A Place for a New Kind of Seminary

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Science – The Only Narrative?

Does Your Heart Break Like a Samaritan?

Over the last several days I have been haunted by the hateful thoughts and acts around me related to the different “other.” The question keeps ringing in my ears – what can I do, how can I help? I have contacted leaders in my area. I have tried to teach my children about Christian generosity and goodness. What else can I do?

Someone recently told me – Nijay, you are a teacher – teach! Well, this term I am teaching Biblical Greek, so I took the opportunity to teach my students about the Greek text of Luke 10:25-37 – the “Parable of the Good Samaritan.” I thought I would share these reflections. (more…)

Eczema of the Soul

Character counts!

In 1980, a critically acclaimed movie titled The Elephant Man hit the theaters. It told the story of John Merrick, a severely deformed person living in Victorian-era England. (more…)

George Fox Evangelical Seminary has a new name: Portland Seminary

This press release, written by Sean Patterson, is the official press release announcing Portland Seminary.

A little more than 20 years since a merger with George Fox, the seminary is beginning a new chapter with a revamped curriculum and new moniker

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What is truth?

Amy Wang is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.[1] In the Post’s daily political weblog The Fix, Wang noted that in 2016, Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” as the “word of the year.”[2] (more…)

A 21st Century ‘Thanksgiving’ Story: The Dakota Pipeline Water Protectors

The origin of the American Thanksgiving is attributed to a harvest feast held in 1621 in Massachusetts with the Wampanoag Indians and the Plymouth colonists.[1]   Part of the story-telling of the ‘first’ feast is the recognition that without the help of Native Americans the early settlers would not have made it. The celebration is linked to the role Native Americans played in a romanticized U.S. story. What is omitted from the story’s re-telling is how the white settlers and the U.S. government went on to systematically displace, kill, and destroy Native American peoples, their cultures, and their lands. (more…)

Jesus, our unblemished offering

Peter Leithart is the president of the Theopolis Institute[1] and blogs at First Things.[2] In his August 12, 2016, post titled, “A commendation of Leviticus,”[3] Leithart affirms the “moral import” of Leviticus. In particular, he notes that the book’s “ceremonies symbolize” its “moral teaching.” Furthermore, its “morality grows out of the liturgical habits it instills.” (more…)

Bald Eagles and the Dove