About the BlogThe Doctor of Ministry Program of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary seeks to provide an intentional space for study, reflection, and renewal of ministry through seminars with faculty, dialogue with peers as part of a cohort group, and personal review. Taking seriously the leading of the Holy Spirit, pastors who study within the different concentrations come because they are led to be here through a process of discernment and prayer. I welcome your interest. Pastoral ministry remains a vital and necessary vocation in a changing church and in a changing world.
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The DMin program has completed the first cohort of the Science and Theology Focus. It was a time of learning, testing a model of the degree in a new way, and I am grateful for the pastors who participated. Not everyone was happy with everything—which is part of the whole issue of the disciplines of science and of religion. It would perhaps be a sign for me of lesser success if everyone was completely happy with every conversation and … Continue reading
The Doctor of Ministry program is exploring with pastors in Charleston, a DMin which will begin in 2012. We will be using online seminars and also flying faculty in for onsite seminars, with one opportunity to come to Pittsburgh Seminary campus. I view this as an exciting model for the future for the DMin program of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. One of my mantras is managing change-and with that comes both anxiety and possibility. How to adapt, when to adapt, and … Continue reading
Several of the ministers in the Doctor of Ministry Program are chaplains: military, hospital, prison, or university. From the military, we have or have had chaplains from the Coast Guard, the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. This is on my mind particularly because one of the students is completing a final paper based on his ministering to those soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and their families. In my view, the intersection of trauma and ministry leaves no space for … Continue reading
I’ve been asked to preach the service of thanksgiving for the graduates this year at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary mostly because I spent time with them in homiletics, in the years between searches for the now permanent homiletics faculty. It is the equivalent of baccalaureate. I am looking at the Psalms, and in particular, the translation by Robert Alter, The Book of Psalms, published by Norton in 2007. Can I preach poetry—this plain poetry of Psalm 11, for that is what it is. In … Continue reading
Classical and its meaning is like looking out the window of my office on a winter’s eve and seeing the beautiful sunset. I have on my desk three articles: One article is on the decision of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature to allow plant classification to be in English rather than Latin. This is yet another ending to the classical language (brings to mind the phrase “Latin killed the Romans, and now it’s killing me” quoted by students in … Continue reading