Communion Bread – Eating Justice – The Beginning of Social Justice

Eating Justice

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

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One of the catchphrases in the contemporary church is social justice. Although it is by no means a new phrase—having come into being in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in response to the ravages of industrialization in the Western world—social justice has become part of the hipster creed. From TOMS Shoes to fair … MORE

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Ministering to a Broken and Difficult Church

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

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It is the year 2018. Seminary and divinity school enrollment has developed a roller coaster enrollment pattern. Simultaneously, the mainline denominational and evangelical free churches are struggling to maintain members. Indeed, sociologist Robert Wuthnow has maintained since the late 1980s that the American church is experiencing significant denominational decline where the structures and doctrinal foci … 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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Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z – Here are 7 Facts You Need to Know

Laura Lacey Johnson, Guest Contributor

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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

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

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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

Unto Us It Born A Revolution

Unto Us Is Born…A Revolution!

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

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Not since the persecution in the Roman Empire has culture belittled, berated, marginalized and martyred a belief system as it has Christianity.Christianity in our current Western culture is not simply taken for granted by the majority, but also marginalized and ridiculed for its beliefs. Indeed, even professing “Christians” will ridicule, marginalize, and condemn other Christians … 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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Dr. Bill Fowler talks about being the church to the unchurched on KCMM radio

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Dr. Bill Fowler stopped by the studios of KCMM radio in Belgrade, Mont., this week and chatted with Shawn Marie about how Christians can embody the love of Christ in our communities. The topic will be addressed by Dr. Fowler in a free community presentation at E-Free Church in Bozeman on Wednesday, February 24, at … MORE