Desert with mountains on the horizon

The Value of Monastic Ideals

Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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Love for God is one of the essential beginning places for the Christian ascent to holiness. As I mature, I have realized my ability to love others flows through the relationship I have with God. In some ways, living into Christian holiness is like throwing a fine piece of pottery; it comes from a long … MORE

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Cow

Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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Crisis! There she was, just waddling down the street – the neighbor’s Jersey milk cow. I had started down the road on my morning run when I encountered a cow walking toward me in the middle of the road. Picture Elsie, the Bordon milk representative, but add a tongue rolling out of her mouth and … MORE

LCLI: The Stories of Flannery O’Connor

 Staff, Guest Contributor

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Dr. Rachel Toombs, professor of theology and Old Testament, will examine O’Connor’s writing in “The Stories of Flannery O’Connor: Narrating the Terrifying Reality of Grace,” YTI’s spring Local Community Learning Initiative offering. MORE

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Anticipating Christmas

Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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I spent my formative years living in a rural community, occasionally spending Christmas in my grandparents’ home. In my grandparents’ modest formal living room, gifts sat under the Christmas tree, spreading out and over much of the living room space. My grandmother worked hard to spoil her grandchildren at Christmas. One Christmas at my grandparents’ … MORE

Perfect Imperfection

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

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Needing the “Perfect” AccessoryIt was the morning of a Saturday afternoon wedding. Friends and family of the bride had arrived to decorate the auditorium. The flowers were beautiful. Bows marked the pews reserved for family. The tall candelabras were in place. I was trying to be helpful. Then we began setting up for the unity … MORE

A Reality Check on Self-Rightousness

A Reality Check on Self-Righteousness

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

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A Pharisee and a publican go to the temple to pray. The Pharisee praises himself in his prayer, calls attention to his religious activities, and compares himself to the publican. The publican stands humbly at a distance, beating his breast, pleading for God’s mercy. Jesus lifts the publican up as the man who got it … MORE