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Your 4 Priorities for Seminary

By Matt Smethurst

Here are four simple yet crucial principles for every seminarian (prospective or present) to bear in mind. read more

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  • Working for Fairness and Transparency in Agribusiness
  • Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ
  • Cotton Mather’s Advice for Seminary Students

Working for Fairness and Transparency in Agribusiness

Jason Kong is the general chemistry laboratory supervisor for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, Sarah, who is also a chemistry teacher. He will be teaching middle school youth about the Scriptures and the catechisms at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church this fall. How do you describe your work? If you’ve ever owned an animal, fertilized a garden or farm, drunk a mug of apple cider, or showed a dairy steer at a county or state fair, then it’s likely you’ve...

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Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ

Rosaria Butterfield knits. Balls of yarn at her feet become fingerless mohair mittens for her family of six. But that’s not the only kind of knitting she does. She also wields her needles of theology and experience against the tangled mess of modern sexuality. The result is order where chaos tends to rule. This order is timely. When it comes to same-sex anything, the church can appear awkward and clumsy. As the pressure mounts, we Christians fumble around with our Bibles, unsure of how to connect the truths in God’s Word to cultural discourse...

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Cotton Mather’s Advice for Seminary Students

Scholars have had a field day with the complex character of the New England Puritan Cotton Mather (1663–1728). Psychoanalysts have construed him through his childhood speech impediment and complex relationship with his father, historians have portrayed him as a backwards Puritan witch hunter or a capitulating Enlightenment progressive, and literary critics have followed Nathaniel Hawthorne and blamed Mather for all of America’s problems. Nevertheless, Mather’s legacy continues to invite closer and more sympathetic looks today; a new book by historian Rick Kennedy even claims him as “the first American evangelical.” Whether...

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