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Naomi Walters

Naomi Walters lives in Princeton (NJ) with her husband (Jamey) and their toddler son (Simon). She grew up in Syracuse (NY), graduated in 2007 from Rochester College (MI) with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, and received her M.Div. from Abilene Christian University (TX) in 2010. She is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry from Lipscomb University (TN). A product of Churches of Christ from a young age, Naomi enjoys reading Scripture with others, and imagining the kingdom of God described therein, a passion she is able to use as the Assistant Minister at the Stamford Church of Christ in CT (a job that includes preaching, teaching, social media, and a variety of other things) and as an adjunct Bible Instructor for Abilene Christian University. Naomi loves reading, running, playing soccer, listening to music, and watching TV and movies. She prefers salty snacks to sweet, white wine to red, and coffee to tea. The clothes in her closet are organized by color, then sleeve-length. In addition to Scripture and homiletics, her academic interests include thinking about TV, movies, and music theologically; and the lectionary/liturgical calendar.


This book review is a significantly shortened and edited version of work for my most recent (February) Doctor of Ministry residency at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. For more information on their program, click here.

Summary In The Bible Made Impossible Christian Smith, a sociologist at the University of Notre Dame, challenges the constellation of evangelical assumptions about the Bible that…

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This August issue of Wineskins is centered on the theme of passion: “what Christians can and should be truly passionate about” or what it looks like to “have a passion for God” (from Matt Dabbs’ editorial introduction). This passion is based on the fact that we all have been impacted by the same gospel; we are all a part of “a story worth telling.”

I suppose I should begin by…

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What follows is a combined/condensed version of bulletin articles I wrote in February for the Stamford Church of Christ (where I work), when our church was about to start up new small groups, as an attempt to frame theologically what our leadership team hopes small groups will contribute to our context. Those hopes center around three themes: Intimacy, Service, and Diversity. The leadership team decided to call our…

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April has been a very busy month for this over-committed preacher/student/teacher/writer/mother/wife, so I wasn’t able to write something new for this month’s issue of “Being Church” like I had hoped. Instead, I’ve included below the text of my talk from the Sunday that the Stamford Church of Christ announced that I was going to start working there as an Assistant Ministry (July 7, 2013). This text already exists on…

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Repeat after me: “Social media is neutral.”

The image above (the source of which I am having trouble locating; I can’t remember where I first saw it floating around the Internet) is a humorous reminder that our knee-jerk reactions to new technology are often found – in hindsight – to be unnecessarily alarmist.

It is particularly ironic that I am writing this because, as my husband (or really, anyone who knows…

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An article regarding people who shaped my faith cannot begin anywhere but at the beginning: that is, with my parents. Both my mother and father were the first people in their families to become Christians. As such, they worked out together what it meant to raise my younger brother and me in a Christian home. Similarly, the preacher at the church where I grew up, who was also the…

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I grew up in Restoration Movement churches in Upstate New York. During my “pre-memory” years (0-5 years old) my family attended a Church of Christ. I have only the vaguest impressions of this church: a basement with flaky-paint, cinder block walls; a kitchen with leftover grape juice shots; and a cappella songs in minor keys (“We Are One in the Spirit,” “The Lord Is in His Holy Temple,” etc.).


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