Urbana Seminary's Fifth Annual Tolkien Conference

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    The Fingerprints of God: Tracking God's Work in Your Life

    Provisions for Pastors Initiative, 3rd Annual Spiritual Life Forum
    Monday, Oct 24, 2016
    Windsor Road Christian Church
    9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    Cost: $30 Includes lunch and materials

    How has God been at work in your life over the years?  Can you spot evidence of his hand and guidance?  What about the places where he stepped in to direct or redirect your path?  Do you see God at work in your life right now? 

    Seeing how God has shaped our past informs our future, fills in our identity, and fuels our life mission.  This day-long, hands-on workshop will help you see where God has been at work in in your life and where he may be leading you now.  Together we'll each construct a timeline of God's work in the past leading up to today, and consider what this implies about identity in Christ and God's calling for the next stages of life.


    To conduct this practical workshop, Urbana Seminary is delighted to welcome Rob and Jean Gill.  The Gills served cross-culturally for 25 years in Japan and now have entered a ministry of spiritual formation and self-care for Christian workers.  They have had the opportunity to present training like this for missionaries from different agencies in multiple countries throughout Asia.

    To Register

    Admission  $30.00

    Past Events

    Ancient Israel in Chicago: A Tour of the Oriental Institute

    July 9, 2016

    This is our annual tour of artefacts from Ancient Israel, Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, and Canaan to help the Bible come alive. Led by Dr. Cuffey.


    12:45 Meet outside of the front door of the Oriental Institute on University of Chicago's Campus

    1:00-4:00 Dr. Cuffey will lead the tour of the Institute's artifacts relating to the Old Testament

    4:00-6:00 Explore on your own--the museum, nearby used bookstores, etc

    6:00 dinner at a nearby restaurant, for those interested

    Cost for Tour: $25

    If you need a ride, would like to volunteer to drive others, would like to be a part of the evening dinner, or have any other questions, contact Dr. Green at

    If you have any questions about the tour itself, contact Dr. Cuffey at

    Provisions for Pastors: 5th Annual Preaching Forum

    "Balancing Faithfulness and Relevance"

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    9:00-3:30, Windsor Road Christian Church

    Dr. Charles Zimmerman, Biblical Theological Seminary, PA

    Can you keep your finger on the text? Can you make God's Word come alive to a person in 2016? All quality preaching seeks to balance faithfulness and relevance. What we say must be faithful to the gospel but must also be relevant to our listeners or the message cannot impact them. Join us as we seek to challenge each other in attaining this balance in the pulpit and in any setting where we communicate God's Word.

    This is a day long forum; lunch is included in registration price


    Fifth Annual Preaching Conference


    October 31, 2015


    Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church, 700 W Kirby Avenue, Champaign, IL

    Theology,Commentaries,Reference,Christian Living, etc.

    Hardbacks, $1.00, paperbacks, 50 cents

    Provisions for Pastors: 2nd annual Spiritual Life Conference

    Family Life in Ministry: Why Ministry Leaders Need the Gospel for Marriage and Parenting

    Monday, October 5, 2015

    8:30-2:30, Windsor Road Christian Church

    Dr. Robert Smart, Christ Church, PCA Normal

    April, May and June, 2015

    Oriental Institute Tour, Chicago

    Library Booksale

    Antioch 2015

    Provisions for Pastors: Fourth Annual Preaching Forum: "Preaching Under Pressure"

    Monday, February 16, 2015

    8:30-2:30, Windsor Road Christian Church

    Dr. Robert Smith Jr., Beeson Dviinity School, Birmingham, AL

    author of Doctrine that Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life

    "The Pastor's Identity in Christ: The Key To Keeping Your Head and Persevering in Ministry"

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    9:00-3:00, Stone Creek Church

    Dr. Robert Smart

    Provisions For Pastors: The Pastor's Identity in Christ

    Admission to Conference $20.00

    3rd Annual Tolkien Conference

    Saturday, September 20, 9:30-4:00, Jacob's Well Community Church, Normal to register:

    Back to School Picnic

    Saturday, August 23, 5:30-8:30 Porter Park Pavilion Corner of Windsor and Rising

    Oriental Institue Tour

    Saturday, July 19
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    3rd Annual Tolkien Conference

    visit our website for more information

    4th Annual Preaching Forum

    Monday, February 16, 2015
    Champaign, IL
    Featuring Dr. Robert Smith, Jr
         Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School
         Author of Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life, 2008 Preaching Book of the Year Award by Preaching magazine and 2009 Preaching Book of the Year Award by Christianity Today’s

    Past Events

    The Founders Celebration of Our Graduates
    Class of 2014

    Friday, June 13 2014
    7:00 pm
    Stone Creek Church
    2502 S Race Street, Urbana, IL

    Urbana Theological Seminary Library Used Book Sale

    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    9:00am - 2:00pm
    Hessel Park Church
    700 W Kirby Ave, Champaign, Il

    Come support the seminary library at our first used book sale and expand your own collection of commentaries, devotionals, references and other Christian works. All proceeds go towards library equipment.

    Tolkien and the Arts

    Saturday, February 1, 2014
    visit our website for more information or find video from the event at vimeo

    Ethics Public Lecture

    Urbana Theological Seminary Fall Bioethics Lecture, in partnership with Carle Foundation Hospital

    Date: November 9, 2013
    Time: 10-11:30
    Location: The Forum at Carle, on the campus of Carle Hospital
    Topic: Ethics at the End of Life: Navigating a Complex Matrix of Patient, Provider, and Family Needs (this event offers CME Credit)
    Speaker: Dr. C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D. Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University

    Biomedical ethicist C. Ben Mitchell is the Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University in Tennessee. Dr. Mitchell received his doctorate in philosophy with a concentration in medical ethics from the University of Tennessee. He has done additional study in genetics for non-scientists at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., and has twice been visiting scholar at Green College, the medical college of Oxford University. Dr. Mitchell has also served as director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity from 2006-2008, and has served as a consultant with the Center for Genetics and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University and co-director for biotechnology policy and fellow of the Council for Biotechnology Policy in Washington, D.C. He has authored and edited several books in bioethics, and currently serves as editor of Ethics & Medicine.

    Children's Ministry Forum

    Thinking Backwards - Learning to change the thought process of your children's ministry

    Featuring Carlos Velez
    July 27, 2013 | Saturday
    Windsor Road Christian
    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Fee: $15 | Lunch Provided

    Pastor's Seminar


    September 20 & 21, 2013 | Friday and Saturday Mornings
    8:30 AM to Noon
    Stone Creek Church in Urbana

    Friday Seminar with Pastors: Staying connected to the vine - The main role of every pastor.
    Saturday Seminar for Pastors and Key Leaders: Prayer - Discovering what you and God are doing together.

    John Piippo is the pastor at Redeemer Fellowship Church in Monroe, Michigan. For the past 32 years, Piippo has spent his Tuesdays praying and reflecting. For Piippo this includes no counseling, no cell phone, no texting, no staff meetings, no sermon preparation. Piippo’s PhD is in philosophical theology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

    10 Year Anniversary Events

    Founders Day 2013

    Urbana Theological Seminary
    invites you to a dessert reception celebrate God’s hand at work and to say “Thank you!” to our supporters...
    Saturday, April 20, 2013, 7:00 PM

    Alice Campbell Alumni Center
    601 S. Lincoln Ave.
    Urbana, IL 61801

    • Special Speaker •
    Thumbs Up: The Christian and Culture
    Todd D Rendleman, PhD
    Professor of Communication Studies, Seattle Pacific University

    Dr Rendleman is the author of the recent book Rule of Thumb: Ebert at the Movies (New York: Continuum, 2012), one of the the first book-length assessments of the work of Roger Ebert as a film critic from a scholarly perspective. He holds a PhD in Communications from the University of Illinois, with a specialization in Film Studies, and was privileged to know the late Roger Ebert. How timely that we can have him here as our speaker at the same time as Ebertfest, and in a year when Ebert is on so many people's minds. Dr Rendleman is an excellent communicator--we know you will benefit greatly from his wisdom.

    • Special Performance •
    Grove Street Church of God in Christ Choir
    directed by our very own Melvin Leach

    2nd Annual Preaching Forum


    Featuring Dr. Zack Eswine Monday, March 4, 2013
    9:00 am to 3:30 pm
    Meadowbrook Community Church
    Champaign, IL
    $20 workshop fee (lunch included)

    Scot McKight

    Grace Saturday, February 2, 2013, 7:00 PM
    Twin City Bible Church

    Dr. McKnight is a widely-recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is currently a Professor of New Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. A popular and witty speaker, Dr. McKnight has given interviews on radio programs across the nation, has appeared on television, and is regularly asked to speak in local churches and educational events. He is the author of more than thirty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others.His blog Jesus Creed is read by thousands around the world.

    There and Back Again: A Tolkien Conference

    Tolkien Conference
    10:00 am - 3:30 pm, Saturday, December 1, 2012
    Illinois Wesleyan University, Hansen Student Center
    300 E. Beecher, Bloomington, IL 61701

    Event Schedule

    Theological Libraries Month, October 2012

    TLM logoOctober is Theological Libraries Month and this year Urbana Theological Seminary is joining in the celebration. Please join us as we celebrate both our little theological library and the legacy of theological libraries. We have received a grant from the American Theological Library Association and, as part of this month, we will be celebrating in several ways.

    Free Parking: The library has a key to pay for the parking meter of any one using the library during the month of October. Just call the office at 217-365-9005 to let us know you are outside.

    Library Open House: On Monday, October 29th, we will hold an open house and dessert reception in the library from 5:30-7:30pm. This is a chance to come look at some of our new material and enjoy desserts. There will also be several giveaway drawings, including a TIS gift card for textbooks.

    Just for Pastors: On October 29th, we are offering all local pastors or campus ministers the chance to come register for a library membership with us. We want to serve as a resource for the entire area and especially support local pastors. There will also be a special give away just for pastors.

    God of Liberty: The Religious Dynamics of America's Founding Era

    Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10:00am
    University Baptist Church, Sanctuary Second Floor

    As part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration, Dr. Thomas S. Kidd, Associate Professor of History at Baylor University, will speak on the topic of “God of Liberty: The Religious Dynamics of America’s Founding Era.” Dr. Kidd's research interests are in 18th century North America, particularly the history of evangelicalism. His recent book publications include God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution and Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots. This will be a lecture and discussion you will not want to miss just a few weeks out from the 2012 presidential election.

    Ethics Seminar: Film and Public Discussion

    Friday & Saturday, September 7-8, 2012

    Jennifer Lahl, founder and President of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, will present her award winning documentary Eggsploitation (with discussion) in Bloomington-Normal Friday evening, Sept. 7, at Christ Church, and her latest documentary Anonymous Father’s Day (with discussion) in Champaign-Urbana Saturday morning, Sept. 8, at the Champaign Public Library. Urbana Seminary is co-hosting this event along with Carle Foundation Hospital as our second annual Bio-Ethics Seminar.

    Other Past Events

    A Forum on Preaching

    P4P ImageSponsored by the Seminary's Provision for Pastors initiative, this forum will be a one-day seminar designed to help pastors think more deeply about the art and craft of preaching. Dr. Donald R. Sunukjian, Professor of Christian Ministry & Leadership, Homiletics at the Talbot School of Theology and author of Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance will be the featured speaker. Pastor Randy Boltinghouse of Windsor Road Christian Church in Champaign, IL and Pastor Bob Smart of Christ Church in Normal, IL will also be speaking on their approach to sermon preparation and delivery.

    Monday, February 6, 2012
    9:00 am to 3:30 pm
    Meadowbrook Community Church
    Champaign, IL
    $18 workshop fee (lunch included)

    Provisions for Pastors Lunch

    Monday, October 24, 2011 at Noon

    As a Pastor do you wonder why having a seminary, right in your own backyard, can benefit you and your church? Or how can the Seminary benefit you if you don’t have time to go to school or you’ve already been to school?

    These are great questions! At Urbana Seminary, we believe that God has called us to be strength and encouragement for the church. We want to provide Provisions for our Pastors. Join us for lunch as we make a bold proposal for ministry hand-in-hand. Give us a chance to share the range of benefits a church and seminary partnership can have. This would also be a time for us to hear from you on how Urbana Seminary can come along side you and your church in furthering God’s kingdom.

    Seeking Seminary Community Dinner

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Do you want a place for growing in your faith, learning to think as a Christian & preparing for ministry? Urbana Theological Seminary invites you to an informational dinner where you will learn about how we can help you love, know and serve God. A chance to meet professors & talk to current students.

    Anti-Aging Science in an Aging Culture: Scientific & Religious Perspectives on Life Extension

    Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    Sponsored by Urbana Theological Seminary and Carle Foundation Hospital

    This conference will explore the meaning of human aging and biomedical attempts to overcome it from medical and religious perspectives.

    Dr. S. Jay O’Shansky, Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and co-author of The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging (W. W. Norton & Co., 2001) will be addressing the science of longevity and its religious significance. Urbana Seminary’s Dr. Todd Daly, whose work is featured on the January cover of Christianity Today, will address anti-aging from a theological perspective. Dr. Robert E. Cranston, neurologist and bioethicist at Carle Hospital, and author of Bioethics and Today’s Christian: Finding Your Way Through the Morass of Today’s Overwhelming Medical Dilemmas (Crossbooks, 2010) will offer reflections on several case studies. The conference will conclude with a panel discussion.