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Midwestern Ministry Context: A glimpse of the good life

by Greg Allen-Pickett
10/14/2018

Editor's note: During October, we exploring the need for pastors in rural communities, with a focus on Nebraska. Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Central Nebraska Rev. Polly Deppen-Williams contacted us recently to discuss the need for pastors,...

God’s call to rural communities

by Polly Deppen-Williams
10/4/2018

Editor's note: During October, we are going to explore the need for pastors in rural communities, with a focus on Nebraska. Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Central Nebraska Rev. Polly Deppen-Williams contacted us recently to discuss the...

Asking the right questions: Part 2

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
9/30/2018

Editor’s note: The following blog post is based on a sermon given at First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee on Theological Education Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. You can read the first part here.  Proverbs is a biblical book for question seekers and curious...

Asking the right questions: Part 1

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
9/24/2018

Editor’s note: The following blog post is based on a sermon given at First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee on Theological Education Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. “It’s not true what they taught us in school; there is such a thing...

An update, and a prayer, for our friends in Puerto Rico

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
9/12/2018

This week, I watched Hurricane Florence take aim at the North Carolina coast, a place that is close to my heart and is where my home Presbytery resides. I'm anxious for my friends, colleagues, and all of those serving Christ's...

“Who’s ready for a new academic year?”

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
9/6/2018

Editor's note: Sending our oldest child off to college this year made me more attentive the last few weeks to my social media friends posts of their children’s first day at school. They range from the first day of preschool...

Women of the Church

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
7/27/2018

Arise, Shine, Your Light Has Come! -Isaiah 60:1 Women of the Church play a tremendous role in shaping Christians. In fact, there wouldn’t be a Christian Church without the women witnesses at Jesus’ tomb described in all four Gospels. The...

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...

“Resurrection” along Harriet Tubman’s Pathway to Freedom

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
3/22/2018

Lent is traditionally a time for Christians to reflect, (re)affirm our baptismal identity, who we are and who we are called to be, and to commit to living faith in more life-giving ways. Our liturgical year takes us on a...

Faith lives on in Franklinville, Maryland

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
3/5/2018

It is the great joy of my work to visit congregations, and those who love the church, keeping in conversation about how we can ensure we have enough ministers for the future needs of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). These conversations...