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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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Commentary: Why Christians Will Still Attend Church Sunday

Laura Lacey Johnson, Guest Contributor

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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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Who Am I? Henri Nouwen and Christian Identity

Rachel Toombs, YTI Professor of Theology and Old Testament

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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

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On Loving the World

Betsy Quammen, Guest Contributor

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I am currently teaching a seminar entitled “Wonderment and the World” about the history of science and religion. Dr. Jay Smith kicked off these classes with a presentation challenging Lynn White Jr.’s controversial article, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” first published in Science in 1967. White’s piece blames the Christian notion of dominion, … MORE

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A Lasting Center for Community

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

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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

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Are We Missing Jesus in Our Radical Christianity?

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

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Christianity: Meant to be radicalI believe in a radical commitment to Jesus. Something about “if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me,” sounds profoundly radical, particularly in the first century when crosses were the occasions of horrible deaths rather than ornaments at the end … MORE