Bible--New Testament--Criticism, Literary

Prophetic Activism: Increasing the Academic Achievement Among Low Performing African-American Male Students at Mary B. Martin School

Author
Danny Anthony Everett D.Min.
Abstract
University Circle United Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio partnered with Mary B. Martin School to address academic achievement disparities for low performing African-American males. If students participate in faith and culturally based extended school programs, then their academic performance improves. Explorations from qualitative research during a church led after school program were expounded. The approach incorporated prophetic activism based on themes of spirituality, educational inequity, and social learning and critical race theories. The data suggests partnerships between churches and schools improve outcomes for African-American male students. A final project was submitted to the Doctoral Studies Committee at United Theological Seminary in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Ministry.

Discerning the Next Step Helping Struggling Churches Find Their Way

Author
Vaughan R Hayden
Abstract
Decades of decline have left many churches in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the UMC struggling. Is there an effective method of intervention that can change the direction of struggling churches? This project designed an intervention utilizing the adaptive challenge approach to help churches discern the next step. After a six- week Bible Study followed by a workshop, their values and beliefs were challenged. They contemplated their place on the life cycle of the church and utilized a process of discernment to compose a letter from the Lord for their congregation similar to the letters for the churches in Revelation.

Preaching in the shape of scripture

Author
Jeffrey T Crosno
Abstract
The study proposed to evaluate the extent to which the shape and function of a sermon can be drawn from the literary characteristics of its biblical text. The study surveyed literature relevant to criteria for biblical preaching, textual modalities, and sermon design. A text-to-sermon case methodology was utilized to evaluate the impact of textual characteristics upon sermon shape and function. Seeking exposure to diverse scriptural forms, the research utilized New Testament lectionary readings (Year C). The research concluded that attention to literary characteristics of a biblical text precludes the imposition of sermonic forms unwarranted by that text.
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