Bible--Theology

Creating a Narrative Empathy Among Southern Baptist Leaders: Shaping a New Perception of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and Jihad

Author
Charles Wesley Powell Dr. D.Min.
Abstract
The Southern Baptist denomination is the largest Protestant religious group in the United States. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 there has been an increase of negative rhetoric among Southern Baptists towards Muslims. This thesis-project asks to what extent a lack of narrative empathy towards Muslims can be altered in the life of the Southern Baptist leader thus enabling the leader, consequently the denomination, to better understand and communicate the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as embodiments of spiritual discipline and peaceful living. The theoretical framework and in-depth qualitative interviews provide invaluable insights into the dynamics and use of anti-Islamic rhetoric among Southern Baptists. Concrete strategies of action are proposed, such as strategic personal encounters between Southern Baptists and Muslims which when combined with a better understanding of Islam can help uncover the Southern Baptist denominations preconceived prejudices and misunderstandings of Islam that so often hinder constructive dialogue. This project has crucial practical implications that has not yet received scholarly attention.

EXPOUNDING ROMANS 6-8 TO ADVANCE GREAT COMMISSION OBEDIENCE IN THE LEADERSHIP AT MAYFIELD MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Author
Larry Hall D.Min.
Abstract
The writer is the pastor of a Missionary Baptist congregation. In a self-appraisal survey, congregational leaders ranked Great Commission obedience low among ministry priorities. This project investigated the question: Can a pastoral approach in expounding Romans 6-8 be effective in developing a Great Commission theology and in advancing Great Commission obedience for select leaders at Mayfield Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas. The project pursues two goals: 1) to develop the theology of the participants and 2) to develop pastoral preaching effectiveness.
The research design combined both the qualitative and quantitative method. The writer designed seven sermons from Romans 6-8 in a series entitled Gospel Assurance, a Motivation to Great Commission Obedience. The writer expounded selected doctrinal themes from the Biblical text to develop elements of a Great Commission theology in the participants. Using a pastoral approach, the writer selected eight congregational leaders to participate in a small group to give feedback on the preaching effectiveness. In addition, the participants completed a pre and post project questionnaire to indicate theological understanding, opinion surveys, and interviews. The writer assessed the participants’ awareness, attitudes and actions in relation to the Matthew 28:18-20 mandate to make disciples.
The writer diagnosed the participants’ gain in theological understanding and simultaneously increased pastoral preaching effectiveness through small group feedback. The writer and participants advanced toward Great Commission obedience.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN VIETNAM:
A PASTORAL PROGRAM TO EQUIP CHURCH MINISTERS FOR ACCOMPANIMENT

Author
Sr. ANN DIEP NGUYEN, OP D.Min.
Abstract
Domestic violence is a real issue in Vietnam. This thesis-project is an effort to propose a pastoral program to equip Church ministers for accompaniment. The author, mainly, uses the methodology of Richard Osmer’s as primary framework and, simultaneously, integrates a number of components from Poling and Miller to strengthen the performance of this thesis-project. In the process, this study, by conducting qualitative interviews of Church ministers, examines first, if the Church ministers are aware of the domestic violence situation, and then, what skills they may need in responding to this issue. As a result, this study acknowledges some insights from practical, socio-cultural, theological, and pastoral perspectives. Under this understanding, this thesis-project suggests some recommendations for a pastoral response to domestic violence, and provides a possible pastoral program as a way to equip Church ministers in assisting women who experience domestic violence in the context of Vietnam.

Learning to Pray Without Ceasing: Instilling the Importance of Prayer and its Connection to Social Justice in Youth

Author
Wesley Brian Jamison D.Min.
Abstract
Progressive churches continue to struggle with retaining youth, who often seen little merit in the church's traditions and rituals. These spiritual practices are essential to nurturing the strength and vision necessary to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. This project offers a model for integrating these practices into the regular activities of youth ministry as a way of reconnecting them to the struggle for justice. It was tested by adding the observance of the daily offices of prayer to a youth mission trip and examining the views of participants concerning prayer and its connection to justice before, during, and after the trip. Noticeable changes were measured during and after the trip, indicating that youth came to see spiritual practices are more important to the work of justice. These findings suggest that the church would do well to look to its own history of monasticism as a model for youth ministry in the post-Christian era.

Laying a Foundation for Nurturing Experiential Communion with the Word of God for Soul Formation through Journaling and Inner Circle Relationships.

Author
Jeffrey William Roy Rev. D.Min.
Abstract
In this research portfolio, three projects form the basis in developing this new pathway to nurture formation. The author’s spiritual autobiography recounts his journey into two-way communion with the Word of God and gives readers opportunities to reflect accordingly. The AESA model (Awareness, Encounter, Surrender, Abide) is presented as a cyclical four-step process designed to help nurture experiential union and spiritual formation. This model incorporates the authors’ own experience, an analysis of how the Word of God is depicted by the Scriptures and in the writings of the Early Church Fathers, four existing contemplative models of formation, and the experiences of those who participated in his research project. The project tested follow up material designed to help people take home and form habits (Contemplative Prayer Journaling and Inner Circle Relationships) that would help them experience union with the Eternal Word of God throughout their day. The project found that these spiritual disciplines can be helpful in nurturing experience union with the Eternal Word of God throughout their day. Two months after the study twelve of the sixteen participants were journaling once a week and nine of the sixteen participants had established some form of weekly inner circle relationship with the desire to be more aware of God’s presence.

Satisfied: the glory of Christ in counseling: how biblical theology reforms biblical counseling

Author
Gary Bernhard Spooner
Abstract
The project establishes a Christ-centered, community-based counseling center that demonstrates through case studies the benefits of biblical theology in biblical counseling. It argues that biblical theology, by its nature, reforms the conception of biblical counseling toward the glory of God, reforms the content of biblical counseling toward biblical narrative, and reforms the practice of biblical counseling toward the life of faith.

Imparting biblical theology cross-culturally for transformation

Author
Reid
Abstract
Sydney Evalgelicals are known for their Biblical Theology and this approach has been an essential part of the Preliminary Theological Certificate which has been taught overseas in over 35 countries. The research focused on this course and what components are necessary to teach Biblical Theology across cultures that will maximize the possibility of the transformation of individuals in their cultural contexts. This research utilized mixed methods and outlines reasons for the success of the course such as the type of people involved in teaching, the models of delivery and its underlying hermeneutical approach. Potential weaknesses are also reviewed.

Rapologetics: How the Gospel of Christ Takes On the Street

Author
Robert C Hepburn
Abstract
An examination of the divide between the Church and hip-hop culture, singularly focused on Scripture's capacity for crossing said chasm. After mapping out Biblical and theological foundations (discovering numerous parallels with hip-hop culture and rap music), the author exegetes the street (following Nehemiah 1-2 and Acts 17:16-34), analyzing its worldview, value system, trusted armor, operational strategies, codes, etc., exhorting the saints to engage its challenges and uncertainties to discover God's hidden treasure (the imago Dei), tucked away in difficult, obscure places. A course of study is offered, enabling the saints to reach unreached street-oriented young urban Black males in situ.

Gospel-centered expository preaching

Author
Paulus S Budiman
Abstract
This thesis is about the importance of gospel-centered expository preaching and a lesson plan that can be used as a material for teaching and preparing a gospel-centered sermon. This project is based on a theological conviction that the gospel is the center of the story of the Bible. It argues, therefore, that preaching the gospel and expository preaching must not be separated. This thesis examines the obvious pattern of God's redemptive history that unites both the Old Testament and the New Testament. The lesson plan is stimulated by recent literature in hermeneutics and homiletics. They have revealed the growing conviction that gospel-centered exposition of the Bible is crucial to fully understand and preach the central message of the Bible.

Enhancing hermeneutical accuracy for the reaching of Old Testament narratives using 2 Samuel 11-12 as a case study

Author
Benjamin H Walton
Abstract
Many evangelical preachers lack the hermeneutical skills to discern the pericopal theology of Old Testament narratives. The result is that many preachers fail to deliver expository messages from such passages. This thesis-project makes the case tha6t expository preaching is the only reliable way to proclaim God or his will; supports this by examining God's nature, God's revelation, and biblical authority; and provides a mini-book to equip preachers to deliver expository messages from Old Testament Narratives. A literature review explores contemporary theories of interpretation, Old Testament narrative art, and pericopal theology of Old Testament narratives. A survey documents the mini-book's effectiveness.
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