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    Communion Bread – Eating Justice – The Beginning of Social Justice

    Eating Justice

    Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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    One of the catchphrases in the contemporary church is social justice. Although it is by no means a new phrase—having come into being in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in response to the ravages of industrialization in the Western world—social justice has become part of the hipster creed. From TOMS Shoes to fair … MORE

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    The Value of Monastic Ideals

    Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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    Love for God is one of the essential beginning places for the Christian ascent to holiness. As I mature, I have realized my ability to love others flows through the relationship I have with God. In some ways, living into Christian holiness is like throwing a fine piece of pottery; it comes from a long … MORE

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    Ministering to a Broken and Difficult Church

    Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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    It is the year 2018. Seminary and divinity school enrollment has developed a roller coaster enrollment pattern. Simultaneously, the mainline denominational and evangelical free churches are struggling to maintain members. Indeed, sociologist Robert Wuthnow has maintained since the late 1980s that the American church is experiencing significant denominational decline where the structures and doctrinal foci … MORE

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    Overcoming the Warfare Between Theology and Science

    Ross Hastings, Guest Contributor

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    Are modern science and Christianity really in conflict, as new atheists proclaim? The key proposal in the upcoming Gilhousen lecture is that Christian theology and science may be thought of as being in a “coinherent” relationship, not a conflicted one. Incoherent, You Say? Coinherence is difficult to say, let alone understand! It sounds incoherent to … MORE

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    Navigating Change

    Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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    There is a constant in life, and that constant is “change.” People, animals, and plants are constantly changing and navigating change. If we were honest, we would admit that life itself is but for a season. Indeed, we tend to view life in three very different ways, with each view dictating our need to navigate … MORE

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