A Blog by Southeastern University's Barnett College of Ministry & Theology

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Coffee With Bonhoeffer

With culture shifts and upcoming generations sometimes focusing more attention on the present and future, earlier teachings from wise men and women worth learning from can be overlooked. Perhaps one of these teachers being German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, widely known for his writings amidst his actively anti-Nazi stance in the World War II era. In this week’s piece, Jared Myer, a student at Southeastern University, invites us on a personal journey into Bonhoeffer’s letters, and shares his takeaways from engaging with teachers from the past.

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The Dangers of Personality Testing

Personality tests, such as the Enneagram or Myers-Briggs, offer opportunity for deeper understanding and growth in ourselves, and healthier relationships with others. But if we are not careful, these helpful tools can become hurtful, minimizing people to mere stereotypes, and excusing behavior that needs to change. In this week’s post, Austin Spiller, a graduate student at Southeastern University’s Divinity School, takes a look at how we as Christians can use these tools in a positive way.

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Disagreeing Without Damaging

The question in our relationships is not whether or not we will disagree, but when it will happen, and what it will be about. Despite the inevitability of differing opinions these arguments are often mishandled. This week, missionary Tori Rasmussen shares a few principles of how to engage with others concerning topics we can’t agree on, for civility’s sake.

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Everyday Theology with Rick Wadholm Jr.

The Christian church has struggled to interpret the Old Testament for centuries. How should the everyday Christian read this narrative? Today Aaron invites Rev. Rick Wadholm, Jr., Old Testament scholar and all around great guy, to teach us how to bridge the gap between the Old Testament and our context today. 

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Is Cancel Culture Canceled?

“She’s canceled.”
“I don’t support him anymore, did you hear what he did?” These are phrases that pop culture has normalized in an attempt to hold those in positions of power to a certain moral standard. While taking the actions of those in such positions seriously shows the potential of a public commitment to justice, it so often lacks an offer of redemption. This week, PhD student Justin Rose examines how Christians can earnestly and positively engage with these public calls to accountability.

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How Then Shall We Address Impeachment?

We should expect our politicians to extend a loving heart and concern for those who need a lifting hand. In our call for caring politicians, we as a community participate through our political commitments in lifting-up the whole of society. In this week’s post, Dr. Zachary Tackett, church history and theology professor at Southeastern University, discusses the modern impeachment relevance in today’s political climate and how we as believers might react in response.

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Engaging MLK’s Vision

FILE: The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963 will be marked with remembrances and a march beginning on August 24.    MONTGOMERY, AL - MAY 13: Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a sermon on May 13, 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. ought to endure and advance our culture today. On this special episode of Everyday Theology, Aaron sits down with Ray Allen, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Southeastern University, to discuss how the church should actively progress MLK’s dream beyond the holiday we recognize today.

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Lord, This is Your Year

It is a well-intentionedphrase, but one that some fear may cause more harm than good: “This is youryear!” In this week’s post, Rebecca Clark, graduate student at SoutheasternUniversity, discusses this common phrase often encountered in the church and,what instead, believers may celebrate as they ring in 2020. 

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