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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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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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

Peacable Kingdom Painting

On Loving the World

Betsy Quammen, Guest Contributor

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I am currently teaching a seminar entitled “Wonderment and the World” about the history of science and religion. Dr. Jay Smith kicked off these classes with a presentation challenging Lynn White Jr.’s controversial article, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” first published in Science in 1967. White’s piece blames the Christian notion of dominion, … MORE


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

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What’s for Breakfast?

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

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Life in the Breakfast Room Sheryl is the warm, friendly hostess for the breakfast area at a Bellingham hotel. She goes about her task with a smile, engaging the breakfast crowd with thoughtfulness and care. Her genuine concern for the folks she serves exudes in everything she does. Some guests are overnighters and only get … MORE

Dr. Bill Fowler chats with Shawn Marie in the KCMM studios

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