NTS Blogs
Monday
Jun092014

Knowing Where the Rocks Are: What Seminary Can’t Teach You, But Can Prepare You To Learn

Dr. Tim Crutcher
Adjunct Professor

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Thursday
May012014

Youth Ministry Articles Published by Dean Blevins

Dr. Dean Blevins, NTS Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship and Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship, recently had 2 articles published on the topics surrounding youth ministry and neuroscience.  

The article, “Brains on Fire: Neuroscience and the Gift of Youth” was published in an academic journal, The Journal of Youth Ministry.  Download a PDF of the article HERE.

Another article, “A Transformed Mind: Preteens, Conversion and the Brain” was published in Youthworker Journal.  Click HERE to view the full magazine; Dr. Blevins’ article begins on page 49.

 

Thursday
Feb062014

Reflections on "A Polite Bribe"

Dr. Andy Johnson
Professor of New Testament

I was recently asked to be a part of a panel discussion in Kansas City following a screening of a new documentary film on the apostle Paul. The film is called “A Polite Bribe” and has been in the works for almost a decade.

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Thursday
Jan092014

Generational Giving Patterns

Dr. Keith Schwanz
Assistant Dean & Lecturer in Church Music

If Dickerson is correct in his analysis and the trajectory continues, a dramatic adjustment to the economics of ministry has begun. Pastoral compensation will change as will the types of ministry in which a congregation engages…

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Amazing!

Dr. Doug Hardy
Professor of Spiritual Formation
Director, Doctor of Ministry Program

We seem to be easily and repeatedly drawn to the spectre of the amazing. This is true in religious experience as in other areas of life…

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Monday
Nov252013

Fresh Questions

Dr. Bill Selvidge
Professor of Intercultural Studies
Director, Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies Degree Program

I love being around people who have new, fresh questions about what it means to follow Jesus…

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Monday
Oct282013

365m In Ireleand

Two NTS Faculty Members-Dr. David Wesley and Dr. Dean Blevins-are currently in Ireland to meet with mentors for our 365m Program. Dr. Blevins is blogging about their meetings and experiences on his personal blog, “Discipleship Commons.”  Please follow along!  

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Monday
Sep162013

Boots on the Ground

Dr. Doug Hardy
Professor of Spiritual Formation
Director, Doctor of Ministry Degree Program

… likewise, the Church—the Body of Christ—must be a boots on the ground force in order “that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10, NRSV). There is no substitute, no shortcut for incarnational ministry following our Incarnational Lord.

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Thursday
May302013

John Wesley: Family Expert?

Dr. Dean Blevins
Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship
Director of Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship

Wesley’s vision for families remained strong in spite of his own background. Yes, John was a product of his history and heritage. However, John seemed to transcend some of the troubling aspects of his heritage (which Headley also points out) by drawing on the strength of the past while struggling with other aspects of his personal life.

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Tuesday
Apr302013

Be Strong

Dr. Doug Hardy
Professor of Spiritual Formation
Director, Doctor of Ministry Degree Program

Boston is a special place for me. I was born and attended college just outside the city. I took my first teaching job at that same college—Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA—and earned my Ph.D. degree at Boston University. My son lives in the city. My two sisters live in the Boston area and many dear friends and colleagues call the Boston area home. So when bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day, it hit close to home.

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Wednesday
Mar202013

The Case of Ota Benga

Dr. David Wesley
Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies
Director, 365M Program

It is hard to imagine that the Bronx Zoo would place a human being on display along with animals, but that is precisely what happened to a man by the name of Ota Benga.

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Wednesday
Mar062013

Do This in Remembrance

Dr. Judi Schwanz
Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

For many people, Memorial Day doesn’t fall on the last weekend in May – it comes on April 19th each year.

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Thursday
Feb142013

Translating the Sacred Texts

Dr. Roger L. Hahn
Professor of New Testament
Dean of the Faculty

The mission of God is too urgent not to translate the Bible again and again. But I am grateful for the faithful work of Hebrew and Greek scholars who ensure that our translations are also faithful.

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Thursday
Jan242013

The Spiritual Discipline of Parenting

Dr. Tim Crutcher
Affiliate Professor in Theology/Church History, NTS
Associate Professor of Theology/Church History, Southern Nazarene University

I do think we benefit greatly from taking time away from the ordinary and focusing on God with the tools He has given us for connecting our lives with His. However, I have found in my own life that the single greatest tool God has used for shaping my spiritual life has been something exceedingly ordinary.

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Thursday
Jan172013

Must theological education embrace social media?

See Dr. Blevins’ personal blog for his thoughts on this topic:

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Thursday
Jan102013

Les Miserables, Forgiveness and Transformation

Dr. Andy Johnson
Professor of New Testament

The gospel certainly is about forgiveness but forgiveness without transformation is not gospel. Without the shattering of one’s old world and the (usually slow and painstaking) embrace of the new world that lavish grace brings with it, forgiveness isn’t “good news” at all.

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Monday
Nov192012

From Contempt to Honor

Dr. Joseph Coleson
Professor of Old Testament
Director, Master of Arts (Theological Studies) Degree Program

I’ve been a professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament for a while now, so when we begin to approach the Advent season, my thoughts naturally turn to several well-known Old Testament passages.

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Wednesday
Oct242012

Why You Should Preach Without a Pulpit

Dr. Steve Estep
Senior Pastor, Clarksville Grace Church of the Nazarene (Clarksville, TN)
NTS Adjunct Professor of Preaching

Oak. Walnut. Plexiglass. Large and imposing. Ornate. Small and simple. They come in all shapes and sizes… pulpits. While I do believe there are some excellent communicative reasons for getting rid of the pulpit, that is not exactly what this blog is about.

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Tuesday
Oct022012

Welcoming the Stranger

Dr. Bill Selvidge
Director, Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies Degree

I must admit that I was not your average onlooker at the district workshop “Welcoming the Stranger.” Workshops at district gatherings are good opportunities to learn practical ways to carry out ministry. However, one never knows how many people might actually show up. There was seating for about 30 people but it ended up as a standing room only event.

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Wednesday
Sep052012

How does Scripture function?

Dr. Dean G. Blevins
Director, Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship Degree

I am looking forward participating in the Youth Theology panel discussions at the National Youth Workers Convention in San Diego and Dallas. The panels, sponsored by Immerse Journal, are designed to engage youth ministers theologically, encouraging a deeper reflection over the role of theology in the practice of ministry. One of the panels will address the role of scripture.

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