The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce may not be C. S. Lewis’s best known work, but it provides a thought-provoking look into sin and human nature. In this symbolic story, those who live in hell are given the opportunity to take a bus ride to heaven. Anyone who chooses may, if they like, stay in heaven after they…

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Student-Led Worship Service

On Sunday, November 2, from 6:00-8:00, there will be a student-led worship service and dinner. One of the students who is organizing this service explains: I am Keith Bufford, a student at UTS. One facet I have come to enjoy at the seminary is getting the opportunity to talk with my fellow students about their…

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From the Librarian’s Desk

by Joe Siegel One could point to St. Anselm’s prayer to “know Thee, to love Thee, that I may rejoice in Thee,” as foundational to theological enquiry. We ask questions so that we may understand God. And yet, with St. John of Damascus, we simultaneously acknowledge that “[God] exists, but what He is in essence…

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The Mission of Urbana Theological Seminary

By Mike McQueen “The mission of Urbana Theological Seminary is to provide graduate theological education which prepares people for Christian ministry and leadership, equipping them to love, know, and serve God.” When we chose this mission statement for Urbana Seminary, I was at first a little concerned we’d gotten part of it backward. We say…

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Humility and the Academy

By Todd Daly Why so little humility in the academy? In a chapter entitled “Pathology of the Young Theologian’s Conceit,” Helmut Thielicke wrote that Truth seduces us very easily into a kind of joy of possession: I have comprehended this and that, learned it, understood it. Knowledge is power. I am therefore more than the…

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