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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Cancer Can’t Stop “Superman” from Earning MDiv

Some criticize online learning for depersonalizing education, caricaturing it as being devoid of human contact and community. With more than a decade of experience, however, I know the opposite is true in our Graduate Theological Online Education (GTOE) programs at Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Theology & Christian Ministries. Daily I’m reminded that I’m part […]

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Apr 2014
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Pursuing Your Seminary Education Takes Faith

Often when I talk to prospective students, they’re struggling. However, their struggle is not so much about the Graduate Theological Online Education (GTOE) programs at Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Theology & Christian Ministries. They’re also not wrestling so much with God’s calling. Instead, it’s the financial challenge of a theological education. How will they […]

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Apr 2014
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NNU’s Professor’s Book on Worship a First

At Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Theology & Christian Ministries, I’m blessed to be part of a team of faculty who are exceptional instructors as well as world-class scholars. In fact, our professors are among the most published in the Wesleyan-Holiness movement. My colleague, Dr. Brent Peterson, exemplifies this commitment to scholarship as evidenced by […]

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Why You Should Care that Your Professors take Sabbaticals

This semester my colleague Thomas Jay Oord is on sabbatical leave from Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Theology & Christian Ministries, where he’s worked as a professor for the past dozen years. Sabbaticals have a basis in the Judeo-Christian tradition and are prevalent in academia. In recent years, a growing number of churches have also […]

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Wesley Center and WTS Conferences set for March 6-8

It’s time again for Northwest Nazarene University’s annual Wesley Center Conference! I’m especially enthusiastic about this year’s conference, which will be on Thursday, March 6. I believe it will be one of the most inspiring and innovative conferences we’ve had yet. The theme of this year’s conference is “Wesley Talks: Ministry & Culture.” We’ll be […]

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