Rustlings (April 4, 2016)

Columbia Theological Seminary holds a very special place in my heart. Since the fundamentalist takeover of Louisville’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the late 80’s, Columbia has been my theological home. I completed a Doctor of Ministry at Columbia in 1991. I’ve traveled to the campus annually for periods of sermon preparation and personal retreat. I’ve taught in the Certificate for Spiritual Formation program and the Certificate for Spiritual Direction program for years. I’ve led Holy Land pilgrimages for their Lifelong Learning Department and supervised practicum students. Columbia and I have given much to each other over the last couple of decades.

In recent months, our staff has been in conversation with their Lifelong Learning Department about the possibility of First Baptist Greenville becoming a satellite campus for their Certificate in Spirituality program. It would allow Columbia students in the upstate area and our church members easy access to classes and certification programs. Our first collaboration in this ministry will be June 12-15. Columbia has asked me to teach one of my favorite subjects: Hospitality as Spiritual Practice: The Welcoming Voice of the Book of Ruth. You may view class information, schedule and register here.

Space is limited to fifty participants. If you’re interested, sign up quickly. I’m looking forward to sharing some thoughts from one of my favorite biblical stories with some of my favorite folks: FBG members and Columbia students. Call me if you have any questions. See you there.

— Jim