God is speaking – we really should listen by Cathi Johnson


In 2009, the world received a shock. A woman of a certain age, with frizzy hair, caterpillar eyebrows, dark hose under a light dress, stood on a stage and expressed her desire to become a professional singer.  The judges on Britains Got Talent – and apparently the entire live audience (dare I say all of […]

Sharing the dream – by Cathi Johnson


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 […]

Who moved my pastor? By Cathi Johnson

Who moved my pastor

  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


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 […]

Dean Stan Wood Sets Tone for Graduation

One of the highlights of the year at Memphis Theological Seminary is graduation, when what could be a boring event often turns into an exuberant worship service!  The 2013 graduation service did not disappoint.  Following the powerful invocation by Dean Dr. Stan Wood, we enjoyed both high church and contemporary music and a rousing message […]

Don’t Judge Me! – by Cathi Johnson


Today was my last class on Romans – and it was a doozy! As I reflect back over this semester, I find that once again I have learned tons more in 13 weeks than I ever learned in 13 years of attending church, Sunday School, Bible studies and church functions. I was introduced more closely […]

A Methodist, Baptist, Catholic and Pentecostal walk into a bar… – by Cathi Johnson

Holy paths

Not really – that was just to get your attention. This group wasn’t in a bar, but instead breaking bread on the seminary campus with members of a local foundation that provides generous scholarships for four students. I was astounded at the diversity in a room of seven people. Lisa Nelson is a Licensed Evangelist […]

Different yet Familiar – by Cathi Johnson


  I didn’t know Jimmy well, but his wife Sheila and I are long-time friends from way back in our very early 20s.  Along with Laurie, Kim, CJ, Debbie and Jackie, we have gathered together over the past 30 years for weddings, births, deaths and gossip sessions over dinner.  We all feel relatively young in […]

Men are People, Too! – by Cathi Johnson


I’m always amazed at how the male mind works when there is a fix-it project in front of them. There was the time a watering golf-cart had lost the cap to the water thingamajig, and I was envisioning hiring a welder to make a new screw-on cap. The next week, I saw a man had […]

What does Satan look like? – by Cathi Johnson


    Have you been watching the History Channel program, The Bible? Or at least heard about it?! What has inspired you about this program? Is it the miracle of how God enabled Abraham and Sarah to bear children in their advanced old age? Is it the faith of Noah in building an ark in […]