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On Vocation

On Vocation

On Vocation As I approach the impending deadline of the “rest of my life,” the question of vocation haunts me like a Dickensian specter. The more I am asked the question, the larger it looms, building up an intolerable pressure. Posing such a question inevitably...

Can I Afford Graduate School at ACU?

Recognizing that graduate studies can be an intimidating expense, we are dedicated to helping you pursue a degree without a heavy financial burden. We recently reduced our tuition costs to make the financial investment in a ministry degree at ACU comparable to similar...

A Word from Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Sensing

A word from our Associate Dean, Dr. Tim Sensing The 2017-2018 academic year is coming to a close. I am completing my twentieth year with the Graduate School of Theology and the past five years as the chief academic officer. Through my time here I do not self-identify...

Diversity Within Unity

Diversity Within Unity Ever since taking a Christology course during my undergraduate years, I have loved dwelling on the ways human beings are to reflect God as images of God. More specifically, I enjoy pondering the ways in which the Church, as an aggregate of...

Alumni Spotlight: Chris Smith

Alumni Spotlight: Chris Smith (D.Min., ’08) Chris Smith grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and since then has been active in ministry in Tennessee as well as Kentucky and Texas. He received his BA from Lipscomb University, a M.Div from Harding School of Theology and...
The Grace of God

The Grace of God

The Grace of God Every year on Ash Wednesday, those of us in the Christian tradition who follow the Revised Common Lectionary get the same set of passages read to our congregations as we, in our liturgies, remind people that they are dust and to dust they shall return...
Food & the Kingdom of God

Food & the Kingdom of God

Food & the Kingdom of God Part 3 of 3 Read Part 1 and Part 2 here! Spend a short time reading Scripture and quickly we discover food becomes a place where people encounter God. To name a few: Abraham welcoming three strangers, Moses and the elders eating with God...
Concerning Palaver

Concerning Palaver

Concerning Palaver Just like you and everyone else, I want to be heard. Just like you and everyone else, I am convinced that I have something to say. Yet who can hear a single voice when there is so much shouting? The answer is here, scribbled in my moleskin journal,...
My ACU Campus

My ACU Campus

My ACU Campus Having completed four semesters in the Masters of Divinity program, perhaps it is a fine time to pause and offer a brief reflection on my experience thus far.  My campus is a spare bedroom in my West Virginia home resting, as many West Virginia houses...
Reflecting on the Past Year

Reflecting on the Past Year

Reflecting on the Past Year Using the New Year as a time to reflect has always captivated me and reflecting on 2017 has even more so because so much has happened personally. For the first time in my life, I moved out of my hometown and I have been challenged scholarly...

Reading Scripture in the Context of a Neighborhood

Reading Scripture in the Context of a Neighborhood Part 2 of 3 A few years ago, I was sitting with Anna Carter Florence when the question was posed concerning how we read Scripture. I do not remember fully what Florence said, except that she was wondering if the...

On the Training of Ministers

On the Training of Ministers Pete Ward’s new book Introducing Practical Theology: Mission, Ministry, and the Life of the Church (Baker Academic, 2017), emphasizes throughout the importance of the church and the lived experience of the community of faith. Ward...

Faculty Highlight: Dr. Richard Wright

Get to know our Associate Professor of New Testament, Dr. Richard Wright! I was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Emporia, Kansas. I graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio with degrees in Violin Performance (BMus) and Religious Studies (BA). After...
Looking Back, Looking Around, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Around, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Around, Looking Forward At Crestview, the church where I serve as Youth Minister, our weekly staff meetings always follow a similar pattern. First, we evaluate recent events. Then, we discuss what is coming next and how we can best prepare....
Why is This Season Different from All Others?

Why is This Season Different from All Others?

            Why is This Season Different from All Others? If you’ve ever found yourself thinking that you may have too many holiday traditions, and that sometimes it feels like every day of December has to contain some holiday movie, treat, or experience, I invite you...
Knowing Your Neighborhood

Knowing Your Neighborhood

Knowing Your Neighborhood Part 1 of 3 One Sunday morning, years ago, a refugee family showed up at church and they kept coming back. I walked out of the office one afternoon, made my way up the street, and knocked on the front door of where the refugees were living....

CEO of Village of Hope & GST Alum Visits Abilene

Fred Asare: Chief Executive Officer of Village of Hope, GST Alum, and Friend of Many Fred Asare completed a MA in Christian Ministry here at the Graduate School of Theology a few years back and during a short trip to Texas, he stopped by ACU’s campus. As Fred...
Alumni Spotlight- Nathan Pickard

Alumni Spotlight- Nathan Pickard

Meet GST Alum, Nathan Pickard! Nathan lives in Newmarket, Ontario with his wife Katie and two boys, Caleb and Eli. He enjoys spending his time playing hockey with the kids. He also has a love for the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He received a Master of...
No Obstacle is Too Big For God

No Obstacle is Too Big For God

No Obstacle is Too Big For God As graduation draws closer, I often find myself reminiscing on the past four years. Those sentimental moments elicit a multitude of emotions ranging from tenderness to downright gratitude. But what strikes me the most is how each year...

The Church as Refuge

The Church as Refuge Two weeks ago, I made the decision to ask a young man to leave our church, and it has left me with a sense of unease. This severing of ties wasn’t due to doctrinal or theological differences, personality conflicts or any of the causes we might...
Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story I had their attention, and holding the attention of 20 five-year-olds is no easy task, but I had it and I knew that whether or not I knew what I would say next, I had better make it compelling. I held their attention as I recounted a story that we all...
Never. Stop. Seeking.

Never. Stop. Seeking.

Never. Stop. Seeking.  When I was just 3 years old, my family was invited to the home of one of the members of the church for which my dad had recently started preaching. They lived in a grand old house with a seemingly endless maze of rooms, each filled with artwork...

GST Faculty Update 2017

I am continually amazed how our GST faculty engage in local church ministry. Of course, there are the obvious activities that everyone sees including church consultations and seminars, interim ministries, Elderlink, writing curriculum, and publishing articles and...

Student Spotlight- Morgan DeBoer

Morgan DeBoer is beginning her first semester studies at ACU’s Graduate School of Theology, pursuing master degrees in both Christian Ministry (MACM) and in Social Work (MSSW). She is originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa and graduated from York College, where...