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The Return Of The Prophetic Ministry Of The Western Church Within The Context Of Liberation Theology And The Prophets, Cedric D. Starr 2016 Gardner-Webb University

The Return Of The Prophetic Ministry Of The Western Church Within The Context Of Liberation Theology And The Prophets, Cedric D. Starr

Life of the Scholar Multidisciplinary Conference

While there may still be churches in the West that take up the prophetic call against injustice their voices are the minority. Generally speaking, the prophetic church in Western Christendom is dead. Its prophetic voice has become mute. Its prophetic vision has diminished. Its prophetic call has vanished from the ears of its members. The Western Church has lost its prophetic role in the Global World. The prophets of the West have vanished. However, the prophetic call has been taken up by a new church tradition that rises upward from the ruin of oppression. The Southern Church of the developing ...


The Perceived Need For Spiritual Development Among Female Church Of Christ Students At Harding University, Anessa Westbrook 2016 Harding University

The Perceived Need For Spiritual Development Among Female Church Of Christ Students At Harding University, Anessa Westbrook

Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry

This work explores how female students perceive their need for personal spiritual development. In a male-dominant structure, women may question their need to develop spiritually. Three areas of college life were investigated to see how they influenced female students’ perception of their own need for spiritual development: pre-college experiences, classroom experiences, and co-curricular religious activities. The research questions focused on these three areas in an effort to identify what was most effective in achieving spiritual growth among female students from a Church of Christ background. A survey was conducted among a sample of 610 sophomore female and male students.

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A Narrative, Missional Approach To Discipleship And Spiritual Growth, Travis A. Sharpe 2016 Lipscomb University

A Narrative, Missional Approach To Discipleship And Spiritual Growth, Travis A. Sharpe

Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry

All Christians have the desire to grow in faith and knowledge of God. The difficulty is that most do not have the tools to help them accomplish the task. While churches desire to help their members grow in faith, many have never created an intentional plan to make spiritual formation possible. While there are a multitude of ways this could be accomplished, one avenue would be for churches to implement an intentional discipleship program. A discipleship program that combines a missional/narrative reading of scripture with spiritual disciplines has been shown to help participants grow in spiritual formation and join ...


Through The Lens Of The Cross: Cruciformity As A Model For Teaching Ministry, Benjamin D. Pickett 2016 Abilene Christian University

Through The Lens Of The Cross: Cruciformity As A Model For Teaching Ministry, Benjamin D. Pickett

Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry

As the contemporary church travels deeper into the postmodern era, modern methods of education and catechesis have remained. In this paper, a foundational set of principles drawn from Michael Gorman’s analysis of Pauline spirituality—known as “cruciformity”—is examined and presented as a lens to inform and support the teaching ministry in churches. Gorman’s thought provides a fresh way to understand the central theme of Paul’s correspondence to the first century churches.

The paper begins with a brief explanation of the current conditions regarding the adult education ministry of churches and then examines Gorman’s cruciform patterns ...


Easter 7 Series C 2016, Phillip L. Brandt 2016 Concordia University - Portland

Easter 7 Series C 2016, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

No abstract provided.


Forward To The Son Of God: Three Views Of The Identity Of Jesus, James F. McGrath 2016 Butler University

Forward To The Son Of God: Three Views Of The Identity Of Jesus, James F. Mcgrath

James F. McGrath

James McGrath's Forward to: The Son of God: Three Views of the Identity of Jesus, by Charles Lee Irons, Danny Andre Dixon, and Dustin R. Smith. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2015.


A Biblical Hermeneutic For Dominion: Domination Vs Stewardship, Nancy Opstad Weldon 2016 College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

A Biblical Hermeneutic For Dominion: Domination Vs Stewardship, Nancy Opstad Weldon

Obsculta

In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis argues that modern anthropocentrism has contributed to the valuing of technical thought over the dignity of the natural world with grave environmental consequences. Over a half-century earlier, Lynn White Jr. offered a similar criticism, stating that the dualism existing between humans and nature allows Christians to exploit nature for their own end. This paper turns to scripture to explore how an intertextual understanding of the original Hebrew may help reframe what it means for humans to have dominion over the natural world.


Jude's Enochian Apocalypse, Lucian Lopez O.S.B. 2016 College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

Jude's Enochian Apocalypse, Lucian Lopez O.S.B.

Obsculta

Jude’s was an apocalyptic imagination much like that of the writer of Revelation, but he had no need to write his own apocalypse. In his brief epistle, written sometime before 62 CE,1 Jude revealed that the apocalyptic imagery fueling his own mythos was none other than that of Enoch and various other ancient stories of the Hebrew people.

1. Simon J. Joseph, “’Seventh from Adam’ (Jude 1:14-15): Re-examining Enochic Traditions and the Christology of Jude.” The Journal of Theological Studies, NS, Vol. 64, Pt. 2 (2013): 464. Simon J. Joseph is Adjunct Professor of Religion at California ...


Telling The 'Story' Of The Old Testament, Randall L. McKinion 2016 Cedarville University

Telling The 'Story' Of The Old Testament, Randall L. Mckinion

Randall L. McKinion, Ph.D.

Focused on teaching and preaching the OT narratives by considering the larger story of the OT.


The Psalms And Christian Worship, Randall L. McKinion 2016 Cedarville University

The Psalms And Christian Worship, Randall L. Mckinion

Randall L. McKinion, Ph.D.

Focused both on the importance of the Psalms as Christian Scripture and how they might be implemented in the church's worship.


The Reformers' Interpretation Of Jesus' Teaching On Divorce And Marriage In Matthew 19, Jason K. Lee 2016 Cedarville University

The Reformers' Interpretation Of Jesus' Teaching On Divorce And Marriage In Matthew 19, Jason K. Lee

Jason K. Lee, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Book Review: Hebrews And Divine Speech, Ched E. Spellman 2016 Cedarville University

Book Review: Hebrews And Divine Speech, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Book Review: The Text In The Middle, Ched E. Spellman 2016 Cedarville University

Book Review: The Text In The Middle, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Book Review: Deuteronomy And Exhortation In Hebrews, Ched E. Spellman 2016 Cedarville University

Book Review: Deuteronomy And Exhortation In Hebrews, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Challenging Students At Fort Worth Christian School To Engage The Economically Disadvantaged In Their Community, James Hensley 2016 Abilene Christian University

Challenging Students At Fort Worth Christian School To Engage The Economically Disadvantaged In Their Community, James Hensley

Doctor of Ministry Project/Theses

This doctor of ministry thesis presents a project in which I led a group of students at Fort Worth Christian School in experiences that challenged them to be more engaged with the economically disadvantaged in their community. The problem I identified at the outset of the project was a lack of such experiences along with troubling attitudes about poverty. Many students initially demonstrated ambivalence or even outright hostility toward the notion of helping people who live in poverty. I found such attitudes to be contrary to the teachings of Jesus and to my central beliefs as a Christian. I believed ...


Easter 6 Series C 2016, Phillip L. Brandt 2016 Concordia University - Portland

Easter 6 Series C 2016, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

No abstract provided.


‘Perfect’ In Matt 5:48: A Case For Mandatory Retirement, Kent Yinger 2016 George Fox University

‘Perfect’ In Matt 5:48: A Case For Mandatory Retirement, Kent Yinger

Faculty Publications - George Fox Evangelical Seminary

The English gloss “perfect” is used less and less to translate Heb tam and Gk teleios in biblical texts referring to human beings (e.g., Noah, Job). Understandably so, since it strikes most readers (and exegetes) as out of place to refer to flawed human beings as “perfect.” In one place, however, this gloss stubbornly persists; namely, in Matt 5:48 (“be ye therefore perfect”). This paper will examine the interpretive background to this translation, possible reasons for its persistence in Matt 5:48, and will suggest alternatives for future translators.


A Causal Comparative Analysis Of Biblical Worldview Among Graduate Students Based On Christian School Attendance, David Baniszewski 2016 Liberty University

A Causal Comparative Analysis Of Biblical Worldview Among Graduate Students Based On Christian School Attendance, David Baniszewski

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

One of the primary objectives of the Christian school (K-12) is the development of a biblical worldview in its students. This study examined the impact that these Christian schools had on their students’ biblical worldview development by administering a biblical worldview assessment to graduate students at a private, Christian university (Liberty University). Christian, graduate students in the School of Education at Liberty completed a demographic survey and a biblical worldview assessment. The survey collected information on age, gender, type of K-12 schools attended, profession to the Christian faith, and denominational background. The results of the survey and assessment were analyzed ...


Book Review: A Vision For Preaching, Jeremy M. Kimble 2016 Cedarville University

Book Review: A Vision For Preaching, Jeremy M. Kimble

Jeremy M. Kimble, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


The Scribe Who Has Become A Disciple: Identifying And Becoming The Ideal Reader Of The Biblical Canon, Ched E. Spellman 2016 Cedarville University

The Scribe Who Has Become A Disciple: Identifying And Becoming The Ideal Reader Of The Biblical Canon, Ched E. Spellman

Ched E. Spellman, Ph.D.

The literary notion of “implied reader” invokes a series of hermeneutically significant questions: What is it? Who produces it? and How can it be identified? These questions naturally lead to a further query: What is the relationship between this implied reader of a text and an actual reader of a text? This type of study is often associated primarily with reader-response theory and purely literary approaches. However, the concept can help uncover an often-neglected aspect of biblical interpretation, namely, the role of the reader. If biblical authors envision certain types of readers, then identifying the nature of this “implied audience ...


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