Concluding the “Institutionally Sound” blog postings

I started this blog in January of 2018 and it has been a good run, at least for me:   an opportunity to reflect on a whole range of issues and questions with regard to institutions and organizational leadership.    But I have decided, with this posting, to draw this to a close.  

My focus will shift to another blog – “The Christian Mind:  Learning to Think Christian-ly”.  These postings will not be found on the Institutions Matter website, but rather on the webpage of the institution where I serve as the president:  Ambrose University.   The blog will explore what it means to think through the lens of the Christian faith, but more that that, it will be a venue where I hope to make a case for the importance of the Christian intellectual life, and the place of the mind and critical thinking in the life of the church and the society.   And I plan to identify threats to the Christian mind and speak to these as a way to show why each is a problem.  But the main focus will be the importance of learning to think Christian-ly – and a consideration of what it means to as such think critically, confidently, creatively and compassionately.

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Gordon T. Smith

Gordon T. Smith is the president of Ambrose University located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ambrose is an institution owned by the Church of the Nazarene and the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. It includes a whole range of undergraduate programs, including education, business, music, behavioural sciences an biology, as well as history, English and psychology. Ambrose also includes an undergraduate school of ministry formation. And, last but not least, there is Ambrose Seminary, a fully accredited graduate level institution of theological formation. Gordon has been the president since August of 2012.

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