Many years ago I took a course on the theology of missions. It was in the opening lecture of that course that the professor, a very wise and seasoned missionary practitioner turned scholar, said, “missions is what keeps theology honest.” It is an insight which, I think, is self-illuminating for anyone who has actually taught […]
The World is IN my Parish
It is not uncommon to hear complaints about the lack of connectivity between ministerial preparation and the actual ministry settings our students our entering. For example, David Tracy laments what he calls the “three great separations of modern Western culture,” all of which have served to separate the task of theological education from actual ministry […]
Scholars on Fire
Have you ever read something that you knew the minute you read it, you would never forget it. I had that experience almost thirty years ago. I read a statement in Christianity Today which I have never forgotten. It was a letter to the editor. Apparently, in a previous edition of Christianity Today, an article […]
Academic Excellence at Asbury Theological Seminary
“What does academic excellence mean at Asbury Theological Seminary?” If I were giving simply a technical definition, I would remind us that “academic” is usually seen as something primarily hypothetical or theoretical, and that “excellence” has from the time of the Greek poets been associated with hard work and with that which is eminently good.