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Sharing the dream – by Cathi Johnson

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On a sweltering day recently, folks across the city – and perhaps the country – gathered in small groups to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his historic speech, “I have a dream,” delivered on August 28, 1963.  Faculty, staff, administration and students of Memphis Theological Seminary met together on […]

Seminary: Why now? Why ever? – by Andrew Thompson

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Last week our fall semester began at Memphis Theological Seminary. It’s the start of my third year on the faculty here—but perhaps the first year I’ve been here that I felt confident enough about what I was teaching that I’ve been able to reflect on larger issues related to theological education (and not just scramble […]

Who moved my pastor? By Cathi Johnson

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  Years ago, I read a book called “Who Moved My Cheese?,” about two mice and two little-people who had some decisions to make about survival when their readily available cheese was suddenly gone.  It’s a tongue-in-cheek reference to what humans do when changes are afoot.  Some hunker down and insist things must remain the […]

I went to a graduation, and church broke out! – by Cathi Johnson

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As I sat among trustees, with faculty in front of me and family members behind me, graduates to my right and more family to my left, I enjoyed the bubbling wellspring of goodwill and excitement.  It was intended to be a graduation ceremony for 53 seminary students, but instead, church broke out! We often talk […]

Get Your Hands Dirty in Youth Ministry

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Our future is in the hands of young people.  Are you called to lead them?   Are you called to Youth Ministry? Do you believe your future is to work with youth in a church setting, but have no idea where to go from here? Memphis Theological Seminary introduces a new Master of Arts in […]

Till We’re All Free

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Who’s Got Your Blues? Kirk Whalum with John Kilzer from Beale Street Caravan on Vimeo. Dr. King had a dream, and those who follow in his footsteps express that dream in many different ways. Inspiration has struck Grammy-award winning jazz musician and MTS alumnus Kirk Whalum, who has written a song in honor of Dr. King’s […]

The Big Question – by Cathi Johnson

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In teaching settings, there are two types of questions.  One has an answer in fact, such as “Is the earth round?”  The other just generates more questions, such as “Which scripture should be taken literally, and which should be read as hyperbole, parable or illustration to make a point?” In theological discussions, too often the […]