Lighthouse

Another New Essay on Human Understanding

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

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For several centuries, Western culture has been in the grasp of an inadequate understanding of human nature. Allow me to make a short historical survey to explain how this happened. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, it became vogue for philosophers and naturalists in Western culture to write essays on the topic of … MORE

Street view in Edinburgh

President’s Travelogue: Edinburgh

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

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Cultural Stew The first day of my trip to Scotland and England was unremarkable in many ways – four different airports, not much sleep, airplane food, and followed by an early, rainy arrival in Edinburgh. But it was also remarkable in a few ways. I had an encounter with a young business woman from Edinburgh, … 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

Why We Can’t Live Without Sabbath

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

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I am returning from a retreat on an island in the San Juan Archipelago, one of the most beautiful places I know of in the Pacific Northwest. I take a retreat once or twice a year to slow down, to regroup, and to find my center in this fast paced world. I realize that in … MORE

Dr. Jay Smith speaking

Sex and the City of God

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There are few topics more hotly debated, in our culture and especially in the church, than same-sex marriage. In this lecture Dr. Jay Smith, YTI’s President and Bridger Professor of Theology and Ethics, discusses how both conservative and liberal Christians fail to understand the contemporary sex questions. This YTI community lecture was delivered at First … MORE