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New Wine, New Wineskins’ Spring Conference

Comments Off Written on April 7th, 2010 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Pray For MU, Press Releases, Seminary

(The following is a reprint of our press release - but since space is filling up fast at this event, we thought we should get something up right away!)

Multnomah Biblical Seminary's Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins will hold two seminars to promote unity in the church and outreach to the poor on April 9th and 10th, respectively. Together, these seminars make up the annual Spring conference that New Wine puts on in the community.

People often think caring for the poor in the analogy of giving a poor man fish to eat or teaching him to fish so he can eat forever. Neither approach moves beyond charity, which keeps the poor dependant and demeans their humanity. Instead, Christians must help the poor become entrepreneurs so that they can own the pond together.

An Evening of Inspiration, April 9th

At the introductory seminar, "An Evening of Inspiration: breaking down barriers", Dr. Paul Louis Metzger will discuss how the white church has historically failed to build a relationship with the black church. Together, Dr. Metzger and Dr. John M. Perkins will urge the church to long for unity and will lay the foundation of what "owning the pond together" means.

Owning the Pond Together, April 10th

The second seminar, "Owning the Pond Together: developing communities through entrepreneurship", suggests that community development involves partnering with the poor by thinking creatively and fostering micro-enterprise. The seminar stresses the importance for Christians to move beyond charity and toward cultivating community through effective business practices. In this way can Christians and the poor own the pond together and protect the community from being sold out to the highest bidder.

Perkins, Metzger, and Pastor Eric Bahme will present the importance of partnering with the poor and how to put "owning the pond" principles into practice.

Church Partnership

Following Perkins and Bahme's lead, churches can help form local enterprises that meet local needs and employ indigenous people by partnering with the poor, sharing skills and economic resources and investing capital so the poor will have ownership in the community. Churches can also become partners to foster business ownership among the local people.

Registration

Dr. Dan’s Archives – February 2008

Comments Off Written on February 19th, 2010 by
Categories: Dr. Lockwood, General, Programs, Seminary

February 28, 2008. This is a one of the near-monthly letters Dr. Lockwood sends to donors and alumni. See more archives here.
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Throughout my twenty-eight years at Multnomah, one thing always inspires wonder: that the Word of God—living, active, sharper than a double-edged sword—shapes and sharpens lives in miraculous ways.

Just Ask Bruce

In fact, that is why students enroll here. Just ask Bruce, one of my students in Grad Theology. Retired, an empty nester, and a committed churchman, Bruce, along with his wife Cathy, travelled to Multnomah from Paradise, California. “For years, I’ve known Multnomah’s reputation for teaching the Bible,” Bruce says to me, “and that is why I’m here.”

Bruce is a man of deep, genuine faith who served in his local church in many ways. But, approaching sixty years of age, Bruce discovered something was missing. “In a nutshell,” he admits, “I realized I was biblically illiterate! Sure, I knew enough of the basic doctrines of the Bible to function, but I hungered to know the deeper things of the Word, to wrestle with the great issues of the faith, and to forge my own positions as a result of personal study.”

Into Leadership With No Training

Perhaps what alarmed Bruce most was that he—and scores of others like him—are thrust into positions of leadership without really understanding the fundamental things of God. So, he seized the opportunity to study at Multnomah to fill this spiritual void. “For years, I’ve been told what to believe,” he remembers. “Now, for the first time, I am beginning to discover what I really believe and why.”

By his own admission, Bruce, in the first year of a two-year MAPS program, will never be the same. And it is Multnomah’s unique blend of biblical knowledge applied to the spiritual issues of life that drives this. “Multnomah’s professors push me to ask the tough spiritual questions,” Bruce explains, “like ‘What is the condition of your soul?’ For decades, I have longed for this direction!”

There is nothing more exciting—and rewarding—that this: to see how the Word of God transforms minds and hearts of men and women who will, in turn, change the world.

Rejoicing in life-change,

Daniel R. Lockwood
President

Metzger, Tebow, Pro-life and Superbowl Ads

(Just in case you don't want to read our bloviating below, you can go straight to the source at the New Wine, New Wineskins Blog.)

Christian Faith and "The Big Game"

Just in time for the Superbowl this Sunday, February 7th many media outlets are gearing up by publishing stories ranging from Christian faith in sports to pro-life ads during half-time.

As has become the case in recent years, the Seminary's very own Dr. Paul Louis Metzger was called on to be an expert for the writer of the latest article from the Religion News Service titled: "God and the Gridiron; Some are Crying Foul."

Keeping the Context

As is usually necessary, much of the value in what Dr. Metzger had to say gets stripped out for the sake of the writer's needs within the story. This typically results in only a portion of the quote being used, thereby leaving much to the imagination. In this particular article, Dr. Metzger's quote deals with the issue of a famous Christian football player named Tim Tebow who is featured in an ad (produced by Focus on the Family), espousing the positive results from a pro-life choice made by his mother. This ad will be featured during the Superbowl this year and it has raised the ire of many groups who call it "anti-abortion" and the like.

The Quote

“It could very well be a great message, but is it a good venue?” asked Paul Louis Metzger, who teaches theology and culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Ore. “Is it helpful to the discussion, or does it up the volume, so to speak, on the culture war rhetoric?”

2_thumbnailWhat Dr. Metzger Wants Us To Know

Check out his post at the New Wine, New Wineskins Blog for further thoughts that we think you'll all like to ponder as we head in to this most holy of sports holidays!

Don’t Miss College Preview!

Comments Off Written on February 3rd, 2010 by
Categories: General, Seminary, Students

That's right! College Preview starts tomorrow (February 4th-5th, 2010) and it looks like there are lot's of previewers coming this year! If you'd like to "try before you buy" the college experience, then this is a great opportunity for you! (or someone you know!)

Check out our fancy new Preview Website
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By the way, if you are thinking of starting the Bible College this coming Fall 2010, then go hang out with your future classmates at the MU 2010 Facebook Group.

Sustainable Hybrid Education

Comments Off Written on January 29th, 2010 by
Categories: General, Programs, Seminary

Now that we've got your attention with fancy words like "sustainable" and "hybrid", we actually have an interesting article we found some time back that discusses the merits of education that is a blend of online and in-person activities (hence the "hybrid" terminology!).

Sustainable Hybrids - Inside Higher Ed

What does this have to do with Multnomah?

Turns out, little ol' Multnomah is already doing this with what we call "distributed learning" at the Seminary. We call it Multnomah Connect. Not only can you take seminary classes online, but you can take them at our Reno-Tahoe or Anchorage sites as well. Then, when you're ready, you can finish it all up with a visit to the Portland campus. (Somewhere in here, we hear the word "sustainable" too. Yikes!)

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Other Reading on the Hybrid Education Movement

A Christmas Message

Comments Off Written on December 24th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Dr. Lockwood, General, Missions, Pray For MU, Seminary, Students

Christmas is a time for giving. It is also a season for reflecting on the gracious generosity God displayed in sending the gift of Jesus to a darkened world.

Generosity

One Christmas became memorable for me precisely because of a stranger’s simple, generous invitation.

In December of 1977, my wife Jani and I were living in Dallas, Texas, where I was in the middle of doctoral studies. Since Jani’s brother Albert was studying at the University of Guadalajara, we decided as a family to rendezvous in Mexico to celebrate Christmas south of the border. So, as soon as my last blue book exam was submitted, Mom and Dad Iguchi joined us in Dallas. Together we flew to Mexico City for a few days of sightseeing before winging to Guadalajara to spend Christmas with Albert.

The sights of Mexico City were intriguing. We climbed the Aztec Teotihuacan Pyramids and watched a bullfight. Ole! Then we headed to Guadalajara, one of Portland’s sister cities. Because Albert was involved deeply with a Mennonite church in the city, we were invited by “Heddy,” a Canadian missionary, to stay at her apartment over Christmas. She was planning on being out of town and graciously made her home available to us.

An Unusual Invitation

We had an incredible time celebrating Christmas together, but what I remember most is the serenity and graciousness of many people, from our host herself to a man joyfully shining shoes on Christmas day in the city’s piazza. But most memorable was an unusual invitation. We drove Heddy around the city as she completed errands before her departure. Stopping at her bank, she introduced us to the bank manager. This man, who had never laid eyes on us before, greeted us and immediately invited us to his home. “No one should be alone at Christmas,” he said simply.

Though we declined because we had other plans, the sincerity of his generous offer struck me in a way I’ll never forget. I could not help but think of the gift of God who graciously sent His Son to earth on that first Christmas centuries ago, making it possible that our joy might be full. I was reminded that Christ came to all people, regardless of class, socio-economic status, education, vocation, nationality, ethnicity, or gender. I was convicted that I needed to show greater generosity to others, not just at Christmas but all year round, as an expression of my gratitude for God’s gracious gift.

God's Grace and Multnomah Students

God continues to be gracious to our students at Multnomah, too. One of my Grad students, Annet Kyomugisha, tells a remarkable story of how the generosity of God’s people made it possible for her to study at Multnomah. She, her husband Fred, and their daughter Deborah travelled to Portland from Rwanda in the fall of 2008. Fred, one of my theology students last year, is now in his second year at Multnomah pursuing his MAPS.

Annet desperately wanted to enroll in seminary, too. She realized how important her education would be for their work in Rwanda. From a human standpoint, the financial need seemed impossibly great. Yet she had enough faith to apply to the seminary, though without hope that funds would be available. When her application was accepted last summer, she put it on the shelf and continued to pray. Then, one day just before school began, something amazing happened.

“That morning, I received a $1,000 check in the mail from a friend in Portland,” she said. That same afternoon, a friend from Washington, D.C., and then a friend from Texas called, inquiring about their financial needs. Fred explained their desire for Annet to enroll in seminary. One person pledged $5,000 for her education, and the other promised $4,000.

“I did not send out letters requesting financial aid,” Annet explained, “so it is still not clear to me why these generous people decided to respond the way they did.”

But respond they did. Eventually, $16,000 was given from these three people, and she was able to begin classes this fall.

Two things struck me about Annet’s story. One was her remarkable faith. She applied to Multnomah when she had no earthly reason to believe it was possible. Yet she believes in a God of the impossible. Had she not applied, her matriculation might have been delayed a full semester. Annet’s experience seems to say, “Step out in faith and trust God to provide the way.”

Joy of Generosity

The other important lesson is that God’s provision and timing is always perfect. He provided what she needed just at the right time. More than that, he involved other believers in the process, allowing them the joy of generosity. Because of their gifts, a beautiful couple poised to make a strategic impact on the spiritual and theological landscape of Rwanda, may return to their native country equipped for the task God has for them.

Transformed by the generous Gift of God,

Daniel R. Lockwood
President

Consumer Christmas, Dr. Metzger, and USA Today

USA Today referenced Dr. Paul Louis Metzger and M.Div alum Tony Kriz in today's opinion blog. The article, written by Tom Krattenmaker, is titled:

"You Can't Buy The Real Gifts Of Christmas"

Consumer Christmas TreeA Metzger Quote

Here's our favorite quote from the story:

"Many thriving prosperity-gospel churches appear to have thoroughly embraced the American ideal of upward mobility and material well-being," Metzger says. "It makes one wonder if these churches' leaders think Jesus was a savvy entrepreneur on the rise, who would have become rich had his career not been cut short."

The Book

Learn more about Consuming Jesus - the book that was the context for Metzger being quoted

Student Survey iPod Winners!

1 Comment » Written on December 8th, 2009 by
Categories: Contests, General, Seminary, Students

If you're a current student, then you are probably well aware of the annual survey we, in the Multnomah administration, conduct called the "Student Satisfaction Survey". Our goal is to get an idea for how we're doing in serving our students so that we can learn what we're doing well and where we're falling short. (And then do something about it!)

The Response

This year we had a great response! Out of 891 total survey invitations sent, 364 of you completed the survey - that's a 41% response rate - which is really high!

(If you did not receive an invitation to take the survey in your email, then you should check to ensure that the address Multnomah uses for you is the one you check - and then check your spam box to make sure it wasn't blocked - but it would only help for next year, maybe...) 

The iPod's

To thank our survey-takers we offered two prize drawings - an iPod Touch for those who completed the survey before Thanksgiving Break, and an iPod Shuffle for everyone who didn't win the first prize, but still completed the survey by the deadline on 12/2/09 (including the ones before Thanksgiving).

We did two blind drawings from all who qualified - there was a 1 in 364 chance of winning one of the prizes.

The Winners!

1st Place - iPod Touch
Robert Goff, M.Div student at the Seminary
iPod Touch Winner

2nd Place - iPod Shuffle
Laura Bristline, Junior at the Bible College
iPod Shuffle Winner

Thank You!

Our students mean so much to us - you all turn in to Alumni, and then we all get to hear of the amazing things God does through your life after you leave this place too! Telling us how we're doing on these surveys helps us to serve you better and to fulfill our mission in this world...

...So...Thank You!

One in Christ or Coffee? – Theology of Space Follow-up

Comments Off Written on November 24th, 2009 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Media, Seminary

This morning, we ran across a post at the very good Out of Ur blog that was authored by Dr. Paul Louis Metzger as a follow-up to his recent Article in Leadership magazine.

"One in Christ or Coffee?"
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(Note: it's OK to drink coffee while reading the above article!)

What is the Theology of Space?

1 Comment » Written on November 18th, 2009 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Media, Seminary

By "Theology of Space", we don't mean the "Force" of Star Wars, or the logic of the Vulcans we mean something more akin to how churches and Christian communities use their spatial resources.

Our very own Dr. Paul Louis Metzger has been busy (for proof, read this). Never one to shy away from tough questions, he attempts to tackle the "Theology of Space" in his latest article published in the November 2009 issue of Leadership magazine.

What's So Special About Space?

Maybe a couple of memorable quotes will help:

The coffee bar has replaced the Lord's Table as the place where real community happens.

or

I wonder—are we thinking as intentionally about the design of our ministry spaces as retailers are about the way they design their stores?

I ask my students to make observations about the use of space at clothing stores they visit. Two design elements are frequently reported: lots of mirrors and no clocks.

LJ_metzgerCheck It Out Now

I don't know about you, but it's enough to make me want to check out "Walls Do Talk".

Oh yeah, Dr. Metzger teaches a full slate of classes too...