Bible--John

That They May Have Life: The Congregation's Opportunity to Strengthen Resiliency and Foster Wholeness Amid Trauma in the Lives of Volunteer First Responders

Author
Jason Cashing D.Min.
Abstract
With every emergency, first responders are exposed to a degree of traumatic stress. This Secondary Traumatic Stress can sap the life and purpose from first responders, and the accumulation of unaddressed STS can lead to burnout, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and even suicide. The congregation, though practices of Sabbath and Lament, can offer pathways to help mitigate STS and strengthen resilience. Looking at the invitation to Abundant Life in John 10, the Church’s calling and the world’s need intersect, providing a framework and a language to help first responders and congregations alike realize the fullness of Life offered to all.

Reading a book of the Bible as a spiritual discipline to stimulate spiritual growth at Christ Community Church

Author
John Alan Lloyd
Abstract
Pastors are gripped by the great need to see their congregations become more like Christ. The goal of seeing this transformation take place is daunting. One way to see lives transformed is to interact daily with the Word of God. The culture we live in greatly diminishes the influence of God's Word. This project will seek to introduce the daily reading of Gospel of John as a spiritual discipline to stimulate spiritual growth into lives of a focus group, new to this practice. The goal is to establish Bible reading as a spiritual habit and to see the participants continue reading another book of the Bible.

A parent's guide to connecting pre-adolescent children to life in Christ using the "I am" sayings of John's gospel

Author
Ted L Elmore
Abstract
This dissertation is 'A parent's guide to connecting pre-adolescent children to life in Christ using the "I am" sayings of John's gospel.' The author argues that the "I am" sayings and their pericopes in the gospel of John provide parents a theological and pedagogical foundation from which they may shape the Christological development of their pre-adolescent children. Research indicated a ministry need for such a resource. Scripture was surveyed for additional insight into parental pedagogy, the child, and the "image of God." The application of research in in the publication of a book for use by parents and others.

Preaching the seven signs of John: a liberating parish experience

Author
Dennis R Sewar
Abstract
The thesis statement for this dissertation is: "By employing an adapted hermeneutic of Latin American liberation theologies, one can construct new homiletic approaches to the Seven Signs of the Gospel of John." Following an overview of the entire Fourth gospel, an analysis of the seven signs is offered. Next comes a study of liberation theology, with adaptations made for the Western world. These modified principles are applied to the Seven Signs. The dissertation concludes with a practical application of this work presented as a parish retreat that could be offered weekly during the Easter season.

"I call you my friends...": a pastor's study of the Gospel of John

Author
Patricia S Knutson
Abstract
Convinced that study of the Gospel of John had potential to revitalize pastors in their ministries, the author designed and led a case study. In addition to the author, eighteen pastors participated in four small groups. Individually, we prepared by reading the Gospel using lectio divina. Our question was: "Can I/we create a guided study of the Gospel of John which will enable clergy and committed lay persons to claim a loving friendship with Jesus and engagement in the Christian story which will renew their ministries in times of change and conflict?" We concluded that our study did enable us to claim our identity as Friend of Jesus and Child of God.

An inductive Bible study handbook on the Gospel according to John relevant for the Christian school setting

Author
Steven M Waterman
Abstract
This project proposes and prepares a systematic study of the Gospel According to John for students in Christian schools, emphasizing study of the Bible itself rather than study of books about the Bible. The method stimulates high-level, critical thinking, encourages enthusiastic class participation, and guides students to practical application of Scripture to life situations. The project tests this inductive approach in a Christian school setting.

A six days self-directed spiritual retreat on St John's gospel

Author
Brian Grenier
Abstract
The dissertation/project addresses the needs of people who, through necessity or personal preference, plan to make a spiritual retreat without the assistance of a preacher or director. Following a general introduction and three preparatory essays, reading material is provided which focuses each day, in a definite sequence, on one or more of the representative figures of St John's gospel. It includes detailed commentaries on the relevant sections of the biblical text and complementary guidelines for prayer. The recommended approach brings together three mutually supportive ways of reading Scripture: academically, contemplatively, and contextually.

The meeting of abused children at the counseling well

Author
Kevin Van Chapman
Abstract
The project focuses on what happens in the pastoral counseling setting when both the pastoral counselor and counselee(s) have been abused as children. The author analyzes this therapeutic situation by utilizing the resources of material on child abuse, the resulting pain of being abused as a child, theology, psychotherapy, and the story of Jesus meeting the woman at the well in the Gospel of John 4:7-21. The author determines that a pastoral counselor must address and be in the process of working through his or her past abusive experiences before counseling with counselees who have also been abused as children. The author creatively uses the images of a counseling well, water, houses, and abandoned fireplaces to bring the pain and the journey of recovery alive in this pastoral counseling setting. The author offers guidance and hope for other pastoral counselors who have been abused as children and seek to offer counseling with other persons who have been abused.

Models of theological education for Hispanic candidates for ordination in the Episcopal Church

Author
Gary Sturni
Abstract
The paper examines several models of theological education for prospective ordinands who concentrate on Hispanic ministry in the Episcopal Church. A historical overview of spirituality and Protestant mission experiments form part one. A biblical/theological basis which draws from John, Roland Allen, Richard Hooker and Latin American base communities provides the theological background. In part three the opinion within the church is sampled which leads to the conclusion that several training routes are required. These routes depend on a proper selection process. The project reviews innovations in seminary programs of various denominations and makes a case for theological education by extension.

The literature of change: an approach to the fourth gospel through current science fiction

Author
Robert Dean Knapp
Abstract
This dissertation-project explores the functions of the Fourth Gospel (John) and four science fiction novels. Science fiction deals with the impact of technological change; gospels with the impact of theological development. Not equal but parallel genres, each seeks change in the reader's life through changing the perception of the world. Miller's "A Canticle for Leibowitz", Leguin's "The Word for World Is Forest", Herbert's "The Dragon in the Sea", and Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" are compared with the gospel's narrative function and its impact on the reader's life. Conclusions show students' improved understanding of the gospel.
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