Bible--Prophetic books, Minor

Indigenous African Demonic Deliverance and its Transference into Pentecostalism with Subsequent Refining: Ghana and its Diaspora as a Case Study

Author
Duane Sterling Sims M.A.
Abstract

This paper examines how the traditional Ghanaian worldview has been contextualized by grass-roots Christians in Ghana, and further by Ghanaian Pentecostals, and how this has been exported, adapted, and refined from Ghana across national and continental lines to its diaspora. I hope to address some key questions regarding Ghanaian deliverance practices (at home and abroad) and integrate my findings into ministry, whether to Africans or anyone. Some of these questions include: “What drives Ghanaians to seek deliverance? How have they, historically, sought to deal with the spirit realm? How do they currently seek to deal with it? What are some of the differences between a traditional Ghanaian understanding and that of a Ghanaian Pentecostal view?”

Preaching guidelines on the question of judgment during times of national and natural crises using the minor prophets

Author
Michael P Melon
Abstract
This work is a study focused on formulating preaching guidelines to be utilized when interacting with natural or national crises, using the Minor Prophets as models. The Minor Prophets communicated during times of natural and national crises. Much misunderstanding still exists concerning the biblical role of a prophet and the nature of prophetic speech. The work is concerned with the questions raised by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and the evangelical response both in print and the pulpit. A primary premise of the work is that there was/is a misunderstanding or denial of the possible chastising role of God upon the USA in 9/11. Prior to 9/11 many evangelical pastors and spokespersons decried the sins of America and warned of possible and even deserved judgment. When a national crisis such as 9/11 occurred, however, which seems to parallel the circumstances that God used to gain the attention of an errant nation in the Bible, many of these same pastors were either silent concerning judgment or vigorously promoted patriotism and "just-war" retaliation against perceived enemies. The goal of this thesis is to encourage pastors to consider God's possible chastisement of the nation, and to help pastors avoid common "pitfalls" when preaching prophetically.
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