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From Busy Bags To Building Bridges: An Investigation In How The Intentional Engagement Of Children In Worship Can Assist Cultural Inclusivity, Billie Jo Wicks May 2018

From Busy Bags To Building Bridges: An Investigation In How The Intentional Engagement Of Children In Worship Can Assist Cultural Inclusivity, Billie Jo Wicks

Children, Youth, and Family (CYF) Papers

No abstract provided.


The Elca By The Numbers, Mark A. Granquist Oct 2016

The Elca By The Numbers, Mark A. Granquist

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Five Hundred Years Of Reformation: A Joint Commemoration, Dirk G. Lange Apr 2016

Five Hundred Years Of Reformation: A Joint Commemoration, Dirk G. Lange

Faculty Publications

In the sixteenth century, Catholics and Lutherans frequently not only misunderstood but also exaggerated and caricatured their opponents in order to make them look ridiculous. Now, the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity have produced a liturgy for a joint commemoration of the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation.


Preaching John 8:31-36: Reforming Contexts Then And Now, Karoline M. Lewis Apr 2016

Preaching John 8:31-36: Reforming Contexts Then And Now, Karoline M. Lewis

Faculty Publications

The Gospel reading for Reformation Sunday is always John 8:31–36, yet preaching on this passage tends to overlook the critical contexts in which this pericope is located. Preaching John 8:31–36 on Reformation now will demand a careful analysis of the role of the passage in the Fourth Gospel, both as a means by which to respect its literary integrity as well as invitation to how it might shape a new hermeneutic for a new day.


Planning For 2017: Reformation Resources For Your Library, Mark A. Granquist Apr 2016

Planning For 2017: Reformation Resources For Your Library, Mark A. Granquist

Faculty Publications

This survey of recent and forthcoming books relating to the Reformation seeks to help readers to navigate the deep waters of this literature and to find useful volumes from which to “drink.”


The Mission Of The Church: Its Misconceptions And My Proposal And Claim, Horacio Castillo Jan 2016

The Mission Of The Church: Its Misconceptions And My Proposal And Claim, Horacio Castillo

Master of Arts Theses

No abstract provided.


Mystagogical Preaching In The Episcopal Church: Connecting Sermon And Liturgy, Daniel John Justin Jan 2016

Mystagogical Preaching In The Episcopal Church: Connecting Sermon And Liturgy, Daniel John Justin

Doctor of Ministry Theses

Seeks to determine the effectiveness of mystagogical preaching for communicating the theology of the Episcopal Church as it is presented in the liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer. Mystagogy is a liturgical theology leading worshipers deeper into the mysteries of the faith as they are experienced in the liturgy. This study uses an action/reflection research method seeking to determine participants understanding of the liturgical rites in question prior to the sermon and if that understanding changes after hearing a mystagogical sermon. Surveys including both quantitative and qualitative questions are used to measure effectiveness of this style of preaching.


Cultivating Biblical Imagination Through Preaching, Edward N. Kay Jan 2016

Cultivating Biblical Imagination Through Preaching, Edward N. Kay

Doctor of Ministry Theses

Explores the ways preaching can help increase familiarity and comfort with scripture so people are able to interpret their daily experiences and lifetime milestones with God’s story revealed in the Bible. The importance of narrative is explored, especially in relationship with competing narratives in today’s world. A variety of forms of interactive preaching are explored to evaluate the ability of the sermon to increase biblical imagination: biblical storytelling, people talking to one another, and writing down reflections to act on in the future. Sermons were preached in multiple ELCA congregation in a variety of contexts.


Exploring The Effectiveness Of Field Preaching Evangelism In The United Methodist Church, Paul D. Johnsen Jan 2016

Exploring The Effectiveness Of Field Preaching Evangelism In The United Methodist Church, Paul D. Johnsen

Doctor of Ministry Theses

Explores present-day versions of John Wesley’s field-preaching. Wesley preached in fields, at marketplaces and in a variety of other outdoor settings. Field-preaching requires pastors to take their preaching ministry beyond church buildings. This thesis considers the effectiveness of pastors who preach at restaurants, coffee shops, bars and in rented spaces. It also evaluates the cost of these efforts. It argues that reclaiming this historic Methodist practice helps reach a population and demographic currently not served by most United Methodist congregations.


Wesleyan Missional Small Groups: Three Crucial Attributes, David Werner Jan 2016

Wesleyan Missional Small Groups: Three Crucial Attributes, David Werner

Doctor of Ministry Theses

Mixed methods (simple exploratory and participatory action research) study explored ways congregations can draw upon both the United Methodist heritage and the missional approach to foster spiritual formation using small groups that make sense to the postmodern culture and lead to behavior changes.

Three crucial attributes of vital, faith-forming small groups are: creating authentic community (belonging – engaging one another), engaging the Holy Spirit (believing – engaging God), and helping participants make applications to their daily lives (behaving – engaging real life). Congregations must do the hard work of contextualizing these and hold all three together for small groups to empower spiritual growth.


Lutherans In North America, Mark A. Granquist Jan 2016

Lutherans In North America, Mark A. Granquist

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


God’S Uses Of The Law And The Effort To Establish A Constitutional Right To The Means To Live, Marie A. Failinger, Patrick R. Keifert Jan 2016

God’S Uses Of The Law And The Effort To Establish A Constitutional Right To The Means To Live, Marie A. Failinger, Patrick R. Keifert

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Led To Lead: Vocational Discernment And Emerging Pastoral Leadership In The Reformed Church In America, Tanner Smith Jan 2016

Led To Lead: Vocational Discernment And Emerging Pastoral Leadership In The Reformed Church In America, Tanner Smith

Doctor of Ministry Theses

This mixed-methods sequential exploratory research project investigates the leadership development practices of two Christian organizations—a multi-site church and seminary—within the Reformed Church in America. The study identifies the best practices of both organizations for building vocational discernment capacity in emerging leaders, and compares the practices of the organizations in an attempt to foster dialogue that leads to collaboration in leadership development efforts.


The Absolving Word : Luther's Reformational Turn, Matthew W. Mccormick Jan 2015

The Absolving Word : Luther's Reformational Turn, Matthew W. Mccormick

Master of Theology Theses

No abstract provided.


Deep In The Burbs : A Participatory Action Research Project Exploring How The Social Trinity Impacts Spiritual Formation In Suburban Elca Congregations, Steven P. Thomason Jan 2015

Deep In The Burbs : A Participatory Action Research Project Exploring How The Social Trinity Impacts Spiritual Formation In Suburban Elca Congregations, Steven P. Thomason

Doctor of Philosophy Theses

Deep in the Burbs is a participatory action research project that gathered members from three upper-Midwest suburban ELCA congregations to explore how engagement with the social Trinity might impact the research team’s ideation or praxis of spiritual formation. The research team pursued this question through the practice of Dwelling in the Word—specifically in select passages from the Upper Room Discourse (John 13-17)—various modalities of communicative learning, and communicative action projects in the community. The data indicate three major themes that became important to the research team: the essential nature of relationships, the necessity of reflection, and the ...


The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus And The Elca In Dispute: A Time For Humble Listening, Kathryn M. Schifferdecker Apr 2014

The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus And The Elca In Dispute: A Time For Humble Listening, Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


What Kind Of Confession Is The Augsburg Confession?: "I Shall Speak Of Your Decrees Before Kings, And Shall Not Be Put To Shame" (Psalm 119:46), Steven D. Paulson Jan 2014

What Kind Of Confession Is The Augsburg Confession?: "I Shall Speak Of Your Decrees Before Kings, And Shall Not Be Put To Shame" (Psalm 119:46), Steven D. Paulson

Faculty Publications

What is the genre of the Augsburg Confession? Knowing this identifies the meaning and use of the document historically and presently. The confession is apocalyptic, despite the disparaging place this genre has held in recent theology. The case comes especially from Martin Luther’s own correspondence of the time and his later recollection of the events given in his 1542 Genesis lectures. In the Genesis lectures Luther connected Augsburg to the conflict Rebecca had come to in the case of primogeniture and Jacob. The first table of the commandments came into strange conflict with the second: the law of authority ...


Martin Luther's Theology Of The Cross In The Face Of The Challenge Of The Neo-Pentecostal Movement And Its Prosperity Gospel Message, Hossana Yohanna Jan 2013

Martin Luther's Theology Of The Cross In The Face Of The Challenge Of The Neo-Pentecostal Movement And Its Prosperity Gospel Message, Hossana Yohanna

Master of Arts Theses

No abstract provided.


From Establishment To Innovation: Rethinking Structure In A New Apostolic Age, Dwight J. Zscheile Jan 2013

From Establishment To Innovation: Rethinking Structure In A New Apostolic Age, Dwight J. Zscheile

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Whatever Became Of Carl Braaten?: Selective Critical Reflections On Carl Braaten's Because Of Christ: Memoirs Of A Lutheran Theologian, Gary M. Simpson Oct 2012

Whatever Became Of Carl Braaten?: Selective Critical Reflections On Carl Braaten's Because Of Christ: Memoirs Of A Lutheran Theologian, Gary M. Simpson

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


A Slow Disaster And A Proposal For Reform, Mark A. Granquist Jul 2012

A Slow Disaster And A Proposal For Reform, Mark A. Granquist

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


The Narrative Lectionary, Rolf A. Jacobson Apr 2012

The Narrative Lectionary, Rolf A. Jacobson

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Soli Deo Gloria: A Doxological Hermeneutic Of Mission In Emerging Ministries In The Evangelical Lutheran Church In America, Daniel R. Anderson Jan 2012

Soli Deo Gloria: A Doxological Hermeneutic Of Mission In Emerging Ministries In The Evangelical Lutheran Church In America, Daniel R. Anderson

Doctor of Philosophy Theses

This research project is a grounded theory, ethnographic study of emerging ministries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Twenty emerging ministries were selected from within the ELCA. Six of those sites were the subjects of indepth site visits by a research team. Eleven additional sites were the subjects of partial site visits and interviews. The data-gathering phase of the research concluded with a consultation with thirty emerging leaders held at Luther Seminary. Four sensitizing concepts were used as lenses in data gathering: Lutheran, emerging, missional, and doxological hermeneutics. Leadership in emerging ministries and emerging ministries as contextual and ...


A Future I Trust In: Identity And Vocation As The Parent-Leader, Karen M. Gieseke Jan 2012

A Future I Trust In: Identity And Vocation As The Parent-Leader, Karen M. Gieseke

Children, Youth, and Family (CYF) Papers

No abstract provided.


Doing What The Bible Does, Karoline M. Lewis Oct 2011

Doing What The Bible Does, Karoline M. Lewis

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Complexities Of Pastoral Change And Transition In The Megachurches Of The Baptist General Conference, Evangelical Lutheran Church In America, And Presbyterian Church (Usa), Sheila Strobel Smith Jan 2010

Complexities Of Pastoral Change And Transition In The Megachurches Of The Baptist General Conference, Evangelical Lutheran Church In America, And Presbyterian Church (Usa), Sheila Strobel Smith

Doctor of Philosophy Theses

The emergence of the megachurch in the United States represents a unique phenomenon which was shaped by a variety of cultural, political, economic, and religious forces. Megachurches have grown exponentially in recent years and now exercise unprecedented influence on the religious landscape in this country. Accompanying this phenomenon is a new and unique group of leaders who have guided these congregations through periods of rapid growth and substantial organizational change.

It is anticipated that many megachurches will encounter significant challenges in the future as the current senior pastors retire. Since existing research on megachurches has focused primarily on the congregations ...


Experiencing The Spirit: The Magnificat, Luther, And Feminists, Lois E. Malcolm Jan 2010

Experiencing The Spirit: The Magnificat, Luther, And Feminists, Lois E. Malcolm

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Im Zeitalter Der Globalisierung Den Dreieinigen Gott Bekennen -- Eine Lutherische Stimme, Guillermo C. Hansen Apr 2009

Im Zeitalter Der Globalisierung Den Dreieinigen Gott Bekennen -- Eine Lutherische Stimme, Guillermo C. Hansen

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Equipping Parents : A Study Of Baptism Education In The Twin City Area, Kathleen J. Wolf Jan 2009

Equipping Parents : A Study Of Baptism Education In The Twin City Area, Kathleen J. Wolf

Master of Arts Theses

No abstract provided.


Resistance, Adaptation Or Challenge: The Versatility Of The Lutheran Code, Guillermo C. Hansen Jan 2009

Resistance, Adaptation Or Challenge: The Versatility Of The Lutheran Code, Guillermo C. Hansen

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.