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The faculty and administration of Global Grace Seminary is honored to congratulate Dr. Cory Rice, the very first graduate of the Doctor of Ministry program!  Dr. Rice is a passionate advocate of the all-inclusive love of God and is a skilled communicator, serving as a pastor, counselor, and is cohost of the popular podcast, ‘Two Pastors and a Mic’.  Zoay Leadership Development Program, his doctoral research project, is a game-changer in helping leaders to identify and address their emotional blindspots.   

Well done, Dr. Rice!
The administration of Global Grace Seminary is very pleased to welcome Dr. Catherine Toon to the faculty!  Her twelve-part course on the love nature of God is an absolute game-changer.  Welcome, Dr. Toon!
With new courses and special events releasing every month, be sure to sign up for the GGS mailing list so you never miss an opportunity to encounter pure, radical, unapologetic GRACE! 

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We are thrilled to welcome Dale Hill, Associate Professor of Coaching!  A GGS alumnus, Prof. Hill's long experience as a minister and coach is a much needed addition.  Stay tuned for his course, 'Coaching Fundamentals', set for release in our ALL NEW graduate major in Professional Coaching!
GGS faculty bring not only academic and theological skill, but real-world ministry experience.  If you’d like to learn from professors unconditionally committed to the universality of God’s love, then Global Grace Seminary is for you!
The GGS Campus Store is a great place to show your school spirit…and find unique gifts designed to push just the right buttons. 😜

Link in the comments!
Judas Iscariot...the Betrayer...the Friend

Within the Christian tradition there is a measure of debate as to what exactly occurred when Christ Jesus died.  While some hold to the belief that His state of death was some form of 'unconscious ether', a cognitive non-existence while awaiting His resurrection, the majority view - at least from the 4th century onward - has been that He was actively engaged in the proclamation of the Gospel to the inhabitants of hades in order to deliver them from their imprisoned captivity in-and-through the resurrection.  A focal point of both the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, this is the accepted understanding of the vast majority of the Church; east and west alike.  

The scriptural support for this is certainly present, although admittedly it is not as concrete as one may wish; hence the debate.  Here is a sampling for brief reference...

Matthew 12:40 - Jesus' time in the grave is compared to Jonah's time within the belly of the great fish; and the Jonah narrative reflects an alert, active, engaged experience. 
 
Mark 3:27 - The purpose of binding the strongman (a metaphor for death/evil/satan/etc.) is for the express purpose of plundering his house (hades) of it's possessions (souls).  
 
Ephesians 4:8-10 - His descent into the place of the dead preempts His ascent to heaven, the latter of which leads captivity itself captive, resulting in Him 'filling all things' with Himself.
 
1 Peter 3:18-20 - Jesus, having died, is described as making 'a proclamation' to those imprisoned who 'did not obey God' in their natural life.  (1 Peter 4:6 clarifies this theme, asserting that the aforementioned 'proclamation' was specifically the gospel message!)
 
Colossians 2:13-15 - The cross was the means by which all power to dominate and imprison was disarmed.  And through His resurrection (i.e., death being unable to hold Him), He openly mocked His defeated foe (depending upon your faith tradition: either death itself or alternately the principalities and powers who had dominion over death).
 
Hebrews 2:14-15 - Jesus' death destroyed the power of death, the accuser, thus liberating all those who had been in bondage to the fear of death (a fear which ultimately functions as a self-fulfilling prophecy, for as Job learned, that which we fear - and thus empower - often comes to pass).

It was from this vantage point that my thoughts wandered to, of all people, Judas Iscariot...the disciple who was first to encounter the crucified Christ.

What follows is equal parts theology, history, prophesy, and parabolic allegory.  It reflects what I perceive happened but, admittedly, cannot prove by proof texting alone.
Imagine entering a city to the temporal praises of its inhabitants, knowing full well that in only five short days they will, like a swinging pendulum, redirect that same ferocity seeking your death.  The all-too-human feelings of rage and frustration would be both palpable…and understandable.  

And yet, in that very situation, Jesus sees only through eyes of compassion.  As He arrives at the crest overlooking Jerusalem, the hypocritical, two-faced throngs largely behind Him, He weeps.  

Not for what He must shortly endure.  

Not from the exhaustion of this arduous spiritual journey which will soon prompt Him to sweat blood.  

Not from visceral anger at their perpetual pattern of disobedience.  

He weeps FOR them, not because of them. 

In this moment, He looks ahead to the troubles that will come upon these people in roughly 40 years’ time.  He sees the siege of the city, the exploitation of the most vulnerable, the slaughter of the defenseless.  

The misery of these same people who today praise Him, and who shortly will be complicit in His murder, is all He can see.  With deep longing He bemoans their difficulty encountering the peace at hand but to which their traditions and prejudices have blinded them.  

That’s Jesus.  Full of COMPASSION and MERCY, even for those who are, by every human metric of rightness, justice, and self-preservation, least deserving of it.  

Compassion is given not because the recipient is worthy of it but because the One who releases it is.
The administration and faculty of Global Grace Seminary are proud to announce the FIRST graduate of the Doctor of Theology program, Dr. Robin Smit!

Dr. Smit is a gifted author and teacher, committed to the message of the Finished Work of Jesus Christ.  Her dissertation, ‘Behold the Lamb: The Finished Work of Sin’ will be available for purchase shortly.  

Residing in California with her husband Steve, Dr. Smit is an unparalleled voice in the message of grace through a wide array of contributions including her work with The Writer’s Society and the all-new Grace Awakening Network.  

Congratulations Dr. Smit!
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🚨CONTEST TIME🚨

Now through February 29, we will be giving ONE lucky winner FREE ACCESS to the Certificate of Grace Studies program at Global Grace Seminary!  

To enter: 

1. LIKE the Global Grace Seminary Facebook page.  

2. COMMENT below with what God’s unconditional love means to YOU.

3. SHARE this post on your own page (set to public).

A winner will be selected by random draw and announced on March 1!

Here’s some info about the program…

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If you are interested in obtaining a solid foundation in grace but do not have the time to commit to a full degree program, the Certificate of Grace Studies is for you!  

Created with life-long learners in mind, this unique opportunity grants students access to all 10 Core Courses of the GGS curriculum without tests or per-course writing assignments.  Students can review the course lectures at their own pace, review the recommended reading, and then, if they so choose, submit a final writing assignment which, upon acceptance, will fulfill their requirements for the Certificate of Grace Studies! 

A link to the full description is in the comments.
Love may indeed cover a multitude of sins.  But it never looks away.   Never. ❤️‍🔥
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Through an innovative curriculum taught by faculty unapologetically committed to the message of grace and God’s unconditional love for all of His children, GGS provides an academic experience second to none!  By combining the best features of rigorous, self-paced learning with ample opportunities for real-time engagement, students complete their degree programs fully prepared to release the Gospel throughout the world.  Whether you are an experienced student looking to continue your education or are brand new to seminary-level education, GGS has an option that is right for you!

Eating from the tree of life on this side of the cross is seeing Christ within.

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Global Grace Seminary seeks to provide a Graced-based education that is affordable, flexible, and practical. We are committed to developing a high-quality curriculum that is free from undue influence or interferes with our doctrinal, academic, operational or financial freedoms.

In accordance with this philosophy, Global Grace Seminary’s is proud to be a FULLY ACCREDITED MEMBER with Theological Accreditation International, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. TAI is a private accrediting association committed to spreading the Gospel through academic credentialing and partnership.