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Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.
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Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman is the Associate Professor of Homiletics at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She is an Elder in The United Methodist Church and has eighteen years of experience pastoring churches. Her degree is in Liturgical Studies, with major study in Preaching and the Emerging Church. She is especially interested in engaging the 21st century church for vital ministry, equipping established communities to take on new models for church, and employing postmodern ideas to reengage younger generations in preaching and worship. Dr. Wiseman has a book coming out in Fall of 2013 on preaching from Pilgrim Press.

Entries by Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

The First Multi-Media Blowup Moment (Acts 2:1-21)

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 11:26 AM

How the story of the Nigerian girls...

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Not What God Intends

(96) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 5:37 PM

This is not the way God wants us to live. It's just not. There is no way you can convince me it is. God wants for us to live in peace, to show compassion and love to others, and to be humble servants showing mercy to our fellow human beings....

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Faith in Baseball? Tougher With A-Rod and PEDs

(5) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 1:17 PM

I believe in God. I am a follower of Jesus. I am a Christian whose faith is a big part of her life. I have had moments when I felt so close to God in my faith journey. And I have felt very far away. In those situations, it was...

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Luke 9:51-62: Resistance Is Futile

(360) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 4:18 PM

In the Methodist tradition in which I was I raised, there is a concept of perfection. We "strive for perfection" in loving each other and loving God. It is not about avoiding all mistakes. It is about growing in love for neighbor and being...

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Wounded Faith

(22) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 1:01 PM

This morning I checked out my Facebook feed and saw a photo that intrigued me greatly. It was on the status of a clergy friend who often posts funny photos of himself photoshopped into some absurd situation or onto someone else's body. So I was intrigued by the seriousness of...

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Bent But Not Broken

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 4:06 PM

This has been an impossible couple of weeks of tragedy and triumph, brokenness and bravery, gory injuries and graciousness, terror and tenacity, angry words and awakenings, betrayal and blessing.

We started with the horror of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. The tragedy unfolded to reveal the deaths of three...

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The Bible and the Iraq War 10 Years Later

(80) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 9:55 AM

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [and daughters] of God." -- Matthew 5:9 from the Beatitudes

I grew up watching casualty reports from the Vietnam War on TV. My Uncle Bill, a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, was serving...

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Maybe Not So Far, Baby

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 10:28 AM

This has been a strange and interesting time to be a woman. It all started with Seth MacFarlane being a misogynist at the Oscars. He made jokes about domestic violence, alluded to women as poor leaders, mocked women's bodies, and made other offensive jabs at the women and young girls...

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Thin Places of Faith

(3) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 11:52 AM

I was introduced to a Celtic idea called "thin places" recently by a student of mine. I have had these kinds of experiences before but never had this particular language to describe them. The Celtic phrase, "thin places," describes situations where heaven and earth come together so profoundly that the...

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Resolutions for a Better 2013: Cynicism Be Damned

(7) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 1:09 PM

After this year of mass shootings, economic hi-jinks in Congress, hateful political rhetoric leading up to the election, one absurd celebrity incident after another, discord and division in every realm of our society, and failed attempts at being a better people -- I am tempted to be cynical about 2013....

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Not the Happiest Time of Year for Everyone

(3) Comments | Posted December 25, 2012 | 3:24 PM

Growing up, I was sick a lot. And when I say a lot, I really mean it. Epilepsy, allergies, lots of infections, double viral pneumonia, etc. I spent a lot of time with doctors and with my mom and dad waiting for doctors. It was just part of my life...

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Gospel Purée, Newtown, Little Kids and Grace

(2) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 3:33 PM

My last name is Wiseman. And I have two sisters. We grew up in the church as the three Wiseman sisters. So you can guess which kids were always picked to play the "Three Wisemen" in the annual Christmas Nativity play at church. It drove me insane. All I wanted...

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John 6:35, 41-51: Not Another Bread Passage.. Please!

(22) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 9:11 AM

Sometimes when I read a biblical text, it makes almost perfect sense to me. Other times, the author's intent seems fairly obvious so I get a good feeling about what I am reading.

When I read the lectionary passage from the Gospel of John...

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