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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Seminary Chaplain

By Mike Shea As of just a few weeks ago, we do. My name is Mike Shea and I have been teaching Hebrew here at Urbana Seminary since 2001. I also pastor the Community Evangelical Free Church in Champaign. What is a chaplain? I had to look it up myself. A chaplain is “a member…

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