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Reforming Christianity By Reforming Christians: Devotional Writings Of The Late Medieval And Reformation Era, Christopher J. Quail Dec 2014

Reforming Christianity By Reforming Christians: Devotional Writings Of The Late Medieval And Reformation Era, Christopher J. Quail

History Theses

During the late medieval and Reformation era in Europe, a series of Christian devotional works were created that stressed a deeper personal relationship with Christ, rather than ritual and public devotion alone. These works span the time period from the early fifteenth century through the early seventeenth century and prepared the way for and shaped the Protestant and Roman Catholic reformations alike. The devotional works addressed here were created in the quest for reform, of both the individual and the Church. This occurred as the importance of developing a better relationship with Jesus was taking on a new urgency for ...


Generational Inversions: 'Working' For Social Reproduction Amid Hiv In Swaziland, Casey Golomski Dec 2014

Generational Inversions: 'Working' For Social Reproduction Amid Hiv In Swaziland, Casey Golomski

Anthropology Scholarship

How do people envision social reproduction when regular modes of generational succession and continuity are disrupted in the context of HIV/AIDS? How and where can scholars identify local ideas for restoring intergenerational practices of obligation and dependency that produce mutuality rather than conflict across age groups? Expanding from studies of HIV/AIDS and religion in Africa, this article pushes for an analytic engagement with ritual as a space and mode of action to both situate local concerns about and practices for restoring dynamics of social reproduction. It describes how the enduring HIV/AIDS epidemic in Swaziland contoured age patterns ...


Millennials: The Unreached In Our Midst. A Practical Theology Of Reaching Millennials Through Organic Church Principles And Repurposing The Church, Janelle Anderson Dec 2014

Millennials: The Unreached In Our Midst. A Practical Theology Of Reaching Millennials Through Organic Church Principles And Repurposing The Church, Janelle Anderson

Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (MAML)

There is an unreached people group in your community--you interact with them on a consistent basis, but they are beyond the reach of the Church right now. The Church has missed her opportunity to reach and disciple Millennials as children and is now struggling to connect with them at all. The first step to reaching this people group is understanding them. This thesis presents the three major longings of generalized Millennial culture, in hopes of highlighting ways to interlace individual lives with faith and Christian community. Each of the three cries of this generation has varied implications for the world ...


Together We Make Football, Timothy Van Soelen Nov 2014

Together We Make Football, Timothy Van Soelen

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"We have paid the culture of sports the ultimate compliment--we study it, we talk about it, we give some of our treasures to it, and we too often imitate it."

Posting about Christians and the role of sports and athletics from In All Things - an online hub committed to the claim that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has implications for the entire world.

http://inallthings.org/together-we-make-football/


Rachel Weeping: A Christian Pacifist Reluctantly Endorses Military Strikes Against Isis, Kerry S. Walters Nov 2014

Rachel Weeping: A Christian Pacifist Reluctantly Endorses Military Strikes Against Isis, Kerry S. Walters

Philosophy Faculty Publications

I'm haunted these days by a scene from Matthew's Gospel. Herod, learning that an infant has been born in Bethlehem who will become "King of the Jews," orders the slaughter of the town's male children two years old and under. Matthew captures the deed's mind-numbing horror by imagining that Rachel, one of the traditional Hebrew matriarchs, "weeps and laments and refuses to be comforted, because her children are no more."

How, I ask myself, would Jesus's followers have acted could they've been in Bethlehem on that frenzied day? Would they have remained silent? Would ...


Religious Rhetoric And The Evolution Of George W. Bush's Political Philosophy, Lauren Frances Turek Nov 2014

Religious Rhetoric And The Evolution Of George W. Bush's Political Philosophy, Lauren Frances Turek

History Faculty Research

This essay surveys George W. Bush's public statements from 1993 to 2001 to examine the evolution of his religious and political rhetoric. Bush's personal religiosity and his use of religious rhetoric during his campaigns for the presidency and in his two terms in office have received extensive comment from the press as well as from scholars. Yet very little scholarly work has considered the role of religion in his earlier political career. Although Bush had evinced a deep and genuine evangelical faith for years before he launched his bid for the governorship, he did not begin his political ...


To Lead Like Jesus - An Awesome Responsibility, C. William Pollard Oct 2014

To Lead Like Jesus - An Awesome Responsibility, C. William Pollard

C. William Pollard Papers

In this address at the Lead Like Jesus Summit (Four Seasons at Las Colinas - Dallas, TX), Pollard reflects on how he worked to apply the way of Jesus while leading a Fortune 500 company.


Outline For Interact And Other Talks And Teaching Lessons - Outline Of The Tides Of Life Chapters 1, 2, And 3, C. William Pollard Oct 2014

Outline For Interact And Other Talks And Teaching Lessons - Outline Of The Tides Of Life Chapters 1, 2, And 3, C. William Pollard

C. William Pollard Papers

These pages serve as an outline for various talks Pollard gave as well as for the first three chapters of his The Tides of Life: Learning to Lead and Serve as You Navigate the Currents of Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014).


Outline For Interact And Other Talks And Teaching Lessons - Outline Of The Tides Of Life Chapters 4, 5, And 6, C. William Pollard Oct 2014

Outline For Interact And Other Talks And Teaching Lessons - Outline Of The Tides Of Life Chapters 4, 5, And 6, C. William Pollard

C. William Pollard Papers

These pages serve as an outline for various talks Pollard gave as well as for chapters 4-6 of his The Tides of Life: Learning to Lead and Serve as You Navigate the Currents of Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014).


Outline For Interact And Other Talks And Teaching Lessons - Outline Of The Tides Of Life Chapters 7, 8, And 9, C. William Pollard Oct 2014

Outline For Interact And Other Talks And Teaching Lessons - Outline Of The Tides Of Life Chapters 7, 8, And 9, C. William Pollard

C. William Pollard Papers

These pages serve as an outline for various talks Pollard gave as well as for chapters 7-9 of his The Tides of Life: Learning to Lead and Serve as You Navigate the Currents of Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014).


The Soul Of The Movement (Short Version), C. William Pollard Oct 2014

The Soul Of The Movement (Short Version), C. William Pollard

C. William Pollard Papers

In this speech at the 2014 Faith at Work Summit (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Boston, MA), Pollard contends that people represent the only thing of eternal value in the global marketplace. In light of this, he argues that Christians must be service-oriented ambassadors for Christ in the corporate world.


The Soul Of The Movement (Long Version), C. William Pollard, Al Erisman Oct 2014

The Soul Of The Movement (Long Version), C. William Pollard, Al Erisman

C. William Pollard Papers

In this speech at the 2014 Faith at Work Summit (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Boston, MA), Pollard contends that people represent the only thing of eternal value in the global marketplace. In light of this, he argues that Christians must be service-oriented ambassadors for Christ in the corporate world.

Included at the end of the speech is an email from one of the summit's conveners, Al Erisman, and Pollard's handwritten notes.


Religious Freedom And American History: Reasons To Thank God, Mark Caleb Smith Oct 2014

Religious Freedom And American History: Reasons To Thank God, Mark Caleb Smith

History and Government Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


"Nobody With A Good Car Needs To Be Justified": Materialism And Commercialism In Flannery O'Connor's Fiction, Maria Vallas Oct 2014

"Nobody With A Good Car Needs To Be Justified": Materialism And Commercialism In Flannery O'Connor's Fiction, Maria Vallas

All Student Theses

Flannery O’Connor was writing in a time of great transition for American society. The 1950s brought with them a post-war economy that was creating a middle class that suddenly had disposal income and leisure time. To O’Connor, this translated into a culture that was becoming increasingly more distracted by the secular and material, and moving farther and farther away from the Christian ideal. This was not simply a cultural phenomenon to her – it was a danger, and more to the point, as a Christian writer, it was a call to arms. O’Connor’s work can be seen ...


Reconciling Christianity And Paganism, Susanna L. Mills Oct 2014

Reconciling Christianity And Paganism, Susanna L. Mills

Student Publications

In her novel "Jane Eyre," Charlotte Bronte works to bring opposing ideas of Christianity and Paganism together to strengthen her protagonist, Jane. Bronte uses symbols of supernaturalism, nature, and the moon to highlight Jane's complex spiritual growth. This essay explores those symbols in conjunction with Christianity and their influences on Jane Eyre as she becomes an empowered woman.


Karl Barth's Mozart: Lessons For Christian Music Education, John Macinnis Oct 2014

Karl Barth's Mozart: Lessons For Christian Music Education, John Macinnis

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

The author considers Barth's thoughful and emotional engagement with Mozart's music and argues that "Christian music educators are in a special place for raising similar questions about music's contributions to human flourishing, its roles in personal progress, and the mysteries of common grace in which God's glory can be sounded from even unknowing servants."


Love, Creation, Virtue As Models For Environmental Education, Jeff Ploegstra Oct 2014

Love, Creation, Virtue As Models For Environmental Education, Jeff Ploegstra

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

A look at how love, creation, and virtue should shape our conversations about the environment and environmental education.


Pastoral Care: From Past To Present, Ann Marie Kerlin Sep 2014

Pastoral Care: From Past To Present, Ann Marie Kerlin

Ann Marie Kerlin

According to the U.S. National Conference on Mental Health, “Nationally, an estimated 45 million Americans suffer from illnesses like depression, schizophrenia or post-traumatic stress syndrome.” In a speech at this conference, President Obama stated that one out of five Americans experience mental illness in any year. A study published in 2013 surveyed prescription drug use and found that the second most common prescribed drugs were anti-depressants. Obviously there is a great demand for counseling and psychological care in the United States, and both secular and religious approaches to care are available. The purpose of this article is to review ...


Facing Christian America's Sacred Ire: Can Christian Historians Successfully Bridge The Gap Between Professional Integrity And Populist Constituency?, Scott Culpepper Sep 2014

Facing Christian America's Sacred Ire: Can Christian Historians Successfully Bridge The Gap Between Professional Integrity And Populist Constituency?, Scott Culpepper

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Conference on Faith and History held September 24-27, 2014 on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.


What Your Body Knows About God: How We Are Designed To Connect, Serve And Thrive, Rob Moll Sep 2014

What Your Body Knows About God: How We Are Designed To Connect, Serve And Thrive, Rob Moll

Alumni Book Gallery

Have you ever had an experience where you felt particularly aware of God? If God is real, and we are created in God's image, then it makes sense that our minds and bodies would be designed with the perceptive ability to sense and experience God. Scientists are now discovering ways that our bodies are designed to connect with God. Brain research shows that our brain systems are wired to enable us to have spiritual experiences. The spiritual circuits that are used in prayer or worship are also involved in developing compassion for others. Our bodies have actually been created ...


Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity In The Era Of The Internet, Antonio Spadaro S.J., Maria Way Sep 2014

Cybertheology: Thinking Christianity In The Era Of The Internet, Antonio Spadaro S.J., Maria Way

Religion

How has Christianity and theology changed in the wake of the internet and mass communication? Tracing concepts in media studies, anthropology, and theology, Spadaro investigates this complex and enlightening topic.


Harry Potter As A Piece Of Apocalyptic Fiction, Cambria Findley-Grubb Sep 2014

Harry Potter As A Piece Of Apocalyptic Fiction, Cambria Findley-Grubb

e-Research: A Journal of Undergraduate Work

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series remains one of the most popular series ever created, loved by adults and children alike. The Harry Potter series has been translated into over thirty languages in more than one hundred and thirty countries (Killinger 2). This series has spawned a billion dollar industry eight movies, merchandise including shirts, cloaks, wands, and bobble heads, an intercollegiate muggle quidditch league, and a multimillion-dollar amusement park attraction However, despite its increasing popularity and fandom, Harry Potter remains a highly controversial book among fundamentalist religious groups because of its involvement in the world of witches, wizards ...


Revitalizing Missions On The Cusp Of Change : Complex Systems Science Mazeways For Mission Theory Amid Twenty-First Century Realities, Samuel K. Law Sep 2014

Revitalizing Missions On The Cusp Of Change : Complex Systems Science Mazeways For Mission Theory Amid Twenty-First Century Realities, Samuel K. Law

ATS Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Creativity And Captivity : Exploring The Process Of Musical Creativity Amongst Indigenous Cosmopolitan Musicians (Icms) For Mission, Uday Mark Balasundaram Sep 2014

Creativity And Captivity : Exploring The Process Of Musical Creativity Amongst Indigenous Cosmopolitan Musicians (Icms) For Mission, Uday Mark Balasundaram

ATS Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Lord Is There: Christian Views Of The Temple In The First Century Ad, Jonathan Wells Sep 2014

The Lord Is There: Christian Views Of The Temple In The First Century Ad, Jonathan Wells

Masters Theses

During the first century, Yeshua (Jesus) and the original Christians viewed the temple as God's dwelling place on earth. Informed by the Hebrew Bible, which they saw as the Holy Scriptures, they continued to hold the temple in high regard. The writings of the New Testament display the thoughts of the first Christians and the teachings of Yeshua concerning their understanding of the Jerusalem temple. This study explores the views of the temple in the New Testament and other Christian writings from the first century to demonstrate that most Christians and especially the writings of the New Testament continue ...


The Place Of Power: The Christian Acquisition Of The Roman Basilica, Tysen Dauer Aug 2014

The Place Of Power: The Christian Acquisition Of The Roman Basilica, Tysen Dauer

Journal of Undergraduate Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Architecture provides a cultural window into peoples’ thoughts, actions, and beliefs. This is especially true of religious architecture. The modern phenomenon of the “megachurch” has resulted from a period of transition for Christians which is strikingly similar to the situation which faced Christians in the 4th century A.D. How the early Christians dealt with their building needs and how modern Christians are dealing with theirs provides an insight into how both the practice of Christianity and the culture in which it is practiced has changed. Research showed that the situations in which these structures were built had much in ...


Christian Feminism: Female Pastors And Feminism, Amanda A. Slowinski Aug 2014

Christian Feminism: Female Pastors And Feminism, Amanda A. Slowinski

Journal of Undergraduate Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Christian feminism is a belief system, ideology, and an identity of feminism that combines Christian beliefs with feminist theory. Using the methodology of oral history, I interviewed two female pastors in southern Minnesota. I wanted to know how they dealt with issues such as women’s place in the church, abortion, sexist behavior, sexuality, gender roles, the gender of god, and inclusive language while being a pastor. I also investigated why the two women I spoke with either chose to identify themselves as a Feminist or not. I analyzed the interviews using theoretical perspectives from Christian feminist, feminist, and religious ...


Re-Emerging Pietism: The Emerging Church As Postmodern Pietism, Tysen Dauer Aug 2014

Re-Emerging Pietism: The Emerging Church As Postmodern Pietism, Tysen Dauer

Journal of Undergraduate Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Germany in the seventeenth century was ripe for religious reform: the Thirty Years War had created doubts about the correctness of contemporary religious institutions, theologians of most denominations were engaged in abstract, scholastic theological controversy, and inter-denominational conflict was increasingly off-putting. It was into this climate which Pietism emerged as an alternative way of doing religion. Its central tenants were: (1) a more extensive use of Scripture, (2) a reinvigorated spiritual priesthood, (3) an emphasis on orthopraxy, (4) irenic conduct in religious controversies, (5) the establishment of seminaries as centers of personal spiritual cultivation, and (6) sermons emphasizing faith and ...


The Heliand: The Warrior's Strength And The Transcendence Of Faith, Nathanael Rhody Aug 2014

The Heliand: The Warrior's Strength And The Transcendence Of Faith, Nathanael Rhody

Journal of Undergraduate Research at Minnesota State University, Mankato

The research project centered on the literary text, Heliand, a biblical paraphrase of the Gospel originally written in Old Saxon in the 9th century. Throughout this period, Christianity was steadily spreading to the pagan lands of northern Europe. Because this initially involved a form cultural clash between the Christian and Germanic world-views, Christianity is often thought to have been an overt replacement of the earlier traditional folk-culture of these lands. The Heliand, though, expresses differently by drawing parallels between the old Germanic warrior culture and the Christian faith. The project examines how this is accomplished by exploring deeper into the ...


What A Wonderful Idea!, Barry D. Fike Jul 2014

What A Wonderful Idea!, Barry D. Fike

Barry D. Fike

A brief meditation on unity in the Christian church.