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‘We’re No. 4!’ @UnitedSeminary Takes a Victory Lap?

United Theological Seminary is a school on the rise.  For better or worse, their enrollment is up and they are gaining a reputation for being one of the top theological schools in the UMC–maybe even the country. They are doing so well–in fact–that they were named #4 in a survey of graduate programs…in Dayton, OH…by

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Journey of the Cross 13: Goodbye, Buckeyes!

 

It was a real blessing to be on campus at United Theological Seminary this last week, but I–and I never thought I would say this–I was really glad to be back in Indiana.

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Journey of the Cross 10: Membership Rules?

 

 

How many of our churches have unspoken membership rules? Of course, the Christian life is to be lived within a certain understanding of God’s call upon our lives. I am talking about, however, the unspoken ones that keep people out or from coming back.

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Journey of the Cross 6: …with Josh Blanchard

 

 

UTS almost-graduate Josh Blanchard with the “Notes” cross.

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Journey of the Cross 5: Goes to School

 

 

The sign at the entrance of UTS

General Conference 2012 – #GC2012 – Highlights from Twitter

For those of us who are United Methodists, it is of significant importance to note that our legislative body is meeting in Tampa, Florida this week. For 40 years, the different issues surrounding the LBGTQI community will be under consideration–with differing and contentious results.  Also, a church restructuring plan is under consideration–endorsed by and fought

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The Yarmulke Experiment: 7 Days of Showing Reverence to God

As of 3pm on Wednesday, April 25, I am wearing a yarmulke.  I will be done next Wednesday, at the same time.  This is for the purposes of fulfilling an assignment in my inter-religious class.  The options were following kosher or halal food laws, or wear a head covering.  As I am addicted to the

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Dr. Wendy Deichmann – Of @UnitedSeminary & The Confessing Movement – Prays For Unity

A press release from United Theological Seminary states that the school–a sponsor of the upcoming General Conference of the United Methodist Church–is praying in preparation, “Holy Spirit, Make Us One!”  (find that quote here) Some clarification was offered: This prayer for unity may seem surprising given the controversial issues that will be decided. “Our source for oneness

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“If we continue to reject one another…”

The above pictured book is Sharing Sacred Space by Benoit Standaert.  I am reading it as part of a class on interreligious encounter.  It’s mainly about how important dialogue between different religious traditions is.  Many believe this practice is dangerous.  Put another way, Standaert says: If we continue to reject one another, we have to admit

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SERMON #1 from Gathering Week: “Humility”

Here is the first of my two graded sermons from Gathering Week. We were to prepare 10-12 minute sermons, which is why this is so short. I preach next on Friday. Expect the next one then. Blessings! Matthew 23:1-12 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 The scribes and the

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