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  • What are the biggest threats facing Christian seminaries Today?

    12/09/2018 6:45:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Presbyterian pastor Ligon Duncan has listed out some of the biggest threats facing Christians seminaries in America, from unbelief to a lack of Biblical understanding in students. Duncan, who is the chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary in Mississippi, said in a video published on YouTube on Tuesday that one of the main threats facing theological education today is the undergraduate debt crisis. The scholar warned that the debt is “causing a lot of students to stay away from graduate theological education who would really benefit from it both personally and in their public ministry. Next, he said that there is...
  • Women Called to Ministry: An Interview with Kristen Padilla

    11/18/2018 4:49:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    Bible Gateway Blog ^ | November 13, 2018 | Jonathan Petersen
    What does it mean to be called to ministry? What does the Bible say about men and women in ministry? Who are the examples in the Bible of being called to ministry? What are the practical tools to help you pursue God’s call for your life? Bible Gateway interviewed Kristen Padilla (@kristenpadilla) about her book, Now That I’m Called: A Guide for Women Discerning a Call to Ministry (Zondervan, 2018).What does the Bible say about ministerial calling?Kristen Padilla: Scripture is not a ministerial calling textbook. However, we can extrapolate from Scripture a loose definition of a ministerial calling. Humans were...
  • Venezuelan Seminarians Struggle to Follow Christ’s Call

    07/25/2018 7:25:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 7/18/18 | Jonathon Liedl
    Venezuelan seminarians are struggling to continue their formation for the priesthood in the midst of a deepening national crisisI’ve known Oscar for only a couple days, but I already think he has some gifts that would make him a great priest. The 19-year-old seminarian, who is just finishing his second year of formation, has been a translator of sorts for me during my visit to Buen Pastor Seminary in Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela. Although he doesn’t speak any English, he patiently and clearly explains things in a way that I can understand with my limited Spanish—a welcome contrast to the typical...
  • Moody Bible Institute Facing Controversy Over Faculty Cuts, Low Student Enrollment

    01/08/2018 8:23:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/07/2018 | Brandon Showalter
    Moody Bible Institute is in the midst of what some say is a "crisis" involving falling enrollment numbers, theologically liberal professors, and an administration that has betrayed the school's mission and created a culture of fear. The school, however, maintains that recent strategic moves have better positioned the institution for the future and they are presently addressing concerns. In November, Moody Bible Institute of Chicago — founded in 1886 and named after renowned American evangelist Dwight L. Moody — announced that as part of a strategic initiative to preserve its long-term financial well-being, it would close its campus in Spokane,...
  • Only Six Irish Sign Up for the Priesthood - a 222-Year-Record Low

    09/10/2017 6:34:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 9/7/17 | James Wilson
    A mere six men will be starting the classes required to become a priest at the National Seminary at St. Patrick's College Maynooth in County Kildare this fall – the lowest number in the seminary’s more than two centuries of existence. Fifteen men, the Irish Catholic reports, are currently undergoing preparatory work that will allow them to become seminarians in the fall of 2018. Maynooth, which opened in 1795, was once the largest seminary in the world with space for 500 men to train to become priests. Last year there were only 80 men undergoing the necessary studies at the...
  • PCUSA Tackling Low Bible Test Scores Among Seminary Students

    03/11/2017 4:35:27 PM PST · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 3/1/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    The Presbyterian Church (USA) is looking into ways to handle an apparent drop in satisfactory rates in Bible test scores among people preparing for ministry within the Mainline denomination. Earlier this month, a task force created by the executive committee of the Committee on Theological Education released a statement on the Bible Content Examinations and a trend of lower than average evaluation rates that began in the summer. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is looking into ways to handle an apparent drop in satisfactory rates in Bible test scores among people preparing for ministry within the Mainline denomination. Earlier this month,...
  • BREAKING: Vatican re-affirms that homosexual men should not be admitted to priesthood

    12/08/2016 5:37:10 AM PST · by Petrosius · 43 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 7, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    December 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A new document from the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy released today reiterates that "those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called 'gay culture'" are not to be admitted to seminaries or be ordained Catholic priests. In a new 90-page document titled The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, the Congregation for Clergy wrote that those who live the homosexual lifestyle, support the "gay culture," or have "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" "find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women." "One must in no way overlook the...
  • Influential Episcopal Seminary No Longer Offering Degrees Amid Report of $7.9 Million Loss

    11/21/2016 12:17:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/21/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    An influential seminary affiliated with The Episcopal Church has announced that it will no longer issue degrees starting next year, and is reporting a net loss of $7.9 million in assets since last year. The Episcopal Divinity School of Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced in July that they will stop granting degrees at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Last week, the divinity school sent out an update to supporters and members of its campus community wherein they noted that the net assets of the seminary had declined rapidly over the past couple of years. "At our meeting, we also accepted...
  • Irish Police to Probe Complaints of Homosexual Cabal at Seminary

    08/03/2016 4:08:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    An Irish man who was allegedly dismissed from the national seminary after complaining of homosexual activities will meet with police to discuss a formal complaint. The man, who has sought to preserve his anonymity, told the Irish Independent that a faculty member at St. Patrick’s seminary in Maynooth made homosexual overtures. He eventually left the seminary and married, but testified that his experience left him “severely shaken” and troubled by depression. The possibility of policy involvement and formal charges comes at a time when the Irish news media are reporting multiple complaints of homosexual misconduct at the Maynooth seminary. Ex-trainee...
  • Spin Of The Year (Possibly the most heretical seminary in the US is going out of business)

    07/23/2016 4:16:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 100 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 07-21-2016 | Rod Dreher
    The Very Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, lesbian cleric and then president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, delivers 2009 'abortion is a blessing' address (National Organization for Women/Flickr) Via the Episcopal News Service, a press release revealing that the ultramegaliberal Episcopal Divinity School is winding things down: Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided July 21 on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDS’s future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to...
  • [Charlotte] Diocese Announces College Seminary for Future Priests

    03/24/2016 10:39:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Men to study at Belmont Abbey CollegeBELMONT — The Diocese of Charlotte is establishing a college seminary in response to growing interest in priestly vocations. The St. Joseph College Seminary will be what the Church calls a "minor" seminary, as its focus is undergraduate men considering the priesthood, one step before enrolling in a "major" seminary where they receive more specific priestly formation. It will give these men the opportunity to live closer to home, continue their college studies while in community together, and interact regularly with diocesan vocations staff. On March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, Bishop Peter...
  • Militants seize shrine in Pakistan (named after renowned Pashtun freedom fighter Sahib Turangzai)

    07/30/2007 10:23:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 379+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/07 | Bashirullah Khan - ap
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan - Pro-Taliban militants seized control of a shrine in northwestern Pakistan and renamed it after Islamabad's Red Mosque, while 10 people died in the latest violence near the Afghan border, officials said Monday. About 70 pro-Taliban militants occupied the shrine of renowned Pashtun freedom fighter Sahib Turangzai and its accompanying mosque in the town of Lakarai in Mohmand tribal region on Sunday, a spokesman for the militants and a local government official said. The militants declared their support for the radical leaders of the Red Mosque that was stormed by Pakistan's army this month after its clerics...
  • Inside the Red Mosque

    07/12/2007 1:43:42 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies · 1,116+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Thursday, 12 July 2007 | BBC News
    The bullet-riddled walls and roofs of the Red Mosque's interior tell the story of a fierce battle. The mosque, located in a central district of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, was stormed by troops two days ago to clear out Islamic militants holed up inside. The government says 10 soldiers, one policeman and 75 militants were killed in the fighting and the week-long standoff that preceded the final assault. For six months, the halls and rooms of Jamia Hafsa, a women's seminary inside the mosque, were home to a new breed of Islamic hardliners - women clad from head to toe...
  • Dallas Theological Seminary Graduate Says School Never Placed a Black Graduate to a White Church

    05/06/2015 10:17:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/06/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Jimmy King, a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate who now serves as senior pastor of Proclamation Church in Orlando, accused the school said to be one of the top 20 seminaries in the U.S. of not providing him and other black graduates with enough support in finding employment, and further asserted that he was once told, "we've never placed a black graduate to a white church." King, who graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2006 with a master of theology in pastoral ministry and leadership degree, according to his church's website, revealed during The Reconciled Church: Healing the Racial Divide Summit...
  • Preparing future officers of the Church Militant and New Evangelization (Catholic Caucus)

    03/17/2015 2:40:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A couple of nice TLM photos.His Excellency Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, celebrating Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form for seminarians at Mount St. Mary Seminary. The diocese has seminarians in formation there. Preparing future officers of the Church Militant.  Readying to continue the New Evangelization with a solid priestly identity.
  • I Hated the Idea of Becoming Catholic

    11/28/2014 2:33:31 PM PST · by NYer · 1,099 replies
    Aleteia ^ | JUNE 20, 2014 | ANTHONY BARATTA
    It was the day after Ash Wednesday in 2012 when I called my mom from my dorm room at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and told her I thought I was going to become Catholic. “You’re not going to become Catholic, you just know you’re not Southern Baptist,” she said. “No, I don’t think so.” A pause. “Oh boy,” she sighed. I started crying. I cannot stress enough how much I hated the idea of becoming Catholic. I was bargaining to the last moment. I submitted a sermon for a competition days before withdrawing from school. I was memorizing Psalm 119...
  • (Dr.) Scott Hahn to Mundelein

    05/10/2014 2:18:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | May 10, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    My favorite bearded Catholic author Scott Hahn will be teaching at Mundelein Seminary next year. I read pretty much everything he writes...except for the real smarty pants stuff that I don't understand. The idea of Scott Hahn and Fr. Barron teaching at Mundelein makes that a pretty amazing place. Francis Cardinal George appointed Dr. Scott Hahn as the first McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biblical Theology at Mundelein Seminary of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. In this position, Dr. Hahn will conduct research, teach and offer occasional public lectures. “Dr. Hahn is one of the theologians at...
  • Pope: Church must not turn priests into 'little monsters'

    01/03/2014 1:19:19 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/3/14 | Allesandro Bianchi
    Pope Francis is calling for a change in the culture of seminaries, saying priests who are taught only to toe the line will become "little monsters."
  • The United Miracle: A Mainline Seminary Turns from Liberalism to Orthodoxy

    10/23/2013 10:08:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | October 21, 2013 | John Lomperis
    Not long ago, United Theological Seminary (UTS) in the Dayton, Ohio area was just another declining, has-been mainline seminary, facing ominous financial hardships, dominated by Scripture-demoting theological liberalism, and reflective of so much of what was wrong with its shrinking sponsoring denomination, the United Methodist Church. The former seminary of the Evangelical United Brethren (which merged with the Methodist Church to form the United Methodist Church in 1968) was founded by Bishop Milton Wright, father of the famed Wright brothers. Today, the school is a very different place than what many alumni experienced. It is now explicitly committed to a...
  • After years of decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests

    09/25/2013 10:54:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    RNS ^ | September 24, 2013 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    WASHINGTON (RNS) After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades.This year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology students represents a 16 percent increase since 1995 and a 10 percent jump since 2005, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).Seminary directors cite more encouragement from bishops and parishes, the draw of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the social-justice-minded Pope Francis, and...