Bible--Use

Loneliness in the life of the divorced single

Author
Gary A Whitbeck
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to discover ways to use the Bible effectively in counseling with divorced singles. While working with divorced people the author discovered one theme that is common to nearly all divorce situations, the theme of loneliness. To address the theme of loneliness he modeled his procedure after William B Ogleby Jr's book Biblical themes for pastoral care. Oglesby underscores the importance of using the biblical story to intersect life themes. Similarly the author used the biblical images of Hosea, the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, and Jesus alone in the garden and on the cross, to illustrate the feeling of loneliness in the life of the divorced single.

The use of the bible in one-on-one caring ministry by trained lay volunteer stephen ministers in the congregation

Author
Russell E Money
Abstract
Research and experience with Bible use in pastoral care led to a proposal that lay volunteers learn to use the parables of Jesus in caring ministry to aid helpees in telling their story as a means to order in their lives. Volunteers trained in parable use with helpees and in verbatim-writing evaluated that use. Infrequent opportunity for Bible use with helpees by volunteer ministers did not provide the experience or justify the training needed to maintain proficiency. Much was learned about New Testament interpretation and use of the Bible in pastoral care was confirmed and improved.

The silent canon: biblical materials not included in the lectionary

Author
Douglas J Meister
Abstract
This project briefly examines the origin and development of lectionaries and the issues accompanying the expanded use of the Revised Common Lectionary. Recognizing the importance of the scriptures in shaping the community of faith, questions are raised around issues of selection, arrangement, parameters of lections and the relationship between lections. In addition, the issue of what biblical material is not included in the lectionary becomes important. The content of the non-lectionary biblical material is identified and summarized chapter by chapter. Thematic and hermeneutic issues are examined. The author concludes with recommendations for thoughtful users of the lectionary in worship and for preaching.

The Art of Storytelling: Developing Discernment in an Age of Distraction

Author
Mark A Hamby
Abstract
Through the art of storytelling, twelve instructional lessons of Wisdom lay the foundation for the development of discernment in relation to Wisdom and Folly. The categorically prescriptive truths of Proverbs 1:1-10:1, Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, 2 Peter 1:3-10, and Hebrews 5:8-14 will serve as the building blocks for the development of Christ-like character. Four goals of this research are: (1) an understanding of the fear of the Lord; (2) an increase in discernment when faced with Folly's promises of prosperity, prestige, protection, and pleasure; (3) an increased motivation to yield to correction; and (4) a yearning to seek Wisdom as hidden treasure.

Vox Sancti Spiriti

Author
Victor J Pergola
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the spiritual life of a select group of Christian professionals in the Cleveland, Ohio area. The chosen method included administration of a pre-test and post-test Likert Scale instrument that was built within an eight session course on spirituality. The results indicated a significant increase in awareness for growth in spirituality. There were three themes of emphasis: a focus on worship and liturgy in congregational groups; a focus on prayerful sharing of Scripture in small group settings; and a refocus on the importance of Scripture for Christian growth.

The Importance of Hearing God in Spiritual Formation of Chinese Christians of Immigrant Background

Author
Song Seng
Abstract
This portfolio contains three parts: the researcher's spiritual autobiography, a spiritual formation model for Chinese immigrant Christians (CICs) and a participatory action research project on lectio divina. The major theme running through this portfolio is hearing God, which played key roles in researcher's spiritual formation and was viewed as a crucial factor in the model designed to help the spiritual formation of CICs. The project showed that most participants expressed their experience of hearing God during lectio divina, and some vowed to change their behaviour. In summary, this portfolio shows that hearing God is helpful in forming CICs spiritually.
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