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"Christian Traditions, Culture, And Law": An Update And A Few Reflections, Robert F. Cochran Jr. Mar 2020

"Christian Traditions, Culture, And Law": An Update And A Few Reflections, Robert F. Cochran Jr.

Pepperdine Law Review

Using Richard Niebuhr’s description of Christian approaches to culture, this Article examines the way Christians approach law, focusing on developments over the last 20 years. During that time, synthesists have continued to develop natural law, seeking an understanding of law based on shared human goods and reason, an approach that can generate a common approach among people of all faiths and no faith. Conversionists, including those on both the political left and right, argue for changes in law that will reflect Christian understandings of the good. Separatists (including many former conversionists) argue that American culture and law have become ...


One Step Enough, Steven D. Smith Mar 2020

One Step Enough, Steven D. Smith

Pepperdine Law Review

The growing divide between contemporary law and culture and Christianity forces Christians both in general and in the academy to confront difficult choices. The difficulty of those choices was manifest in the most recent presidential election. In this situation, some Christians take an aggressive or triumphalist stance; others are more inclined to a retreatist approach sometimes labeled “the Benedict Option.” What the right response is poses both prudential and theological questions about which Christians disagree, and about which confident answers are elusive. In this context, Professor Bob Cochran’s distinguished career exemplifies a path of humility in which the Christian ...


Jesus Came "Not To Abolish The Law But To Fulfill It": The Sermon On The Mount And Its Implications For Contemporary Law, David Vandrunen Mar 2020

Jesus Came "Not To Abolish The Law But To Fulfill It": The Sermon On The Mount And Its Implications For Contemporary Law, David Vandrunen

Pepperdine Law Review

This Article interprets Matthew 5:17–48 and argues that, because Jesus came not to abolish but to fulfill the law and the prophets, the Old Testament law takes on a new form for New Testament Christians. The law of God has been refracted through the ministry of Christ. While Matthew 5 does not address contemporary human law directly, its teaching does have radical implications for it. These implications flow particularly from the fact that Matthew 5 marks a decisive shift from the Mosaic theocracy to the worldwide new-covenant church that has no civil jurisdiction.


Divided By The Sermon On The Mount, David Skeel Mar 2020

Divided By The Sermon On The Mount, David Skeel

Pepperdine Law Review

This Essay, written for a festschrift for Bob Cochran, argues that the much-discussed friction between evangelical supporters of President Trump and evangelical critics is a symptom of a much deeper theological divide over the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus told his disciples to turn the other cheek when struck, love their neighbor as themselves, and pray that their debts will be forgiven as they forgive their debtors. Divergent interpretations of these teachings have given rise to competing evangelical visions of justice. One side of today’s divide—the religious right—can be traced directly back to the fundamentalist critics ...


The Dutch Effect: Kuyper And Neo-Calvinism In Professor Cochran's Scholarship, David S. Caudill Mar 2020

The Dutch Effect: Kuyper And Neo-Calvinism In Professor Cochran's Scholarship, David S. Caudill

Pepperdine Law Review

One of the obvious influences on Bob Cochran’s scholarship is the Dutch Calvinist tradition, especially as represented in the writings by or about Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920). Even though Cochran was neither Dutch nor a member of a Reformed church, Cochran found inspiration and compelling insights (with respect to legal processes and institutions) in the Dutch Calvinist tradition. This interest reflected Cochran’s generous ecumenism and his well-known respect for religious diversity. Three prominent conceptions—the trilogy of sphere sovereignty, antithesis, and common grace—provide a guide to Cochran’s recourse to Kuyper and Calvinism in his scholarly writing ...


The Sacramentality Of The "Bread Of Life Discourse" In John 6, Anthony Nabor Apr 2019

The Sacramentality Of The "Bread Of Life Discourse" In John 6, Anthony Nabor

Global Tides

The “Bread of Life Discourse” in John 6 is often read sacramentally and used as justification for eucharistic beliefs regarding true-presence. Though the evangelist of the Gospel deals with chronology differently than modern authors and readers, the sacramental-sounding language in the “Bread of Life Discourse” does not necessarily mean that the passage is referring to the establishment of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. The main point of the “Bread of Life Discourse” is to emphasize faith in Jesus through the metaphor of bread, continuing the dominant theme in the entire chapter of John 6.


Pastors And Politics: Considerations For Missional Church Leaders Addressing Political Matters, Matthew Stinson Mar 2019

Pastors And Politics: Considerations For Missional Church Leaders Addressing Political Matters, Matthew Stinson

Seaver College Research And Scholarly Achievement Symposium

We live in a politically divided time. Long-standing questions about the political role of the church have taken on a renewed interest for American Christians who see this political divide widening and have trouble reconciling their beliefs with the platforms of either major party. How ought Church leaders, seeking to lead missional congregations, speak to our current political context?

This paper lays out a framework for political engagement by missional Church leaders. It first offers a definition of a missional church and a missional church leader. Second, it surveys some of the various approaches to Church and State relations in ...


The Sonic Sacrament: An Emerging Sacramental Theology Of Music In Contemporary Evangelical Churches, Joshua Altrock Mar 2018

The Sonic Sacrament: An Emerging Sacramental Theology Of Music In Contemporary Evangelical Churches, Joshua Altrock

Seaver College Research And Scholarly Achievement Symposium

This essay contends that in contemporary liturgies, a sonic sacrament of Eucharist is emerging through the medium of contemporary worship music. After laying out a theology of worship, sacrament, and participation, the article examines three major churches in Los Angeles: Hillsong LA, Mosaic LA, and Reality LA, and analyzes their liturgical practice. Based on this analysis, the author contends that American churches are exchanging the traditional sacrament of Eucharist with Contemporary Worship Music. The remainder of the article considers the implications of this shift.


Mysteries Of Paradise Revealed & Concealed, Brittany Bryant Mar 2018

Mysteries Of Paradise Revealed & Concealed, Brittany Bryant

Seaver College Research And Scholarly Achievement Symposium

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75th Annual Pepperdine Bible Lectureship -- Harbor: The Spirit Filled People Of God (2018), Mike Cope Jan 2018

75th Annual Pepperdine Bible Lectureship -- Harbor: The Spirit Filled People Of God (2018), Mike Cope

Pepperdine Bible Lectures: Programs

Program booklet for the 75th Annual Pepperdine Bible Lectures, held at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, May 1-4, 2018. The Pepperdine Bible Lectures is an annual event hosted by Pepperdine University featuring a wide variety of lectures and classes on topics and themes in the Bible and Christianity.

Mike Cope, Lectureship Director

Rick Gibson, Tami Williamson, and Joella Michael, Lectures Team


Denominational Incompatibility And Religious Pluralism: A Non-Pluralist Response To A Pluralist Critique, Matthew Stinson Jan 2018

Denominational Incompatibility And Religious Pluralism: A Non-Pluralist Response To A Pluralist Critique, Matthew Stinson

Global Tides

Religious Pluralism is the view that no one religion is correct, and no religion enjoys special status in relation to the Ultimate. Recently, Samuel Ruhmkorff has defended Religious Pluralism from what we'll call 'The Incompatibility Objection': many religions appear to make incompatible claims about ultimate reality, and therefore they cannot all be true. Ruhmkorff defends Religious Pluralism from the incompatibility problem by applying a “subsets of belief” defense that non-pluralists may use in response to denominational differences within a religion. He argues that non-pluralists are faced with denominational incompatibility within whatever religion they are asserting is uniquely true. He ...


Untidy Endings And Unseen Redemption: The Story Of Michal For Today, Lauren Calvin Cooke Dec 2017

Untidy Endings And Unseen Redemption: The Story Of Michal For Today, Lauren Calvin Cooke

Leaven

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Economy Of The Cross, Spencer Bogle Dec 2017

Economy Of The Cross, Spencer Bogle

Leaven

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Biblical Models For Gender Language In Worship, Jeff Miller Dec 2017

Biblical Models For Gender Language In Worship, Jeff Miller

Leaven

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Race And The Great American Myths, Richard T. Hughes Dec 2017

Race And The Great American Myths, Richard T. Hughes

Leaven

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Lost In Wonder, Love & Praise: Churches Of Christ & The Sacrament Of Singing, Darryl Tippens Dec 2017

Lost In Wonder, Love & Praise: Churches Of Christ & The Sacrament Of Singing, Darryl Tippens

Leaven

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Oil And Water--And Mud (John 9.1-15; James 5.13-15), Leonard Allen Dec 2017

Oil And Water--And Mud (John 9.1-15; James 5.13-15), Leonard Allen

Leaven

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The Scholar And The Bible, David Lertis Matson Dec 2017

The Scholar And The Bible, David Lertis Matson

Leaven

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The Nature And Purpose Of Leaven, Paul Watson, Kay Watson Dec 2017

The Nature And Purpose Of Leaven, Paul Watson, Kay Watson

Leaven

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The Surprising News And Its Practicality, Mark Love Dec 2017

The Surprising News And Its Practicality, Mark Love

Leaven

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Editor's Notes, Stuart Love, D'Esta Love Dec 2017

Editor's Notes, Stuart Love, D'Esta Love

Leaven

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Why Am I Eating At Jesus' Table?, Anna Crowder Dec 2017

Why Am I Eating At Jesus' Table?, Anna Crowder

Leaven

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An Open Door: A Communion Meditation, Lee Crowder Dec 2017

An Open Door: A Communion Meditation, Lee Crowder

Leaven

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What Shall Prevent Me? Even Me. . .From Full Participation In The Kingdom, Claire Davidson Frederick Dec 2017

What Shall Prevent Me? Even Me. . .From Full Participation In The Kingdom, Claire Davidson Frederick

Leaven

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Finding Their Voices--A Rhetorical Reflection, Gary S. Selby Dec 2017

Finding Their Voices--A Rhetorical Reflection, Gary S. Selby

Leaven

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Women And Order In The Household Of God, Richard T. Hughes Dec 2017

Women And Order In The Household Of God, Richard T. Hughes

Leaven

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Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire, Josh Love Dec 2017

Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire, Josh Love

Leaven

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All People (And All Things) Made New, Lee Smith Dec 2017

All People (And All Things) Made New, Lee Smith

Leaven

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Intentional Diversity In The Church Of The Nativity, Don Mclaughlin Dec 2017

Intentional Diversity In The Church Of The Nativity, Don Mclaughlin

Leaven

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Cruciformed: In The University, Robert M. Randolph Dec 2017

Cruciformed: In The University, Robert M. Randolph

Leaven

No abstract provided.