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A Church Growth Study Of Churches In North East India, Clinton Brazle Aug 1977

A Church Growth Study Of Churches In North East India, Clinton Brazle

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The Church of Christ in North East Indian began as an indigenous movement among the Khasi tribe as an effort to restore New Testament Christianity. The movement is under fifty years old. It grew normally and rapidly until division occured among the leaders in 1963, when the growth rate dropped drastically. The movement has spread now to the Garos, Mizos, Mikirs, Nagas, Assamese, Kukis, and especially the Paites and Manipuree. There is a growing ethusiam among a few Christians which may eventually spread through many of the tribes of North East India and beyond.

Examination of the above-mentioned tribes of ...


The Forerunners Of The Protestant Reformation, Suresh Heraman May 1977

The Forerunners Of The Protestant Reformation, Suresh Heraman

Western Evangelical Seminary Theses

Excerpt: "This research paper is a study based mainly on the forerunners of the Protestant Reformation in Western Europe from 910 to 1498 A.D. Some consideration is given to the earlier history of the Church, to show the cause for the reforms to follow.

Sources used for the research of this paper are listed in the bibliography. Since this research is historical it has relied on the works of others who have written on the history of the Christian Church. No effort is made to give a history of theology but to discover why the reforms were needed."


What Is The Difference Between The Carnal Nature And The Human Nature? (An Inductive Study Of The New Testament), John Wesley Larson May 1977

What Is The Difference Between The Carnal Nature And The Human Nature? (An Inductive Study Of The New Testament), John Wesley Larson

Western Evangelical Seminary Theses

The problem of every Christian is separating in his daily life those things that are considered carnal and those considered human. Is there a way to distinguish between the two? This is the question to be investigated in this research paper. Is there a clear New Testament answer to, "What is the difference between the carnal nature and the human nature?"

This question lies deep in the history of theology. It touches on such subjects as Biblical Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology, and in some way, Eschatology. "


The Contribution Of Katherine Luther To The Homelife And Ministry Of Her Husband Martin, David A. Vander Does May 1977

The Contribution Of Katherine Luther To The Homelife And Ministry Of Her Husband Martin, David A. Vander Does

Western Evangelical Seminary Theses

Katherine von Bora Luther does not command a great deal of space in any Church History textbook. What is known about her life is in connection with that of her husband and Reformer Martin Luther. Katherine Luther stands in the shadow of her great husband Martin but it was possible to catch a glimpse of her character and contribution to the homelife and ministry of her husband Martin.


Jesus' Encounter With Culture As Evidenced By The Gospel According To Mark, K T. Joykutty May 1977

Jesus' Encounter With Culture As Evidenced By The Gospel According To Mark, K T. Joykutty

Western Evangelical Seminary Theses

Excerpt: "The shackles of sin seem to be overpowering mankind at a much higher potential and speed than the challenge of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The dynamic truth of the Gospel which is Jesus Christ Himself, is alarmingly unwelcome in the midst of a highly technologically and materially advanced society. Man is becoming stubbornly impervious to the truth of the Gospel, and is subdued by the potent fetters of a social giant called "Culture." Christians and Christian organizations are no exceptions. The subtle secular culture has surreptitiously found its way into the Christian community. Christian organizations ...


The Influence And Effect Of The Religious Consciousness On The Anti-Hero In The Modern Southern Novel, Karen L. Foster Apr 1977

The Influence And Effect Of The Religious Consciousness On The Anti-Hero In The Modern Southern Novel, Karen L. Foster

Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers

No abstract provided.


The Experience Of God In The De Contemplando Deo Of William Of Saint Thierry, Patrick H. Ryan Apr 1977

The Experience Of God In The De Contemplando Deo Of William Of Saint Thierry, Patrick H. Ryan

Master's Theses

No abstract provided.


Karl Barth And Evangelism, Gregory G. Bolich Mar 1977

Karl Barth And Evangelism, Gregory G. Bolich

Western Evangelical Seminary Theses

All beginnings are hard. Often a beginning is difficult because not enough people perceive its desirability or need. Starting is hard when all things appear new, for the way ahead is unseen. Usually, a vision is necessary. Generally, the foundation of the past is essential. But faith is the sine qua non for an evangelical beginning.


Reconciliation And The Developmentally Disabled Child: An Experience Of Community, Kathryn Jennings Jan 1977

Reconciliation And The Developmentally Disabled Child: An Experience Of Community, Kathryn Jennings

Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects

This study was undertaken to investigate the growth in a sense of community in developmentally disabled children through prayerful catechesis and celebration of reconciliation on both the penance readiness and penance preparation level. Its effectiveness will be determined by comparing pre-test and post-test results of the child's understanding of community presented in 10 lessons and culminated in the celebration of reconciliation, as well as daily assessment of the subjects' responses to evaluation activities.


Currents In Contemporary American Evangelical Political Thought, Darrell Romanus Kopp Jan 1977

Currents In Contemporary American Evangelical Political Thought, Darrell Romanus Kopp

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Home, The School Of Love: A Seminar In Family Spiritual Enrichment, Robert Howard Cowan Jan 1977

Home, The School Of Love: A Seminar In Family Spiritual Enrichment, Robert Howard Cowan

Dissertation Projects DMin

Problem

The families of the Seventh-day Adventist Church must develop deepening love relationships with God, with each other, and with people outside their own homes if they are to fulfill the will of Christ. Three factors may be hindering the development of love on these three levels : (1) a lack of understanding about what love really is, (2) a lack of understanding of how love develops in human and divine/human interrelationships, and (3) a lack of understanding that the home is the central focal point where this love is to be developed.

Methods

The methods used involved three phases ...


A Study Of Role Conflict In The Experience Of The Pastor-Bible Teacher In Seventh-Day Adventist Boarding Academies, Derrell K. Smith Jan 1977

A Study Of Role Conflict In The Experience Of The Pastor-Bible Teacher In Seventh-Day Adventist Boarding Academies, Derrell K. Smith

Dissertation Projects DMin

Problem

The pastor-Bible teacher in the Seventh-day Adventist boarding academy may be confronted with many role conflicts. His dual role as pastor and teacher multiplies the possibilities for conflict. What are some of the conflicts that may affect the pastor- Bible teacher's acceptance, or loss of acceptance, by the students as a shepherd-counselor? Are the conflicts such that the pastor- Bible teacher needs to experience anxiety concerning his dual role?

Methods

To better understand the problem and discover possible solutions to it, the following steps were taken: 1. A study was made of the nature of role conflict as ...


Parameters Of Christian Community: A Philosophy Of Witness, Jonathan Lundy Jan 1977

Parameters Of Christian Community: A Philosophy Of Witness, Jonathan Lundy

Western Evangelical Seminary Theses

No abstract provided.


The Development And Evaluation Of A Program For Bible Evangelism To Be Used By Laymen Employing Small-Group Methods As A Basic Format, Johnny Durant Johnson Jan 1977

The Development And Evaluation Of A Program For Bible Evangelism To Be Used By Laymen Employing Small-Group Methods As A Basic Format, Johnny Durant Johnson

Dissertation Projects DMin

Theologically in the Old and New Testaments the laity or "God's own people" are commissioned with the responsibility of communicating the gospel to the world in word and life. However, the contemporary Christian church finds itself under growing criticism for its failure to fulfill this commission. Although the gospel of Jesus Christ offers solutions to man's inmost needs an increasing number of congregations seem unable to meaningfully promulgate their message. This study contends that a chief weakness is the lack of genuine Christian life and fellowship within the churches.

What approach or means can be taken to encourage ...


An Analysis Of The Role And Functions Expected Of A Seventh-Day Adventist Pastor: As A Basis For Negotiating An Intentional Ministry, Victor Ralph Brown Jan 1977

An Analysis Of The Role And Functions Expected Of A Seventh-Day Adventist Pastor: As A Basis For Negotiating An Intentional Ministry, Victor Ralph Brown

Dissertation Projects DMin

Since its organization in 1863, the Seventh-day Adventist denomination has grown from a small group to a significant religious movement in the world today. Originally all ministers in the church were evangelists. There were to be no "settled" pastors of local congregations. Local churches relied upon local talent selected from their own ranks for pastoral leadership. The change created by increased numbers and the demands of the laity has meant the role of the ordained minister in the local Seventh-day Adventist church has been considerably altered from its original concept. This has caused many to be confused as to just ...


Towards A Ministry Model For The Single Adult Of The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Edward Skoretz Jan 1977

Towards A Ministry Model For The Single Adult Of The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Edward Skoretz

Dissertation Projects DMin

In the Seventh-day Adventist church there is a percentage of adult members who are single. It is the purpose of this project to study the possible needs and problems of this segment of the church's membership with a view to the development of an approach in ministry to this group.

This project presented a survey of current comments and findings of literature with respect to certain problems that may confront the single adult. This survey of literature was limited to a consideration of whether peer-group association, loneliness, social pressure, anxiety, sexual morality, and marriage are indeed problematic in the ...


Selected Variables Related To Alienation From Religion As Perceived By Students Attending Seventh-Day Adventist Academies In The United States, Roger L. Dudley Jan 1977

Selected Variables Related To Alienation From Religion As Perceived By Students Attending Seventh-Day Adventist Academies In The United States, Roger L. Dudley

Dissertations

Problem. Some young people who are reared in religious homes reject the religion of their parents upon reaching adolescence. This is a matter of crucial concern to church youth leaders as well as to parents. It was the purpose of the present study to discover relationships that may exist between alienation from religion and other selected variables. It was hypothesized that religious alienation is related to the quality of the relationships— especially as those relationships concern religious values— chat the young people have with parents and other authority figures. Independent variables were chosen in accordance with that hypothesis which was ...


The Concept Of Character Development In The Writings Of Ellen G. White, John M. Fowler Jan 1977

The Concept Of Character Development In The Writings Of Ellen G. White, John M. Fowler

Dissertations

Problem. Character development is a fundamental objective of the Seventh-day Adventist educational system. The purpose of this study was to define the concept of character development in the writings of Ellen G. White whose thought is foundational to the philosophy of the worldwide system of Seventh-day Adventist schools. The investigation focused on four subproblems: (1) the meaning and significance of character; (2) the nature of character development; (3) factors affecting character development; and (4) responsibility for character development.

Method. The problem was approached by (1) carefully perusing White's published writings and noting every statement related to the study; (2 ...


A Descriptive Study Of The Personality, Attitudes, And Overseas Experience Of Seventh-Day Adventist College Students Who Served As Short-Term Volunteer Missionaries, Donna Habenicht Jan 1977

A Descriptive Study Of The Personality, Attitudes, And Overseas Experience Of Seventh-Day Adventist College Students Who Served As Short-Term Volunteer Missionaries, Donna Habenicht

Dissertations

Problem. During the last ten years there has been a surge of Interest among college students in short-term volunteer missionary service. It was the purpose of the present study to describe the personality, attitudes, and overseas experience of a group of 150 Seventh-day Adventist college students who served as short-term volunteer missionaries (student missionaries) during the 1975-76 school year. Method The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (Form A), a series of semantic differential rating scales for selected religious, mission, cultural, and personal concepts, and a two-part questlonnaire were used to describe the personality, attitudes, and overseas experience of the student missionaries ...


Moral And Religious Problems And Attitudes As Expressed By Students In Seventh-Day Adventist Academies In The United States And Canada, Ingram Frank Du Preez Jan 1977

Moral And Religious Problems And Attitudes As Expressed By Students In Seventh-Day Adventist Academies In The United States And Canada, Ingram Frank Du Preez

Dissertations

Problem. Adolescence is characterized by many problems of adjustment. Seventh-day Adventist youth cannot be expected to be immune to these problems. The purpose of the study was to ascertain the moral and religious problems and attitudes as perceived by students in Adventist academies. An attempt was also made to evaluate, from the students' viewpoint, the effectiveness of the provisions made by the academies to help meet these problems. Method Nineteen hundred and twenty students were chosen by a stratified random method from all enrollees in Seventh-day Adventist academies In the United States and Canada. Students were asked to respond to ...


Albert Bandura And Ellen G. White: A Comparative Study Of Their Concepts Of Behavior Modification Through Modeling, Miriam S. Tumangday Jan 1977

Albert Bandura And Ellen G. White: A Comparative Study Of Their Concepts Of Behavior Modification Through Modeling, Miriam S. Tumangday

Dissertations

Problem. One of the major concerns in education today is the improvement of behavior. Over the years various strategies have been proposed to modify human conduct. A careful review of these theories shows many similarities and divergences. Albert Bandura and Ellen G. White, two proponents from different eras and with widely disparate cultural and intellectual heritage, have strongly recommended modeling or example as the major factor in shaping human behavior. The present study sought to determine what, if any, similarities or differences exist in their modeling concepts.

Procedure. This investigation is a descriptive analytical study concerned with concepts and philosophies ...


The Lectures On Faith: An Authorship Study, Alan J. Phipps Jan 1977

The Lectures On Faith: An Authorship Study, Alan J. Phipps

Theses and Dissertations

The Lectures on Faith, important since 1834 to the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are of disputed authorship. In an attempt to ascribe the lectures to their true author from five possible candidates, Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, Oliver Cowdery, and W. W. Phelps, the use of 738 function and other words in the lectures was compared with the use of the same words in known writings of the candidates.

The study showed that Sidney Rigdon's use of function words corresponded very closely with that in Lectures One and Seven, and fairly ...


In Search Of Zion: A Description Of Early Mormon Millennial Utopianism As Revealed Through The Life Of Edward Partridge, D. Brent Collette Jan 1977

In Search Of Zion: A Description Of Early Mormon Millennial Utopianism As Revealed Through The Life Of Edward Partridge, D. Brent Collette

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is the biography of Edward Partridge (1793-1840), the first bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As one of the first members of the Latter-day Saint faith, his life is a representation of the struggles, persecutions and sacrifices of early Mormon history. As a leader, he was the subject of many of the instructions and pronouncements of the Doctrine and Covenants, a volume of "revelations" cannonized by Mormondom. And as the first Bishop of the Church, he was specifically designated to administer the Mormon scheme for utopia, known as the Law of Consecration and Stewardship ...


George Q. Cannon's Views On Church And State, Lyndon W. Cook Sr. Jan 1977

George Q. Cannon's Views On Church And State, Lyndon W. Cook Sr.

Theses and Dissertations

Writers of nineteenth century Utah generally recognize George Q. Cannon's religious and political influence as second only to that of Brigham Young. Having occupied several positions of importance in the political arena as well as in the Mormon Church, Cannon is a major figure in Utah history whose life and thought merit careful examination.

This treatise is a study of George Q. Cannon's views on the institutions of church and state. After presenting a biographical sketch of Cannon's life, it examines his beliefs regarding the religious clauses in the First Amendment, and the place of revelation, positive ...


Perceived Attributes Related To Adoption Of Food Storage, Connie Jean Roberts Jan 1977

Perceived Attributes Related To Adoption Of Food Storage, Connie Jean Roberts

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between an individual's perceptions of the attributes of food storage and his adoption of food storage practices. Food storage is defined as the practice of preserving and storing basic food commodities as a reserve supply. This practice is encouraged as a preparatory measure to provide security for families in the midst of emergencies, whether physical, economic, or social in nature. It becomes especially appropriate in developing areas where physical disasters (such as earthquakes and floods) coupled with social and economic instability, individually and on a national scale, pose constant ...


Mccarthyism In Utah, Richard Swanson Jan 1977

Mccarthyism In Utah, Richard Swanson

Theses and Dissertations

The exaggerated anti-Communist crusade of Senator Joseph McCarthy allegedly gained the support of a majority of Americans during the early 1950's. It is historically important and interesting to question that supposition by considering the character of McCarthy's following in each state. This study shows that in Utah sympathy for the second Red Scare abounded and evidences of McCarthyism were readily apparent.

Three indicators illustrate Utah's support for the Wisconsin senator. The defeat of Elbert Thomas in 1950 dramatically epitomizes the successful use of incriminating allegations effectively employed by McCarthy. The election, or re-election, of McCarthy supporters and ...


The Relation Of Mormon Parental Religiosity And Family Size On Children's Educational, Occupational And Income Success, Marvyn William Hogenson Jan 1977

The Relation Of Mormon Parental Religiosity And Family Size On Children's Educational, Occupational And Income Success, Marvyn William Hogenson

Theses and Dissertations

There have been several significant studies during recent years concerning the relationship between parental socioeconomic background and achievement. This research examines religious influence, parental control, family size, support, and educational encouragement which in turn influence educational and occupational attainment.

Data were obtained from questionnaires completed by 843 married Mormon men from Canada.

Only respondent's religious activity, parental support, and educational encouragement were significant in determining the occupational and educational attainment of the respondent. Family size and parental control were not significant.


Factors Influencing The Use Of Health Services: By Four Wards In The Taipei Taiwan Stake Relief Society Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, Candace Sheila Gutzman Hsiao Jan 1977

Factors Influencing The Use Of Health Services: By Four Wards In The Taipei Taiwan Stake Relief Society Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, Candace Sheila Gutzman Hsiao

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine what sociocultural, sociodemographic, and sociopsychological factors the Sisters in four Wards in the Taipei Taiwan Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perceived as keeping them from using the health services during the period from June 1975 to May 1976.

Forty-five Sisters, age twenty-one and older, were surveyed by a written questionnaire during Relief Society meetings during the last week in June and the first week in July 1966.

A majority of the Sisters were found to have experienced times when they did not avail themselves of the existing ...


Joseph Smith Iii: Moderate Mormon, Robert Duane Hutchins Jan 1977

Joseph Smith Iii: Moderate Mormon, Robert Duane Hutchins

Theses and Dissertations

Throughout the history of the Mormon movement, certain members or groups of members, have exercised free agency in the form of dissent against the direction which the prophet of that church chose to lead his movement. The form of this dissent varied but the theme was usually quite consistant: a demand for moderation. For many of these dissenters the extremes of Mormon doctrine seemed to take them out of touch with prevailing American values.

Joseph Smith III, a son of the Mormon founder, proved to be one of these moderates. He ultimately rejected all of his father's more radical ...


Tales From The Tracting Book, Donna Christine Allen Ackerson Jan 1977

Tales From The Tracting Book, Donna Christine Allen Ackerson

Theses and Dissertations

My original idea for the book was to do a picturesque-type novel, with chapters that would practically be short stories in themselves. But as I got into the writing of it, I decided to pursue one main theme--Sister Harper's conflicts regarding her missionary calling--working them out to a climax and a resolution. I still intended to give the book a picturesque flavor, however, by embellishing it with digressions, sidelines, and banalities that are always a part of missionary life.