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Trinity Iii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Trinity Iii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on the readings for the third Sunday after Trinity in the historic one year series and offers up ideas for preaching and proclamation


Pentecost 04 Series A 2017 (Proper 8), Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Pentecost 04 Series A 2017 (Proper 8), Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on the pericopes for the Eighth Proper after Pentecost, Series A and offers up ideas for preaching and proclamation.


All Kindreds Shall Be Blessed: Nephite, Jewish, And Christian Interpretations Of The Abrahamic Covenant, Noel B. Reynolds 2017 Brigham Young University - Provo

All Kindreds Shall Be Blessed: Nephite, Jewish, And Christian Interpretations Of The Abrahamic Covenant, Noel B. Reynolds

All Faculty Publications

A review of current and traditional scholarship regarding the covenant God made with Abraham combined with a thorough review of Book of Mormon references shows that the Nephite understanding varies in important ways from traditional Christian and Jewish interpretations. However, some of the insights of contemporary scholarship are more compatible with the Book of Mormon perspective.


Pentecost 03 Series A 2017, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Pentecost 03 Series A 2017, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF contains comments on the Propers for the Third Sunday after Pentecost and ideas for preaching and proclamation


Trinity Ii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Trinity Ii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on the Pericopes for the Second Sunday after the Trinity in the One Year Series and offers ideas for preaching and Proclamation


From Beginning To The End: Humans As Caretakers And Co-Creators Of Nature, Amber Grothe 2017 Abilene Christian University

From Beginning To The End: Humans As Caretakers And Co-Creators Of Nature, Amber Grothe

Dialogue & Nexus

Followers of the Christian faith ought to reconsider their role as being created in the ‘image of God,’ their interpretation of the Apocalyptic literature, and the relationship between the two. Different interpretations of these two narratives in Biblical literature (the Creation and the End Times) can create and support the view of humans as care-takers of Earth. A different perspective of the Creation story and Apocalyptic literature can lead to a different view of humans and their role in nature. By realizing their equivalence with nature and nature’s true ownership by God, humans are demoted from nature’s tyrannical ...


Neuroscience, Materialism, And The Soul: Limit Questions, Jeremy M. Aymard 2017 Abilene Christian University

Neuroscience, Materialism, And The Soul: Limit Questions, Jeremy M. Aymard

Dialogue & Nexus

In light of recent discoveries in neuroscience linking the mind to physical processes, Christian philosophers have resorted to a more materialistic view of the human person, using neuroscience as support for their view that an immaterial soul does not exist. In this essay, I will point out a major flaw in the logic for defending a materialistic view, argue that either a bipartite or tripartite view of the human person is more aligned with Scripture, and hopefully point towards a more reliable means for attaining truth regarding human nature and the soul.


Intelligent Design: Should We Teach It?, Sarah-Kate Oliver 2017 Abilene Christian University

Intelligent Design: Should We Teach It?, Sarah-Kate Oliver

Dialogue & Nexus

Belief about the origins of the universe and mankind is an important aspect of most world religions. While many ‘progressive’ Christians view the Genesis accounts of creation as mythical or allegorical, some ‘fundamentalist’ Christians claim it is a literal and historical account of the origins of life. The scientific community, on the other hand, views Darwin’s Theory of Evolution as the definitive explanation of the origin of all species on Earth including humans. As science has continued to line up behind evolution, it has been integrated into the public school curriculum. The question examined by this paper is: should ...


Pentecost 02 Series A 2017, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Pentecost 02 Series A 2017, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

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Trinity I One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Trinity I One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

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Feast Of The Holy Trinity One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Feast Of The Holy Trinity One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

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Feast Of Pentecost Series C 2017, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Feast Of Pentecost Series C 2017, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

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Feast Of Pentecost One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Feast Of Pentecost One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

No abstract provided.


Supplanting The Wrong With The Right: A Synoptic Overview Of Christian And Islamic Reactions Towards The Subject Of Heresy, Brett G. Barnard 2017 Lawrence University

Supplanting The Wrong With The Right: A Synoptic Overview Of Christian And Islamic Reactions Towards The Subject Of Heresy, Brett G. Barnard

Lawrence University Honors Projects

Whenever there is a faith that is claiming to be the “one true religion,” just what is it that defines that most sinister of opposition known as “heresy?” Is it the choices made by these aforementioned “heretics” to hold beliefs that are contrary to the mainstream? Or is the way in which “orthodox” authorities have historically asserted their own superiority while legally eliminating the competition? When overlooking monotheistic belief systems that claim universal theological authority, such as Christianity and Islam, what stands out the most is the fact that the greatest threat almost always comes not from exterior rivals, but ...


Toward Just Hospitality, Ron Bruner 2017 Westview Boys' Home

Toward Just Hospitality, Ron Bruner

Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry

The ministry of Jesus moved through times of seeking justice, sharing hospitality, and withdrawing for prayer. Though inescapably “other” because of his divine identity, he sought solidarity with humans by becoming human and interacting with humanity through hospitable practices. The Ancient Mediterranean customs of hospitality were well-defined, but Jesus took this powerful cultural framework and changed its practice so that it produced reconciliation and justice.

This work briefly reviews the practice of hospitality in the time of Jesus. It also presents the work of scholars identifying linguistic markers that would have cued readers in the Ancient Mediterranean to recognize a ...


Ignatius: A Guide For Congregational Discernment, Benjamin Gensic 2017 Abilene Christian University

Ignatius: A Guide For Congregational Discernment, Benjamin Gensic

Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry

Congregations find themselves living in transformative times, but transformation is often an act of subtraction, which means congregations find themselves living in anxious times as well. Within this context, it is tempting for congregations to base decisions on either financial constraint or political expediency. However, such superficial discernment is incapable of guiding congregations wishing to respond to God’s activity in the world. This author argues that Ignatius of Loyola provides congregations with an alternative.

To accomplish this, the author walks the reader through the basic principles of Ignatian spirituality and discernment, making suggestions for how these can impact congregational ...


Cruciformity, Differentiation, And Christian Spiritual Formation, David Hooper 2017 Abilene Christian University

Cruciformity, Differentiation, And Christian Spiritual Formation, David Hooper

Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry

This paper is an examination of two seemingly counterintuitive concepts in Christian spiritual formation. The concept of cruciformity presents the goal of spiritual formation as kenosis, or “emptying oneself of self.” The differentiation of self, as presented in Systems Theory, defines maturity as possessing a clear sense of self. Cruciformity, with its call to kenosis, does not seem to value individuality, making it susceptible to the trappings of enmeshment that emerge from an unbalanced focus on others. Cruciformity seems to judge differentiation as being too balanced, reserving for itself a degree of self-focus that would be deemed inappropriate. It is ...


Easter Vii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Easter Vii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

No abstract provided.


Easter 7 Series C 2017, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Easter 7 Series C 2017, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

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Easter 6 Series C 2017, Phillip L. Brandt 2017 Concordia University - Portland

Easter 6 Series C 2017, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

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