• Outlook Features 1 day ago

    Curiosity

    Curiosity

    by Laird Stuart For a number of years I taught a course at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on parish administration and leadership. At one point I was trying to think of a way to encourage the students to be curious. Whenever an emergency happened in their community of faith, I wanted them to be curious before they reacted. So I suggested this distinction: there is a difference between a whale and a scuba diver. A whale is an animal that only surfaces to spout off. We have seen whales or pictures… continue reading...
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  • Book Reviews 2 days ago

    Feasting on the Gospels — Mark (Bookmark)

    Feasting on the Gospels — Mark (Bookmark)

    by Roy Howard
    Cynthia A. Jarvis and E. Elizabeth Johnson, editors.  Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky. 541 pages  Another feast! Traveling on a food and wine tour in Italy, I heard this frequently while gazing upon a table laden with delicious and sometimes exotic foods. That same exclamation — another feast! — will be made about this commentary by pastors, teachers and church leaders. It is indeed another feast of scholarship — both delicious and occasionally exotic — for those working with the weekly Gospel texts. This is the second in a planned… continue reading...
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  • Editorials 3 days ago

    Ready to leave?

    Ready to leave?

    by Jack Haberer
    Prior to deciding to leave the Presbyterian Outlook to take the call to pastor a congregation again, I sought the counsel of a few friends. One of them, an Outlook board member, sent me an email that asked four probing questions, the first one being, “The things you said you felt called to do with the Outlook in that first interview — are they largely accomplished or still left undone?” To what was I called? Not simply to turn a black and blue newsletter into a full color magazine (although… continue reading...
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The good old (to)days: A visit to the Western National Leadership Training Conference (Jackson Hole, WY)

Chip Hardwick

Earlier this week I had the chance to be a part of the Western National Leadership Trainingconference for the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Jackson Hole, WY.  Around 100 church leaders, mostly from the area of the Rocky Mountains, came for a three-day get-together of networking, Bible study, keynotes, and workshops.  The theme of the event was leadership in changing times, and my workshop explored what it means to do ministry in a post-modern, post-Christendom, post-Christian, and post-denominational culture. At the beginning of both workshops, I asked participants when the “good old days” were for them in their church experience.  People had all sorts of answers.  Some, like me, pointed back to their high school days with powerful youth ministries nurturing them.  Others talked about when they were first ordained as a ruling elder.  Others talked about the first, or alternatively, the most outwardly “successful” church they pastored.  A couple talked about a new worshiping community … [Read more...]

President

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Firmly grounded in the Reformed tradition, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary serves as a Christ-centered, scripturally-grounded, and ecumenically-minded institution that seeks to be culturally relevant as it attends to the formation of women and men for theologically reflective ministry and scholarship in service to the church of Jesus Christ, the public square, and the world at large. With a current enrollment of 246, students are denominationally diverse and represent more than 30 states and several countries. PTS welcomes Christians of all denominations into the life of the Seminary. The President will guide the Seminary to its next level of success through entrepreneurial, transparent, and collaborative leadership. The review of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, materials are due by November 13th. Prior to submitting application … [Read more...]

Solo Pastor

First Presbyterian Church, Port Townsend, Washington (fpcpt.org), is a welcoming congregation sharing the spirit of Christ, loving generously, serving selflessly, supporting missions both locally and throughout the world. Our congregation is a dynamic part of a popular Victorian seaport town situated in the rain shadow on the Olympic Peninsula and included in the National Historic Registry. Home to 10,000 year-round residents and countless visitors enjoy abundant arts, maritime and recreational opportunities. Established for 140-years, FPCPT seeks a pastor who will partner with us in effective leadership, engaging our community of faith and helping us expand our ministries. As an open and affirming congregation, we seek to be a community that affirms everyone on his or her journey to become more Christ-like. View MIF #09014.AA0 at pcusa.org/clc. Send your PIF, résumé or questions to [email protected] First Presbyterian Church 1111 Franklin St Port Townsend WA … [Read more...]

Executive Director

The Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities seeks a strategic leader to help guide its nearly 60 member colleges into a new era following the retirement of its current executive director after 12 years of dedicated service. Candidates must exhibit a passion for small, private, liberal arts colleges and reflect the values of the Reformed theological tradition, especially as they relate to higher education. The new director will help develop opportunities for collaborative activities among member institutions, promote APCU and its member institutions to the public, build relationships between colleges and the Presbyterian Church (USA), and generate financial resources for APCU’s long-term sustainability. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Details and application information are at: presbyteriancolleges.org/positiondescription. Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities Presbyterian Church USA 100 Witherpoon St Louisville KY … [Read more...]

Museum of the Bible aims for timeless name, imagery

WASHINGTON (RNS) Museum of the Bible. That’s it. The name of the museum under construction in Washington, D.C., is official. “We don’t need more to tell people who and what we are,” the museum’s founder and funder, Steve Green, told Religion News Service. But, as always with the Bible, nothing is ever simple. The high-tech museum, set to open in fall 2017, is four blocks from the U.S. Capitol and three blocks from a global tourism mecca, the Air and Space Museum. The new museum will feature standing exhibits on the history and impact of the Bible as well as interactive features to bring viewers into Bible stories and characters. It’s the passionate project of Green, the Hobby Lobby billionaire who would prefer to be known for his world-class Bible artifacts collection than for his victorious Supreme Court fight for exemption from the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate. Religious freedom, he says, is a biblical concept. The Green family — generations of … [Read more...]

Curiosity

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by Laird Stuart For a number of years I taught a course at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on parish administration and leadership. At one point I was trying to think of a way to encourage the students to be curious. Whenever an emergency happened in their community of faith, I wanted them to be curious before they reacted. So I suggested this distinction: there is a difference between a whale and a scuba diver. A whale is an animal that only surfaces to spout off. We have seen whales or pictures of whales in the ocean surfacing and spouting off. We have known people who acted like whales. Truth be told, all of us have had our whale moments. Scuba divers, on the other hand, go down to investigate. They go down to discover, to explore, to move around and see what they can see. When a crisis happens, the point is to be a scuba diver and not a whale. Yet, there is another distinction which needs to be considered. There are various types of curiosity. Three are especially valuable to … [Read more...]