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Ministry Without Borders: Insights From The New Testament, Katelyn Campbell, Boubakar Sanou, Hyveth Williams Oct 2017

Ministry Without Borders: Insights From The New Testament, Katelyn Campbell, Boubakar Sanou, Hyveth Williams

Faculty Publications

On the basis of the evidences surveyed above, although there is functional distinction among the laos of God, if we consider the body imagery given to the church and the variety of spiritual gifts (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12–14 and Ephesians 4), there should be no status, gender, class or hierarchical distinction, because all believers and ministries are equal before God (Acts 10:34; Galatians 3:26–28). While the clergy/ laity hierarchical distinction is embedded and assumed in religious circles, it cannot be found in the New Testament. Rather than being the activity of a spiritual aristocracy or ...


The Passible Potter And The Contingent Clay: A Theological Study Of Jeremiah 18:1-10, John Peckham Sep 2017

The Passible Potter And The Contingent Clay: A Theological Study Of Jeremiah 18:1-10, John Peckham

John C. Peckham

No abstract provided.


Herodias, Salomé, And John The Baptist’S Beheading: A Case Study Of The Topos Of The Heretical Woman, Jennifer Lassley Knight Sep 2017

Herodias, Salomé, And John The Baptist’S Beheading: A Case Study Of The Topos Of The Heretical Woman, Jennifer Lassley Knight

International Social Science Review

This paper explores androcentric symbolism of the heretical woman as a literary topos to justify male superiority via the biblical interpretation of John the Baptist’s beheading and the purported influence of Herodias and Salomé, wife and stepdaughter of Herod Antipas. The gospels allege that this mother and daughter manipulated Antipas to execute John, which does not align with the historicity regarding the pragmatic, political motives Antipas likely had. Nevertheless, the circumstances under which Herodias and Salomé appear in the Christian Testament have consequently framed their portrait, which church tradition has preserved as an example of sinful, deviant, and heretical ...


Trinity Xi One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt Aug 2017

Trinity Xi One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on the propers for the Eleventh Sunday after the Trinity in the One Year Lectionary and offers ideas for preaching.


Pentecost 12 Series A 2017, Phillip L. Brandt Aug 2017

Pentecost 12 Series A 2017, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on Proper 16 of Series A and makes suggestions for preaching.


Pentecost 11 Series A 2017 (Proper 15), Phillip L. Brandt Aug 2017

Pentecost 11 Series A 2017 (Proper 15), Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on Proper 15 of the Three Year Lectionary and offers ideas for sermons.


Trinity X One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt Aug 2017

Trinity X One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

No abstract provided.


Interpretations Of Jesus And The Virgin Mary In The Quran And The Bible: A Possible Contribution To Muslim-Christian Cooperation?, Jon Armajani Aug 2017

Interpretations Of Jesus And The Virgin Mary In The Quran And The Bible: A Possible Contribution To Muslim-Christian Cooperation?, Jon Armajani

The Journal of Social Encounters

This essay explores Muslim and Christian understandings of Jesus and his mother Mary, which may provide a basis for possible cooperation between the two religious communities. The similarities and differences in views are discussed, with an understanding that there are differences in views not only between but also within the two religious communities. The essay concludes with a discussion of seven types of interreligious dialogue as articulated by Sallie B. King, and how they apply to Muslim-Christian dialogue related to Jesus and Mary.


Fostering Cultures Of Encounter: Framing Papal Teaching On Dialogue As Multi-Track Peacebuilding, Maria Power, Christopher Hrynkow Aug 2017

Fostering Cultures Of Encounter: Framing Papal Teaching On Dialogue As Multi-Track Peacebuilding, Maria Power, Christopher Hrynkow

The Journal of Social Encounters

This article demonstrates that there is a rough parallel between (1) Diamond and McDonald’s (1996) notion of multi-track diplomacy and (2) the four levels of inter-religious dialogue identified by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, along with two other levels discerned within papal teaching by the authors. Diamond and McDonald expanded the political science concept of dual-track diplomacy and, in the process, helped to buttress the legitimacy of peace studies discourse in that discipline. Comparably, this article seeks to introduce papal teaching on dialogue framed in terms of multi-track peacebuilding. As a result, it solidifies a latent resonance between ...


Pentecost 10 Series A (Proper 14), Phillip L. Brandt Aug 2017

Pentecost 10 Series A (Proper 14), Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on Proper Fourteen of Series A and offers ideas for preaching.


Trinity Ix One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt Aug 2017

Trinity Ix One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

No abstract provided.


Tragedy Of Spirit-Empowered Heroes: A Close Look At Samson And Saul, Wonsuk Ma Aug 2017

Tragedy Of Spirit-Empowered Heroes: A Close Look At Samson And Saul, Wonsuk Ma

Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology

This study is motivated by the ongoing dilemma of the ethical failures among well-known leaders of the modern Pentecostal/Charismatic movements. Through a close look at Saul and Samson, the two charismatic leaders of the Old Testament who have the most frequent references to the Spirit of God, the study probes the internal and private layers of their experience with the Spirit of God. The intention of the Spirit’s presence includes both an internal transformation as well as external tasks. The scriptural evidence demonstrates that there is no less work of the Spirit for the internal working of the ...


Pentecost 09 Series A (Proper 13), Phillip L. Brandt Aug 2017

Pentecost 09 Series A (Proper 13), Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on Proper 13 of Series A and offers ideas for preaching


Trinity Viii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt Aug 2017

Trinity Viii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on the Propers for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity in the One Year Series and offers up ideas for preaching.


Trinity Vii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt Jul 2017

Trinity Vii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on the Propers for the Seventh Sunday of Trinity in the One Year Series and offers ideas for preaching.


Pentecost 08 Series A 2017, Phillip L. Brandt Jul 2017

Pentecost 08 Series A 2017, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on Proper 12 of Series A and offers ideas for preaching


Embracing Immigrants Is A Religious Imperative, Christopher R. Fee Jul 2017

Embracing Immigrants Is A Religious Imperative, Christopher R. Fee

English Faculty Publications

I’m an English professor, and in leftist intellectual circles it’s often considered somewhat unsophisticated and definitely uncool to argue in favor of traditional religious beliefs. However, as the clerk of a tiny Quaker Meeting in a farming community in rural Pennsylvania, I feel led to do so in the context of the debate about immigration. I would submit that Scripture is explicit in its requirement that we accept and embrace the immigrants in our midst, and note that Leviticus (19:34) makes no mention of legal status. (excerpt)


Pentecost 07 Series A 2017, Phillip L. Brandt Jul 2017

Pentecost 07 Series A 2017, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on proper 11 of Series A in the Three Year Lectionary and offers ideas for preaching


Trinity Vi One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt Jul 2017

Trinity Vi One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF comments on the propers for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity in the One Year Series and offers ideas for preaching.


Trinity V One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt Jul 2017

Trinity V One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF contains commentary on the readings for the fifth Sunday after Trinity in the One Year Lectionary and suggests ideas for sermons.


Pentecost 06 (Proper 10) Series A, Phillip L. Brandt Jul 2017

Pentecost 06 (Proper 10) Series A, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF contains commentary on the Proper 10 in Series A of the three year lectionary.


Restoring גלה Ii From Exile: Discovering The Homonyms Spelled ג-ל-ה By Examining Their Usage In The Hebrew Bible, Josiah D. Peeler Jul 2017

Restoring גלה Ii From Exile: Discovering The Homonyms Spelled ג-ל-ה By Examining Their Usage In The Hebrew Bible, Josiah D. Peeler

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis examines the evidence in the Hebrew Bible of the ancient Hebrew lexeme גלה. The aim is to determine how many roots are represented by the spelling ג-ל-ה in the Hebrew Bible. With the help of verbal valency theory, I examine the complementation patterns of גלה.

Previous attempts to understand the ancient Hebrew גלה focus on semantics. I challenge this approach and suggest that semantics alone is insufficient for understanding גלה (Chapter 1). Thus, I incorporate the clausal syntax of גלה with attention to גלה’s appearance in the different binyanim and the different complement patterns that accompany גלה ...


Trinity Iv One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt Jul 2017

Trinity Iv One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF contains commentary on the Fifth Sunday after Trinity in the One Year Lectionary and offers ideas for Preaching and Sermons.


Pentecost 05 Series A (Proper 09), Phillip L. Brandt Jul 2017

Pentecost 05 Series A (Proper 09), Phillip L. Brandt

Sunday’s Sermon

This PDF contains commentary on the 9th Propers of series A in the three year lectionary cycle and offers up ideas for preaching and proclamation.


Trinity Iii One Year Series, Phillip L. Brandt Jul 2017

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 Jul 2017

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 Jun 2017

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 Jun 2017

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 Jun 2017

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 Jun 2017

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 ...