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"Lucky" Charms, Bailey Swanson Mar 2019

"Lucky" Charms, Bailey Swanson

Christian Studies Class Publications

Within Shinto and Buddhist folklore, many amulets deemed worthy of reverence have been discovered and used frequently. There are many forms of worship in the Japanese community - including portable, home, or shrine veneration. The omamori, Maneki-Neko (Beckoning Cat), ema, Omikuji, and numerous sacred animals are treated as sacred talisman, or as we may call them "lucky charms".


Does God Change His Mind? An Old Testament View, Colton Sims Jan 2019

Does God Change His Mind? An Old Testament View, Colton Sims

Honors Theses

God is changeless. That is perhaps the simplest way to define the doctrine of Divine Immutability. Such a definition is non-controversial in the Evangelical world. For the most part, such a definition is non-controversial in Christendom as a whole and has been readily affirmed by Christians for two thousand years.

Unfortunately, Immutability is not that simple. The three-word definition of "God is changeless" does not address an important and highly controversial issue. What does it mean for God to be changeless? Even among evangelicals, there is significant debate over what it means for God to be changeless. One of the ...


Scholars Day Program Of Events 2018, Carl Goodson Honors Program Apr 2018

Scholars Day Program Of Events 2018, Carl Goodson Honors Program

Scholars Day

No abstract provided.


Experiencing West Africa: What A Semester On The Mission Field Taught Me, Logan Turner Jan 2018

Experiencing West Africa: What A Semester On The Mission Field Taught Me, Logan Turner

Honors Theses

During the spring of my junior year of college, I had the opportunity to spend five months on the mission field in West Africa through the International Mission Board's Hands-On semester, a program where college-aged students spend approximately five months abroad working with career missionaries in their ministries. I had no idea what to expect going into the program, and I had very little understanding of what missionary life really looked like. I spent time researching the spirituality and history of the area I would be living and working in in the months before I left; I wanted to ...


View Of Death And Dying, And Other Medical Issues Through The Eyes Of People In Different Religions, Kaylie Roberts Jan 2018

View Of Death And Dying, And Other Medical Issues Through The Eyes Of People In Different Religions, Kaylie Roberts

Honors Theses

The process of dying, and death itself, is viewed quite differently among different religions. Other medical issues, including abortion and suicide, are also topics of debate and interest among the major religions of the world. In this thesis, five major religions are discussed: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. For the purpose ofthis thesis, Christianity was divided into two categories: Southern Baptist Convention and Roman Catholicism. Each religion has a vast amount of denominations or subgroups. However, for the information covered here, there is not a huge amount of variation among the subgroups of each religion. That is not to ...


Canada And Koinonia: Contextualization Of Koinonia For The Peoples Of Modern Day Canada, Alex Gianelloni Jan 2018

Canada And Koinonia: Contextualization Of Koinonia For The Peoples Of Modern Day Canada, Alex Gianelloni

Honors Theses

The objective of this thesis is to further my own understanding of the meaning and process of contextualization, as well as utilizing what I learn in an attempt to perform contextualization myself. The topic of Koinonia was chosen because of its degree of importance within the Christian faith, its ability to be applicable to many different cultures, and my own desire to study and implement the subject. In order to better contextualize the topic, I would need to spend a decent amount of time within the specific culture into which I was interpreting. As such, Canada was settled upon because ...


A Study Of The Hebrew Infinitive Absolute And Its Translation In The Lxx Of The Pentateuch, Taylor Bascue Jan 2018

A Study Of The Hebrew Infinitive Absolute And Its Translation In The Lxx Of The Pentateuch, Taylor Bascue

Honors Theses

Translation and textual criticism are two closely related fields. When translating from the original language of the Biblical text there are places variant readings occur between manuscripts. In these places the textual variant may have an impact on how those passages are translated. The translator must interact with these textual variants in order to make a decision as to which reading seems original. One area in which these two fields overlap is in the study of the Septuagint (LXX). This ancient translation is useful for textual criticism in that it provides a text that pre-dates some of the earliest manuscripts ...


Applying Nehemiah's Leadership Characteristics In The Business World Today, Amanda Abbud Jan 2018

Applying Nehemiah's Leadership Characteristics In The Business World Today, Amanda Abbud

Honors Theses

As a Business major interested in Biblical studies, I studied leadership skills found in the biblical book of Nehemiah. My research involved identifying key leadership characteristics from Nehemiah's life, then comparing and contrasting these characteristics with books such as Hand Me Another Brick by Charles R. Swindoll and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell. Also, I gathered information from New American Commentaries Ezra Nehemiah and Esther by Leslie Allen, and Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther by Mervin Breneman.


Respect: A Bridge Between Inupiaq Tradition And Christianity, Ashley Sharpe Jan 2018

Respect: A Bridge Between Inupiaq Tradition And Christianity, Ashley Sharpe

Honors Theses

For the indigenous peoples of Alaska, there is an ever-present tension between maintaining cultural identity and participating in the modern world. Like the indigenous peoples of most of the rest of the world, they have experienced colonization, subjugation, and appropriation by other cultures, starting with the arrival of Russians and improving but continuing with the transition from Russian control to American statehood. While the relationship between the United States and the indigenous peoples of Alaska has improved, the influence of other cultures on the First Nations peoples is undeniable, and they have been left to figure out how to identify ...


Anthiom: A Christian Ya Novel, Krystal Parker Jan 2018

Anthiom: A Christian Ya Novel, Krystal Parker

Honors Theses

Kaelyn gripped tight at the silk sheets around her before her body settled into even breaths. In. Out. In. out. She could still see the shadowed faces in their dark hoods and the fires. There were always fires.

She opened her eyes and stared at the ceiling above her, counting the number oftiles from the edge of her bed to the mahogany dresser. In. Out. One. In. Out. Two.

You are back in your room, she reminded herself. It was just a dream.

"Kaelyn?" her door creaked open and she jumped. "Are you okay?"

She rolled over and saw the ...


Ouachita To Host Called 2 Ministry Retreat For High School Students On July 28-29, Ouachita News Bureau May 2017

Ouachita To Host Called 2 Ministry Retreat For High School Students On July 28-29, Ouachita News Bureau

Press Releases

Have you sensed a call to Christian ministry? Are you interested in learning more about diverse ministry opportunities?

Ouachita Baptist University is hosting a Called 2 Ministry Retreat on Friday and Saturday, July 28-29 on Ouachita’s Arkadelphia campus. The unique two-day retreat is designed for high school students who sense God has called them into some area of vocational ministry or are interested in exploring the various areas of ministry available in today’s world.

The two-day retreat is co-sponsored by Ouachita, The Prestonwood Network, Cross Church School of Ministry and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. Keynote speakers include ...


The Art Of Feng Shui, Madeline Rowe May 2017

The Art Of Feng Shui, Madeline Rowe

Scholars Day

Feng Shui is an important part of Chinese culture for many centuries and used in the Taoist religion to create ultimate balance. Many people that have heard of Feng Sui think that it is just the arrangement of furniture, but it's actually much more complex. It can also give good fortune and a happy life.


Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus?: O'Connor's Critique Of Protestantism In Wise Blood, Jessica Saunders May 2017

Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus?: O'Connor's Critique Of Protestantism In Wise Blood, Jessica Saunders

English Class Publications

Published in 1949, Flannery O’Connor’s first novel, Wise Blood, satirizes not Christianity itself, but rather man’s twisted practice of the faith that O’Connor held so dear. O’Connor, a devout Roman Catholic living in the Bible Belt, writes to critique the heresy, hypocrisy, and apathy that pervaded the lives of Protestants in the South—a region that O’Connor describes as “hardly Christ-centered” but “most certainly Christ-haunted” (Mystery and Manners 44). O’Connor portrays the characters in Wise Blood as Protestants, non-Christians, or the nihilistic protagonist and hero himself, Hazel Motes, who in his rejection of ...


Scholars Day Program Of Events 2017, Carl Goodson Honors Program May 2017

Scholars Day Program Of Events 2017, Carl Goodson Honors Program

Scholars Day

No abstract provided.


The Mote In Hazel's Eye: The Blurred Vision Of Flannery O'Connor's "Wise Blood", Kimberly Wong May 2017

The Mote In Hazel's Eye: The Blurred Vision Of Flannery O'Connor's "Wise Blood", Kimberly Wong

English Class Publications

While some authors start writing their novels with a full outline in mind, Flannery O’Connor’s first novel, Wise Blood, began with a short story written for the Writers’ Workshop at Iowa State in December 1946. This short story, titled “The Train,” was inspired when O’Connor was on a train going home for Christmas. She recalls, “‘There was a Tennessee boy on it in uniform who was much taken up worrying the porter about how the berths were made up” (qtd in Gooch 134). Then, O’Connor wrote Wise Blood’s larger story as a part of her ...


Conference On Issues In Christian Counseling To Address "Adolescent Issues" Feb. 24 At Ouachita, Sarah Davis, Ouachita News Bureau Feb 2017

Conference On Issues In Christian Counseling To Address "Adolescent Issues" Feb. 24 At Ouachita, Sarah Davis, Ouachita News Bureau

Press Releases

Ouachita Baptist University will host the seventh annual Conference on Issues in Christian Counseling Friday, Feb. 24, in Walker Conference Center. Addressing “Adolescent Issues,” the conference is sponsored by Ouachita’s Pruet School of Christian Studies, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

Dr. William Viser, the event creator and a speaker for the conference, is professor of Christian ministries at Ouachita and founded the Safe Harbour Christian Counseling Center in Arkadelphia, where he has served for 21 years. Viser said his goals when creating this conference were to offer a high quality Christian professional conference ...


Prescott First Baptist Church Records, Archivists Jan 2017

Prescott First Baptist Church Records, Archivists

Guides and Finding Aids

Prescott First Baptist Church was organized in 1876 in Nevada County, Arkansas. The congregation of eight members worshipped in the Ansley Academy on West Main Street on the second Sunday of each month. A frame church was built in 1877, and a Sunday School was added in 1884. Through the years various other church structures have been constructed. The First Baptist Church of Prescott is currently affiliated with the Red River Baptist Association, Arkansas Baptist State Convention, and Southern Baptist Convention.

This collection includes church minutes, membership lists, Sunday School minutes, correspondence, and Woman's Missionary Aid Society records from ...


Bernes K. Selph Sermons And Papers, Archivists Jan 2017

Bernes K. Selph Sermons And Papers, Archivists

Guides and Finding Aids

Bernes K. Selph was born November 3, 1911, in Brown Springs, Arkansas, to Robert K. and Loura Durham Selph. He earned degrees from Ouachita Baptist College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Selph wrote several books and many articles for Baptist publications. Among his books are "The Christology of the Book of Hebrews" (1948); The Civil War in Saline County" (1961); and "My Autobiographical Diary" (1989). He also served on various Baptist associational, state, and national boards and agencies. Selph led many churches during his lifetime including the First Baptist Church of Hubbard, Texas; the First Baptist Church of Smackover, Arkansas ...


A Research Of The Life Of Charles Babbage, Luke Dawson Jan 2017

A Research Of The Life Of Charles Babbage, Luke Dawson

Mathematics Class Publications

If the name of Charles Babbage does not in any way seem familiar, you do not stand alone. Babbage remains one of the most unpopular geniuses in our history, a mastermind of a variety of subjects, including mathematics, engineering, politics, economics, philosophy, and religion. Babbage would create the first "calculating machine," and created blueprints for other machines that could have led to the first modem-day programmable computer in as early has the mid 19th century. However, the story of Charles Babbage is indeed a tragic one: the totality of his projects were not fully completed until the late 20th century ...


Bernhard Riemann, Andrew Crook Jan 2017

Bernhard Riemann, Andrew Crook

Mathematics Class Publications

Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann, or Bernhard Riemann as he is commonly known, was a devout Lutheran and brilliant mathematician, and was both for all his life. His results are indispensable, providing us with a non-Euclidean geometry, the path to general relativity, and perhaps in time, the key to the problem of the distribution of primes. His faith in God was exemplified both through his mathematics and his home life for as long as he lived, and his example is one to which we may aspire as both mathematicians and simply as Christians.


Isaac Newton, Hayley Morrison Jan 2017

Isaac Newton, Hayley Morrison

Mathematics Class Publications

This paper includes a biography over the life, work and religion of Isaac Newton. There is information about his early life and how he got to the different schools that he went to. Also, there is information about the papers he wrote that had major scientific and mathematical discoveries. There is also information on the political aspects of his life and how he got involved in government. Finally, there is a description of his religious views and how they impacted his work.


Galileo Galilei: A Christian Mathematician, Kelsey Harrison Jan 2017

Galileo Galilei: A Christian Mathematician, Kelsey Harrison

Mathematics Class Publications

Galileo Galilei was born on February 15, 1564 to a famous music theorist. Galileo quickly made his own name known across Europe. He worked tirelessly to not only improve his own mind but, in his eyes, that of the Church’s as well. He made many significant discoveries and contributions to Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, and Christianity. Even though his work was continually rebutted by the Church, he persevered to defend findings until his death in 1642. This paper examines Galileo’s life and his life’s work. It also looks at how Galileo’s Christian faith encouraged his work, and ...


Christiaan Huygens: The Discovery And Doctrine Of A Mathematician, Anna Norris Jan 2017

Christiaan Huygens: The Discovery And Doctrine Of A Mathematician, Anna Norris

Mathematics Class Publications

This paper examines the life of Christiaan Huygens, a Dutch Mathematician born in 1629. Through this examination of his life, I discuss his training, a few of his colleagues, and his major mathematical discoveries. These major discoveries include Saturn's rings, the pendulum clock, and the Wave Theory of Light. The paper then moves into Huygens's faith and the effect that this had on his work. Knowing the faith of this mathematician gives us some insight on his motivations and beliefs behind his work. Through research, I was able to find some information on how his beliefs brought about ...


Blaise Pascal, Grace Kemp Jan 2017

Blaise Pascal, Grace Kemp

Mathematics Class Publications

Blaise Pascal was a mathematician with a great impact. He began his mathematical journey from a young age, and, throughout his lifetime, made significant contributions in geometry, probability, philosophy and religion. Toward the end of his short life, Pascal became focused on his faith, which led to a change in his thoughts and has served as an example to Christian mathematicians ever since.


Leonardo Fibonacci, Betsy Patterson Jan 2017

Leonardo Fibonacci, Betsy Patterson

Mathematics Class Publications

Leonardo Fibonacci was a mathematician in the late twelfth to mid-thirteenth century. He grew up and was trained in North Africa, where his father worked. His major contributions to mathematics can be found in his books- Liber Abaci, Practica Geometriae, Flos, and Liber Quadrotorum. Little can be found about his Christian faith, but fruits of his faith can be seen through some of his work. As a mathematician, I would like to exemplify Christ in all aspects of my life.


Gottfried W. Leibnez, Brittany Ratliff Jan 2017

Gottfried W. Leibnez, Brittany Ratliff

Mathematics Class Publications

Gottfried W. Leibniz was a philosopher and mathematician who lived in Germany from 1646 to 1716. He first gained a bachelor's degree in philosophy, then later earned one in law. As his life went on, he made many contributions to the mathematical world. From discovering differential and integral calculus to creating the binary system of arithmetic, Leibniz changed today's world. He worked also with physics, dynamics, and attempted to create a calculating machine. While making these discoveries, he had the privilege of working with many different scholars and mathematicians, namely Weigel, Boineburg, and Huygens. With the help and ...


Fancis Bacon, William Travis Beall Jan 2017

Fancis Bacon, William Travis Beall

Mathematics Class Publications

This paper will give the reader an insight into the life of the mathematician, Francis Bacon. We will start by looking into his early life, leading into what he became famous for in mathematics and who he worked professionally with. Then we will look into the faith life of Francis Bacon and see how he expressed his faith. Then there will be a section about how I could let faith drive my life as a mathematician and I can show it in my work life. The hope to help the reader further understand the impact Francis Bacon had on mathematics ...


Devotion And Suffering In The Life Of Johannes Kepler, Anthony Jenkins Jr. Jan 2017

Devotion And Suffering In The Life Of Johannes Kepler, Anthony Jenkins Jr.

Mathematics Class Publications

Various heroes of Christianity have been celebrated by Protestants for centuries. From followers to devout disciples, Christians have recognized certain individuals as being role models. These people have stood as leaders of the faith and spanned from tax collectors, to fishermen, and even to government authorities. Often overlooked, though, were those who made advancements in the sciences, philosophy, mathematics, and other scholarly fields. In certain professions and studies, Protestants were persecuted and forced to deny their beliefs. Some chose to make what they believed as the center of their motivation which would lead to even greater achievements. Of those people ...


Wandering Through "Wonderland": Lewis Carroll's Life As A Logician, Author, And Man Of God, Mattie Couch Jan 2017

Wandering Through "Wonderland": Lewis Carroll's Life As A Logician, Author, And Man Of God, Mattie Couch

Mathematics Class Publications

Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, lived his life as a man of God, a skilled logician, and a masterful author. Much can be learned through a study of his life and his successes. Tracing his early years, his studies, and his accomplishments, while recognizing the accolades and admonitions of his contemporaries, reveals much about the influences on Dodgson’s life. To separate his faith from his work is impossible and speaks to the precedence his beliefs held over all of his other ambitions.


Finding Christ In Cinema: Examining Secular Film Theologically, Evan Wheatley Jan 2017

Finding Christ In Cinema: Examining Secular Film Theologically, Evan Wheatley

Honors Theses

For me as a teenager, secular films were merely a form of entertainment. A trip to the movies meant the chance to escape to a “galaxy far, far away,” to stand alongside Harry Potter in his latest confrontation with Lord Voldemort. I did not realize at the time the parallels between the Force in Star Wars, and the Christian God, or how Harry and Voldemort’s cinematic struggle can be seen as an allegory for the fight between good and evil.

At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, I was introduced to how God can use secular film to challenge our ...