South African Pastor Finds Community Online

Again this year, NNU’s commencement exercises reminded me how blessed my colleagues and I are. As theological educators, we’re privileged with opportunities to meld our gifts with the talents and hard work of students all over the world, including graduates like Gabriel Benjamin. Last week, Gabriel and his wife Mary traveled to Idaho to celebrate […]

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May 2015
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Leading Long Before Commencement

It’s commencement season here on NNU’s campus. This weekend, thousands of family members and friends will join us to celebrate with our graduates. One of the best parts of my service at NNU comes right now, as I congratulate our grads ― some of whom I am meeting for the first time. Regardless of whether […]

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May 2015
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Professors Roundtable ― Meaningful Relationships From Online Tool

As NNU’s director of Graduate Theological Online Education, I’m honored to serve alongside some of the most gifted and experienced educators in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. To help answer some of the questions I often receive, I asked a couple of my colleagues to weigh in on relationships developed through their online teaching connections: How […]

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May 2015
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Lifelong Learning Offers New Online Perspectives

For some, it may come as a biblical booster shot; a weeklong immersion in Spirit-led discovery; or a new, open door for ministry practice. With Northwest Nazarene University’s growing catalog of lifelong learning courses, ministers are not just fulfilling a denominational requirement for continuing education. They’re adding richness to their lives and ministries. While some […]

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Apr 2015
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3 Ways a Great Online Tool Makes a Difference

Regardless of whether you use a PC or a Mac, or you’re a smart-phone fan or a desktop devotee, fully online graduate programs are where it’s at for high-level flexibility and mobility. For many, ease of use makes the difference between seeking a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree or giving up altogether. […]

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Apr 2015
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Forging Deep Connections Across the Globe

The more I think about NNU’s fully online Master of Divinity and Master of Arts programs, the more I’m inclined to call us your “Everywhere Divinity School.” Here’s why … When my colleague Joe Gorman first began teaching in NNU’s Spiritual Formation program back in 2004, he wondered how fully online programs could cultivate the […]

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Apr 2015
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Prepared to Care at Critical Times

In hospital hallways and patient rooms, Karla Sampson is living out God’s will for her life. I first met Karla in our Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation program. She enrolled in NNU’s second online learning community, in 2003. Through her studies, Karla found a path toward a new direction that was springing to life. […]

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Apr 2015
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Five Benefits of Online Graduate Studies

Online studies should be more about relationships than about you and your laptop. For more than a century, Northwest Nazarene University’s faculty has been known for making deep, personal investments in our students. Online or face-to-face, that commitment continues to thrive. While many institutions offer online programs that are little more than digital correspondence courses, […]

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Mar 2015
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Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh!

One of the great blessings about being a professor is the occasional “zinger” I run into when reading student papers. Often, they’re typos or the product of poor proofreading. But occasionally they liven up an otherwise dull grading session. Consider some of these beauties I’ve run across over the years: Jesus chose his followers very […]

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Mar 2015
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‘Lead With Love’ Still About Stories

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? I know I have lately. It’s one of the reasons my blog has been on pause for a season. But “Lead With Love” is back! With so many stories to tell, sometimes it’s daunting to share all the ways our graduates are using their Master of Divinity and Master of […]

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Feb 2015
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