YTI Blog

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

Searching the Scriptures but Missing the Point

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  June 6, 2016 11:34 am

Offended by Jesus’ claim In John 5, Jesus is dealing with Jewish leaders (most likely scribes and Pharisees at this point in his ministry) who take offense at his claim that God is his Father and that he is simply working alongside his Father. They get the implication that, if Jesus is calling God his … MORE

A Lasting Center for Community

Jay Smith, President  |  June 1, 2016 10:04 am

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“Community” has become a catchword in today’s Western culture. We talk frequently about being a part of a particular “community” or we discuss the need to be in an “authentic community” and we bemoan the superficial communities with whose policies or politics we disagree. We discuss the nature of political communities, religious communities, racial communities, … MORE

Treasure in Jars of Clay

Bill Fowler, Provost  |  May 31, 2016 7:30 am

Job description? Several years ago, I was called to a church where the two former pastors had been incredibly gifted men. I looked at my own gifts and felt intimidated by the position I was being called to fill. Trying to understand God’s purpose in calling me to the church, I asked Him what His … MORE