January 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your partnership in the gospel in 2021. As I reflect on the last year and look forward to the coming year, I think of Ephesians 3:20-21 as theme verses for 2021. God has worked through you to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Your generosity and support have made it possible to:



new doctorate in women, theology, and leadership

New launch of the D.Min in Women, Theology and Leadership led by Dr. Lynn Cohick

Christian faith elevates women as created in God’s image, beloved by God, and called to good work in church and world; however, organizations have all too often failed to be faithful to these mandates. In a broken and sinful world, women experience harm in unequal ways.

The DMin in Women, Theology and Leadership is a vital space in which theology and ministry come together. The program affirms women in leadership and shapes leaders for constructive, faithful ministry for church and world. The program includes seven seminars bringing together ministry leaders (pastors, chaplains, volunteers and other servants) from a variety of contexts journeying together in solid theological training with work in ministry.



Faculty on the Forefront

Is There Hope for Philemon?

Check out Dr. Nijay Gupta’s excellent new article on the study of Philemon as featured in the Fathom Magazine:

My 2020 pandemic show was Cobra Kai, the 21st century “second generation” of the Karate Kid saga. What can I say? I’m a sucker for 80s throwback shows. I remember watching an interview with Cobra Kai producers and cast members about why the show has been so successful and how it is different from the source material movies. One of the key differences, they said, was not in the plot or the introduction of new characters, but rather in their representation of good and evil.


Divine Violence and the Character of God

By Dr. Claude Mariottini, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament

The issue of divine violence has been a topic of debate in the first two decades of the twenty-first century among scholars, college and seminary students, pastors and lay people, believers and non-believers. There are many reasons for this interest in divine violence. One reason is the rise of secularism and atheism in our society. The rejection of religion leads to the criticism of the God of the Bible.

Dr. Mariottini’s book will be published on February 1. 2022. You can order a pre-publication copy of the book at a 40% discount as a special promotional benefit through Northern Seminary.  Send an email to: orders@wipfandstock.com.

Mention: Claude F. Mariottini, Divine Violence and the Character of God.

You will receive an email after the book’s publication and receive instructions for finalizing your order at the 40% discounted rate. This discount is available only on pre-publication orders. The 40% discount offer will end on January 31, 2022.


The Grow Center: Where biblically-based leadership meets innovative entrepreneurial thinking

Join us as we launch the Grow Center’s new certificate program on Biblical and Entrepreneurial Thinking. Engage with leaders across marketplace and ministry environments. Learn how to study the Bible and apply it to your endeavors, understand the importance of Design Thinking for your vocation and ministry, learn about Story Theory and how the Bible provides the ultimate example for engaging with your clients, constituents and parishioners.

Come learn alongside people from around the globe what it looks like for you to live outside the box. Launching January 2022 Courses are scheduled for: Thursday evenings from 6:30pm- 9:00pm CST. Online only. We are offering options to attend the full Certificate Course or register for single course(s). Full Certificate: $1,250 Single Course: $150 Financial Assistance may be available.



Webinar on Advocating with Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Join Seminary Now teacher Nikole Lim for a webinar on advocating with survivors of sexual violence on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7pm CT. Learn how to advocate alongside survivors, fight against systems of oppression, and establish new systems of liberation within your community.

Sign up through the link below to save your spot AND get a free preview of Nikole’s Seminary Now course!

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Your friend,
William D. Shiell
President and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching, Northern Seminary

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