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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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The Other Side: An Easter Reflection

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

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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

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Good Friday Reflection

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

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Jesus’ Last Words From the cross of Calvary Jesus uttered seven statements that are often referenced as “The Seven Last Words of Jesus.” Of course, these are NOT the seven last words that Jesus ever spoke. The risen Christ had much to say, and he continues to speak to those who follow him! But as … MORE

How to Read the Bible Without It Changing You Much

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

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The Life Changing Word of God The Bible is powerful (Hebrews 4:12), bondage-breaking (John 8:32), life-changing truth.  Paul insists that we can be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” and there is no better source of renewal than the Word of God.  Continuing in the Word will lead us to the truth that sets … MORE

Searching the Scriptures but Missing the Point

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

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Offended by Jesus’ claim In John 5, Jesus is dealing with Jewish leaders (most likely scribes and Pharisees at this point in his ministry) who take offense at his claim that God is his Father and that he is simply working alongside his Father. They get the implication that, if Jesus is calling God his … MORE