President’s January Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Northern trains churches and church leaders to bear witness to the risen Christ during anxious times through world-class faculty, scholarship resources, and encouraging conferences.

The last decade ended with anti-Semitic violence in New York. This year began with rumors of war, fires in Australia, and earthquakes in Puerto Rico. Even in the midst of such upheaval, Northern pastors, faculty, and alumni are training pastors how to live the gospel. In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll read how we educate leaders to share Christ’s message. With the addition of new faculty and the assistance of churches like Bellevue Heights Church in Sun City, Arizona, Northern pastors are leading the church and engaging the world.


NIJAY GUPTA APPOINTED PROFESSOR OF NEW TESTAMENT

President Bill Shiell, along with Dean Ingrid Faro and Professor Scot McKnight, are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Nijay K. Gupta to the New Testament department.

Dr. Gupta has been teaching for more than a decade and is a leading scholar in the field of New Testament studies and a prolific author of many books and articles, including the recent important study on Paul and the Language of Faith. He recently co-edited with Scot McKnight the volume The State of New Testament Studies and has a handful of books appearing in 2020. He is a graduate of Miami of Ohio University, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and the University of Durham.

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5 WAYS CHURCHES CAN ADDRESS ANTI-SEMITISM

How can we address this distressing upsurge in anti-Semitic prejudice and violence? Dr. Lee Spitzer, Affiliate Professor of Church History shares 5 practical ways for churches and individuals to make a difference.

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BELLEVUE CHURCH CONTINUES LEGACY OF GENEROSITY

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Chairman of the Northern Board of Trustees Dr. Vernon Crawley presents an award to Nat Beckwith, chairman of the Bellevue Heights Foundation board.

Pictured left to right: Pastor Tim Andersen of Bellevue Heights Church, Nat Beckwith, Chairman of the Bellevue Heights Foundation Board, Dr. Vernon Crawley, Chairman of the Northern Seminary Board of Trustees, Rev. Eddie Smith, Sr., Northern Seminary Class of 2017, recipient of the Bellevue Scholarship and pastor of Tuxedo Park Baptist Church

On January 16, Northern trustees recognized the Bellevue Heights Church Foundation for their generosity to Northern seminary students (pictured above). For 24 years, Bellevue has provided over $250,000 in scholarships to Master of Divinity students. Over 85% of these students and graduates are still in pastoral and church-related ministries. Eddie Smith, Bellevue scholar and 2017 graduate of Northern Seminary shared at the dinner that the scholarship allowed his family not to go into further seminary debt and provided needed encouragement for his ministry. Pastor Eddie reminded the audience that as a father of seven children, he had to provide for his family while in seminary. The scholarship helped them to keep food on the table while he finished his education and prepared for the next step of the journey.

Another recipient of a Bellevue scholarship was Tyler Hansen from the class of 2019. Watch Tyler’s reflections below on his experience at Northern.

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To learn how your church can sponsor a student, contact Bill Janus (bjanus@seminary.edu) in the advancement office.


TASTE OF NORTHERN FEBRUARY 24

Join us Monday, February 24 for a free day of classes. Invite a prospective student, or check out for yourself the exciting new Northern Live learning environment.

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BRADY MISSION AND THEOLOGY LECTURE WITH
FLEMING RUTLEDGE AND SCOT McKNIGHT JUNE 4-5

The Gospel & Mission: The Good News of the Crucifixion For The Church On Mission

The Apostle Paul declares, “for the message of the cross is foolishness…” What does this foolish cross have to say to our culture today? In a Western context defined by power, competency, and influence, how does the crucifixion shape our life together? How does a cross-shaped mission position the church in the world?

Join renowned pastor and theologian Fleming Rutledge as she casts a vision for a church engaged with the world.

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Thank you for considering Northern in your trust, will, and estate planning

Your friend,

William D. Shiell
President, Northern Seminary

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