NTS Blogs
Wednesday
Aug202014

Free Falling on Faith is Just the Start

Jessica McConnell l NTS Class of 2016
Master of Divinity Degree Program
Master of Arts in Theological Studies Degree Program

There I was, standing on the edge, scared of the unknown, but trusting God as I prepared to free fall on faith like I never had before. I thought that jumping was all that I had to do and that everything else would come together seamlessly. I was wrong, it has not been easy, and things have not come together so simply, but God has been faithful. Two years later…

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Thursday
Jul242014

Going In Depth

Grant Christy | NTS Class of 2015
Master of Divinity Degree Program,
Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies Degree Program

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the second PALCON (Pastor and Leaders Conference) of the summer, this one, hosted on the campus of Southern Nazarene University. For three nights in a row, I was both nourished and challenged by the words of Dr. Eugenio Duarte, Dr. Carla Sunberg, and Revs. Gabriel and Jeanette Salguero. As if this line up weren’t enough to fill me to overflowing…

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Thursday
Jun052014

Beyond the Classroom

Travis Caldeira l NTS Class of 2016
Master of Divinity Degree Program

Three years ago, I couldn’t have imagined living in Kansas City. I was approaching my senior year at Point Loma and, while I had thought about continuing my education, the Midwest was far beyond my radar. Honestly, who leaves the beautiful beaches and the predictable weather of Southern California behind in favor of Missouri? Who would even build a seminary in such a place?

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Tuesday
Apr292014

A Transformative Process

Brian Burd l NTS Class of 2014
Master of Divinity Degree Program

As a Master of Divinity student, my course load over the last three years has been rather diverse. I’ve taken classes on subjects I knew nothing about, and I’ve taken classes that continue to build upon foundations taught to me in college. Part of this diverse course load includes classes that fall under the “Practical Theology” title. I’ve had friends say to me “I don’t need to go to seminary because everything I’ll learn I can learn hands-on in the Church.” This in a way is true: we do learn by hands-on experience—but let me share a story to illustrate why a Seminary education is also incredibly important.

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Thursday
Feb272014

Preparation 

Janette Platter l NTS Class of 2014
Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship Degree Program

As I approach graduation in May I have begun to reflect on my time here at seminary and the ways in which it has equipped me for the task ahead. There’s no doubt I’ve received an experience that will forever shape my ministry.

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Thursday
Feb062014

A Storied Place 

Phillip W. Antilla | NTS Class of 2015
Master of Divinity Degree Program

“Sense of place is not just something that people know and feel, it is something people do.”
      - Albert Camus

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Monday
Jan272014

Handing Off the Baton of Holiness

Cara Shonamon | NTS Class of 2015, 2016
Master of Divinity Degree Program, Master of Arts (Theological Studies) Degree Program

“If we do not live out a life of holiness for the next generation, they will not know what holiness looks like.” This is the line from Dr. Noble’s Doctrine of Holiness class that got me thinking…

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Tuesday
Aug062013

A Gospel for Here and Now

Chris Jehle l NTS Class of 2013
Master of Arts (Theological Studies) Degree Program
“What we really need to be doing is getting as many of the kids from the inner-city into mansions in heaven, instead of focusing on their housing here on earth.”
This was the push back I received from a prominent figure in a national Christian organization, after I shared about helping to repair a low income family’s house. It was theological statements like these that pushed me into seminary.

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Thursday
Jun062013

Aquinas Doesn't Want Us To Possess Knowledge

Jonathan Platter l NTS Class of 2014
Master of Arts (Theological Studies) Degree Program

We are so stuck in a shopping mindset we believe knowledge of God is a matter of possession- of possessing more information, hermeneutical tools, completed courses, a Greek New Testament (and hopefully the ability to read it), etc. If we want to know God (or about God) we need to consume more.

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Wednesday
Apr242013

Because God is surprising...and I have to be ready for that

Jeff Bassett l NTS Class of 2014
Master of Divinity Degree Program

God is truly surprising. When God calls, it is often not to the glamorous or glorious. It is to places like Lone Pine and Galilee. It is to people whose futures are unsure and whose lives are fragile.

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Wednesday
Mar272013

What Janet Benefiel Taught Me about the Kingdom of God

Marissa Coblentz l NTS Class of 2013
Master of Divinity Degree Program

I met Janet Benefiel early in my seminary career. She taught the only Sunday School class at my church. I loved her enthusiasm for the book of Mark, so I began attending regularly. It quickly became apparent that Janet’s enthusiasm went beyond biblical studies.

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Tuesday
Mar122013

Communion with Trees?

Luis Vargas | NTS Class of 2015
Master of Divinity Degree Program
Conversations like this explain why I’m in seminary. I’m in seminary because I care about my faith enough to take time to explore it, question it, doubt it, study it, and reexamine it with fellow classmates and professors.

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Tuesday
Feb192013

Too Precious to Squander

Stefanie Rowinski l NTS Class of 2013
Master of Divinity Degree Program

I became a full time pastor before I became a seminary student. Had my grasp on the challenges of ministry been firmer, I might not have proceeded in that order.

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Monday
Feb042013

The Importance of Community while Serving and Learning

Brian Burd l NTS class of 2014
Master of Divinity Degree Program

I think that most people come to seminary with ministry in mind. For some, the load of seminary academics adds to their already busy life of full-time ministry and family. For others, like myself, seminary is a high priority out of which ministry opportunities arise. In both of these situations (and the countless others in between), we all have pre-conceived ideas of what our ministry/study relationship will look like. But how reality plays out…that can be a different story.

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Monday
Jan142013

Living the Distance: Some Thoughts on NTS and the Geography of Pastoral Vocation

Cody Ellis l NTS Class of 2014
Master of Divinity Degree Program

I would say that NTS has taught and continues to teach me how to live the distance. Christ’s church is never all that I can see or imagine; there is an expansiveness for which I simply give thanks because I know that amidst the trials and joys of one local church, I share with others across great distances the same calling, mission, and witness.

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Wednesday
Jan022013

Millenials, the Church and Creativity

Ryan Ardrey | NTS Class of 2014
Student Leadership Team President

Do you ever wonder why most people go to church? Some of them probably go to get answers to their questions. Others might go to find solutions to their problems. I’m just past my halfway point at NTS and so far I haven’t found myself becoming the “answer guy” who gives out spiritual insight to those visiting the religious market. However, I would like to think I’m getting better at asking the right questions and encouraging people to have beneficial conversations.

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