YTI Blog

The President Reflects on Contemporary Violence and Radical Love

Jay Smith, President  |  July 9, 2016 4:54 pm

I wish that I could say that the recent spate of violence was unique to our time, but I cannot. The indiscriminate shooting of children and teachers in Newtown Connecticut, followed the murder of dozens of people by ISIS supporters in San Diego. The shootings of black men by police officers, and the shooting of … MORE

Helping Others When Life Seems Out of Control

Scott Hamilton, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling  |  July 5, 2016 1:26 pm

Why do people commit suicide?I’ve asked a number of people that question in recent weeks. Responses have ranged from, “I don’t know,” to “Hopelessness,” to “Desperation,” to “They’re seeking a long-term solution to a short-term problem.”The answers have varied according to the personalities offering them; yet, at the end of the day, many of the … MORE

Addressing the Suicide Crisis in Montana

Scott Hamilton, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling  |  June 27, 2016 9:32 am

We are all too aware of the problem of suicide in Montana. The statistics tell a bleak story: Montana has ranked in the top five states for completed suicides over the past four decades.(1) In 2015, Gallatin County had a suicide rate twice that of the rest of the state.(2) Specifically, the state of Montana averages … MORE

Everyone Belongs to God

Jay Smith, President  |  June 24, 2016 7:02 am

I’ve been reading quite a bit lately—no surprise to anyone who knows me. But recently I have been reading something that simply happened across my desk, Everyone Belongs to God, by Christoph Blumhardt, a 19th century German Lutheran, Pietist, and founder of Christian Socialism in Germany. He became renowned as an evangelist and faith healer. … MORE

What Does the Bible Label as an Abomination?

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  June 13, 2016 3:15 pm

In the last couple days, I have been disturbed by some of the responses of leaders in Christian circles to the tragedy in Orlando. Where love and compassion are needed, a few have chosen to respond with hatred and condemnation of the LGBT community.Fortunately, there have been numerous Christian voices calling us to compassion and … MORE