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

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The Groaning of a Prisoner

Grace can cost everything you have to offer and more, but in the end you will declare with Paul, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us,” (Rom. 8:18, NASB). In this week’s discussion Dr. Margaret de Alminana, associate professor of theology at Southeastern University, shares her rationale of spiritually rescuing prisoners based on her many years serving as Senior Chaplain of Women at the Orange County Jail.

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@preachersnsneakers (pt.1)

Amassing over 120 thousand followers in a three week time span, the instagram account @preachersnsneakers has hit the Christian social media world by storm. In today’s feature, Aaron Ross, assistant professor of theological studies at Southeastern University, enters this relevant conversation with a valuable perception that seeks to provide context and answers behind why this new account has escalated so rapidly – even more rapidly than the insta-following of the celebrity pastors themselves.

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The Church and the Academy

While some believe differences should separate the Church from the Academy, others disagree claiming that, in the interest of faith communities, the two function best intertwined. In this week’s discussion, Dr. Ben Gomez, assistant professor and director of youth ministry studies at Southeastern University, presents evidence explaining why the church should unite with the academy and disregard the common either/or stigma.

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Faith Outside Ourselves

Faith can, will, and should be challenged from outside ourselves. A humble faith recognizes contrasting voices as valid even if the value of their claims is up for debate. In this week’s discussion, Jordan Reed, a seminary student at Boston University, provides a personal reflection examining his transition from undergraduate learning into a more diversely opinionated institution and how it has influenced his current theological perspectives.

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Broken Friends

During the New York City Times Square celebration, the music group Lovelytheband performed their hit song “Broken.” Regardless of the band’s religion or worldview, the underlying message weaved throughout their songs seem to have a clear association with the Christian gospel. In this week’s article, Dr. Ric Rohm, professor of business and leadership at Southeastern University, discusses why believers should embrace brokenness, admit to personal vulnerabilities, and love others despite who they are within.

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Spring Cleaning: Skeletons in the Closet

We often conceal our vulnerabilities beneath the surface of a smiling countenance, curated social media or distinguished job title. Should we demand justice as Christians when we see hate crimes materialize without attending to the deeper issue? In this week’s article, Dr. Richard Harris, communication’s professor at Southeastern University and former (renounced) Grand Dragon of the Indiana KKK, discusses a seven step process in addressing the infirmities within us.

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The Burden (and Peace) of Jesus

“Jesus, I don’t see you like I used to. I don’t feel you as I did before. I can’t hear your voice.” Where are you!?” Often times, that is my prayer when I’m having a hard week and I have had to carry the weight of the world on my shoulders. Jesus’ response to me is always a boldly stated “I’ve been here! Where have you been? I’ve been here waiting on you!” This week, Hazel Johnson, graduate student at Boston University, takes a look at how we as the church should think about the burdens we place on ourselves. How can we be both responsible, active Christians and rest in the peace of Christ at the same time?

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Biblical Hospitality over Busy Cordiality

The power that hospitality holds is often forgotten. A meaningful cup of coffee brewed with care and intentionality paired with the authentic company of listening ears opens hearts more effectively than trying to convert one’s guests. This week, Juliet Groton, intercultural studies major at Southeastern University, reveals her personal experiences and findings which seek to reinvent the current exemplification of Christian hospitality.

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Art or Entertainment?

Popularity remains a valuable way to make a decision quickly, but it has the tendency to overlook the merits of the losers – the minority who are ruled. Compared to entertainment where output amount states worth, in art, the hero is defined not by popularity but by the artist. In this weeks article, Levi Larson creates a valuable picture for what it means to be a Christ-follower in a world inundated by siding with the popular vote.

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Two Common Myths about Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts are all supernatural in the sense that the Spirit is involved. The Bible affirms, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:11). Join this week’s discussion as author Andrew K. Gabriel, Ph.D., deconstructs common myths behind spiritual gifts and how a church’s capacity multiplies when it chooses to invest in members’ development.

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