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Wednesday, February 12, 2014  
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Though you wouldn’t know it from the weather in Dubuque, spring semester has started on campus and online for Dubuque Theological Seminary.  In addition to popular core courses such as Introduction to the New Testament and Reformation and Modern Church History, students can choose from a variety of electives such as Preaching from the Psalms, Christianity and Islam, and Devotional Classics.  The start of a new semester is always an exciting time. 

The new semester also brings opportunities for growth for those currently engaged in ministry through our Christian Leadership Plus Online Continuing Education Program and through the residential Doctor of Ministry Program.  Dr. Lyle Vander Broek started a five-week continuing education course "Preaching from John: Lent and Easter, Year A,” on Feb. 3, and on March 10, Dr. Timothy Slemmons will begin a five-week continuing education course "Epic of Epics: The Gospel and Classic Rock.” To register for Dr. Slemmons' course, or for more information, call Lu LeConte at 563-589-3691.            

The 2014 Doctor of Ministry Cohort, which meets on campus in May, will be led by Dr. Jerry Andrews, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of San Diego, CA and Dr. Bradley Longfield, Dean and Professor of Church History at UDTS.  The Doctor of Ministry at Dubuque emphasizes congregational renewal.  This particular cohort will address renewal by focusing on Scripture and prayer in community.  We will engage in close reading and prayerful study of Romans and the Psalms and join in vigorous communal reflection on what it means to be the church, the people of God.  Applications are now being received.  For more information call Kimberly Burnett-Hackbarth, Director of Admissions, at 1-800-369-UDTS or visit http://udts.dbq.edu.            

We are delighted to welcome three outstanding lecturers to campus April 1-3 for Spring Renewal.  Warren Lecturer Dr. Kenneth Bailey, a Presbyterian minister and New Testament scholar, will speak on "The Good Shepherd: The Unfolding of a Biblical Saga.”  Woods Lecturer Dr. Jeff Barker of Northwestern College (Iowa) will address "The Bible as Art: Ten Assumptions about Presenting the Bible in Worship” and "The Hebrew Bible as Theatre: A New Way to Study the Old Book.”  Finally, this year’s Berger lecturer, Dr. David Lose of Luther Seminary, will lecture on, "Preaching Reconsidered: Fashioning a Community of the Word in the Age of Digital Pluralism.”  All Spring Renewal events are open to the public, but pre-registration is requested.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, see http://udts.dbq.edu/edu.cfm or contact Lu LeConte at LLeConte@dbq.edu or 563-589-3691.            

Finally, the Seminary Admissions Office is eager to assist those who have heard God’s call to lay or ordained ministry. Prospective students for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Missional Christianity degrees are invited to campus March 12-14, to join our "Exploring a Call Conference.”  This allows individuals to experience first-hand our strong Christian community, excellent teaching, and beautiful campus. If you are considering theological education, or if you know of someone who should be considering theological education, please call Kimberly Burnett-Hackbarth, Director of Admissions, at 800-369-UDTS or email her at udtsadms@dbq.edu.            

I thank you for your support of the seminary and pray God’s richest blessing on you in the coming month.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Bradley Longfield                                                                            
Dean and Professor of Church History


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