• Outlook Reporting 14 hours ago

    Columbia president affirms faith despite spreading cancer

    Columbia president affirms faith despite spreading cancer

    by Leslie Scanlon
    Steve Hayner The news was not what anyone wanted to hear: despite aggressive treatment, the pancreatic cancer has spread in the body of Steve Hayner, the beloved, gifted president of Columbia Theological Seminary. The board of Columbia seminary will meet Aug. 7 to determine whether Deborah Flemister Mullen, the executive vice-president and dean of faculty, will remain as acting president as she has been since early June while Hayner received treatment, or whether other arrangements need to be made as the start of the fall semester approaches. The board also… continue reading...
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  • Editorials 23 hours ago

    Reordering our ordered ministry

    Reordering our ordered ministry

    by Jack Haberer
    When the store or online retailer cancels your order, what do you do? You reorder the item there or elsewhere. When graduating seniors seated in alphabetical order fall out of sequence, the monitors do their best to reorder them. When the ministry ordained and structured by God goes awry, ecclesiastical leaders reorder the company of leaders. Given the awkward way that divine inspiration and intentions mix with the ever-creative ways human agents prove to be so undivine, the need to reorder ministries has always been with us. So last Sunday,… continue reading...
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  • Outpost Blog 2 days ago

    Campus edge: Conversations about millennials and ministry

    Campus edge: Conversations about millennials and ministry

    by Mihee Kim-Kort
    The hope in this ministry is to view the college as a ‘mission field.’ • It’s not about getting PEOPLE to fill the PEWS. • It’s not about getting PEOPLE to give us PLEDGES. IU is a place in which there are PEOPLE that can be changed by encountering God’s PRESENCE in us. (From a report to the two PC(USA) churches in Bloomington about the kind of perspective necessary for campus ministry by the IU Campus Ministry task force) I work with college students. Even though I don’t look it… continue reading...
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Company of New Pastors announces expansion plans

GREENSBORO, N.C. (PNS) With more than 400 current participants and 500 alumni/ae, the Company of New Pastors (CNP) is setting its sights even higher. The Rev. Karen Russell, who provides oversight for CNP — a transition-into-ministry program centered in helping seminary students develop a deeply theological core as they enter pastoral ministry — says the program is seeking to broaden its availability. “I think a program like this is even more important today,” said Russell. “Providing for the support and formation of new pastors and pastors-to-be seems to be a no-brainer.” Since 2002, CNP has offered support through mentored peer groups, encouraged the practices of daily prayer and scripture reading, and facilitated sustained theological reflection for more than 500 new pastoral leaders. The program, while simple, has often provided a lifeline for new ministers as they navigate the early years of ministry. Until this year, only those seminary graduates who had participated … [Read more...]

Columbia president affirms faith despite spreading cancer

Steve Hayner

The news was not what anyone wanted to hear: despite aggressive treatment, the pancreatic cancer has spread in the body of Steve Hayner, the beloved, gifted president of Columbia Theological Seminary. The board of Columbia seminary will meet Aug. 7 to determine whether Deborah Flemister Mullen, the executive vice-president and dean of faculty, will remain as acting president as she has been since early June while Hayner received treatment, or whether other arrangements need to be made as the start of the fall semester approaches. The board also is expected to appoint a search committee to consider candidates for an interim president, said Bill Scheu, a lawyer who is chair of the seminary’s board. Hayner, 66, became Columbia’s 9th president in 2009 and previously served as a pastor, professor of evangelism and church growth at Columbia, and president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. “People are grieving,” Scheu said. “They love Steve.” In the days since receiving the … [Read more...]

Unbar the door! (50 years ago)

50 years ago — June 29, 1964 The issue of race rocked our nation and the church. “Let each one of us ask himself whether he is not standing in this very moment in the midst of Peter’s … friends when the Roman Centurion requested baptism. Is there not in our denomination at this moment a question being asked … ‘Can any man forbid water … ?’” We wrestle with the question. I don’t want to “‘extend the limits of my comfortable circle.’ ‘I’d rather … bar the church against any whose presence makes me uncomfortable.’ ‘In all candor, I don’t care … to make all races welcome in my congregation.’ … But what is at stake may be our very discipleship, our eternal destiny. … What if we are fighting against … God … . The Holy Spirit came not only on Cornelius … but upon Peter and … his … friends. … The answer to the question, ‘Can any man forbid water?’ is: If he does, how can he be my disciple? … Let us cease … from the vain attempt to dam up the fountain of Living Waters.” From “Unbar the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Bashar Warda

“It’s chaotic, really chaotic. People are not just worried and afraid, but they are really depressed about what will be the future, if there is a future.” (RNS) ARCHBISHOP BASHAR WARDA, of the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil in Iraq, speaking to Vatican Radio about the Sunni-led insurgency that is upending life in Iraq. … [Read more...]

Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship

The Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship points out, “Our Lord Jesus, a Jew, spoke Aramaic. So did his twelve disciples, but the first New Testament writings about Jesus were in Greek. Did you ever stop to think that translation has always been part of how the Gospel spreads?” They recently raised funds to print 30,000 copies of the first Arsi Oromo dialect New Testament. It is being distributed in Ethiopia. The gospel is on the move! … [Read more...]