Northeastern Seminary Blog

Sabbath-Keeping: So We Can Look For God

Posted on Sun, Dec 14, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

Last year I traveled to Peru to talk with some Free Methodist pastors about the importance of self-care in ministry. One of the highlights of that trip for me was a small group time where we talked about taking a Sabbath rest each week. Most of the pastors in the group were bi-vocational, and poured themselves into their ministry whenever they had the opportunity. The idea of taking a rest each week, while acknowledged as important, was also experienced as a real challenge.

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Tags: interacting with God, reflection, ministry, sabbath-keeping

Sabbath-Keeping: An Intentional Endeavor

Posted on Tue, Dec 02, 2014 @ 09:51 AM

At a recent lecture Dr. Matthew Sleeth discussed the necessity of Sabbath rest and why this command often gets overlooked or goes underappreciated even within the Body of Christ. In his attempt to remind us of Sabbaths past he asked that we remember some of the special things that happened on Sunday’s when we were children which, for most, meant recalling a time where Blue Laws were still observed which made it almost as impossible to break the Sabbath as today’s culture does to keep it.

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Tags: person in ministry, spiritual formation, reflection, pastor, seminary alumni, sabbath-keeping

The Writer's Calling: A Seminary Student's Reflections

Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 04:22 PM

What convictions has God planted deep within your heart this semester, this month, this year,  or the past decade? Northeastern Seminary student, Jae Newman (MAT) reflects on his journey of discovering, writing, and the role of seminary.    

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Tags: seminary education, personal formation, poetry, non-traditional seminary, reflection, theological education, ministry, spiritual gifts

Doing Something About Violence Against Women and Girls

Posted on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 01:53 PM

Toward the end of my first semester as graduate assistant for Dr. Elizabeth Gerhardt, professor of theology and social ethics at Northeastern Seminary, she asked me to help her edit the book she was working on. This included things like checking sources, making sure things were cited properly (I almost memorized the Turabian style guide throughout this process), and checking grammar. I had already gotten to know her fairly well having had the privilege of serving at an orphanage in Fushun, China, with a team that included Beth and her daughter. So when she told me that the subject matter of the book centered on issues of gendercide and violence toward women and how the church needs to respond, I was on board. It was a topic that I had wanted to learn more about.

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Tags: reflection, domestic violence, Dr. Elizabeth Gerhardt, The Cross and Gendercide

Why Spiritual Formation is Important in Seminary

Posted on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 @ 10:18 AM

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Tags: personal formation, spiritual formation, non-traditional seminary, faith sharing groups, reflection, God at work, listening