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The authority of scripture in the preaching of C&MA pastors in the Southern District

Author
Dale P Crank
Abstract
This project examines the practices that the pastors of the Southern District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance use to promote the authority of Scripture through their preaching ministries. A six-point Lykert scale was used to quantify the opinions of the pastors surveyed to the practices traditionally seen as promoting the authority of Scripture. Scores were computed for each statement and were analyzed based upon the ages, the educational levels, and the length of time in ministry of the pastors.

The Metanarrative of Scripture: A Program Development and Evaluation Measuring Associated Increases in Biblical Comprehension, Hermeneutical Aptitude and Attitudes towards Scripture at Ethnos360 Bible Institute

Author
Wiley S Keen
Abstract
The curriculum of Ethnos360 Bible Institute includes a survey or exposition of all 66 books of the Bible, but does not include a course that ties these courses/books together as a unified whole. Based on a review of the literature, there are three major areas of Christian development that are linked to the metanarrative of Scripture: (1) comprehension of the Bible, (2) hermeneutical aptitude, and (3) positive attitudes towards Scripture. It was hypothesized that a course on the metanarrative of Scripture would demonstrate associated increases in these three areas. This project developed such a course for Ethnos360 Bible Institute, and measured the effectiveness of this course to impact areas of hypothesized growth. The method chosen for this research project was a program development and evaluation. Informed by the literature and consultation with various Bible teachers and missionaries, a course was created that developed the major plot-line of the Bible and called attention to the ramifications of that plot-line to comprehension, hermeneutics, and attitudes/values. To measure the effectiveness of this course, an instrument was developed and implemented as a pre-test/post-test. The instrument provided quantitative data that was analyzed and evaluated in this project. The data verified all three of the hypotheses, finding statistically significant increases in biblical comprehension, hermeneutical aptitude, and appreciation among students who took the course. Understanding the Bible as one over-arching story is a vital part of the Christian's development, enabling them to handle the Word of God in a responsible manner and find their place in the Story of God.
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