Can You Feel a Brand New Day?

Tanya Tyler, Communications Director In the movie The Wiz (based on The Wizard of Oz), when the wicked witch is vanquished at last, the inhabitants of Oz break into a joyful song: “Can you feel a brand new day? Can you feel a brand new day?” At this time of year, we sing joyful songs of our own. “Gloria in excelsis deo! Christ is born in Bethlehem! Go tell it on the mountain! God’s love made visible!” It’s a brand new day. And so we sing. We sing because we are not celebrating a... Read More

Advent Moment: Unexpected Fullness

Rev. Kris Bentley, Lilly Project Director at Lexington Theological Seminary. Of the countless good words in Scripture, few are as hopeful as those that promise, and expect, new life to come forth from dire circumstances. In Jeremiah 33:14-16, this promise takes on the poetic image of the “righteous branch springing up” from within a damaged and disillusioned political situation for the house of Israel and the house of Judah – a house divided. The branch seems to point to a promised... Read More

Advent Moment: Mom’s Favorite Quote

Tanya Tyler, Communications Director My mother was quite the one for pithy quotes. Most of the time her quotes were succinct and appropriate, but sometimes they weren’t very helpful. For instance, one of her favorite things to say was, “It won’t be as long as it has been.” She would use that quote to try to soothe me as I was climbing the walls and chafing at the bit to go back to college after summer break. Now, when you’re a teenager/young adult, that kind of quote is not... Read More

LTS President Receives Reflective Leadership Grant from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity

Nov. 15, 2018 - Lexington Theological Seminary President Dr. Charisse L. Gillett has been selected to receive a 2018 Reflective Leadership Grant from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. The $15,000 award will support a period of reflection and targeted activities between January 2019 and June 30, 2020. are designed to assist President Gillett with thinking carefully and deeply about her work and ministry at LTS and how best to help the organization sustain its progress and... Read More

Vol. XLVIII, Spring, Summer, Fall 2018, No. 1-2

Table of Contents Introduction p. 1 From the Pulpit to the Academy p. 11 "For a Time Such as This" p. 35 Latino Engagements with Islamic Scriptures p. 45 Scripture and Liberating Ethics p.... Read More

2018 Moosnick Lecture Series Oct. 24 and 25

Two opportunities to further interfaith understanding and discourse take place Oct. 24 and 25 in Lexington. The 2018 Moosnick Lecturer, Dr. Marcie Lenk, Academic Director of Bat Kol: Christian Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, will give a talk titled “Truth and Faith: Can Jews and Christians Really Open Ourselves to the Truth of the Other?” at 7 p.m. in the Carrick Theater at Transylvania University. The following evening, Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., she will discuss “Who... Read More

Perspectives of Bi-Vocational Ministry: ‘Connections with Community’

Research at Lexington Theological Seminary has identified several common themes through interviews with bi-vocational ministers. One of these themes is “connection to community.” One bi-vocational minister who reflects this theme in particular is Rev. Jim Midkiff. Jim is the bi-vocational solo pastor of Beech Grove Christian Church in Western Kentucky. He has been serving Beech Grove for more than 30 years as either solo pastor or co-pastor. Though Jim has recently retired from teaching,... Read More


Lexington, KY, Oct. 4, 2018 – Lexington Theological Seminary has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative. This initiative supports a variety of religious organizations nationwide as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry. Strengthening Pastoral and Congregational Ministry will help... Read More

Lexington Theological Seminary Students Receive McCaw, Edgar DeWitt Jones Scholarships

Lexington, Ky., Sept. 12, 2018 – Three Lexington Theological Seminary Master of Divinity students were recently selected for scholarships established to support outstanding Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) seminarians. STANLEY Frances Stanley, student minister at Slash Christian Church in Ashland, Va., who also serves as a policy analyst for Virginia’s housing finance agency, was one of two recipients nationally to receive the 2018-19 John and Maxine McCaw Scholarship Fund for... Read More

Rest in Peace: Rev. Loren Arthur Broadus, Jr.

Rev. Loren A. Broadus, alumnus and longtime Professor of the Practice of Ministry at Lexington Theological Seminary, died Saturday, August 25, 2018, in St. Augustine, Florida. Rev. Broadus taught at LTS from 1968 until his retirement in 1995. Faculty, staff and students alike remember him as one of the most beloved professors at LTS, always able to bring smiles to those around him. Rev. Broadus also spent time as the Director of Development at LTS and as the pastor of First Christian Church,... Read More