Dr. Sadler’s contribution to new Bible commentary set


Fortress Press has recently released a new two-volume commentary set on the Bible:

 Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha, eds. Gale A. Yee (Episcopal Divinity School), Hugh R. Page Jr. (Notre Dame), and Matthew Coomber (St. Ambrose).

Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The New Testament, eds. Margaret Aymer (Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta), Cynthia Briggs Kittredge (Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest), and David Sánchez (Loyola Marymount University).

Union Presbyterian Seminary’s own Dr. Rodney Sadler Jr. contributes with the commentary on Genesis. Here are a few endorsements:

The Fortress Commentary on the Bible provides an excellent resource for beginning students and Bible study groups. It includes many fine contributions by experienced and reliable scholars, and the bibliographies are a treasure trove.
-John J. Collins,
Yale Divinity School

The new Fortress Commentary on the Bible offers a tool for encountering Scripture in a new and multi-faceted way. Like many commentaries on the Bible, it provides information on the cultural and social situation in which the biblical text was composed. . . Unlike many commentaries, this one is more interested in stimulating a critical encounter with the biblical text than in providing a set of answers about what it once may have meant. With this approach, the commentary offers to be particularly useful to intelligent modern readers of the Bible, who respect its role as a formative text in the development of the Christian tradition, but who also approach the text sensitive to its potential dysfunction. It promises to be a welcome tool for pastors and teachers seeking to encourage a thoughtful and critical engagement with the Bible.
-Harold W. Attridge,
Yale Divinity School

With the culinary artistry of a Julia Childs and a Wolfgang Puck, producing elegance, symmetry, and engaging knowledge, the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha provides a wonderful smorgasbord of insight into the Hebrew Bible and Apocrypha with rich servings of literary, historical, and theological wisdom. With global, diverse voices and perspectives, contributors address texts in their ancient contexts and the textual interpretative traditions, and situate the texts in their contemporary milieus, always aware of their audiences. With the rich appetizers and entrees of sociocultural, literary, and political insights, this biblical commentary invites readers to gain insights that allow for marveling at the poetic and prophetic voices in the text, toward becoming responsible interpreters. This work is a must read for those with an appetite of curiosity, for those who desire a new recipe for reading, and for any who desire to have a one-volume biblical commentary that is exquisite and profound, yet quite accessible.
-Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan,
Shaw University Divinity School

You can go to Christianbook.com and view excerpts from each volume.


The “Faith Seeking Understanding” Lectures at Union-Charlotte!

James Howell

James Howell

The Charlotte campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary is excited to welcome Rev. Dr. James C. Howell as the presenter, along with his daughter, Rev. Sarah Howell, of our fall theological lecture series, “Faith Seeking Understanding.” James Howell is the senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, and Sarah Howell is the associate minister at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston Salem, NC.

The presentation is entitled, “A Cross-Generational Conversation: Where the Church Has Been, Where the Church is Going.” The place is the campus of Union in Charlotte, and the time is Sunday, October 19, 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

In addition to being the senior pastor of Myers Park Methodist, Dr. Howell is the author of fifteen books and serves as adjunct professor of preaching at Duke Divinity School, as well as appearing on the Day 1 / The Protestant Hour program. His daughter, Sarah, leads Roots Revival, a mid-week worship service featuring Americana/roots-based music at her church. She is also involved in international missions and women’s ministry.

We are happy to learn from the shared wisdom of this father-daughter team, as we face the challenges of the church in America today.

Sarah Howell

Sarah Howell

Free Research Class


As a service to our students, David Mayo — the library director at Union-Charlotte — will be offering a one-day class on how to acquire the skills to do scholarly research, including the use of the library’s vast resources. Here are the details:

Research Strategies and Library Information

August 23, 2014; 10:00am to 3:00pm

Lunch Provided

This is a 4-hour session on how to develop research strategies and improve the use of library resources.

Contact David Mayo (dmayo@upsem.edu) if you are interested to learn more or plan to attend.


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):

Currie party 1

Dean Currie spreads the love of Jesus Christ!

Currie party 4

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!

Currie party 5

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

Currie party 6

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: http://library.upsem.edu/

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 johnny.cash@upsem.edu, your login name is “johnny.cash,” 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 nadine.moran@upsem.edu

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