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What’s Inspiring Us, Written for You

Our diverse and brilliant faculty give unique richness to the theological studies, programs, and lectures at Yellowstone Theological Institute, and we are proud to highlight this work on Yellowstone Theological Institute’s blog. A Christian organization should hold the word of God as truth, but human interpretation of it as dynamic, open to amplified understanding, and informed by a living history and analysis of experience. And a worthy institution of higher education must recognize and value diverse voice. The YTI blog features a rotating field of contributors from varied academic and theological disciplines. Here, our faculty shares their research and writings with unique points of view. Read the latest post below, filter results to discover more about a particular topic, or stay tuned for ongoing perspectives and inquiry from our faculty.

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    Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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    As a licensed psychologist and minister, I companion with people as they find their way—usually through some adverse circumstance or series of events that has left those persons functioning at less than their very best. One of the things I often do as part of that process is give people permission to care well for … MORE

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    Embracing the Tense Future of Theological Education with the Past (Perfect) Christian Jazz of Mary Lou Williams

    David Wilmington, YTI Professor of Theology and Philosophy

    Thinking Christianly in the Changing Landscape of Christian Education Over the last year or so, several different authors—pastors, scholars, public intellectuals, and bloggers—have written widely shared articles on the future of theological education. Focusing on education and training within the church and at universities and seminaries, these articles share the conviction that the landscape of … MORE

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    “Enduring to the End”: Extreme Politics and the Christ-Follower

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

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    Politics in the United States have always been complicated. They are complicated because the Constitution places the basic responsibility of government on individual citizens. The governed choose those who would govern.  “We the People” are called to use our critical faculties as we cast our vote for those who would represent us in Congress and … MORE

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    What I Need in a Broken, Dysfunctional World

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

    We live in a dysfunctional world. It has destructive rhythms and broken ways of relationship. Love has to be earned. Shaming and blaming are ways people avoid responsibility and seek to manipulate others. The culture demands impossible perfection which leads to frantic image management which in turn short-circuits wholehearted living. Harsh comparisons and cutthroat competition … MORE

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    Science, Science Fiction, and the New Western Religion

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

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    On the news recently was an announcement that NASA’s InSight probe had landed on Mars. Mission control specialists were celebrating as if this were the first probe landing on the red planet. The mission of the InSight probe is to find out whether human life on Mars could be possible. Other stories on the news … MORE

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