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African Christians Or Christian Africans: Byang H. Kato And His Contextual Theology, Sochanngam Shirik Jan 2019

African Christians Or Christian Africans: Byang H. Kato And His Contextual Theology, Sochanngam Shirik

The Asbury Journal

Byang Henry Kato, a promising African Christian leader, passed away in 1975 at only 39 years of age. In spite of his brief career, he has left his imprint on the pages of African Christian history. He is not without his supporters and critics alike. It appears that while his critics have misunderstood him in some aspects, his supporters have not paid enough attention to his theological conviction and articulation. While this article aims at clarifying some of Kato's conviction, it also informs readers how, regardless of context and time, others can appreciate, learn, and even adopt some aspects ...


Testing The Homiletical Buoyancy Of James K. A. Smith's "Narrative Arc" Approach To The Fall, Logan Patriquin Jan 2019

Testing The Homiletical Buoyancy Of James K. A. Smith's "Narrative Arc" Approach To The Fall, Logan Patriquin

The Asbury Journal

Pastors have long been under-resourced when it comes to deciphering how to craft intelligible, persuasive, and preachable sermons on some newly "settled" Christian academic position, particularly those surrounding the doctrine of the fall in light of contemporary science. The first three chapters of Genesis, along with the New Testament allusions to the edenic creation of humanity, need not inspire near the level of fear and trepidation that ministers have long associated with the public proclamation of human origins. We will examine a new resource in this discussion by James K. A. Smith, make a modification, and then test it in ...


On Knowing God, Ellen T. Charry Jan 2019

On Knowing God, Ellen T. Charry

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


On Dwelling In The Beauty, Wisdom And Goodness Of God, Ellen T. Charry Jan 2019

On Dwelling In The Beauty, Wisdom And Goodness Of God, Ellen T. Charry

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


John Wesley's Excursions Into Beauty And Taste, Samuel J. Rogal Jan 2019

John Wesley's Excursions Into Beauty And Taste, Samuel J. Rogal

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


The Methodist Branch Of The New York Sunday School Union, Philip Hardt Jan 2019

The Methodist Branch Of The New York Sunday School Union, Philip Hardt

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


Pneumatology In John Wesley's Theological Method, Winfield H. Bevins Jan 2019

Pneumatology In John Wesley's Theological Method, Winfield H. Bevins

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


Book Reviews, Brian D. Russel, Roderick T. Leupp, Chris Kiesling Jan 2019

Book Reviews, Brian D. Russel, Roderick T. Leupp, Chris Kiesling

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


Growing Up In America's Segregated South: Reminiscences And Regrets, Mark R. Elliott Jan 2019

Growing Up In America's Segregated South: Reminiscences And Regrets, Mark R. Elliott

The Asbury Journal

In this personal essay, originally given as an address delivered at the Sakharov Center, a human rights NGO in Moscow, Russia, on June 2, 2017, the author contemplates a lifetime of experience in the Southern United States and the prejudices and racism that he saw during that time. He relates these experiences to similar issues in Russia today, adding a Christian plea for equality and fair treatment for all people by the Christian community, and also calling on the Church to stand in opposition to racism and anti-Semitism wherever it appears.


Of Children's Teeth And Missions: The Papers Of Martha R. Jones, Robert A. Danielson Jan 2019

Of Children's Teeth And Missions: The Papers Of Martha R. Jones, Robert A. Danielson

The Asbury Journal

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Advocating For Dreamers: A Wesleyan Approach To U.S. Immigration Reform, Rebekah Clapp Jan 2019

Advocating For Dreamers: A Wesleyan Approach To U.S. Immigration Reform, Rebekah Clapp

The Asbury Journal

This paper argues that Wesley's theology supports radical hospitality toward all U.S. immigrants, regardless of documentation. Specifically, the emphasis John Wesley placed on loving one's neighbor forces us to consider the immigrant's well being alongside our own. Additionally, his understanding of liberty calls for Christians to support human flourishing for all people. Further, Wesley's argument that all humanity is to be considered equal rejects any idea of superiority or supremacy as justification for withholding hospitality. Finally, in John Welsey's daily spiritual practices, he emphasized care for society's most vulnerable members- who must, in ...


The Spirit Of Methodism: Missionary Zeal And The Gift Of An Evangelist, Philip R. Meadows Jan 2019

The Spirit Of Methodism: Missionary Zeal And The Gift Of An Evangelist, Philip R. Meadows

The Asbury Journal

The church does not need more vital congregations, but rather a few vital Christians, whose vitality is not measured in terms of institutional effectiveness, but by missionary zeal. This zeal is a hungering and thirsting for just one thing: the glory of God and the salvation of souls. It cannot be manufactured, but can only be caught from those who have been gifted by the Spirit to continue the charism of their founder, and fanned into flame. Without this type of Christian, there is no movement, and there is no Methodism. John Welsey's most important legacy was not his ...


Book Reviews, Timothy J. Christian, David Nonnenmacher Jr., Michael Tavey, Matthias P. Gergan, Matthew Haugen, Zachariah S. Motts, J. Russell Frazier, Robert A. Danielson, J. R. Wright, Christopher Ashley, Scott Donahue-Martens Jan 2019

Book Reviews, Timothy J. Christian, David Nonnenmacher Jr., Michael Tavey, Matthias P. Gergan, Matthew Haugen, Zachariah S. Motts, J. Russell Frazier, Robert A. Danielson, J. R. Wright, Christopher Ashley, Scott Donahue-Martens

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


From The Editor, Robert A. Danielson Jan 2019

From The Editor, Robert A. Danielson

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


Thus Sayeth The Matthean Lord: Exploring The Intersection Of The Quest For The Historical Jesus And The Proclaimation Of The Biblical Jesus, Edward T. Wright Jan 2019

Thus Sayeth The Matthean Lord: Exploring The Intersection Of The Quest For The Historical Jesus And The Proclaimation Of The Biblical Jesus, Edward T. Wright

The Asbury Journal

The themes of Biblical Studies and mission meet in a significant way at the intersection of the quest for the historical Jesus (an aspect of biblical studies) and the proclamation of the biblical Jesus (an aspect of the mission of the Church). This intersection undoubtedly occurs in the context we currently find ourselves, the evangelical seminary setting. This paper explores a passage, Matthew 4:-11, that has both significant theological content but also some rather difficult historical issues. When confronted with this type of problem, is it possible to navigate the passage in such a way that the historical Jesus ...


A Fresh Expression Of "And Are We Yet Alive?", George Hendricks, Kelli Taylor Jan 2019

A Fresh Expression Of "And Are We Yet Alive?", George Hendricks, Kelli Taylor

The Asbury Journal

The paper addresses the decline in membership and overall societal influence of The United Methodist Church. In response to these life-threatening developments, new forms of ministry are emerging within the church. Many of these new ministries are grouped under a program called "Fresh Expressions" which began in the Church of England and are effectively being implemented in American Methodism. Storefront churches are discussed, bi-vocational ministers are considered and the concept of the "Third Place" as a form of ministry is introduced. Three focused interviews are utilized to understand the need and necessity for changes in the way The United Methodist ...


John Wesley And Mohammed: A Contemporary Inquiry Concerning Islam, Tony Lee Richie Jan 2019

John Wesley And Mohammed: A Contemporary Inquiry Concerning Islam, Tony Lee Richie

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


Journal In Entirety Jan 2019

Journal In Entirety

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


Three Hundred Years Of Holiness And Healing, Kimberly Ervin Alexander Jan 2019

Three Hundred Years Of Holiness And Healing, Kimberly Ervin Alexander

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


Journal In Entirety, Laurence W. Wood Jan 2019

Journal In Entirety, Laurence W. Wood

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


Ecclesia Semper Sanctificanda: Historic Models Of Catechesis And The Cultivation Of Social Holiness, Jonathan A. Powers Jan 2019

Ecclesia Semper Sanctificanda: Historic Models Of Catechesis And The Cultivation Of Social Holiness, Jonathan A. Powers

The Asbury Journal

This study aims to show how the maintenance of holy life and love in the church requires intentional and continual cultivation by the church. If the church is to be continually sanctified then it must intentionally invest in the sanctification of its members. The article examines three historic examples of catechesis in order to exhibit models whereby the church has taken seriously the task of forming disciples who display holiness of heart and life. This article looks at the Didache and On the Apostolic Tradition, as well a John Wesley's use of societies, class meetings, and band meetings to ...


Journal In Entirety, David R. Bauer, Lindy D. Backues, Kenneth W. Brewer, Anthony J. Headley Jan 2019

Journal In Entirety, David R. Bauer, Lindy D. Backues, Kenneth W. Brewer, Anthony J. Headley

The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies

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Pentecostalism And Charismatic Movements In Nigeria: Factors Of Growth And Inherent Challenges, Matthews A. Ojo Sep 2018

Pentecostalism And Charismatic Movements In Nigeria: Factors Of Growth And Inherent Challenges, Matthews A. Ojo

The WATS Journal: An Online Journal from West Africa Theological Seminary

Since about 1986, i.e. in the past 46 years and within our own generation, we have witnessed certain fundamental changes in the way Christianity is perceived and practiced in Nigeria, and in other parts ofWest Africa. The most substantial change is associated with a kind of spirituality brought into existence by the rise of Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. This new religious effervescence is part of what is generally referred to as the Charismatic Renewal, a revivalist movement within the Christian church with global dimension. From its old form as a sectarian religion in Africa in the early twentieth century ...


The Unity Of Brotherhood In The African Church: Establishing A Biblical Self-Identity In The Shared Leadership Of Elders, Dr. J. R. Miller Sep 2018

The Unity Of Brotherhood In The African Church: Establishing A Biblical Self-Identity In The Shared Leadership Of Elders, Dr. J. R. Miller

The WATS Journal: An Online Journal from West Africa Theological Seminary

The continent of Africa has an enduring Christian legacy; both in what has been penned in the annals of history, and in the future that has yet to be written. Writing as an observer from the West, it is my hope that the Church in Africa can build on recent progress and overcome the errors of history to build a strong church on the foundation of the historic biblical faith she helped foster in the early centuries of Christianity. The African Church can grow stronger through the establishment oflocal congregations founded on shared leadership (more than one man leading the ...


A Christian Response To Boko Haram Insurgency In Nigeria, Gwamna Dogara Je'adayibe Sep 2018

A Christian Response To Boko Haram Insurgency In Nigeria, Gwamna Dogara Je'adayibe

The WATS Journal: An Online Journal from West Africa Theological Seminary

Nigeria, particularly the north-eastern region, has been the target of a sustained Islamist terrorist onslaught for many years, leading to massive human causalities, the loss of property, and destabilisation of socio-economic, religious and cultural processes. A major target of these attacks have been Christians and churches. This paper attempts to address some of these disturbing trends with specific focus on the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency group, which has attracted scholarly discourse since its formation, growth and spread. Diverse views have emerged as to its etymology, intentions, factors for their emergence, and source of growth and sponsors. This paper examines the ...


The Nigeria Civil War Revival And Its Progeny, Dr. Danny Mccain Sep 2018

The Nigeria Civil War Revival And Its Progeny, Dr. Danny Mccain

The WATS Journal: An Online Journal from West Africa Theological Seminary

The Pentecostal and Charismatic outpouring that began during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-1970, popular referred to as the Nigerian Civil-War Revival, introduced new elements into the experience and practice of Christianity in the country. It was a revitalizing force characterized by a renewed emphasis on prayer, holy living, Bible study, and evangelism. It was also marked by spiritual phenomena such as the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues and the operation of spiritual gifts, particularly healing and prophecy. The movement has gone through several phases since those early days and this article examines ...


The Good Work Of Justification, Sanctification, And Glorification: John Wesley’S Soteriological Explanation Of Philippians 1:6, Ryan Kristopher Giffin Jan 2018

The Good Work Of Justification, Sanctification, And Glorification: John Wesley’S Soteriological Explanation Of Philippians 1:6, Ryan Kristopher Giffin

The Asbury Journal

Numerous scholars have described John Wesley’s use of scripture as soteriological in orientation. This article discusses how this soteriological hermeneutic is present in Wesley’s explanatory note on Phil 1:6, a well-known Pauline text. The article highlights how Wesley’s brief note on this beloved text can provide readers with an entry point into a discussion of three theological themes Wesley held dear, the themes of justification, sanctification, and glorification. In this way, Wesley’s explanation of Phil 1:6 presents Wesleyans with a convenient way of reflecting on both Wesleyan hermeneutics and Wesleyan theology.


Is The Old Testament Dying? An Academic Discussion, David B. Schreiner, Kimberly Bracken Long, Murray Vasser, Clinton J. Moyer, Brent A. Strawn, Brad Haggard Jan 2018

Is The Old Testament Dying? An Academic Discussion, David B. Schreiner, Kimberly Bracken Long, Murray Vasser, Clinton J. Moyer, Brent A. Strawn, Brad Haggard

The Asbury Journal

No abstract provided.


The Relational Character Of Wesley’S Theology And Its Implications For An Ecclesiology For The Other: A Latino Pentecostal Testimony, Wilmer Estrada-Carrasquillo Jan 2018

The Relational Character Of Wesley’S Theology And Its Implications For An Ecclesiology For The Other: A Latino Pentecostal Testimony, Wilmer Estrada-Carrasquillo

The Asbury Journal

This article assesses the impact of John Welsey’s theology on relationship, both between human beings and God and between human beings within community. This theology of relationality is then used as a framework for reading the Christological hymn in Philippians. Finally the implications of our understanding of a theology of relationality are explored in the light of missiological and ecclesiological lenses. All of this is done through the added lens of the author’s experience as a Latino Pentecostal.


John Wesley’S Mission Of Spreading Scriptural Holiness: A Case Study In World Mission And Evangelism, Laurence W. Wood Jan 2018

John Wesley’S Mission Of Spreading Scriptural Holiness: A Case Study In World Mission And Evangelism, Laurence W. Wood

The Asbury Journal

A manual of discipline, called The Large Minutes, was given to all Methodist preachers when they joined John Wesley’s annual conference, containing this explanation: “God’s design in raising up the people called ‘Methodists’” was “to spread scriptural holiness over the land.” This paper will trace a narrow slice of the larger developing story of how John Wesley arrived at his distinction between justifying faith and full sanctifying grace. It will also serve as a case study to show that the call to justification by faith and a subsequent experience of sanctification by faith became the theme of his ...