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Baptism Into Christ And/Or Into The Church?, Robert K. Mciver Mar 2019

Baptism Into Christ And/Or Into The Church?, Robert K. Mciver

Robert McIver

This article considers and asks the reader to think about who they are when they are in Christ? Part of a community - or an individual believer only? It examines the meaning that was attached to baptism when Christianity first adopted the practice, and then at some key biblical passages which show that in the New Testament baptism is baptism into Christ, it is the doorway into the Christian community, and that the new member receives gifts of the Spirit at baptism which are to be exercised within the community.


Witchcraft, The Occult, And The Church, Bruce Bauer Apr 2018

Witchcraft, The Occult, And The Church, Bruce Bauer

Bruce Bauer

This paper suggests that fear, unwillingness to talk about witchcraft issues, ignorance concerning the protecting power of God, embrace of a powerless Christianity, a weak grounding in the Word of God and several other factors and conditions have permitted witchcraft and occult practices to exist among members in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Several practical steps are then listed that can be taken to reduce such practices.


"Pastor Isaiah", Bruce Bauer Jan 2016

"Pastor Isaiah", Bruce Bauer

Bruce Bauer

No abstract provided.


The Jewish Nature Of The First Century Church, Barry D. Fike Sep 2015

The Jewish Nature Of The First Century Church, Barry D. Fike

Barry D. Fike

“When men realized that the teaching of God was no heritage that one accepts passively but rather a heritage that has to be won, they began to see this relationship to the Bible as a religious obligation. It became a supreme commandment to “study”, to explore the Scriptures. To explore means to consider the Bible as a challenge rather than a gift…..The duty to “explore” requires further rethinking: each end becomes a new beginning and each solution a new problem…Once Today’s Church is fully aware of the vast importance of learning, it too will realize that it ...


The Nominations And Personnel Committee As A Tool For Laity Activation Within United Methodist Congregations Of The Alabama-West Florida Conference, Charles Ray Smith Jun 2015

The Nominations And Personnel Committee As A Tool For Laity Activation Within United Methodist Congregations Of The Alabama-West Florida Conference, Charles Ray Smith

Charles Kay Smith

No abstract provided.


The Decline Of Christianity In Modern Europe, David C. Taylor Jr May 2015

The Decline Of Christianity In Modern Europe, David C. Taylor Jr

David C Taylor Jr

Europe was once considered the epicenter of the Christian religion. For centuries Christianity was not only the main religion of Europe it was also a main political power. The Roman Catholic church, and in turn the Christian faith, enjoyed great power at various times throughout history in the European countries and influenced the culture in many ways. However, today there has been a moral and spiritual decline in Europe of staggering numbers. This short essay will explore possible reasons for Christianity’s decline in Europe in the last century and whether or not there is a possibility that the church ...


Aquifer Analysis: Told And Untold Stories In Warwick Churches, Vaughan S. Roberts Nov 2014

Aquifer Analysis: Told And Untold Stories In Warwick Churches, Vaughan S. Roberts

Vaughan S Roberts

This is a draft version of a chapter for 'Untold Stories in Organizations' (2014), further details here: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138790018/
It was originally a presentation to a seminar on organizational storytelling at Lincoln Business School in 2013 exploring how told and untold stories were filtered during a narrative review by a team of churches in Warwick, UK.


Paul's View Of The Church Ets 2014.Pdf, Leo Raines Percer Oct 2014

Paul's View Of The Church Ets 2014.Pdf, Leo Raines Percer

Leo Raines Percer

With the rise of the internet and electronic communications, the world has witnessed a rise in so-called “on-line communities.”  These on-line communities represent a loosely connected family of sorts where people interact with each other via electronic resources.  As a result of these things, many Christian communities have attempted to build a “church community” in an on-line environment.  Paul describes the church as a community in most of his letters, and in some letters he even describes the church as a body and a bride.  The language Paul uses is very relational and almost physical.  How would Paul respond to ...


The Holy Spirit Can Heal Us, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil. May 2013

The Holy Spirit Can Heal Us, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil.

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle C liturgical readings for Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1, 24-34; 1 Cor 12:3-13; Jn 20:19-23.

This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


Peace: God's Gift And Challenge, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil. May 2013

Peace: God's Gift And Challenge, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil.

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle C liturgical readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2013: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67; Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29.

This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


Christ’S Presence In Our Lives, Lawrence E. Frizzell Jan 2013

Christ’S Presence In Our Lives, Lawrence E. Frizzell

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle C liturgical readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 27, 2013: Neh 8:2-10; Ps 19:8-15; 1 Cor 12:12-30; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21.

This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


The Prophet In The Church, Lawrence E. Frizzell Sep 2012

The Prophet In The Church, Lawrence E. Frizzell

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle B liturgical readings for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 9, 2012: Amos 7:12-15; Ps 85; Ep 1:3-14; Mk 6:7-13.

This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


Household Allocation Of Time And Church Attendance, Corry Azzi, Ronald G. Ehrenberg Aug 2012

Household Allocation Of Time And Church Attendance, Corry Azzi, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

Ronald G. Ehrenberg

This paper presents the first systematic attempt by economists to analyze the determinants of individuals' participation in religious activities. A multiperiod utility-maximizing model of household behavior is developed which includes among its implications the shape of a house-hold's life-cycle religious-participation profile and the division of religious participation between husband and wife. The theory is empirically tested using statewide church-membership data and survey data on individuals' frequency of church attendance. The paper concludes by discussing several extensions of the model which lead to additional potentially testable hypotheses.


Household Allocation Of Time And Religiosity: Replication And Extension, Ronald G. Ehrenberg Aug 2012

Household Allocation Of Time And Religiosity: Replication And Extension, Ronald G. Ehrenberg

Ronald G. Ehrenberg

Stephen Long and Russell Settle's (1977) empirical tests of the economic theory of religiosity presented by Corry Azzi and myself (1975) in this Journal tend to be less supportive of our theory than were our original results. As such, I welcome the opportunity to trot out some further replications and extensions that I have conducted and I leave it to the reader to judge the relative merits of the two new contributions.


Review Of Leadership & Oversight By Malcolm Grundy And Managing By Henry Mintzberg, Vaughan S. Roberts Jun 2012

Review Of Leadership & Oversight By Malcolm Grundy And Managing By Henry Mintzberg, Vaughan S. Roberts

Vaughan S Roberts

The full review of Grundy's Leadership & Oversight and Mintzberg's Management of which an edited version appeared in Third Way magazine


Review Of As One With Authority By Jackson W. Carroll, Vaughan S. Roberts Dec 2011

Review Of As One With Authority By Jackson W. Carroll, Vaughan S. Roberts

Vaughan S Roberts

A review of Jackson W. Carroll's As One With Authority: Reflective Leadership in Ministry (second edition), Cascade Books, 2011


Stories The Religious Left Must Tell Itself, Brent A. R. Hege Nov 2010

Stories The Religious Left Must Tell Itself, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Reviews Changing the Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century, by Daniel Schultz. Ig Publishing (2010) $15.95


Stories The Religious Left Must Tell Itself, Brent A. R. Hege Nov 2010

Stories The Religious Left Must Tell Itself, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Reviews Changing the Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century, by Daniel Schultz. Ig Publishing (2010) $15.95


A Synthesis Of Leadership Principles Emerging From The New Testament, Stan Patterson Dec 2009

A Synthesis Of Leadership Principles Emerging From The New Testament, Stan Patterson

Stanley E. Patterson

No abstract provided.


"Pastor Isaiah", Bruce Bauer Dec 2009

"Pastor Isaiah", Bruce Bauer

Bruce Bauer

No abstract provided.


The Myth Of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology And The Roots Of Modern Conflict, William Cavanaugh Dec 2008

The Myth Of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology And The Roots Of Modern Conflict, William Cavanaugh

William T. Cavanaugh

The idea that religion has a dangerous tendency to promote violence is part of the conventional wisdom of Western societies, and it underlies many of our institutions and policies, from limits on the public role of religion to efforts to promote liberal democracy in the Middle East. William T. Cavanaugh challenges this conventional wisdom by examining how the twin categories of religion and the secular are constructed. A growing body of scholarly work explores how the category 'religion' has been constructed in the modern West and in colonial contexts according to specific configurations of political power. Cavanaugh draws on this ...


Ecology And Mary: An Ecological Theology Of Mary As The New Eve In Response To The Church’S Challenge For A Faith-Based Education In Ecological Responsibility, Gloria Thurmond D. Min. Dec 2006

Ecology And Mary: An Ecological Theology Of Mary As The New Eve In Response To The Church’S Challenge For A Faith-Based Education In Ecological Responsibility, Gloria Thurmond D. Min.

Gloria Thurmond

The Church’s interpretation of the current ecological crisis as a moral crisis is the catalyst for this essay, which proposes a newly constructed faith-based model for ecological dialogue and education. The exploration and reinterpretation of the traditional Church doctrine of the Virgin Mary as the new Eve provides a theme from which an ecological theology of Mary is constructed. Papal and Episcopal statements that call for a moral concern and response to the growing urgency of the ecological crisis are discussed in order to promote awareness of the involvement of the Church’s leadership in the issue. Analyses and ...


Sanctuary Principles For The Successful Church Community, Roy Gane Dec 2005

Sanctuary Principles For The Successful Church Community, Roy Gane

Roy Gane

No abstract provided.


Jewish Perspective, Asher Finkel Ph.D. Nov 2005

Jewish Perspective, Asher Finkel Ph.D.

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

Almost two millennia of confrontation, vilification and recrimination marked the relationship of the offspring Christianity and its mother religion, Judaism from the first century. Now, a new chapter of the encounter has opened since Vatican II with a papal declaration on the relation of the Church to Judaism and to non-Christian religions. A meaningful dialogue of mutual respect was pursued that led to the apologetic reconciliation and positive reorientation to the common Biblical tradition of Jews and Christians. The encounter has now changed from past relationship of disputation and intolerance to seeking understanding from the ground of faith in canonical ...


Jews And Judaism In The Medieval Latin Liturgy, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil., J. Frank Henderson Ph.D. Dec 2000

Jews And Judaism In The Medieval Latin Liturgy, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil., J. Frank Henderson Ph.D.

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

The purpose of this study is to sketch the positive and negative dimensions in the Latin liturgy of the Church's relationship to Judaism and the Jewish people during the period prior to the sixteenth century. Seasons of the liturgical year and particular ceremonies are discussed in some detail to present the impact of the liturgy on the perception of Catholics regarding their Jewish neighbors.

Copyright of The Liturgy of the Medieval Church is held by Medieval Institute Publications (Western Michigan University).


A Body Of Consensus: The Church As Embodied Organization, Vaughan S. Roberts Dec 1999

A Body Of Consensus: The Church As Embodied Organization, Vaughan S. Roberts

Vaughan S Roberts

This chapter examines how thinking about the nature of embodiment might inform an understanding of how this metaphor is used to describe the Church. It begins by looking at two important metaphorical uses of the body in the New Testament (the Last Supper and the Church as the Body of Christ) and then employs ideas from the writings of Mark Johnson, John O’Neil, Philip A. Mellor and Chris Shilling to see how they could inform theological notions of embodied unity, diversity, contingency and dialectic. It concludes by arguing that the Church is an embodiment of consensus and conflict.


Theology For The Beach, Vaughan S. Roberts Jun 1998

Theology For The Beach, Vaughan S. Roberts

Vaughan S Roberts

Arising from my paper ‘The Sea of Faith: After Dover Beach’ (1997) this presentation to an annual conference of naval chaplains explores how water and sea might function as organizational metaphors for chaplaincy ministry. A fully revised version was published as ‘Water as an implicit metaphor for organizational change within the Church’ (2002) in the journal Implicit Religion and can be found here: https://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/IR/article/view/2946/


The Beginning And End Of The Church, Vaughan S. Roberts Jun 1997

The Beginning And End Of The Church, Vaughan S. Roberts

Vaughan S Roberts

This paper brings together some organizational insights from within the Church (Carl Dudley’s ideas on rigorous and relational faith) and from outside the Church (Nils Brunsson’s thinking on action and political groupings) to explore how these might inform an understanding of the Church’s telos or purpose. It concludes by arguing that Alasdair MacIntyre’s notion of universities as places of constrained disagreement might also be a good model for this telos.


A Survey Of Gay/Lesbian Catholics Concerning Attitudes Toward Sexual Orientation And Religious Beliefs, Thomas W. O'Brien Jul 1991

A Survey Of Gay/Lesbian Catholics Concerning Attitudes Toward Sexual Orientation And Religious Beliefs, Thomas W. O'Brien

Thomas W O'Brien

The negative assessment of lesbian/gay relationships in Catholic circles is most often based on scanty information gathered from folklore, the commercial media, and a narrow, literal reading of Biblical texts. Assumptions are made about the personal adjustment of individual gay/lesbian persons and the quality of their relationships without recourse to actual lived experience. This survey of 263 gay/lesbian Catholics and 20 controls was designed to receive direct feedback from lesbian/gay persons concerning their religious attitudes, personal adjustment, and relational quality. The results contradict many preconceptions, and a remarkable similarity is demonstrated between the gay/lesbian responses ...