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LifeLong Learning Events

“A Day with Dr. Thomas Long”
Friday, October 13, 2017, 9am-4pm at Lakeshore Center at Okoboji
Guest Speaker, Dr. Thomas Long, author of “The Witness of Preaching” will talk about how preaching today can recover the voice of enchantment in the face of disenchantment, the voice of wisdom in the face of uncertainty, and the voice of disruption in the face of complacency.
Sponsored by the Presbyteries of Prospect Hill, Minnesota Valley, North Central Iowa and Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation.
Details and registration at http://www.lakeshorecenteratokoboji.org/

“Durfee Lecture Series presents…Dr. Leonard Sweet”
October 14-15, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, Wichita, KS
Guest Speaker, Dr. Sweet, is currently the E. Stanley-Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University, Madison, NJ and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University, Portland OR and author of more than fifty books. Topics will include “A New Homiletics for the New Re-formation”, “A Tale of Two Birds: Deep Faith in a Shallow Culture” and “Raising Hell and Raising Roofs”.
Underwritten by First Presbyterian Church Durfee Lecture Series and Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation
Details and registration at

“Teaching Fish to Walk: Church Systems & Adaptive Challenge”
November 13*-14, 2017 at Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, Farmington, MN
Guest Speaker, Dr. Peter L. Steinke, author and internationally respected church consultant, will present at this lifelong learning event for PCUSA clergy, Commissioned Pastors, and lay leaders.
Sponsored by the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area and
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation
Details and registration at  REGISTER



Omaha World Herald  From the Pulpit

September 30, 2017 


“Is There a Plan?” 


A truism that you often hear is “working without a plan is planning to fail.” Most start-up businesses put together at least a basic “business plan.” Lenders and investors require them. They can be simple or complex; but, you have to have one. 


Who would want to board an airplane, if they knew that there was no flight plan? Who would start a construction project without an architectural plan? What kind of coach would send a team into the next Big Game without a game plan? You get the idea. Planning matters. 


So, is there a Master Plan for all of us? Some grand design that includes everyone and everything? A plan done not by human hands or massive computers, but a Creator’s Plan? Not necessarily an every step, every move kind of plan; but, a purposive direction that gives shape, form, and meaning to life? 


Many people think so. They will tell you, “God has a plan for my life.” And they believe it. The same folks might add, “God has a plan for everyone and all creation.” They base their beliefs on what they find in the Bible and what they have heard in church and from important people in their lives. Theologians might say that they have a sense of the providence of God – that there is a design, pattern, direction to things established by a Higher Power than any of us. 


Sometimes, particularly during a time of crisis, confidence in a divine Master Plan for humanity gets shaken. The cause might be a natural disaster or an alarming rise in international tensions. Our society is currently going through considerable pressure from both sources and several others. Even those who ordinarily trust that human history unfolds within a grand design are left wondering, What’s next? 


What do you think about that one? If you believe that there is a Creator’s Plan, then how would that affect the plans and decisions that you make, big and small? How would it change the plans you are making today? Perhaps it is true, “We plan, God laughs.” 


Dr. Gary S. Eller 

Westminster Presbyterian Church 

Omaha, Nebraska


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 Winter Pastors' School

Feb 5-8, 2018

Hastings Chapel