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"We are determined to be true theologians..."

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"We are determined to be true theologians..."

In recent months I’ve been encouraged to talk with a handful of pastors across the US to describe what ITS is doing and give suggestions how they can get a similar work started where they are. One such pastor was Cory Wilson of City Church in Cleveland. Cory is also a fellow with The Center for Pastor Theologians where he posted this very helpful reflection. In it Cory considers how vital it is to remember that, “Theology cannot be understood apart from the people of God, the church, [but] meant to be done by the church and for the church.” Such comments, and Cory’s entire post, resonate strongly with what we’re doing here in Indianapolis, so I’m glad to share it with you this month. Read Cory’s original blog here.

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Dr. Piotrowski on Warp & Woof Radio

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Dr. Piotrowski on Warp & Woof Radio

Last week I had the privilege of discussing the importance of theological education—and specifically what ITS is doing—on Warp & Woof Radio with Drs. Mark Eckel and Clyde Posley Jr.  Dr. Eckel is the President of the Comenius Institute, and Dr. Posley is the Senior Pastor at Antioch Baptist Church.  Their weekly radio program airs live on Wednesdays 10am to noon on Radio Next, focusing on the “good works” going on around Indianapolis (taken from Titus 3:8, 14).

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Education through Internships

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Education through Internships

In the spring of 2004 I interned under Mark Dever at Capitol Hill Baptist Church.  I had just finished my seminary education and thought I knew a lot (a common self-perception of recent grads!).  But my time at CHBC, and engaging regularly with Mark, the rest of the staff, and other interns, concretized my learning and greatly broadened my perceptions of the pastorate, church membership, missions and discipleship.  My ministry will always be marked by that time in DC. ...

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Life is Short and Eternity is Worth It

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Life is Short and Eternity is Worth It

I teach theology because I love our triune God, I love the gospel, I love the Word of God, and I love helping others rightly understand how doctrine centers on Christ and impacts every area of life. More recently, I've been thinking about why I teach theology at Indianapolis Theological Seminary—a school that has over the last three years developed from a dream into a reality. ...

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ITS: A Life-Giving Oasis

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ITS: A Life-Giving Oasis

In the July 2016 issue of Tabletalk Magazine, Al Mohler, President of THe Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, proffers a sobering assessment of the challenges facing the church in America.  He writes, “The Christian church in the West now faces a set of moral challenges that exceeds anything it has experienced in the past.”  Many pastors, theologians, and orthodox Christian thinkers would not disagree with Mohler.  It can be sobering and somewhat alarming to conclude that indeed the church no longer occupies a central place in the public square.  Are we a moral minority?  Perhaps not yet.  Nevertheless, the times we live in require much of us. ...

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Truth & Unity at 499 Years

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Truth & Unity at 499 Years

Next month marks the 499th anniversary of what is typically called the dawn of the Protestant Reformation.  On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther pinned 95 theses to the Wittenberg castle-church door in the hopes of engaging other ecclesiastics in theological debate.  The theses were originally written in Latin, the theological lingua franca of the day.  His zealous students, however, seeing the value of a wider circulation, took the theses down, translated them into German—the local lingua vulgaris of the day—and rushed them off to this new thing called the “printing press.”  From there many copies could be made and disseminated, eventually, all over Europe. ...

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