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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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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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Three Ps to Help Find Your ONE Thing

Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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I recently read a book suggesting that people want less. According to Gary Keller and Jay Papason in The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, people want less on their plates, they want less responsibility—basically, they want less everything. However, the authors explain that people also want more. Folks want more productivity, … MORE

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Cow

Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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Crisis! There she was, just waddling down the street – the neighbor’s Jersey milk cow. I had started down the road on my morning run when I encountered a cow walking toward me in the middle of the road. Picture Elsie, the Bordon milk representative, but add a tongue rolling out of her mouth and … MORE

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Where is God?

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

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I have the great privilege of speaking to hundreds of young men and women at some of the best colleges and universities across the United States. Many of them are anxious to serve God in some capacity in life after college. On the other hand, many more are wondering “where is God?” Indeed, when given … MORE

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3 Surprising Reasons People Don’t Go to Church

Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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I recently came across a shared article on Facebook suggesting that local churches needed to increase their guest lists. According to the article, church members needed to invite unchurched people to church. On the surface, such a thought sounds almost nonsensical. Of course, people need to invite people to church. On the other hand, what … MORE

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All Fuzzy Bunnies, Colorful Eggs, a Fancy Lunch; Oh, and a Church Service…

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

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Is this what we settle for? Easter… When we really think about Easter in contemporary America, what are we really celebrating? Christians know that we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus; or at least so we think. In an increasingly secular America, Easter has returned to its Saxon and Germanic roots: Eostre, or Ostara. Ostara … MORE

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Officiating the Officiating: Hold the Comments…

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

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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

Church Relations

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

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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