God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You By Jody Thomae ATS graduate Jody Thomae gives insight into the journey that led to her new book on worship.
The Bookshelf: The Power of Story By Dawn Dever Take advantage of this reading list containing submissions from faculty, staff, and friends of Ashland Theological Seminary. Each submission centers on this issue's theme: The Power of Story.
The Power of Story: As Told by Andrew, the Disciple of Jesus By Wm Paul Young It has been a long day; a lot of walking and talking. Not enough eating if you ask me. These crowds seem to be getting bigger every day especially as the rumors about Jesus have stirred up things. He pays no mind, as if a reputation is nothing of any real value; nothing that required any attention to maintain. So as near I can tell, he has none, but still everyone shows up; as many people as motives.
Letter From the President By Jeanie and I went to see the movie Secretariat shortly after it was released in 2010. I like horses, but I don’t have a deep interest in them. I’m even less interested in thoroughbred racing and the culture that surrounds it. I don’t know the first thing about going to the track and placing a bet.
What We Do Matters Because What They Do Matters: Diana DeWitt By Author and educator Dr. Reggie McNeal wrote the simple but penetrating statement, “When a leader loses heart a leader loses.” This loss multiplies when the leader’s sphere of influence is Kingdom-centric. When a Kingdom leader loses heart not only does he or she lose but the ministry they lead loses; there are too many stories of ministries suffering because their pastor or leader has quit and left , or worse, quit and stayed. Fortunately, God is raising up servant-leaders who champion this battle for the hearts of leaders.
This is My Story and I'm Sticking to It Grandfather Snyder died in 1924, twenty years before my birth. It was a long and painful process, dying of cancer, when no one was allowed to say the word. I know him only through my father’s stories and a single picture of him which survives.
Storytelling: My Primary Task as a Preacher By Carol Rettew I know what you are thinking. “Storytelling? That’s not the primary task of the preacher. And isn’t it just like so many preachers today to substitute faithful proclamation of the Word with a bunch of stories!” Ok—yeah, I get that. I agree that “storytelling” in itself is not the primary task of the preacher.
Living God's Story By Dawn Dever In September, 2013, at The Cove (Billie Graham's Training Center) in Asheville, NC, Ashland Theological Seminary invited a group of friends and partners to hear the ATS story and, at the same time, to consider their own places in God's story.
The Healing Power of Story By David P. Mann, PhD, LPCC-S We live our lives by the stories we both tell and hear. Most of the stories that guide us are the ones we tell to ourselves. These stories contain so much more than information, they also include how we have experienced life events and what we tell ourselves about them. They include our feelings about what happened and often leave us with an emotional response to both the telling and hearing of the story.
Our Neverending Story By Jerry Flora, Ph.D. My grandfather, whose name I bear, was a storyteller. He and Grandmother lived in a small brown house in a tiny village in rural Indiana. When I was a boy, their house was our destination every Thanksgiving for what amounted to a family reunion.