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A Film Critic Pastor-Theologian On the 2019 Oscars

People often ask me if being a film critic doing a PhD on cinema and theology takes all the fun out of watching movies. I can understand the sentiment. Film-watching is supposed to be an enjoyable diversion, an escape from reality for 90-120 minutes into an imagined world of drama and wonder. Won’t academic research […]

The Right Not to Bear Arms

I have owned at least one firearm for nearly fifty years, since I bought my first gun, a .22 single shot Ithaca rifle from the Sears catalog in 1968, at age 11 (yes, you could get mail-order guns in those days). We lived on a farm, so there were places I could shoot it safely. […]

Doctor of Ministry D School program and dissertation redesign dream session 2018

A group of faculty, administrators, alumni, and current DMin students gathered to redesign the DMin dissertation process at Portland Seminary.

Portland Seminary/College of Christian Studies Christmas Party 2017

3 Formational Practices for Difficult Conversations Every Church Can Learn

Dr. Raleigh Washington, the president and CEO of Promise Keepers and spokesperson for racial reconciliation, often would pepper his talks with the catch phrase “not for guilt, just for understanding.” He was asking for a deeper listen than our normal tendency to close our minds and react when we hear something challenging or contrary to […]

Three Signs You Are Burning Out

In April 2017, Portland Seminary received a $50,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to explore the question of pastoral thriving. This is the second of five blogs that we are producing to share our findings, while soliciting continued discussions. As Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Portland Seminary, a number of our […]

Five Considerations for Thriving Clergy of Color

In April 2017, Portland Seminary received a $50,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to explore the question of pastoral thriving. This is the first of five blogs that we are producing to share our findings, while soliciting continued discussions.

A Place for a New Kind of Seminary

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 […]