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Where are our Future Ministers now?

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
5/24/2018

You probably will not be surprised to learn our future ministers are active in healthy congregations now, maybe even yours! According to a landmark 2017 Barna study, the vast majority (85%) of current ministers were active as children in a...

Foundation Accepting Applications for Church Financial Leadership Grants

by Presbyterian Foundation
5/17/2018

Applications are now being accepted for the Presbyterian Foundation’s Church Financial Leadership Grant program. Applicants must be a pastor, commissioned ruling elder, (CRE), or leader of a 1001 New Worshiping Community within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The grants will enable pastoral...

Revisiting the Reformation

by Joe Small
3/6/2018

Suggestion for April reading: Petra Bosse-Huber, et al, eds. Reformation: Legacy and Future. Geneva: WCC Publications, 2015. The 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation has come and gone, with little fanfare and minimal observance. It is worth noting that 2017...

Grace and Gratitude: How to Respond to an Ugly Gift

by Joe Small
2/12/2018

Peter Leithart begins his recent book Gratitude: An Intellectual History with an illustration: "Imagine that your beloved grandmother gave you a rather ugly soup tureen as a wedding gift. Seeing as you have no use for the tureen, how ought you respond?...

Take and read: Conversations with Poppi about God

by Joe Small
1/23/2018

TAKE AND READ: CONVERSATIONS WITH POPPI ABOUT GOD REVIEWED BY JOE SMALL ~ Robert W. Jenson and Solveig Lucia Gold, Conversations with Poppi about God. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2006. Christian educator David Ng did not approve of "children’s sermons," but if...

Good books to strengthen pastoral ministry

by Joe Small
11/21/2017

  Suggestion for December reading: Bruce Gordon, John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion: A Biography. Princeton University Press, 2016. Princeton University Press is publishing an imaginative series: "Lives of Great Religious Books." Each book in the series is a...

A conversation with Mid-Council Leader Steve Shive

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
1/31/2018

At Stewardship Kaleidoscope in September 2017, I took some time to sit down and film a conversation with Steve Shive. If you don’t know Steve, you should! He’s the General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Wyoming, with a vast territory...

Theological Wisdom for Teaching and Preaching

by Joe Small
12/5/2017

Provocative insights on religious themes from contemporary novelists… On Hell: They slept under a tree near the overpass, side by side on top of August’s plastic sheet. Kirsten slept peacefully, aware each time she woke of the emptiness of the landscape,...