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What’s Inspiring Us, Written for You

Our diverse and brilliant faculty give unique richness to the theological studies, programs, and lectures at Yellowstone Theological Institute, and we are proud to highlight this work on Yellowstone Theological Institute’s blog.

A Christian organization should hold the word of God as truth, but human interpretation of it as dynamic, open to amplified understanding, and informed by a living history and analysis of experience. And a worthy institution of higher education must recognize and value diverse voice. The YTI blog features a rotating field of contributors from varied academic and theological disciplines. Here, our faculty shares their research and writings with unique points of view.

Read the latest post below, filter results to discover more about a particular topic, or stay tuned for ongoing perspectives and inquiry from our faculty.

Latest Posts

    Basketball referee

    Officiating the Officiating: Hold the Comments…

    Bill Fowler, YTI Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies

    Just Trying to Be Helpful Basketball is my game and I enjoy watching it at every level. My colleague, David, was going to be watching his (eighth-grade) son’s last game of the season (starting point guard for the varsity team) and I went to cheer Luke on. Throughout the game I felt it necessary to … MORE

    Stringed instrument

    “Black Panther’s” Wakandan Ancestors as the Great Cloud of Witnesses? Examples for Doing Theology and Arts

    David Wilmington, YTI Professor of Theology and Philosophy

    Here at Yellowstone Theological Institute, we invite questions about the relationship between theology and art in several ways. One of our mottos is “Where Faith Meets Adventure and the Arts.” Our faculty includes academics with suspicious (to most of Academia and polite society) backgrounds and ongoing involvement in music (even jazz!), literature, and film. But … MORE

    Hands folded in prayer

    Florida School Shooting: Words You Can Pray Today

    Laura Lacey Johnson, Guest Contributor

    On Ash Wednesday, a day when many believers worldwide remember their own mortality and wear ashes as an outward sign of inward repentance, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people. Nothing is normal during a tragedy. Therefore, as we begin this season of Lent, I pause … MORE

    Girl sitting and waiting

    Persistent Waiting

    Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

    Many of the Bible stories children learn include characters compelled to wait. Abraham waited for his promised son; Joseph waited for his vindication; Moses waited to enter the promised land; Jesus waited to start his ministry. Further, these people often got frustrated while they waited. Let’s be honest; how many folks do you know who … MORE

    Teen in hallway

    Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z – Here are 7 Facts You Need to Know

    Laura Lacey Johnson, Guest Contributor

    The percentage of teens who identify as atheist is double that of the general population, according to new research from Barna. These teens are part of Generation Z, the first “post-Christian” generation. To help you understand this generation, here are seven facts you need to know about “Gen Z:” 1 – Who is Generation Z? … MORE

    Advent calendar

    Anticipating Christmas

    Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

    I spent my formative years living in a rural community, occasionally spending Christmas in my grandparents’ home. In my grandparents’ modest formal living room, gifts sat under the Christmas tree, spreading out and over much of the living room space. My grandmother worked hard to spoil her grandchildren at Christmas. One Christmas at my grandparents’ … MORE


    Thoughts On the Incarnation of Jesus…

    Bill Fowler, YTI Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies

    God Is Present In Our World Christmas is about God’s presence in our world in a radically new way. The God who had created the universe, and who had personally interacted with our world in amazing ways (recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures), got up close and personal in the incarnation. The Word became flesh and … MORE

    Church Relations

    Bill Fowler, YTI Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies

    Changes With the arrival last summer of several new Yellowstone Theological Institute team members, my job has gotten simpler. Rachel Toombs has now taken over Old Testament classes while I focus on the New Testament and Ministerial Studies, my specialty. But I am most relieved by the fact that Scott Hamilton is our new Provost … MORE

    Golden Grasses

    Giving “Thanks” at Thanksgiving

    David Wilmington, YTI Professor of Theology and Philosophy

    Giving Thanks? A recent article in the satirical online Babylon Bee described a touching and inspiring story of a fictional atheist giving “thanks” at Thanksgiving. A reporter informs us that a Cincinnati atheist is “preparing his heart to humbly show gratitude to the cold, mechanical processes that randomly led to mankind’s existence and his own … MORE

    Man sitting in church

    Commentary: Why Christians Will Still Attend Church Sunday

    Laura Lacey Johnson, Guest Contributor

    Last Sunday, the morning an international prayer movement for persecuted Christians began, a gunman dressed in black tactical gear opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. He killed at least 26 people and wounded almost everyone at the rural church. As I’ve prayed this week for Christians who are victimized for … MORE

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