Browsing: theological education

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “A man can’t be always defending the truth; there must be a time to feed on it.”  C.S. Lewis We are what we eat. If the analogy is true, then Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest provides a stark backdrop to the national chlorosis of reading and its deleterious effects on Biblical literacy. On July 4, 2020, defending champion and competitive eater Joey Chestnut won the men’s division of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest by consuming 75 hot dogs. Defending women’s champion Miki Sudo captured the woman’s division by eating 48 1/2…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “One of the clearest and most concrete facts of history is that men of spiritual resources may not only redeem catastrophe but turn it into a grand creative moment.” ~ Herbert Butterfield Crisis is the cocoon of creativity. Indeed, the current Covid-19 crisis has stimulated abundant examples of creative innovation in public health, economic, education, and faith-based institutions.  Resourceful ingenuity has additionally appeared in many family homes and neighborhoods. While the pandemic has undeniably inspired many levels of creativity it has, nonetheless, also generated societal fears, inertia, and depression. Why the disparity?…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Theological seminaries determine the destinies of churches. As goes the seminary, so goes the church.” Harold Lindsell What does the 20th verse of the 20th chapter of 2 Chronicles have to say to the nation’s theological schools and seminaries as they enter the 20th year of the 21st Millennium? What, if anything, does the verse offer a theological examination of one of society’s most voguish catchphrases, namely “deep state?” According to Merriam-Webster, “deep state” was among the 533 new words added to its lexicon in 2019. Becoming part of the American…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Put out into deeper water, and let down the nets for a catch.” ~ Luke 5:4 A massive tapestry entitled The Miraculous Draught of Fish (Luke, 5:3–11; John 21:1–17) woven by Pieter van Aelst from sketches drawn by the famous Renaissance artist Raphael Sanzio prominently hangs in the Vatican Museum (Link). Commissioned by Pope Leo X in 1515, the artwork is part of a series of ten exquisite silk draperies that once lined the lower walls of the Sistine Chapel. According to the biblical account that provides the basis of the famous embroidery, Simon…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Seminarians should become accustomed to training their character. This will make them a living reflection of the humanity of Jesus, and a bridge that unites people with God.” ~ Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis On December 8, 2016 the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Clergy published The Gift of the Priestly Formation (Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis) which examines the topic of the formation of future religious leaders. According to the document, the purpose of formation is to assist seminarians in becoming “a living reflection of the humanity of Jesus . . . individuals of integrity with the…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Let justice run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  ~ Amos 5:24 Pitcairn is a South Pacific island that was made famous by a group of mutineers that landed on its volcanic shores in the late 18th century. On April 28, 1789, twenty crew members of the British warship HMS Bounty rebelled and set their commander, William Bligh, adrift in a lifeboat. The account has been told many times and glamourized by the 1962 film The Mutiny on the Bounty that chronicles the subsequent life of the maritime fugitives. Debarked on…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats The sole survivor of a storm-battered shipwreck prayed feverishly for rescue from the prison of his uninhabited South Pacific Island. After days of scanning the vacant horizon, the hopeless man eventually built a small driftwood hut for protection from the elements. To make matters worse, one day after scavenging for food, he returned in the evening to find his makeshift shanty in flames.  With smoke rolling up into the, otherwise, cloudless sky, the frustrated…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting TOWN OR GOWN? (Part 1) By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “The height of the mountain top is measured by the dismal drudgery of the valley, but it is in the valley that we have to live for the glory of God.” ~ Oswald Chambers America’s theological schools and seminaries are in need of transfiguration. Facing a myriad of significant challenges ranging from financial instability, decreasing enrollment, student debt, and accusations of postmodern irrelevancy, institutions of Christian higher learning are compelled to replace older models of delivery with structures that engage society and support the student of the 21st…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 The nation’s theological schools and seminaries find themselves facing an uncertain future. As enrollments decrease, financial debts mount, and skepticisms rise concerning the value of their degrees, institutions of higher theological education should consider seeking to successfully improve their situations by prudently inviting another school to merge their hands to the plow of partnership. Theological schools and seminaries are fundamentally academies for/of God’s chosen vicars. Initially mentioned in the Old…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “By doing good with his money, a man, as it were, stamps the image of God upon it, and makes it pass, current for the merchandise of heaven.” ~ John Rutledge The rare British Guiana 1c magenta is considered the most valuable stamp in the world. Cut in the shape of an octagon, the stamp is the only one of its kind known to exist. Issued in limited numbers in 1856, the rare impress was discovered in 1873 by a 12-year-old Scottish schoolboy among his uncle’s letters. Since its initial rescue, the…

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