Black Lives Matter! #3

By William R. Freeman (M.Div.’01) Dyllan Storm Roof, the young white man who murdered nine Black Christians at Mother Emmanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015 in Charleston, SC after being allowed into a weekly Bible study, was finally found guilty, and on January 10, 2017 was sentenced to death.  However, the real story is how … Continue reading Black Lives Matter! #3


Doing Good Works!

By Helen Beset Byrd (M. Div.’07) Jesus Christ, our savior, was a master teacher.  He used examples from the culture and experiences of his learners.  In the absence of instructional technology, Paul and all the disciples mentored others and sent them to disparate places to take the message of Jesus Christ to others.  A Greek … Continue reading Doing Good Works!


Gems for the Journey – God Sees Us, Do We See God? 2 Kings 6:6-17

By  Veronica Thomas (M.Div.’07) In our text today we see the prophet Elisha, the successor to Elijah, as God’s prophet doing what God ordained him to do: forewarn. In response to his call, Elisha was “forwarning” the King of Israel of the plans of the King of Syria. Despite Israel’s spiritual sins, the Lord was always … Continue reading Gems for the Journey – God Sees Us, Do We See God? 2 Kings 6:6-17


“Holding Down My Corner”

By Angela S. Duncan (M.Div. ’03) 2 So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he (Jesus) was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 And when they … Continue reading “Holding Down My Corner”


Patterning God’s extravagant generosity

By Helen Bessent Byrd (M.Div. ‘07) There were simple things of life that many people take for granted that some did not enjoy years ago – like having your mail delivered to your door. As a child living on our farm, we did not have mailboxes at our door. Our mail was placed in our mailbox … Continue reading Patterning God’s extravagant generosity


Life cannot grind to a halt during troubled times

By Veronica Martin Thomas (M.Div. ’07) The prophet Jeremiah’s letter to the people of Jerusalem who had been carried away captive to Babylon is recorded in Jeremiah 29:4-9.  He assures them that he wrote in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Jeremiah was but the scribe. It would be comfortable … Continue reading Life cannot grind to a halt during troubled times


Moving into our third 30s: older & aging adult ministry

By Ronald Hopkins (D. Min. ‘09) Several years ago I took a continuing education course on “Older and Aging Adults” – the persons who attend and financially support most of our churches regardless of denomination. The pastor teaching the course, The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, former Director of the Center on Aging and Older … Continue reading Moving into our third 30s: older & aging adult ministry


Book explores transgenerational trauma from chattel slavery

By Veronica Thomas & Helen Bessent Byrd Dr. Paula Owens Parker (M.Div..‘94), Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation at Union Presbyterian Seminary, has authored a book which aids professionals who seek to explore cultural variance and examine trauma and resilience in families across generations. An ordained Presbyterian minister with numerous experiences as a spiritual director, … Continue reading Book explores transgenerational trauma from chattel slavery


Going the Second Mile in Love

Rev. Dr. Helen Bessent Byrd, BAA Treasurer In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus imparts interpretations of Scripture to clarify misunderstandings of the teachings of the Old Testament emphasizing the value of withholding anger.  In Matthew 5:41, Jesus teaches: “And if anyone forces (requires or compels) you to go one mile, go also the second … Continue reading Going the Second Mile in Love


Dean Angela Sims Publishes Her Fourth Book

Dr. Sims, who is a researcher, professor, administrator and author serves as Academic Dean, Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Chair in Church and Society and Associate Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies at St Paul School of Theology in Overland Park, Kansas.   Her fourth book published last month is entitled, Lynched – The Power … Continue reading Dean Angela Sims Publishes Her Fourth Book