Learning Theology from my Mother

by Mark Power

I was always proud to be a preacher’s kid. Growing up in Arkansas and Texas, it surprised many people when I told them my mother was the preacher, not my father. These types of exchanges certainly came with many puzzled...

A charge and a prayer from Austin Seminary

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

As the academic year winds down, I am thinking of this year's class of seminary graduates. They are finishing several years of deep study, and are grounded in theology. They felt called to attend seminary, and they are ready to...

Finish the Story: Follow Don’t Flee

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

Mark 16:1-8 Common English Bible When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. 2 Very early on the first day of the...

Sabbatical support for pastors

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

“Where might my congregation and I receive financial support for a pastoral sabbatical?” [caption id="attachment_6012" align="alignright" width="150"] Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty[/caption] Regularly, I am asked this question. I do know of some programs, but am sad to say it is...

It’s Right in Front of You

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

Editor’s note: Lee Hinson-Hasty preached on Jan. 6 to his lectionary group in Estes Park, Colorado, at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. His sermon was delivered on Epiphany and was on Matthew 2:1-12, the coming of the magi. What...

What about Joseph?

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

Editor's note: Lee Hinson-Hasty was recently in Colorado, and preached at Faith Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The text Lee preached on was Matthew 1:18-25, which is the text for the fourth Sunday in Advent in the narrative lectionary. If...

Creating an open and affirming church environment for all

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

For our last installment in our blog series on the need for pastors in rural America, we talked to someone with a national perspective: Rev. Jihyun Oh. Jihyun is a teaching elder member of Presbytery of Greater Atlanta currently serving...

Creating a Culture of Call: a conversation with Dr. Sue LeFeber

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

We’ve spent some significant time this fall examining the need for pastors in rural communities in the U.S. Our blog series kicked off with Rev. Polly Deppen-Williams, Presbytery Executive for the Central Nebraska Presbytery, telling her story of the need...

O’Neill, Nebraska needs a pastor, too

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

There is important, impactful ministry to be done in America’s rural communities. There are people everywhere waiting for a leader to come alongside them, as Rev. Emily Zeig Lindsey said in a video we filmed last year. But there is...

The call to rural Nebraska: a seminary perspective

by Lee Hinson-Hasty

This month, we’re examining the need for pastors in rural communities by taking a deep dive into the Central Nebraska Presbytery. We’ve heard from Polly Deppen-Williams, Presbytery Executive for this Presbytery, and we’ve heard from two pastors who were called...