The annual meeting of and conference for the Northwest Region of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) is occurring on March 3rd at Western Seminary.
To start off the new year, we asked a number of Western faculty and staff members to weigh in on their favorite reads from the past year in the fields of biblical studies, theology, pastoral ministry, spiritual disciplines, and missions/cultural engagement. These are titles to consider as you begin putting together your reading list for 2018.
Western is committed to a “renewal through reformation and revival” agenda. We are laboring to train leaders who can effect positive change by bringing a classic, robust evangelicalism to bear upon the contemporary scene.
The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) has long been perceived as the gold standard of formal training for ministry. But an increasing number question its necessity for contemporary ministry.
Historically (speaking of the 2,000-year history of Christianity), Christians have been leaders, innovators and makers of masterpieces in the realm of creativity/art. Christianity has been central to most of the best painting, music, and architecture in Western civilization. Sadly, the last century or so has seen a decline in this, and a more apathetic and skeptical posture of Christians toward the arts. The reputation of “Christian art” suffered and became more or less synonymous with moralistic, low-quality, sterilized propaganda. But there are signs of progress in reversing this!