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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061



2013 September Presbytery Meeting

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY/SPECIAL SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. Michael Jinkins is president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In addition leading our worship, his most recent book "The Church Transforming: What's Next for the Reformed Project" will be the focus of his presentation which will include time for Q&A. 
(Publisher's Description: In this book, theologian and author Michael Jinkins probes the present state and future of the Reformed faith. Addressing increasing division over scriptural authority, ordination and marriage of gay and lesbian people, and other social issues, Jinkins looks at some of the hallmarks of the Reformed faith and discusses how these can be viewed anew. Topics covered include scriptural interpretation, the place of Christ, living in community, the life of the mind, unity versus schism, and spirituality and mystery. He concludes by showing how the Reformed faith is not a castle to be defended but a living treasure of great gifts.)
The stated meeting of Blackhawk Presbytery was held September 10, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, Woodstock. MAP (.pdf)


Michael Jinkins is President and Professor of Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Before coming to Louisville in 2010, Michael served on the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary from 1993 to 2010, where he was also Academic Dean from 2003. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Michael served congregations in suburban Dallas, and in Itasca and Brenham, Texas, prior to his academic career. While living in Scotland, he served the historic Beechgrove Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology at The University of Aberdeen (King's College) under the supervision of the late Professor James B. Torrance. He also holds a DMin from Austin Seminary, an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor's degree from Howard Payne University.


Michael has been a prolific writer throughout some thirty years in ministry and twenty years in theological education. His thirteen books and hundreds of articles (including academic papers and many popular articles, columns and essays) address concerns from the scholarly to the churchly, the professional and popular. "One of my goals has been to try to make some contribution in each area of life and ministry touched upon by theological education (theological, historical, biblical and practical), my hope being that by exploring new disciplines and a variety of concerns and questions, I might stay fresh and current as a teacher and leader," Michael says. His most recent book, published since coming to Louisville and edited by Dean Susan Garrett, is The Church Transforming: What's Next for the Reformed Project? (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012).


Michael's blog, "Thinking Out Loud" (available on the Louisville Seminary website), is the most recent of many shorter publishing projects. Michael is also a writer for the Huffington Post and has blogged for Duke Divinity School's online publication, Faith & Leadership.


Michael has said that much of his effort as a theological educator and a pastor has been to convince people that "you don't have to be mean or stupid to follow Jesus of Nazareth." As he said recently, "Our church and our world need theologically and biblically well-educated leadership today perhaps more than ever before. Louisville Seminary's legacy is to provide this kind of leadership. And I am honored and delighted to share the seminary's mission, and to invite all who are willing to support us with their prayers and financial gifts."


Michael and his wife, Deborah, have two adult children, Jeremy and Jessica, and two grandchildren.