Dr. Carlos Campo, President of Ashland University

This sermon was preached by Dr. Carlos Campo, President of Ashland University during our Seminary chapel on Wednesday November 4, 2015.

Dr. Carlos Campo began his term as the 30th president of Ashland University on June 1, 2015, and brings a wealth of experience to this role, including serving as president of Regent University.

For the past year, Dr. Campo has been working as an educational consultant for the Gates Foundation and serving as chair of the Alliance for Hispanic Education for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Sacramento, Calif. In this role, he works to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic students; coordinates and serves as featured speaker at the Hispanic Education Alliance Summits; advocates for and works with national leaders in immigration reform; and serves as national spokesperson for educational issues within the Hispanic community.

Prior to that, Dr. Campo served as president of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., from August 2010 to October 2013. In this role, he oversaw and directed the administration, operations, academic affairs and international initiatives of an academic institution with seven graduate schools, an undergraduate college, online adult degree completion, continuing education and a diverse student body of more than 5,500 students.


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Doug Cooper

by Doug Cooper

Jesus commands us to go and we have probably already gone!

Too often, those of us who work in non-clergy or non-missionary vocations see our job simply as a way to get by or get ahead. Our occupation is what we do 40-50 hours a week to accumulate the money, status, and achievement necessary for us to survive and thrive.  For those of us who are compelled by our faith in God, we have been conditioned to believe that our everyday work is separate from our service to God. We go to work each week to do the mission of our employer and then we join God’s mission on Sunday and in our other free time outside from work.

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Rev. Karen Liddy

This sermon was preached by Rev. Karen Liddy during our Seminary chapel on Wednesday September 2, 2015.

Pastor Karen was called to Peace Lutheran Church in January of 2012.  She graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio with a Master’s of Divinity after attending Capital University for her undergraduate studies and Yale Divinity School for a Master’s in Religion.

Pastor Karen loves music and has a passion for worship that is both uplifting and in service to God.  She very much enjoys teaching, as well as youth and family ministry and is looking forward to continuing her call to Parish Ministry in service to all of God’s children.  She is married to Pastor Randy ODonnell who serves Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brecksville, Ohio and has four fur babies of the dog variety, Atticus, Robles, Cinders and Cooper.

Text, Matthew 1:1-16.

Rev. Karen Liddy is Pastor at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ashland, Ohio. You can email Pastor Karen directly at:


Dr. John Byron Professor of New Testament

This sermon was preached by Dr. John Byron during our Seminary Chapel on Wednesday September 16, 2015.

Dr. Byron has a desire to serve both the church and the academy, and, for him, Ashland Theological Seminary has been a wonderful joining of those two institutions. ATS is a place where freedom of thought and expression are grounded in commitment to God, and Dr. Byron’s teaching reflects that same emphasis.

Text: Luke 6:39-42 (NRSV)

Listen to Dr. Byron’s message here.

John Byron,  PhD is Professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is currently serving as Acting Dean. 

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Dr. Brenda B. Colijn Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Theology

By Dr. Brenda Coljin

I first met Luke Keefer when I took church history as a student at ATS.  Since I was also an adjunct for ATS at the time (long story) I felt a bit awkward about the situation, but Luke made me feel welcome immediately.  As time went on, I was glad that I had been able to get to know him from the other side of the podium.  Luke loved his subject and loved teaching.  He inspired his students with his knowledge, his enthusiasm, and his commitment to them.  He loved the Lord and loved life.  He had an infectious laugh that could be recognized from some distance away.

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John Byron, PhD

By Dr. John Byron

Ashland Theological Seminary is celebrating 110 years of equipping men and women for ministry in the church and the world. As I become more familiar with the history of Ashland Seminary and speak with those who served here before me, it’s clear that a lot has changed over the years. These changes include a move of location, expansion from a handful of students to several hundred and the shift from one campus to four. And in recent years technology has given us the opportunity and necessity to offer classes online.

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Dr. David A deSilva

By Dr. David deSilva

Many Bible students are familiar with Logos Bible Software, by far the leading system for digital Bible study on the market.  One of the features that makes Logos so attractive over its competitors is the extensive integration of the Bible software into a Logos Digital Library like the Logos Gold Library, a vast collection of digitized books, both classic and modern, in the areas of biblical studies, theology, and practical ministry.  With a few keystrokes and clicks, the user can gather together in one place literally every reference to, say, Galatians 3:1 in his or her digital library in addition to having the tools necessary for the study of the text itself.

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Mike Cook

By Mike Cook

I love being a part-time stay at home dad. But along with staying at home means that I do much of the household chores. My two-year-old Eloise loves to help, so as much as possible we tag-team them. But sometimes the task at hand isn’t suitable for a toddler’s help, and I have to put her in the other room and close the gate. And there is nothing in the whole world that Eloise hates more than a latched baby gate. But Eloise has a trick up her tiny sleeve. She will stand at the gate, raise her hands and say “I hold you.”

Eloise is independent and rarely wants to be picked up. And I’m a sucker, so of course I reach over the gate and pick her up. But it’s a trap. As soon as I pick her up she squirms out of my arms. All she wanted was the freedom to be where she wasn’t permitted to be. I am so grateful that God doesn’t work that way. We don’t have to try to trick our way into his presence. There are no restrictions to prohibit us joining God’s work. He wants us to be in on his plans and to take part in the restoration of people and society.

Scripture even calls us priests to God himself through Jesus. A priest is someone who mediates between the people and God. Our role is to bring Jesus to the people, carrying his love and goodness with us and sharing it with everyone we are in contact with. We are, in every situation, to be a foretaste of God’s kingdom. However, following Jesus for me might look different than it looks for you. Although every single person has been uniquely gifted, skilled, and positioned by God, all followers of Jesus are called to be salt and light. If you’re not sure how to do that, Ashland Seminary has a ministry that can help you. Join us at the City Gates Conference in Detroit on September 12, 2015. We’ll have nationally-known speakers who have valuable insights on how to bring your faith and your work together and carry the kingdom with you in everything you do.

Mike Cook is the Program Administrator for the City Gates Initiative. Currently Mike is working on the City Gates Detroit Conference on September 12. 

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Rev. Keith A. Tyson

By Rev. Keith Tyson

Luke Keefer did not have cable or dish so he had to “watch” his beloved Yankees on his computer. The games he “watched” were not live streamed; they were pitch by pitch, play by play, digital print descriptions of the game. But he could “watch” the Yankees, and he did . . . in Cleveland Indians country.

Luke “watched” his home state Nittany Lions of Penn State play the same way, on his computer. He was a faithful Lions fan . . . in OHIO STATE BUCKEYE TERRITORY!

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Dr. David Baker and Dr. Morven Baker

By Dr. David and Dr. Morven Baker

For anyone who has watched the move “Titanic,” or has any knowledge of acceptable societal norms during the abandoning of a ship, the title of this article needs little explanation.  Women and children need to be protected, and their safety put before that of the men. This chivalraic ideal is evident in such Christian bestsellers as John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2001) where authentic masculinity is to have a battle to fight and a beauty to rescue. Femininity, on the other hand, is “to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, and to unveil beauty” (John Eldredge and Stasi Eldredge, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2005). In other words, the woman needs protection since she is powerless, passive, and without personal agency.

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