Fall 2010 is here (even though it still feels like summer!). Students will be on campus for orientation and move in days the rest of this week. Undergrad Bible College students have orientation beginning on 8/26; Seminary on 8/27; and non-seminary Master's Programs already had theirs. Read the rest of this entry »
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We often get messages from people around the world asking questions about what we believe, or what our stance is on [insert your subject here]...below is a great example of one of those. President Dan Lockwood took a moment to answer.
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General, Missions, Programs, Seminary, Students
A professor, an alumnus, and a student share about the interconnectedness of the Multnomah family.
Dr. Roger Trautmann, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministries
On April 21, 2010, Linda Wood, a graduate of Multnomah Biblical Seminary, shared with students in my Orientation to Institutional Ministries class, a chaplaincy track course. She described her call and preparation for police chaplaincy. God has given her sensitivity to this ministry through her experiences as a wife and mother of police officers. In this line of work officers face many challenges, not only in their personal lives but also in their public role. A chaplain gives assistance in the care of officers and their family as well as service to the public through emergency response, death notifications, domestic issues and the like. Linda explained the practical training that she receives to support her work as well as the prayer support and personal resources that bless her in this ministry role. She provided “street” wisdom for the students in my class as well as stories of opportunities she has been given to demonstrate and declare the good news of God’s love and grace because of her front-line ministry. The class was greatly enriched by Linda’s presentation.
Rev. Linda Wood, M.A. Pastoral Studies, ‘00
Greetings fellow Alumni! Recently I received the annual call from a college student requesting a donation to the school. What a special blessing! I always enjoy taking a few minutes to talk to the student, ask how he/she is doing, and answer their questions. Of course, the students always ask how they can pray for me, my family and ministry. This time the student (Katie Wendel) and I made a special connection and we agree that it was definitely a God thing. We found out that we share an interest in horses and since I was going to be at the school to talk to Dr. Trautmann’s class, Katie and I decided to meet. What a joy to spend time with this young woman! When my husband and I found out that she was from out of state we decided to 'adopt' her while she is in school. It hit me that this young woman could not afford to fly home for the holidays except Christmas. We can always add one more to our table to join our family and I would hope if it was my child, someone would do that for them. God blessed Katie and I. We connected almost immediately, and I know she will fit into our family. I would like to encourage others to think about adding this type of blessing to your lives. God bless each of you.
Katie Wendel, Student Phone-A-Thon Caller
Educational Ministries major with Women’s Ministry emphasis
Hometown: Farmington, Utah
Favorite Class: Gender and Ministry with Bonnie Kopp
Plans after Multnomah: Masters in Counseling program
As a student caller at Multnomah, we call Multnomah alumni once a semester to keep them updated on campus life and talk with them about their lives. I called Linda Wood and started talking with her when her husband came home. She asked me to hold on for one moment and proceeded to have a quick conversation with her husband about his physical therapy. I heard Linda ask her husband what the physical therapist said about riding. Being a horse person myself, I asked her what kind of riding she was speaking about. We proceeded to discuss her time at Multnomah and her husband’s love for horses. She offered to have me out to their house to ride after they purchased another horse. She mentioned that she was coming to the seminary to speak in a class and that it would be a great opportunity to meet so I could get to know her and see pictures of her babies (both horses and grandchildren). I feel so privileged to have an opportunity to establish a relationship with such an awesome woman of God. In our short meeting, I got to talk with Linda and discuss where I am going as a student at Multnomah. Linda was so encouraging and I am looking forward to getting to know her better.
Categories: Alumni, Dr. Lockwood, Faculty, General, Media, Seminary
(See the Podcasted Show announcement below)
We've recently signed an agreement to be the primary sponsor of the very well-known Georgene Rice Show.
- The show will now be broadcast from the "Multnomah Studios at KPDQ"
- We've partnered up to sponser her podcasts and the call-in phone line
- There will be a new segment called "Ask the Professor"...(for which they've opened up a competition for Multnomah people to write and produce the segment jingle for it! - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how you can be famous)
- Ms. Rice will bring her show to the Multnomah campus (Portland) 3 times/year now
- There are more items to add to this list, but it's long enough for a blog post!
Our President, Dr. Dan Lockwood, went on air live last Monday (4/19) to discuss the new agreement. We've posted the mp3 podcast here for your enjoyment. You'll hear a Multnomah Biblical Seminary radio commercial to start it out and then Dr. Dan comes on at about the 8-minute mark. So simply scroll over to go straight to that if you like. (But the whole show is great! Hello, Georgene!).
Categories: Faculty, General, Pray For MU, 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.
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.
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.
- An Evening of Inspiration
Free to the public
Friday, April 9, 7p.m., at Emmanuel Temple Church (1033 N. Sumner).
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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
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(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.
“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?”
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!