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Overcoming the Warfare Between Theology and Science

Ross Hastings, Guest Contributor

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Are modern science and Christianity really in conflict, as new atheists proclaim? The key proposal in the upcoming Gilhousen lecture is that Christian theology and science may be thought of as being in a “coinherent” relationship, not a conflicted one. Incoherent, You Say? Coinherence is difficult to say, let alone understand! It sounds incoherent to … MORE

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Navigating Change

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

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There is a constant in life, and that constant is “change.” People, animals, and plants are constantly changing and navigating change. If we were honest, we would admit that life itself is but for a season. Indeed, we tend to view life in three very different ways, with each view dictating our need to navigate … 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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Giving “Thanks” at Thanksgiving

David Wilmington, YTI Professor of Theology and Philosophy

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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

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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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All Creation Groans: Darwin, Christianity and the Environmental Revolution

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

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Darwin When the name “Charles Darwin” is mentioned in the company of 21st century Christians, one will get a mixed group of responses, from the “prophetic voice of religion,” to “the destroyer of the faith.” In reality, Darwin was a gentleman naturalist. Coming from a wealthy family, Darwin briefly attended medical school, but after losing … MORE

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God in the Mundane

Lance Green, YTI Lecturer in Theology and Adventure

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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

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Repent FOR the Kingdom…

Bill Fowler, YTI Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies

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God’s Available Kingdom Is Good News… John the Baptist: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” Matthew 3:2 Jesus: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” Matthew 4:17 The Gospel according to Matthew will not let us miss the core message of John the Baptist who prepared the way, and Jesus … MORE