McAfee News

April 3, 2017
Mercer University’s seventh annual Atlanta Research Conference will take place on April 8, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., to showcase work by students and faculty from the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus and Regional Academic Centers.
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March 17, 2017
Seminary is like a pilgrimage. Unlike other graduate educations, your journey through seminary is as formational as it is instructive. Sometimes it's advantageous to leave the comfort of you hometown and allow seminary to be new, uncharted ground.
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February 22, 2017
Gary Burke, 2011 McAfee graduate, answered the call and opened Lakewood Church of Hope (LCH) in 2013 that Easter Sunday. Gary not only serves as the pastor, but a change agent in this community.
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January 31, 2017
Dr. Bill J. Leonard, founding dean and professor of church history at the Wake Forest School of Divinity, will deliver the 2017 William L. Self Preaching Lectures Feb. 6-7 at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology.
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January 13, 2017
Kara Hayslip, 2015 McAfee graduate, lives and works in Nepal and has stepped out on faith creating her own clean water ministry.
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January 1, 2017
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January 1, 2017
You’re not sure what questions to ask as you visit grad schools. We totally understand. So here’s a roundup of the best questions to ask your prospective seminaries’ admissions office.
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December 2, 2016
McAfee student launches reentry program for citizens returning to community from prison.
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September 15, 2016
Mercer’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology has been recognized as a “Seminary that Changes the World” for 2016-17 by the Center for Faith and Service.
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September 14, 2016
The James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology will welcome Dr. Nancey Murphy, senior professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California, for the ninth annual D. Perry and Betty Ginn Lectures on Christian Faith and Modern Science.
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September 12, 2016
Jennifer Lopez is the most influential Hispanic entertainer in the world given her multi-industry participation including, music, film, television, fashion, and dance. As a result, Lopez is hotly debated by the media, but also by global feminist theologians who see her as either problematizing or liberating a Latin identity.
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August 2, 2016
When God speaks, you work extra hard not to miss a word. God was speaking through this Indian pastor sitting directly across from me, arms crossed and resting on his rounded stomach.
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August 1, 2016
You are trying to decide where to go to seminary.But how do you really choose your seminary? You should pick the school that will help you quit what you need to quit and start what you need to start.
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June 22, 2016
Molly T. Marshall celebrates the good work of Alan Culpepper He has accomplished what venerable seminary president David Tiede observes as most important: “getting out of the job alive.”
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June 14, 2016
Kelly Gissendaner was supposed to die, but she didn’t. Complications with the lethal drug concoction forced officials to halt her execution for the second time in the space of a week. Protestors have lobbied for her execution to be cancelled altogether, and now we wait for the Supreme Court to decide her fate. Protesting on Kelly’s behalf is easy for me because she is a changed woman. While in prison, she took part in a theology training program, sought redemption and forgiveness, and became an incredible force for good in her prison.
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May 4, 2016
Many think a millennial is any young adult born after 1980, but if you go to church you know that millennials are defined by more than their age. Their church experience is different.
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April 27, 2016
Nearly 2,000 students will graduate in five Mercer University commencements during May in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah. The University will confer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as honorary degrees to State Rep. Larry J. (Butch) Parrish and musician Gregg Allman.
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April 25, 2016
Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology and Aligarh Muslim University in India are participating in a professor exchange program this semester.
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April 14, 2016
Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, nearly 30 million people have died worldwide from AIDS-related causes and at present there are 1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV, both diagnosed and undetected. The question for Christians, is how would Jesus respond to such an ethical challenge?
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April 13, 2016
Mercer University’s Center for Theology and Public Life and McAfee School of Theology, in partnership with the Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies (ACBAS) and the American Baptist Historical Society (ABHS), announce plans for an international scholarly conference in recognition of the centenary of Professor Water Rauschenbusch’s death.
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April 7, 2016
It’s not about the degree, it’s about the content and character of the education you receive. Choose a seminary that offers options and narrow your focus as you go.
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April 5, 2016
Attention is often not given to those who never receive their miracles. This fact is true: not everyone is saved or healed from disease or horrific events. How do we respond to that fact?
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April 4, 2016
Mercer University Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics Dr. David Gushee was presented one of the Religion Communicators Council’s 22 Wilbur Awards on Saturday in recognition of his column writing for Religion News Service (RNS).
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March 24, 2016
The sixth annual Mercer Atlanta Research Conference will be held April 16 on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus and will feature numerous student and faculty presentations from six of the University’s 12 schools and colleges.
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February 19, 2016
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, will deliver the 2016 William L. Self Preaching Lectures March 14-15 at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology.
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January 19, 2016
Mercer University Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics Dr. David Gushee was recently voted president-elect of the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE) at the organization’s annual meeting in Toronto.
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January 6, 2016
When did the color pink become exclusively appropriate for girls only, and blue the defining color for boys?I have the power to name myself, and I choose to remove the labels that have been placed on me by other people.
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January 4, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey G. Willetts, professor of divinity, founding dean and former vice president at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Virginia, has been appointed dean of Mercer University’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, effective July 1, 2016.
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November 6, 2015
Mercer University professor Dr. David Gushee was elected vice president of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Board of Directors on Thursday.
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October 21, 2015
Mercer University's James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology will welcome Dr. Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Florida State University, for the eighth annual D. Perry and Betty Ginn Lectures on Christian Faith and Modern Science.
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July 7, 2015
Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, was introduced as the newest columnist for Religion News Service on June 29.
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June 25, 2015
Mercer University Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis has appointed Dr. Robert N. Nash Jr. as interim dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology. Dr. Nash’s appointment is effective July 1, when the School’s current and founding dean Dr. R. Alan Culpepper will step down after 20 years of service in that post.
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June 25, 2015
Mercer University Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis has appointed Dr. Robert N. Nash Jr. as interim dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology.
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May 14, 2015
Mercer University, in partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia (CBF/GA), dedicated its new interfaith prayer garden today on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta.
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May 5, 2015
Libby Allen recently announced plans to step down as director of admissions for Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, effective June 30.
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April 24, 2015
ATLANTA – Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology will host a three-day conference on "John and Judaism" prior to the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meetings 2015, which will take place Nov. 21-24 in Atlanta.
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April 21, 2015
This sermon was delivered on April 21, 2015 at McAfee School of Theology and is the last chapel service with Alan Culpepper as dean.
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April 14, 2015
Mercer University in partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia cordially invite you to an Interfaith Prayer Garden dedication ceremony. This important day will mark a significant moment and space for multi-religious life on Mercer's Atlanta campus.
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March 2, 2015
When Jesse Mercer first uttered “Lord, save us from an ignorant ministry,” I wonder if he knew how important his words would be for the hundreds of students that would one day study at a little seminary in Atlanta?
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March 2, 2015
Mercer University Recognized for Partnership with Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary
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February 15, 2015
This article was originally written for and published by Baptist News Global and is used by permission. Fred Craddock changed preaching. He grew up with preachers who filled sanctuaries with three points, multiple subpoints and a poem to encapsulate the boredom.
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January 27, 2015
Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary, will deliver the 2015 William L. Self Preaching Lectures, Feb. 2-3, at Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology.
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November 24, 2014
I encourage anyone who wants to practice transcendence to take up ultrarunning. I don’t have the right words to explain exactly what happens out there on the trail. First my mind stops its linear thoughts and instead starts to swirl around in circles. Tree. Rock. Check out this article to find out more!
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November 11, 2014
Sometimes one class assignment can change the entire direction of a student’s ministry. That’s exactly what happened for Paul Knowlton, a third year student at McAfee.
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November 10, 2014
Being a Christian and struggling with depression or other mental health issues means you shouldn’t hide or keep your issues hidden; at this time in life is when you need the community, compassion and love of the Church more than ever..
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October 24, 2014
In May, 15 theology students and two professors took a trip to India, visiting multiple religious sites over two and a half weeks. The visits included various Hindu and Buddhist temples, a Muslim shrine and Christian churches. The leader of the trip, Dr. Rob Nash, and a student participant, Bryan Kidd, reflect on their experience.
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October 24, 2014
Unjust compensation is an ethical issue facing us at every socioeconomic rung today, even in nonprofit and religious organizations. The income gap in the U.S. narrowed following the Great Depression and continued to do so into the 1970s, but since then it has widened.
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October 9, 2014
ATLANTA – Mercer University President William D. Underwood has appointed, upon the recommendation of Provost Dr. Scott Davis, a search committee to identify and recommend a dean for the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology to succeed founding dean Dr. R. Alan Culpepper. Dr. Culpepper announced in August his intention to return to teaching after 20 years in the post. The search committee will be chaired by Mercer Chancellor Dr. R. Kirby Godsey, who as Mercer's president in 1995 recruited Dr. Culpepper to lead the new school. "The selection and appointment of the next dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology signals a new era in the life and work of the School," Dr. Godsey said. "I am honored to serve with a diverse and distinguished group of individuals being appointed by President Underwood, and I join them in a common commitment to the mission and future of the School." Other members of the search committee include: Dr. Loyd Allen, Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation, McAfee School of Theology Dr. Bill Coates, pastor, First Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia, and member of the Mercer Board of Trustees Dr. Bill Ireland, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Dalton, Georgia, chair of the McAfee School of Theology Board of Visitors, and member of the Mercer Board of Trustees Rev. Julie Whidden Long, minister of children and families, First Baptist Church of Christ, Macon, and alumnus of the McAfee School of Theology and College of Liberal Arts Dr. Hewitt W. "Ted" Matthews, senior vice president, Mercer University Health Sciences Center, and dean of the College of Pharmacy J. Thomas McAfee III, chairman and president, Hallmark Systems Inc., and member of the Mercer Board of Trustees Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia, and former member of the Mercer Board of Trustees Dr. Daniel Vestal, Distinguished University Professor and director of Mercer's Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, professor of pastoral care and counseling, McAfee School of Theology "I am grateful to Dr. Godsey and to each member of the search committee for their willingness to serve in this important role for the University," Dr. Davis said. "The appointment of a dean to follow Dr. Culpepper's long and dedicated service will be an important milestone for Mercer's McAfee School of Theology." About the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology The James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology was established in 1996. Located in Atlanta, on Mercer University's Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, the School of Theology offers degree programs leading to a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. The School of Theology also offers several joint programs: an M.Div.-Master of Business Administration, M.Div.-Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.Div.-Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Non-Profit. For more information, visit theology.mercer.edu.
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September 23, 2014
Church is about you, but not just you. We must give up the idea that we should be free of all duty and obligation in the Christian life. We are in covenant fidelity with the people of the story.
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September 15, 2014
someone who did not have a good father and had no father during some of the most formative years of my life, I understand Mackenzie’s disdain for the word “father”. For the longest time, that word rolled off my lips like poison every time I spoke it. How could I use that word to describe my holy, loving God? This, I know, is the story of many other wounded souls.
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September 5, 2014
McAfee School of Theology is proud to announce the hire of Tamela M. Patterson of Stone Mountain, GA as the new Enrollment Associate in the admissions office.
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September 2, 2014
Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a theologian and psychologist whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for healing, justice, and reconciliation in the Christian church and beyond. Dr. Walker-Barnes has earned degrees from Emory University (B.A., Psychology and African-American/African Studies), the University of Miami (M.S. and Ph.D., Clinical Child/Family Psychology), and Duke University (M.Div., Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry). She is currently Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. Prior to coming to McAfee, Dr. Walker-Barnes served on the faculty at Shaw University Divinity School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida. A candidate for ordination in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, she is licensed to practice psychology in Georgia and North Carolina.
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September 1, 2014
Dates: September 28-30, 2014 Location: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simon's Island, GA Sponsors:Co-Sponsored by James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia Registration Click here to download the registration form. You can fill it out, print it, and send it to the address provided. For more information call 678-547-6470. Keynote Speaker Diana Butler Bass,Diana Butler Bass Author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eight books, including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012). Her other books include A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, 2009), nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award, and the best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (2006) which was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY.
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August 27, 2014
It has now been a year since that moment on August, 27, 2013 when I learned that Gwen had died. She was my friend. She was my pastor. She was my Panera Bread lunch date, my fellow dreamer, my encourager. And I have missed her, am missing her still.
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August 21, 2014
ATLANTA – Dr. Charles Camosy, associate professor of theology at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, and a leading scholar in the field of bioethics, will visit Mercer University's Cecil B. Day Campus, Sept. 29-30, as a guest of the Center for Theology and Public Life, McAfee School of Theology and the Office of Student Affairs in Atlanta. "I consider Dr. Camosy one of the most important young voices in Christian bioethics today. His work ranges across such issues as neonatal intensive care issues, abortion, Christian treatment of animals, the work of Peter Singer and more. He exemplifies a holistic commitment to the sacred worth of all human beings and the dignity of animal life, as well," said Dr. David Gushee, director of the Center for Theology and Public Life and Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, who invited Dr. Camosy to visit Mercer. Dr. Camosy will speak at four venues on the Atlanta campus, beginning with a lunch presentation on the theme "Can We Do Bioethics Without Religion?" on Sept. 29 at noon in the Trustees Dining Room. This event is open to the public, and a free meal will be provided to the first 75 Mercer students in attendance. He will dialogue with students in Dr. Gushee's Pastoral Bioethics course about his upcoming book on abortion, on Sept. 29 from 6-9 p.m. Dr. Camosy will speak in McAfee School of Theology chapel on "Moral Consistency" on Sept. 30 from 10:45-11:45 a.m. He will dialogue with students in Dr. Gushee's Christian Ethics course on the themes of love and justice on Sept. 30 from 6-9 p.m. "Dr. Camosy will anchor the bioethics work at Fordham University for years to come. He is well-versed in bioethics, secular and Christian moral thought, and a range of specific issues. He is loyal to his Catholic faith tradition while broadly engaged in the global bioethics conversation," said Dr. Gushee. "His is an important voice to bring to Mercer University. I am grateful to the Office of Student Affairs and to McAfee School of Theology in partnering with the Center for Theology and Public Life for these events." Dr. Camosy earned his Ph.D. in Christian ethics at the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned a master's degree in systematic theology and a bachelor's degree in philosophy as well as communication and theatre. He has published three books – For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action (Franciscan Media, 2013), Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Too Expensive to Treat? Finitude, Tragedy, and the Neonatal ICU (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2010). Dr. Camosy was a founding member of the organizing committee for Open Hearts, Open Minds and Fair Minded Words, an international conference designed to think and speak differently about abortion. He is founder and co-director of the Catholic Conversation Project and an editor and contributor to catholicmoraltheology.com. He serves on the ethics committee of the Children's Hospital of New York and on the advisory board of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. He co-convenes the bioethics section for the Catholic Theological Society of America and the ethics section for the College Theology Society, and is a member of the international working group "Contending Modernities," which explores how Catholicism, Islam and Secular Liberalism can productively interact in regard to ethical issues. About the Center for Theology and Public Life The Mercer University Center for Theology and Public Life (CTPL) promotes public dialogue, research and constructive solutions related to important public issues to which theology and ethical reflection can make a significant contribution. The CTPL plans, hosts, and supports events that model civic, constructive and substantive conversation about major issues in public life such as poverty and economic justice, human rights, crime and the death penalty, international peacemaking, biomedical ethics, family and sexuality, church-state relations, national identity, immigration, etc. The CTPL seeks whenever possible to encourage dialogue toward constructive solutions for the common good. For more information, visit ctpl.mercer.edu/. About the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology The James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology was established in 1996. Located in Atlanta, on Mercer University's Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, the School of Theology offers degree programs leading to a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. The School of Theology also offers several joint programs: an M.Div.-Master of Business Administration, M.Div.-Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.Div.-Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Non-Profit. For more information, visit theology.mercer.edu.
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August 15, 2014
Dr. R. Alan Culpepper Announces Plans to Step Down After 20 Years as Dean of McAfee School of Theology
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June 11, 2014
Thirteen McAfee students and Drs. Rob Nash and David Garber recently returned from a three week long mission and cultural immersion in several cities of India, including Hyderabad, Bodhgaya, Kolkata, Pune, Aurangabad, and Mumbai. Ministry highlights included the opportunity to lead worship in three congregations, to visit a number of ministries including sewing centers and a Christian school in Hyderabad, to encourage Christian families during a visit in a slum area in Mumbai, and to work with children and the elderly through the Sisters of Charity, Mother Teresa’s order in Kolkata. In addition, the group visited a number of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples and caves and the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment at the Mahabodhi Temple at that World Heritage Site.
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March 13, 2014
That Kesha went to rehab is not the story here. The story is that Kesha went to rehab, and the media celebrated with her for getting healthy. She is a reminder that there is hope for those whose lives are spiraling out of control.
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February 24, 2014
I’m afraid that people, especially women (myself included), see crying as a weakness and respond in embarrassment when tears overcome their resolve. But why should we be ashamed of how God made us? After all, our bodies are 50-65% water; the Creator formed us to be emotional, physical, and spiritual beings; and Jesus himself wept. And if Jesus is both human and divine, doesn’t that mean that God cries too?
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February 24, 2014
Like many a single Christian sister before me, I irrationally concluded that God had called me to be a female Paul, blessed with the gift of singleness. My assumption was further confirmed when I spent Christmas break watching BBC miniseries with my cat.The time is now for the Christian community to start engaging singleness beyond “Dating and Marriage” seminars. I don’t have a magical solution, but seeing singles as more than spouses-in-training is a pretty good place to start.
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February 20, 2014
We all need to cast stones. Not simply the pebble-sized expressions of outrage that we share on Facebook and Twitter, but the deadly kind, shaped smooth and aimed perfectly to bring down giants. Sermon preached by Chanequa Walker-Barnes February 18, 2014, at McAfee School of Theology.
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February 17, 2014
Two weeks ago, Atlanta fell apart after 2 inches of snow. Thousands of cars trapped on interstates, 900+ wrecks within hours of each other forced us out of our comfort zone to help others in need. Read this article to see the lessons learned.
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February 7, 2014
No one has risen to fame and garnered more respect, attention, hatred, followership and love than Pope Francis (with the possible exception of Lady Gaga). He’s been on the cover of Time Magazine and Rolling Stone. He’s re-authoring the public’s opinion of Christianity – and doing it with flare. He’s usurping traditional, Christian stereotypes and challenging outdated practices.
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October 25, 2013
During her freshman year of college at Georgia State University, Kate learned about the second largest crime in the world: sex-trafficking. Through community engagement with her church, she learned about sexual exploitation and its impact on families in Atlanta.
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