Unduly Unsupported: Black Clergywomen and the Baptist Church

The Black Church must let go of the fear that an increase in Black women’s leadership will lead to the demise and erasure of Black men’s leadership in the church. God’s Church needs all the Spirit-filled leaders that it can get working to fulfill the purpose that God has called them to. Holding Black women back from fulfilling their God-given purpose is an act of faithlessness and a denial of God’s power. Because God has called us – men and women – to serve, there is more than enough serving to do.

Readers Write: Scattered

We asked readers to submit brief reflections on words associated with Advent. Here is a response on the word “scattered.”

Faith in the in-between

As the Christmas season approaches, let us not forget the 400 years of waiting that the nation of Israel found themselves in, between the book of Malachi and the advent of Christ in Matthew. Just like the Israelites awaited a promise, we too await promises in our lives.

Readers Write: Ponder

We asked readers to submit brief reflections on words associated with Advent. Below are two responses on the word “ponder.”

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Faith in the in-between

Faith in the in-between

As the Christmas season approaches, let us not forget the 400 years of waiting that the nation of Israel found themselves in, between the book of Malachi and the advent of Christ in Matthew. Just like the Israelites awaited a promise, we too await promises in our lives.

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Readers Write: Tell your story in The Christian Citizen.

Advent is a time of expectant waiting. It is also a penitential season. The Christian Citizen invites readers to offer a personal reflection on words commonly associated with Advent. Pick one word from the list provided. What does the word make you think of? How does it make you feel? Is there a specific moment in your life when the word took on new meaning for you? Don’t feel like you need to write a devotion or even use religious language. Tell your story. Nonfiction only. Entries will be edited as necessary. Not all will be published. Those that are published will receive a $25 Judson Press gift certificate.

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The quietest, loneliest and most painful illness

The quietest, loneliest and most painful illness

Mental illness is the loneliest and quietest of illnesses. Sometimes we do not know we have it. Or, we do not acknowledge it. We do not talk about it much. We do not want to. Few people know or understand. Yet the hurting is profound, confusing, and lonely.”

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Theological Education in North America

by Dr. Philip Thompson

Theological education in North America: Crises and faithful creativity, part 3

One of the factors contributing to women and men leaving ministry is the often heavy cost of theological education leading to the assumption of considerable debt. In response to these challenges, Sioux Falls Seminary’s Kairos Project has abandoned the credit hour in favor of a revolutionary financial model for operating and pricing degrees.

Theological education in North America: Crises and faithful creativity, Part 4

Sioux Falls Seminary’s “Baptistness” lies not in the application of some “Baptist principle” or set of principles. Rather, we seek to be resonant with the historic genius of the Baptist ethos, one grounded in the Baptist conviction of Christ’s lordship that leads to a decentering of all things human, including institutions.

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