A Reintroduction

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
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Let me begin by introducing myself as some of you may not know me. My name is Craig and I’m on of the contributors here, but have been relatively silent for a while. Until this morning, I also blogged at TheoNerd, but because of the ever increasing demands on my life, I have decided to let my blog go and will be blogging here going forward.


For those who don’t know me, I graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 2009 with a Master of Divinity. I worked in a church for a little over a year, but due to budgetary issues, my position was eliminated in 2011. You can read that story in From Fear to Faith. I currently live in the Seattle area with my wife and daughter.


I write on theology in pop culture and have a talent for finding bad theology, especially on YouTube. I will continue to write on theology and pop culture here, as well as share the bad theology I find.

I look forward to interacting with every one here on a regular basis!

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5 Replies to “A Reintroduction”

  1. First of all, let me offer my condolences on the passing of your alma mater. Although not yet buried, it is dead. It’s acquisition by Lenoir-Rhyne College sealed its fate.
    Although pretentiously labeled a university, Lenoir-Rhyne is really a small school that has more in common with Columbia College, located on the same highway in North Columbia as Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, than it does with the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Once nationally ranked among the best deals in small Southern colleges, Lenior-Rhyne has becoming little more than an overpriced technical institute.
    In addition to having inspired an unflattering underground faculty newspaper targeting the college president a few years back, the tyrannical chief executive has set Lenior-Rhyne on the path to become a latter day frog in a reincarnation of Aesop’s The Frog and the Ox fable.
    According to those familiar with daily operations, the college’s administration thrives on faculty infighting in a divide in conquer strategy reminiscent of management practices in ununionized Southern textile mills.
    Apparently, much like George W. Bush’s White House, the college’s ego-driven president and bully-prone provost brook no opposition to the grand scheme. Consequently, some of the more talented Ph.D. misfits have been acquired by nearby Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Along with other ongoing missteps by the college’s administration, this has led to some rather dire prophesies that the Lenoir-Rhyne campus will eventually become acquired by the State of North Carolina. In turn, this would facilitate the creation of the University of North Carolina at Hickory.
    The idea of a University of North Carolina at Hickory is not nearly as farfetched as it may seem since Appalachian State already operates a program on Lenoir-Rhyne’s home turf at the nearby Catawba Valley Community College campus. This may have put Lenoir-Rhyne in a panic mode for survival.
    To make matters worse is a long-standing “rule” that Lenoir-Rhyne can never lose money. Every year, the supposedly non-profit college must take in more money than it spends. When coupled with desperation, multiple campus acquisitions, and cancer-like building on the main campus, the handwriting associated with this money-grabbing greed associated with skyrocketing tuition and associated student debt is not particularly fortuitous.
    Part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s current grand scheme to keep its head above water is reportedly known among faculty as the Elon Model. It is named after Elon College. Also once a college, before undergoing the magical “university” transformation, the North Carolina institution has over three times the undergraduate enrollment of Lenoir-Rhyne. Until about a decade ago, Elon was associated with the United Church of Christ.
    Much like Elon, Lenoir-Rhyne seems to be distancing itself from its religious roots. The school is in the process of distancing itself from a long-established St. Andrews Lutheran Church located directly across the street from the college’s formal entrance. Also, like Elon, Lenoir-Rhyne is no longer listing incoming freshman SAT scores. Thus, as if confirmation of its new academic trajectory, it seems to be sacrificing quality for quantity. Some have gone so far as to suggest that admission of less desirable students has made the campus ripe for a school shooting.
    Another part of the grand scheme amounts to little more than a merger of the faculty evaluative process associated with No Child Left Behind and a recycling of early twentieth century second class vocational education under the label of Science Technology Engineering [and] Mathematics, more commonly known as STEM. As a result, both academic freedom and liberal arts at Lenior-Rhyne have become endangered if not extinct. This probably does not bode well for the future of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
    Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is currently one of three campuses operated by Lenoir-Rhyne. In addition to the main campus, located in a decaying neighborhood of Hickory, North Carolina, there is business-oriented campus in Asheville, North Carolina. An university secondary school is also in the works.
    Since becoming part of Lenoir-Rhyne, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary sports a predominate LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY sign. Thus, over time, it is possible that the name Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary may fade into obscurity. It may even be replaced by something like Lenoir-Rhyne School of Theological.

    1. I’m going to try and not sound too passive aggressive here, but why would you provide all this information when, more than likely, I already know all of this, despite your obvious bias…

        1. Fair enough.

          But I don’t understand the resentment towards LR or why you think this will kill off LTSS. Did you also attend LR or LTSS?

          I’m no fan of the merger and have been openly critical of it, but then I’m just an alumnus of LTSS. The board really didn’t ask me before making any kind of decision.

          1. As a graduate of one of the institutions in question, I shared my observations over the merger for much the same reason that a pastor might express concern upon discovering that, over the course of just a few months, a parishioner had taken on a second and third job, undergone a divorce and remarriage, adopted a radically different lifestyle, and acquired a tremendous amount of debt. As with individuals, the reach of institutions can exceed their grasp. Likewise, they can adopt unhealthy behaviors that also put their families in jeopardy.

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