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In Memoriam: Eugene Peterson

Rachel Toombs, YTI Professor of Theology and Old Testament

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This October, Eugene Peterson passed away. Best known for his The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, Eugene Peterson was a pastor, writer, poet, professor, and friend to many people. A number of thoughtful pieces have been written commemorating Eugene’s impact on people’s pastorates, personal lives, research, and faith. Today, I want to focus in … MORE

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Pursuing Purity of Heart Through Chastity

Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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(This is the second in a series on Monastic Ideals.) Chastity was a monastic practice that moved the false self toward purity of heart. It is a way toward freedom to love self and others with the love of God.

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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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Overcoming the Warfare Between Theology and Science

Ross Hastings, Guest Contributor

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Are modern science and Christianity really in conflict, as new atheists proclaim? The key proposal in the upcoming Gilhousen lecture is that Christian theology and science may be thought of as being in a “coinherent” relationship, not a conflicted one. Incoherent, You Say? Coinherence is difficult to say, let alone understand! It sounds incoherent to … MORE

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Navigating Change

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

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There is a constant in life, and that constant is “change.” People, animals, and plants are constantly changing and navigating change. If we were honest, we would admit that life itself is but for a season. Indeed, we tend to view life in three very different ways, with each view dictating our need to navigate … 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

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3 Surprising Reasons People Don’t Go to Church

Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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I recently came across a shared article on Facebook suggesting that local churches needed to increase their guest lists. According to the article, church members needed to invite unchurched people to church. On the surface, such a thought sounds almost nonsensical. Of course, people need to invite people to church. On the other hand, what … MORE

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All Fuzzy Bunnies, Colorful Eggs, a Fancy Lunch; Oh, and a Church Service…

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

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Is this what we settle for? Easter… When we really think about Easter in contemporary America, what are we really celebrating? Christians know that we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus; or at least so we think. In an increasingly secular America, Easter has returned to its Saxon and Germanic roots: Eostre, or Ostara. Ostara … MORE

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Giving “Thanks” at Thanksgiving

David Wilmington, YTI Professor of Theology and Philosophy

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Giving Thanks? A recent article in the satirical online Babylon Bee described a touching and inspiring story of a fictional atheist giving “thanks” at Thanksgiving. A reporter informs us that a Cincinnati atheist is “preparing his heart to humbly show gratitude to the cold, mechanical processes that randomly led to mankind’s existence and his own … MORE

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Commentary: Why Christians Will Still Attend Church Sunday

Laura Lacey Johnson, Guest Contributor

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Last Sunday, the morning an international prayer movement for persecuted Christians began, a gunman dressed in black tactical gear opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. He killed at least 26 people and wounded almost everyone at the rural church. As I’ve prayed this week for Christians who are victimized for … MORE