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Sep
17

Reflecting on God’s Work within Us

God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine. Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus Barry Saylor got us started by reminding us that in everything we do, we must be dependent upon the "father of all fatherhoods" and know that as each "narrative unfolds," it does so only by the work of God. Praise be to God.

Sep
10

Reflecting on Truly Affordable Education

Nine years ago, I was sitting at a conference for seminary administrators. One of the presentations was on fundraising trends within the industry. The speaker spent a lot of time talking about how sources of giving were shifting and how schools needed to get better at “raising money from individual donors.”

Aug
27

Reflecting on Integrating Context and Community

I have previously said “Imagine a new system. One that takes seriously the value of local ministry contexts while integrating technology and retaining the important essence of formational community while maintaining academic rigor.” At the time, the Kairos Project was something we were building.

Aug
20

Reflecting on Reconnecting with the Church

Theological education began as something the church did to develop pastors. Then, theological education flowed from within the local church. However, distance between the church and the academy began to widen and soon seminaries “served” the church instead of being part of it.

Aug
13

Reflecting on a New Paradigm, Pt. 2

Last week, in part one of this series, we talked about how words like innovation, change, reimagine, and creativity have been over used and abused in theological education over the last several years. We shared how the need to make a paradigm shift is essential to bringing about true change and innovation.

Aug
06

Reflecting on a New Paradigm, Pt. 1

Innovation. Change. Reimagine. Creativity. Words like these have been over used for the past decade in the world of theological education. Schools, churches, accrediting bodies, ministries, and even denominations have spent a whole lot of time and energy trying to build new “models” of theological education.

Jul
30

Reflecting on God’s Creative Moments

The past four years at Sioux Falls Seminary have been filled with creative moments of the Spirit. Over the next year, we will share some parts of our story as we give thanks for what God has done. Starting this week, we will reflect on some creative moments that God has used to help write this current chapter of our history.

Jul
09

Stepping Boldly Into Mission

On March 21, 2014, I had to privilege of being formally appointed as the 12th president of Sioux Falls Seminary. As the seminary community stepped boldly into the mission and ministry God placed in front of us, we identified Ephesians 3:20-21 as a passage of Scripture that could embody our journey.

Jul
02

A Story to Tell

Last week, I shared a bit on the power of stories. Over the next year, we are going to dive deeply into the concept of storytelling. All of us have a story to tell. Sioux Falls Seminary’s story is intimately connected to the stories of the individuals and organizations we have the opportunity to walk alongside. God does amazing work in and through his people.

Jun
25

The Power of Story

A lot of new research has found that the human brain is wired to find meaning in narrative. We are in fact biologically predisposed to find meaning in narrative. When we share stories, we should be prepared to see those stories impact people in many different ways. Stories provide an opportunity to see how God is at work within the body of Christ.

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