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Who Offers Bible Study for the Pastor? Print E-mail

This seemingly innocent question was nonchalantly asked recently by one of my DMin students. She had journeyed to the Seminary campus this summer with seven other experienced pastors and chaplains for a one-week intensive course on biblical interpretation. We had been working collaboratively as a class on multiple biblical passages, including some difficult ones such as Matthew 25: 31-46, over the course of several days, and the results were evident: a community of interpreters produces rich and fruitful questions and interpretations that are often difficult to match in the solitude of a pastor's study.

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Church News 7-23-13 Print E-mail

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Ministry in a Culture of Disengagement Print E-mail

My daughter Kate and I met my friend Angela Cowser in Nashville the other day. We went to a Chinese buffet and then, to extend our visit, walked for an hour around an outdoor track. Neither Kate nor I wore shoes ideal for walking on a cinder-covered surface, but the fellowship was too important for us to care about foot-discomfort.

Perhaps ironically, at Angela's initiative the topic that had launched the evening's discussion was the decline of meaningful conversation. By "meaningful conversation" Angela meant dialogue characterized by mutual attentiveness, openness, and respect. She meant interchanges that move participants incrementally toward a deepened understanding of themselves, one another, and the world. We discussed reasons why people don't talk as much as they used to, and noted that when conversations do occur they often are superficial and distracted.

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Cooperative of Churches meeting Print E-mail

The Pendleton County Cooperative of Churches regular bi-monthly meeting that was scheduled for Thursday evening, July 18 at the Butler Christian Church has been postponed. Please watch The Falmouth Outlook for rescheduling of the meeting.

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Knoxville VBS Print E-mail

The Knoxville Christian Church will be having Vacation Bible School nightly from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on July 24 and ending on July 26.

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Church News 7-16-13 Print E-mail

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The Faithful Church Print E-mail

(Guest-written by the Rev. Anne Vouga (MDiv '08). Anne is rector at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Louisville.)

Sometimes it seems as if all that we clergy want to write and talk about is how to get hold of those precious "nones," the growing number of people who might still believe in God, yet do not consider themselves members of any religious institution. I have joined in the hand-wringing like everyone else, but a distinct sense of déjà-vu usually calls me up short.

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