Where is God?

Jay Smith, President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics
April 13, 2018

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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

3 Surprising Reasons People Don’t Go to Church

Scott Hamilton, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
April 6, 2018

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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

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

Jay Smith, President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics
March 30, 2018

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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

Officiating the Officiating: Hold the Comments…

Bill Fowler, Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies
March 15, 2018

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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, Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies
November 30, 2017

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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

Who Am I? Henri Nouwen and Christian Identity

Rachel Toombs, Professor of Theology and Old Testament
November 2, 2017

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Some of the most powerful words I have ever heard come from the lips of Henri Nouwen, the Catholic spiritual writer of the twentieth century, in a recording of his lecture entitled “Who are We?: Exploring our Christian Identity.” This lecture is masterful in its simplicity. Nouwen begins by asking “Who is this person that … MORE

God in the Mundane

Lance Green, Lecturer in Theology and Adventure
October 5, 2017

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Christian theology has long affirmed that all of creation speaks to the divine. God permeates through everything, from the immense horizon seen atop a mountain, to the atomic compounds that together form the peak. Big or small, nothing can be spoken of without reference to God. In his grand work De Trinitate (On the Trinity), St. Augustine … MORE

The Other Side: An Easter Reflection

Jay Smith, President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics
April 16, 2017

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Crucifixion and Sacrifice In recent years, I have encountered something very strange on Easter Sunday in churches all over the United States: pastors preaching about the crucifixion and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our salvation. Don’t misunderstand me. I give God glory and honor for what was done for the world on … MORE

President’s Travelogue: Devon, England

Jay Smith, President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics
March 6, 2017

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Driving in the left lane in a right land world On this trip to England, I rented a car. I had promised myself when I first started travelling to England for my postgraduate research studies that I would never rent a car here because it always felt like when in a car, we were in … MORE