Author: Gary Peluso-Verdend

Interpreting Faith in Public

A few years ago, I attended a conference of seminary presidents. At a workshop on crisis communications, we were advised to communicate with our publics regularly so that, in a crisis, constituents would recognize the seminary’s official “voice.” That workshop persuaded me to blog weekly, a task I’ve done for three years now. However, my […]

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Interpreting the Bible Against the Gospel

An Egyptian official from 4,000 years ago: Joseph’s people were such ingrates. My country took in caravans of Semites who were starving. We fed them. We gave them room to grow. The problem is we were too good to them. They multiplied like rats. Their numbers threatened to overwhelm the Egyptian population. After so many […]

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Deeper Repair

I nodded off in church on Sunday (okay, that’s a fiction, but go with it, please) and, immediately, I fell into a dream. In the dream, I walked into a building I knew was a church. I don’t remember how the outside of this church looked. And I did not get beyond the entryway before […]

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More Fred Rogers, Please

Fred Rogers, known to generations of children and their parents, as Mister Rogers, was a Presbyterian minister. His show, begun in 1968, embodied much of old mainline Protestantism at its best. Without naming the Name, he walked the walk, in public spaces, and taught more what the way of Jesus by living it than most […]

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A 21st Century Faith by Gary Peluso-Verdend

President of Phillips Theological Seminary, the Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend, offers a message during the first day of chapel services during the June Doctor of Ministry fortnight. Dr. Peluso-Verdend’s message is A 21st Century Faith…in order that humankind can see the 22nd Century.

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The Grace of Being Cut to the Quick by Gary Peluso-Verdend

The President of Phillips Theological Seminary, the Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend, offers this homily on the first day of on campus classes of the Spring 2017 Semester. Dr. Peluso-Verdend’s reflection is based on 2 Samuel 11:26-12:7a

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Many Religions, One God by Gary Peluso-Verdend

Phillips President, the Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend, offers the homily during this final chapel service of the Doctor of Ministry fortnight offered every January. Dr. Peluso-Verdend’s reflection is based on Genesis 11: 1-9

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Be Here Now by Gary Peluso-Verdend

During the opening evening of the new student orientation for fall 2016, the Rev. Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend offers the reflection based on Exodus 4: 1-13. Dr. Peluso-Verdend is the President and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Phillips.

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