Party for Dean Currie!

Here at the Charlotte campus, we have been celebrating the retirement of our fearless leader, Rev. Dr. Thomas Currie!

Here are some pictures from the festivities (click to enlarge):

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Dean Currie spreads the love of Jesus Christ!

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Dean Currie spreads the love of Karl Barth!

Currie party 3

Dean Currie warns about the perils of Mister Rogers!

Currie party 2

Dean Currie now back to spreading love!

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After a brief rain scare, God’s favor returns!

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Thomas and Thomas!


Ministry Matters – free resources for Union students


As a student at Union Presbyterian Seminary, you have free access to Ministry Matters (formerly “iPreach”) — a wide array of both academic and pastoral resources. These include:

  • The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible
  • The New Interpreter’s Bible
  • Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (John Hayes, ed.)
  • Abingdon Commentaries (OT and NT)
  • Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (Years A, B, C)
  • The Abingdon Preaching Annual (Years A, B, C)
  • John Wesley’s Sermons
  • Children’s Sermons for the Revised Common Lectionary
  • Dictionary of Liturgical Terms (Philip H. Pfatteicher, ed.)
  • Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling (Rodney Hunter, ed.)

These are quality resources, which would require purchasing if you were outside of seminary. You will also have access to a number of standard texts used in classrooms across the country, such as González’s A History of Christian Thought (revised edition, 3 volumes) and Metzger’s The New Testament: Its Background, Growth, and Content (3rd edition). Ministry Matters also features articles and blogs, regularly updated, written by pastors reflecting on the experience of teaching, preaching, and counseling — as well as audio/video on spiritual practices in the church.

How to access Ministry Matters

1. Go to the Morton Library homepage:

2. Click on “online databases” (in the left column)

3. You will see a list of our various databases in alphabetical order. Find “Ministry Matters” and click.

4. If you are on campus, you will be automatically logged-in to Ministry Matters. If you are off campus, you will need to login using your username and password, associated with your UPSem email. For example, if your email is, your login name is “,” and the password is the same as your email.

Extended Library Hours for Final Week


Attention students:

The library will be extending its hours for this week. On Monday and Wednesday, we will stay open until 9pm. And our regular hours on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will remain the same: open until 10pm. So you will have ample opportunity to enjoy our serene and lovely study space in the library!

Paul Molnar comes to Charlotte


Paul Molnar is giving our spring lecture at the Charlotte campus this coming Sunday, plus a luncheon/presentation on Monday. The lectures are free! Molnar is a fine scholar, working within the dogmatic traditions of both Catholic and Protestant theology. The title of his lecture is “Karl Barth and the Importance of Thinking Theologically within the Nicene Faith.” Molnar is a Roman Catholic theologian and professor of systematic theology at St. John’s University, NYC.

Here are the details:

Sunday, February 23, 2014 – Lecture is free and open to the public. 4:00 – 5:30pm

Monday, February 24, 2014 – Pastors’ and Christian Educators’ Program. 10:00am – Lunch 12:00pm *This event is free but reservations are requested – please call: 980.636.1661 or email

Both events will take place in the Gathering Space on the campus: Union Presbyterian Seminary – Charlotte 5141 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

Library Resources for Ordination Exams


At the end of the month, some of our students will prove their exegetical skills in the mastery of their ordination exams! Union students are equipped to handle the most obscure conundrums in the history of exegesis, but the library is nonetheless at hand for help. We have put aside a broad range of commentaries on Isaiah and James, as will be needed for your exams. You will have the spacious and aesthetically-pleasing environment of the upper floor in the library, wherein you will also have access to lexicons and other resources. You can also use the online databases (see here for a “how to”).

Students hard at work!

Here is tangible proof for Dr. Sadler that his Old Testament class was hard at work, while he was on vacation at the American Academy of Religion this past weekend.

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Exegesis is fun!

Exegesis is fun!

Exegesis for Jesus!

Exegesis for Jesus!

Saturdays have never been better!

Saturdays have never been better!

Doug can barely contain his excitement!

Doug can barely contain his excitement!

St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies

How do you teach the doctrine of the Trinity? Here is a humorous account, illustrating some common pitfalls:

Now that you know some things to avoid, here are a few books that do an excellent job presenting the doctrine of the Trinity:

The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything by Fred Sanders (Biola University)

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves (PhD, King’s College, London)

Jesus and the God of Israel by Richard Bauckham (Cambridge University)

The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being, Three Persons by Thomas F. Torrance (University of Edinburgh, d. 2007)

The first two books — Sanders and Reeves — are the most accessible. The volumes by Bauckham and Torrance are more academic but not beyond the capacities of a Union graduate!