When is Tension a Good Thing? (Reflections on King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, Part 1)

By Jordan Grooters on April 2, 2018

Editor’s Note: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights activist, minister and spokesperson for nonviolent activism. He was killed on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., but his legacy lives on today. As we prepare for our series on Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured Church, two Cornerstone University staff members, Jordan…

Brothers and Sisters Who Do Nothing (Reflections on King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, Part 2)

By Jordan Grooters on April 4, 2018

Editor’s Note: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights activist, minister and spokesperson for nonviolent activism. He was killed on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., but his legacy lives on today. As we prepare for our series on Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured Church, two Cornerstone University staff members, Jordan…

Trillia Newbell: “Humility and Race”

By Andrew Kischner on April 6, 2018

Editor’s Note: Over the last two weeks, we are featuring several messages from Cornerstone University’s undergrad chapel, which engage the topics of justice, race, reconciliation and love (listen to all CU chapel messages here). Today’s message is by Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. With each message…

Christina Edmondson: "Luke 19: An Act of Restorative Justice and the Response of the Exploited"

By Andrew Kischner on April 5, 2018

Editor’s Note: Over the last two weeks, we are featuring several messages from Cornerstone University’s undergrad chapel, which engage the topics of justice, race, reconciliation and love (listen to all CU chapel messages here). Today’s message is by Christina Edmondson, Dean of Intercultural Student Development at Calvin College. With each message, we’ve provided a “Talking Points Takeaway” as a point…

A Compass Orientation

By Bailie Rouse on April 6, 2018

This week in Chapel Dr. Hilber preached from Habakkuk 1, in which the prophet is complaining to the Lord and anguishing over the injustice that is caused by the Babylonian people. As the conversation between Habakkuk and God continues, God reminds Habakkuk that the righteous person will live by his faithfulness, which is bound together by fearing God with a whole heart. Our life should be oriented…

Who is GRTS? Reflections on 30 years of Theological Education (Part 1 of 3)

By David Turner on April 9, 2018

Editor’s Note: We are celebrating Dr. David Turner’s 32 years of ministry in the Bible department at GRTS. After the Spring 2018 semester, he is stepping out of his full-time role as Professor of New Testament. We asked him to reflect on his time here and to offer a parting word for students, alumni and colleagues. This is the first of three posts. 

Distilling (can I use that word here?) thirty years…

Who Does GRTS Serve? Reflections on 30 years of theological education (Part 2 of 3)

By David Turner on April 10, 2018

Editor’s Note: We are celebrating Dr. David Turner’s 32 years of ministry in the Bible department at GRTS. We asked him to reflect on his time here and to offer a parting word for students, alumni and colleagues. This is the second of three posts. Here is part 1.

When Victor Matthews’ retirement led to my coming to Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in 1986, I was told that about 60% of our students identified…

What is the GRTS Vision? Reflections on 30 years of theological education (Part 3 of 3)

By David Turner on April 11, 2018

Editor’s Note: We are celebrating Dr. David Turner’s 32 years of ministry in the Bible department at GRTS. We asked him to reflect on his time here and to offer a parting word for students, alumni and colleagues. This is the third of three posts. Here is part 1 and part 2.

I’ve reflected on the identity and constituency of GRTS in two previous posts. It’s also critically important to ponder how these…

My Eyes Have Been Opened

By Darrell Yoder on April 16, 2018

Editor’s Note: Today, we invited a local white pastor and friend of GRTS to reflect on his journey of coming to grips with the gospel’s implications on race and justice. Pastor Marcus Little is the Senior Pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He will participate in a pastoral panel discussion at our April 26th Talking Points conference on Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured…

How to Cure Your Senioritis

By Samuel Brooks on April 20, 2018

If you're anything like me, whether you're a senior in high school or college, you are probably suffering from a bad case of "senioritis." This particular type of procrastination often happens when you are focused on the idea of walking across the stage to grab your diploma. I experienced the feeling when I graduated from high school, and I'm experiencing it again now, as I plan to graduate from college…