Community Lunch Discussion

Dear members of the NPTS Community, Greetings in this New Year! I trust that the Christmas break was restful and renewing. As we begin the New Year we thought it would be helpful to gather and have a focused conversation regarding the emerging situation with Campus Pastor Judy Peterson. Following chapel on Thursday, January 18th […]

Something to Celebrate!

Do you ever wonder what your professors do while they are on sabbatical…..? They research and write award-winning books…at least that’s what Dr. Stephen Chester did! Christianity Today has named Dr. Chester’s recent book, Reading Paul with the Reformers: Reconciling Old and New Perspectives, as its Biblical Studies Book of the Year. His book has been praised […]

An Advent Reflection from our Dean

Author: Rev. David Kersten Seminary Dean and Vice President of Church Relations As I write this reflection we have moved fully into the Advent season. One of my favorite Advent texts is Isaiah 2:1-5. I think I am drawn to it because of its sense of urgency and the collapsing of time. Isaiah cries out, “In […]

Advent Poetry

Advent Calendar by Rowan Williams He will come like last leaf’s fall. One night when the November wind has flayed the trees to the bone, and earth wakes choking on the mould, the soft shroud’s folding. He will come like frost. One morning when the shrinking earth opens on mist, to find itself arrested in the […]

Why Not Finish Well?

Author: Kris Bruckner Seminary Academic Support It is hard to concentrate with so many distractions. The last few weeks of fall semester are especially stressful because personally, I would rather be baking, decorating, singing, shopping . . . anything but finishing all the assignments on my academic to-do list. But the days are getting shorter, […]

Community Prayer Night

Author: Mackenzie Mahon NPTS Student Association President I’ve been doing a Bible study in Philippians lately, and every time I read 4:4-7 there’s a little nudge of conviction in my soul. I’m an anxious person in general — my mother likes to tell the story of how I worried myself to the point of having […]

Reflection through Vocational and Spiritual Formation for Leadership

Author: Emily Wagner Assistant Director of Seminary Student Services   This week is VSFL interview week! Faculty, paired into teams, will interview students progressing through their MDiv Candidacy and Mid-Program Reviews. We value rigorous academics here at North Park Theological Seminary (take a deep breath, you History 1 students!). We also care deeply about how […]

New Beginnings and Time-Tested Processes

Co-Authored by: Alex Macias and Luke Palmerlee This upcoming week is a significant and busy week in the life of NPTS. You likely have heard faculty and staff referring to the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Accreditation visit and the self-study document that was prepared over the last 12 – 18 months by the faculty […]

Commemorating the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary

Author: Dr. Hauna Ondrey Assistant Professor of Church History On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther issued his “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” in ninety-five theses. Since 1717, this date has been celebrated uniformly as Reformation Day, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation. This October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of that […]

North Park in a Neighborhood Near You

Author: Luke Palmerlee, Seminary Administrative Coordinator Fall break is upon us and for those of us that are on campus, the pace of life may have slowed a bit this week as we catch up on reading and writing projects in our classes. For many in the NPTS community “home” is not in Chicago; many […]