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    Science, Science Fiction, and the New Western Religion

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

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    On the news recently was an announcement that NASA’s InSight probe had landed on Mars. Mission control specialists were celebrating as if this were the first probe landing on the red planet. The mission of the InSight probe is to find out whether human life on Mars could be possible. Other stories on the news … MORE

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    Adventure in the Ordinary

    Lance Green, YTI Lecturer in Theology and Adventure

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    Consuming Adventure The outdoor recreation business is booming. With a growth rate faster than the growth of the US economy, the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that the outdoor recreation industry was worth $374.7 billion in 2016 alone. Our experiences of awe and wonder from our adventures outside are the life blood of marketing … MORE

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    In Memoriam: Eugene Peterson

    Rachel Toombs, YTI Professor of Theology and Old Testament

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    This October, Eugene Peterson passed away. Best known for his The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, Eugene Peterson was a pastor, writer, poet, professor, and friend to many people. A number of thoughtful pieces have been written commemorating Eugene’s impact on people’s pastorates, personal lives, research, and faith. Today, I want to focus in … MORE

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    Rethinking the Mission of God

    Bill Fowler, YTI Church Relations and Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology

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    A Biblical Theology of Missions? My earliest efforts at demonstrating the missional heart of God were aimed at producing a “biblical theology of mission.” I would look for scriptures that expressed God’s concern for “the nations,” prophecies and passages that included the universal aspect of God’s love. By doing so, I hoped to convince and … MORE

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    Pursuing Purity of Heart Through Chastity

    Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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    (This is the second in a series on Monastic Ideals.) Chastity was a monastic practice that moved the false self toward purity of heart. It is a way toward freedom to love self and others with the love of God.

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