Central announced that our Worship Leadership course would be online. “How do you learn to lead worship online?” my classmates and I asked incredulously. We had been attending Central for three years, and half of our classes met in person...
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50th Anniversary of Earth Day: A Reflection

by Rakmi Shaiza “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 4:24. I only came to hear about Earth Day after I moved to the USA. Back in 2002, I came across a small book in the library about it published by the United Nations. After reading the book,...
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Holy Saturday - Liminal Space

  Holy Saturday, situated between the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, is what might be called liminal space.  It is an in-between time that bridges what was, to what will be.  It is a transitional time between what is known and has to be let go of, and the unknown future. The friends...
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A Lament

  "My God, my God, why.........?" Why has our world been turned upside down, as wave after wave of crisis and grief crash over us? Why the betrayal, the dissonance, the difficulty grasping what has happened? Why the escalating deaths, untruths, and incompetence of leadership? How long, O God, how long? How long will the...
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Seeking Truth - A Reflection for Holy Friday

Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands at a distance; for truth stumbles in the public square, and uprightness cannot enter.  Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled.  The Lord saw it, and was displeased that there was no justice.  (Isaiah 59:14-15, NRSV)   Pilate asked Jesus, "So you are a king?" ...
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Theological Studies in the Time of a Pandemic

by David M. May, Ph.D. Landreneau Guillory Chair of Biblical Studies Central Baptist Theological Seminary Living in this unprecedent time of the Pandemic of 2020, multiple existential questions arise—from the deep and thoughtful question, “Will I risk my life in serving others who are infected with COVID-19,” or the simple and quotidian question, “Where can I...
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A New Way of Being Church

A Reflection from Central Alum and Pastor of Blue Valley Christian Church, Rev. Lois Kelley At Blue Valley Christian Church (BVCC) we like to say, "we are so far outside the box that we can't see the box and don't want to see the box." About six years ago, BVCC decided to sell its building....
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Reflections on the Politics of Contempt

“Super” Tuesday during Lent - March 3, 2020 By John Jones IV, Ph.D. 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be...
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One Church's Response to Joining God in Saving the Earth

Several members of Englewood Baptist Church in Gladstone, Missouri, participated in Joining God in Saving the Earth: Mobilizing for Action on the Climate Crisis at Central in October as their churchwide retreat. The congregation was in the middle of a worship series, Celebrating God’s World, based on the book Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and...
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Lessons in Following Jesus from Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Love Your Enemies" (Part 2)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also helps us understand what Jesus meant when he told us to love our enemies.  Almost inevitably, efforts towards justice will be resisted by those who are at risk of losing their greater privileges, and sometimes this resistance will be vigorous and even venomous.  We see this in reading the...
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