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January Term in Turkey & Greece


When I first got the e-mail, I dismissed the idea altogether.  There was no way I could leave my wife and three children for two weeks for a biblical study tour.  Besides, it was too expensive.  Then a classmate convinced me to at least attend the informational meeting with him.  The two-week, all-inclusive trip to Turkey and Greece was explained in great detail – trips to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Leadership Seminar in Minneapolis

Continuing education

This seminar in "The Theology and Practice of Pastoral Ministry" is supported by the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) program of the CRCNA. One of the core values of SPE is that strong pastoral identity is the key to sustaining pastoral excellence and being effective leaders in the church. In this seminar, we will: Study the theology and practice of pastoral … [Read more...]

A Super Bowl Lesson


I am writing this entry without knowing who will eventually be crowned as Champions at Super Bowl XLVI. As the New England Patriots and the New York Giants prepare for “conflict,” I do think about what I learned about leadership from New England Patriot head coach Bill Belichick. In Michael Holley’s recent book, War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of … [Read more...]

Seminary Preview Day on 2/10


For more information, please visit the Preview Day page. Thanks! … [Read more...]

New book on interpreting the Bible through Christ

How to Read the Bible

Dr. Michael Williams, Old Testament professor here at Calvin Seminary, has written a new book, "How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens". From the back cover: "Discover how each book of the Bible points readers to Christ: If you sometimes feel as if the Bible teaching you receive comes as small puzzle pieces you do not know how to fit together, this book is for you." … [Read more...]

Tour of Canvas, Our New LMS


This video by Nathan Bierma, Educational Technologist at Calvin Seminary, showcases Canvas, our new Learning Management System (LMS). To take your own look around the demo course shown in this video, click here. You can also learn more about Distance Learning at Calvin Seminary. … [Read more...]

Observational “No Worry” Living


Matthew 6:25-34  Jesus said we were to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. Jesus asked us to observe in order to live – in order that we might live by faith not in worry. I don’t know about you, but "worry-free" living is not always easy. Maybe we have to “consider” or “observe” the world around us to see how God is still at work in this … [Read more...]

Online Applications Available Here

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Dear applicants to CTS, Please note that during our transition to the new website, your online application is still available by going to this link. Also, please note that our entire previous website is available by simply adding "internal" to the beginning of our web address:       … [Read more...]

Welcome to Medenblog!


At the end of my very first day as a teacher in the Gateway course at Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS) for entering students, one of those students came forward to speak to me. He said, “Professor, may I ask you a question?” I paused. This was the moment. Since my nomination as President in December of 2009, this moment was 21 months since receiving that … [Read more...]