The Pastor’s Identity in Christ

In this week’s blog, Dr. Robert Smart, who will be the speaker at the upcoming Provisions for Pastors event, explains what the event will be about: Our identity, besides being one of the most precious things to prevent from theft, crisis, or loss, is extremely important to God. The Father has given His children an…

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Founders Day 2014

Every Spring Urbana Seminary observes Founders Day.  For 2014 it’s today, April 12th! What is Founders Day and why do we observe it?  It’s a day to commemorate the hand of God in our founding as a school, to remember the people who made sacrifices and gave gifts, who prayed and created and worked.  Founders…

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Five Questions with Zack Eswine

Zack Eswine, senior pastor of Riverside Church in St. Louis and author of Preaching to a Post-Everything World, joins Urbana Seminary for our annual Preaching Forum on March 4. Here he shares with us in a very honest, inviting and insightful way about his spiritual journey. What pastor/preacher has had the greatest impact on your…

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The Birth of Orphans Treasure Box

written by Beth Wendling, founder of Orphans Treasure Box God tapped me on the shoulder and said “let’s go!” Honestly, 14 months ago, God and I had hit a lull. A dry patch. A routine. I prayed when something drastic came up or at mealtimes. Other times? Not so much. Reading my Bible was a…

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Reflections on Church Planting

written by Andrew Kamm & John Elliott Going into a church plant you realize that you’re going to be in constant learning mode. Every week confronts you with new challenges. Seminary and previous church participation prepared us for some of this, but UTS didn’t offer a course on ‘how to operate a sound system’ or…

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One Woman’s Radical Journey with God

written by Melany Jackson, Project Coordinator for C-U at Home Sometimes God calls us to do pretty crazy things for Him—things that look to other people, even other believers, like foolishness. Little did I know that reading a book called Radical and going out in a truck to help the homeless during the same week…

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Growing Faith

written by Dr. Barbara A. Kammer When asked to contribute to the Urbana Theological Seminary blog, I readily agreed.  Then reality struck! Whatever would I be able to contribute since the request was very open ended? What did I know that would be of interest to anyone else? Many ideas were considered and then rejected….

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2011 Year End

From all of us here at Urbana Seminary…Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year! I hope that your Advent season has been excellent—with friends and family, safe travel, and most of all with remembering God’s gift of Himself in the person of Jesus. I encourage you to prayerfully include Urbana Seminary in your Year End giving…

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December 15, 2011

by Michael Himik Last week, I wrote there’s an elephant in the room when it comes to putting Jesus’s teaching into action in the West. Specifically, the elephant is this: God says that to love Him, we must love our neighbors. But loving our neighbors requires real community, and our culture has virtually obliterated real…

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