The Rev. Dr. Michael Jinkins retired in 2018 as president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary after serving since 2010. He was previously academic dean and professor of pastoral theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has served churches in Texas and Scotland. He is the author of more than 100 papers, articles and reviews and 12 books, including “Invitation to Psalms” and “Called to be Human: Letters to my Children on Living a Christian Life.”
Jinkins was a founding member of the Academy of Religious Leadership, and from 2001 to 2006 was an associate editor and board member of the Journal of Religious Leadership.
Theological education isn’t about the transmission of information for which a customer pays but the transformation of people. And transformation is often an uncomfortable process.
One of the best ways to dismiss the ideas of others, without ever having to think about them, is to label them as quickly as they are uttered.
The miracle of Pentecost was a miracle of hearing. It still is.
Are we choosing to propagandize ourselves?
Intellectual empathy requires creativity and commitment.
Christian vocation calls us beyond self-interest and binds us together.
Poetry makes leaders better observers of the world and the Christian faith.
Life's relentless pace and work's daily slog can cause burnout, depression and a sense of futility. What sustains us in our vocations?
There's nothing exceptional about nationalistic arrogance.
Remembrance connects us to our past, but in a way that guides our future.
The best responses to God’s leadership in moments of controversy are awe, wonder and praise.
Some people have mistaken humility for weakness. But it’s not usually the humble that are weak. It’s the bullies.
Whenever we worry about the church’s future, listen for a knock at the door.
Talking only with the like-minded makes for worse decisions.
The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (SGR) offers grants up to $40,000 to support academic sabbatical leave for projects about Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, religious trends and movements, Christian and other faith-based institutions and religion and social issues. Louisville Institute is especially interested in projects that demonstrate a desire to bridge the North American church and academy.
SGR is most often used to supplement an existing semester sabbatical with a second term or semester. Typical applicants are fully employed in accredited academic institutions and are eligible for a full year leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities. Grants awarded in the 2024 cycle will fund sabbaticals taking place during the 2024-2025 academic year or during the 2025 calendar year.