Bible--Mark

DISCIPLESHIP OF MUSLIM BACKGROUND BELIEVERS IN THE CONTEXT OF PERSECUTION: A STUDY IN NORTH AFRICA

Author
Phillip Smith D.Min.
Abstract
This Doctor of Ministry project was designed to explore the practical implications that can help disciplers of Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) in their mission to care for and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, develop the life and conduct of the new disciples from that background. It begins with the theological foundation of discipleship within the context of persecution and moves on to an examination of the existing literature on the topic.

This researcher conducted qualitative interviews with eighteen MBBs in a city in North Africa and another twelve experienced disciplers who worked in that field. The purpose of this project is to investigate the themes found in the journeys of discipleship and to discover the specific factors that influence MBB disciples to mature in Christ.

Based on a robust understanding and the findings of this research, a proposal for "Adaptive Discipleship Principles in the Context of Persecution" is put forth for workers to enhance the process of training and discipling MBBs, who might suffer for their faith, to know Him and to make Him known.

The research concludes that fear is a key challenging barrier. Those who crossed that barrier have identified themselves with the early church disciples (Acts 4:31). Another important factor that needs the attention of the disciplers is that this kind of work will take patience, perseverance, and much time. This work will be done on a low profile and it will continue to be unnoticeable.

Apostolic Women Religious in the United States and Their Legacy

Author
Janice J Brown O.P. D.Min.
Abstract
The legacy of Jesus has manifested itself among different populations, within different cultures, and during different times. This thesis-project looks at this manifestation as it unfolds as the legacy of apostolic women religious in the United States. The legacy of each participating congregation was described as a mission or more specifically as the mission of Jesus. It has also been the experience of these women religious that legacy is most tangible in the relationships and trust they built with their students, coworkers, and community members with whom they worked and partnered.
The legacy of apostolic women religious is a witness to the gospel message that took root as Christianity two thousand years ago. The thesis-project begins by exploring the legacy of Jesus, as well as the historical context that furthers God’s mission through the lives of three historical women – Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, and Angela Merici. The research then flows into the brief history of the Ursuline Sisters in the United States. Reviewing the pre and post-Vatican II eras and their influence on religious life helps lay a foundation upon which apostolic women today have been formed.
The primary data was gathered through focus group discussions involving seven congregations consisting of thirty-five apostolic women religious. Their comments are summarized first by congregation in order to maintain the richness within each discussion, then by main themes, and concluded with a reflection on the legacy of these women as it finds meaning through the Gospel of John.
Legacy has many definitions, but what surfaced most prominently was legacy as ministry, and the ministries are what define the women. Legacy efforts included developing relationships, education, healing, inclusivity, and service. All of these works could be imagined as the ongoing narrative of the Gospels, epitomized in the Beloved Disciple.

Preaching on difficult passages in Mark's gospel based on performance criticism

Author
Zintack A Hahn
Abstract
Mark's Gospel was composed to be performed in a communal setting. Therefore, performance of the gospel illuminates the meaning and emotive qualities of the gospel. By introducing newly emerging biblical discipline, Performance Criticism, this thesis seeks to unpack difficult passages in Mark's Gospel. It also explores how Performance Criticism can lead to a new homiletic approach, which the author names Performance Homiletics. Through a few examples of sermons, the author articulates the nature and power of Performance Homiletics. In essence, Performance Homiletics seeks to have the word come alive to effect changes among the participants of the preaching event.

Jesus--the hillbilly potentate: a Smoky Mountain version based on and adapted from the Gospel of Mark

Author
Bruce W Spangler
Abstract
The author's project thesis is guided by the following question: "Using the Gospel of Mark, how can a Wesleyan order of salvation be contextualized in a southern Appalachian culture of 'traditional orality'?" In the vernacular of a southern Appalachian culture and with the gospel of Mark as a framework, the author composes an annotated story of a hillbilly Jesus, who emerges from Newport, Tennessee, from the southeastern region near the Great Smoky Mountains. The author adapts the use of "Jack Tales," a storytelling technique of Appalachia, to appropriate a Wesleyan demonstration of God's present, freeing and transforming grace.

Mark as the basis for conflict resolution in a local church

Author
Quentin R Meracle
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to test a Bible study of the Gospel of mark as a tool in helping to resolve conflict among the leadership of a small to middle sized congregation. The clergy and lay leadership of a small congregation participated in the project, which began with a consultation which sought to name and understand the issues of conflict within the congregation. This was followed by a six week Bible study. Evaluation was in the form of a questionnaire administered during the first and last sessions of the Bible study and reflected a 4.75 percent positive attitudinal change.
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