Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Holy Week Recess, E.M. White Library Is Closed April 1 - 4, 2021

The Library will be following the Seminary's business hours and will be closed, Holy Week Recess, April 1, Thurs through April 4, Easter Sunday. Happy Easter! 

Remote access to our research databases and ebooks continues 24/7. If you have reference or other library questions, a librarian will respond on Mon, April 5.

Easter Blessings!

May the glory and the promise of this joyous time of year bring peace and happiness to you and those you hold most dear. And may Christ, Our Risen Savior, always be there by your side to bless you most abundantly and be your loving guide. — Author Unknown


Saturday, March 20, 2021

Sat. March 20 Update

Saturday, March 20, 2021

The E.M. White Library building is open until 5:00 pm today for students with confirmed study carrel reservations. Jill Sherman, Technical Services Librarian is also online to help until 5:00 pm -

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Research and Study Week Update: Libraries and Hope, Trauma, Teaching and Learning from the AAR

The very existence of libraries, librarians, and their community of learners are the best evidence that there is hope for our future. Adapted from a quote attributed to T.S. Eliot.

I don't know if Eliot actually penned these words but here's what's often attributed to him: The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. I found this quote placed on the front of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, published in 2019. I'm currently reading this novel about Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project and as I'd used this real-life story to inspire us last year, I modified the T.S. Eliot quote to reflect my 1 year COVID19 experiences. I want to highlight the importance of people - those who care for the collections as well as our readers and users (communities of learning).

Monday, March 8, 2021

Phase 3: Week of March 8, 2021

Hello #LPTSStrong!

We are approaching the 1-year anniversary of our school and Kentucky’s COVID19 #StayHealthyAtHome #WorkFromHome change. Thanks to the Holy One who is helping us co-create new lives, and has helped the library move into Phase 3 of our Safe and Responsible Reopening. I am grateful to the librarian team of Bobi Bilz, Burton Callicott, Jill Sherman, Ken Schuck, and the Facilities team of Tim Williams, David Thomas, and Bryant Carter. They have important roles in our successful and safe delivery of library services. I covet your prayers for continued safe reopening of our library, Seminary, and also, of course, the wide world of our often invisible yet, critically interdependent lives.

I thought it may be helpful to highlight the Responsible Reopening Phase 3 library services and hours that are available this week along with a few reminders.  

Context Matters: Sermon by Heather Thum-Gerber (MDiv)

March is Women's History Month and the library is celebrating it by sharing the sermon of one of our women Seminarians: Heather Thum-Gerber preaching at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church on March 7, 2021, the Third Sunday in Lent. Even today there are many churches that will not allow a woman to preach in church. We thank God for Heather and we are grateful to all those who came before. We celebrate all women who are called and gifted to preach.

Context Matters 

Sermon on Jesus Cleansing the Temple, Gospel of John 2: 13 - 22 By Heather Thum-Gerber, MDiv 2022

I don’t know how many of you are into memes but they are rampant on the internet.  A meme is an image with wording added that is almost always taken out of context.  Memes are often designed to make a quick point that our short attention spanned brains absolutely love.  There is one meme that seems to rise in popularity following the preaching of this particular passage from John. 

The meme features a picture of Jesus poised with a whip in hand and the words added “If someone asked, ‘What would Jesus do?’  Remind them that turning over tables and chasing people with a whip is within the realm of possibility.”  The meme isn’t entirely wrong, but the lacking context, which is a natural pitfall of memes, deprives those who see it just how powerful this moment is in the text.