Commencement: Have we made disciples?

By Dr. Steve Bishop Today is my 11th commencement as a faculty member at Seminary of the Southwest.  It is always a special day and a little hectic.  Do you get to say goodbye to everyone you want to?  To whom will you have the opportunity to give a word of encouragement?  How many of … read more

Small Experiments in Faith

By: Dr. Steven Tomlinson In the Gospels, Jesus says more about money than about any other subject except the Kingdom of Heaven. “You cannot serve God and Mammon,” he says in Matthew 6:24, describing money as a spiritual force that competes with God for our attention and devotion. We’re discussing this passage in a seminary […]

Ascension Day: Ascent vs. Assent

By the Rev. Bertie Pearson As I write, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. As Christians we take one day a year to focus on Christ’s Ascent into Heaven as an essential chapter in the story of our salvation. Unfortunately, for the other 364 days in the year, modern Christianity seems to be more […]

Seven Demons

At the feast of Mary Magdalene at Christ Chapel this Easter season I wrestled once again with how to portray and proclaim Mary of Magdala, apostle to the apostles, amid the multiple conflicting portraits of her in the early church and contemporary culture.  Witness to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, Mary is commissioned […]

Questions Raised By Tragedy

Last week, questions floated around our campus as we learned of several disturbing events over the span of just a few days. When 18-year-old University of Texas student Haruka Weiser became the victim of a homicide on the UT campus, the question came to campus administrators: What’s being done to keep us safe? Our seminary […]

Two-Toned Heart

As I write this, the pope’s new exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), has just been released. I haven’t yet read the document, but as I scroll through the newsfeed, I see a post with this lead: “Pope restores conscience to its proper place in the church and asks pastors to meet people where […]

What does a gun do to common space?

Imagine the following sign at your church door: “please hand your gun to the greeter before entering” or imagine the following bulletin footnotes: “please leave your gun in your seat as you proceed to the altar” or “please leave your gun holstered during the passing of the peace.”  Of course, none of these notifications would […]

Living in a Resurrection World

“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he […]

The Rev. Dave Scheider on Good Friday 2016

Introduction:  Many people have crosses.  Here are my favorites.  (Show the crosses and tell the occasions when I received them.)  Many of us wear crosses, but their meaning often has little to do with the crucifixion.  A professor once told our class that we should wear little electric chairs to remember that crosses were instruments […]