By Rev. Dominique A. Robinson, Staff Associate for Contextual Education
No matter one’s gender, age, race, religion, ethnicity, economic, educational or social status they are not immune to the “troubles of this world.” 2015 was a difficult year for many. On a national level we were made aware of the “Deflate Gate” with Tom Brady; Rachel Dolezal pretending to be African American; Brian Williams lying about being on a helicopter that was forced down while in Iraq; the Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle’s sentencing to 15 years for possession of child pornography and crossing state lines for commercial sex with a minor; institutional corruption in the soccer world; Lamar Odom found unconscious in a Nevada brothel; Josh Duggar finally admitting to molesting 5 girls including 2 of his sisters; the Ashley Madison database hacking that led to the resignation of several major CEOs (pastors included); Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations; and the trumped-up attention about the crowning of the wrong Miss Universe. Continue reading Preaching that Makes Faith Leap
Decatur, GA—Columbia Theological Seminary announced that it will livestream its upcoming conference on Bible, Empire, and Reception History during November 18-19. The Bible, Empire, and Reception History conference will explore the production and use of the Bible in various historical and geographic contexts of empire. It will consider the use of postcolonial criticism in interpreting biblical texts and its implications in modern contexts.
“We had to limit the number of participants to only 80,” said Dr. Raj Nadella, Assistant Professor of New Testament. “All of the available slots were taken some time ago, but we will livestream the conference at http://livestream.com/ctsnet/berh. There will also be an overflow room on campus from where students and others can watch the conference on a screen.” Continue reading Conference of World Scholars to be Livestreamed
Columbia Theological Seminary announced a new addition to the speaker list for its upcoming conference on Bible, Empire, and Reception History during November 18-19.
“We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Mitri Raheb, an internationally acclaimed author, will present at the Bible, Empire and Reception History conference at Columbia Seminary,” said Dr. Raj Nadella, Professor of New Testament, in a statement. “Dr. Raheb is the author of 16 books, and he has appeared on networks such as CNN, ABC, BBC and in publications such as Newsweek and The Economist.” Continue reading Mitri Raheb Added to Speaker List for Bible, Empire, and Reception History
On November 18-19, 2015, Columbia Theological Seminary will host a unique conference exploring the production and use of the Bible in various historical contexts of empire. It will consider the use of postcolonial criticism in interpreting biblical texts and its implications in modern contexts.
“We deliberately scheduled the conference before the gathering of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR) to be held in Atlanta,” said Raj Nadella, assistant professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. “Originally, we hoped to have one or two well-known scholars interact with a small group of about 50 participants. As it turns out, more than half of the participants will be top scholars taking turns as panelists responding to the speakers!” Continue reading Columbia Hosts Conference on Bible, Empire, and Reception History
By Randy Calvo ’81, Director of Alumni/ae & Church Relations
With great affection I call it my pastor’s Bible. Gifted to me, it became the Bible that I worked out of for most of my twenty six years in parish ministry. This Bible still sits in my briefcase, red-cloth, hardback, Revised Standard Version with tattered edges. There are underlined verses, study notes scribbled in the margins and on pocket-size scratch pad papers placed between certain of its pages. This book of Holy Scripture is now loosely held together by a large rubber band. After all these many years, my Bible has come unglued, is in peril of falling apart, and is difficult to handle.
With some of the church’s present day crises over the interpretation of scripture, at times our handling of God’s Word seems at best to be loosely held together and at worst unglued and about to fall apart! Continue reading Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth