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"Doamne Milueste": The Life Of A Contemporary Orthodox Christian Monastery, David George Subu Dec 1997

"Doamne Milueste": The Life Of A Contemporary Orthodox Christian Monastery, David George Subu

Master's Theses

The Holy Dormition Monastery demonstrates the Orthodox Christian appeal to the tradition and authority of the Church Fathers, Mothers, and the ultimate source of power, the Holy Trinity, which is enacted on the several complimentary and interactive levels of monastic history, spatial and architectural arrangements, personal relationships and community structure, and liturgical or ritual activity cycles. This appeal to authority and power is achieved most notably through a complex system of ritual acts that are typically "embedded" into the many facets of the monastic life which simultaneously orients the monastic participant towards the correct, "Orthodox" relationships with those sources of ...


The Relationship Between The Catholic School And The Parish In The Diocese Of Rockhampton: A Case Study, Simon A. C. Watkins Nov 1997

The Relationship Between The Catholic School And The Parish In The Diocese Of Rockhampton: A Case Study, Simon A. C. Watkins

Theses

The research project sought to gain initial information about the perceived purpose of Catholic schools from the perspectives of the administration teams in the diocese of Rockhampton.

Catholic schools were first established ever one hundred years ago; society, Catholicism and parental expectations have changed over time. This study aims to inform future planning by the major stakeholders in Catholic education in the diocese of Rockhampton, to attempt to provide the most suitable educational structures to meet the demands of contemporary society. “It seems reasonable to suggest that the resolutions to some of these third millennium challenges confronting those with the ...


The Development Of A Missions Link Through Spiritual Interactions Between An Inner-City Congregation And Residents Of University Homes Public Housing Community (Georgia), James 'Chico' Fincher Jun 1997

The Development Of A Missions Link Through Spiritual Interactions Between An Inner-City Congregation And Residents Of University Homes Public Housing Community (Georgia), James 'Chico' Fincher

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This paper documents the activities of the leadership team of Central United Methodist Church (CUMC) in its outreach mission to University Homes. University Homes is a public-owned housing project located in the heart of the Atlanta University Center community.

The primary methodology was the corporate use of an intercessory prayer book, Forty Days for Five People by G. Ross Freeman.

The thesis is that spirituality consisting of contemplation and prayer with a foundation of Christian Education are significant tools of empowerment---especially for persons with no previous history of mission outreach---which allow Christians to become committed and involved in order to ...


Ransomed/Redeemed - At What Price A Study Of The Λυτρον Group Of Words, Frederick Schmitt May 1997

Ransomed/Redeemed - At What Price A Study Of The Λυτρον Group Of Words, Frederick Schmitt

Master of Sacred Theology Seminar Papers

A major problem in word studies is how much of the meanings and implications found in earlier word usage carries over into later usage, or in moving from one language to another. Today when we use the words "ransom" or "redeem" many of the aspects common to their usage 200 years ago will not be inferred or understood by today's average hearer. Nor is it likely that most of the nuances of the corresponding biblical Greek and Hebrew terms for "ransom" and "redeem" would be picked up by today's audience. But was there a significant change in understanding ...


A Look At The Authority Of The Parish Pastor, Martin Koeller May 1997

A Look At The Authority Of The Parish Pastor, Martin Koeller

Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project

Changes in society, misuse and abuse of authority in the pastoral office and changes in congregations concerning the role of the pastor, have all led to a need for defining and identifying what authority in the church is, and what authority the pastor has.

The scope of this project was to look at the Scriptural and Confessional foundations of Pastoral Authority along with discussions with the Board of Elders, Constitution Committee and Bible Study groups, to draw a basis for: 1) a definition of “Pastoral Authority"; and 2) the right use of that authority in the office of the parish ...


Postliberal Approaches To The Theology Of Religions: Presentation, Assessment, And Critical Appropriation, Joel Okamoto May 1997

Postliberal Approaches To The Theology Of Religions: Presentation, Assessment, And Critical Appropriation, Joel Okamoto

Doctor of Theology Dissertation

This study focuses on the third type—the postliberal approaches to the theology of religions. In undertaking this, I have two basic purposes. One is to examine these postliberal approaches. This examination will include a description and analysis of selected postliberal proposals concerning issues and concerns in the theology of religions. The second is to assess these proposals on key issues and appropriate certain insights from the postliberal approach for the purpose of developing a Lutheran theology of religions.

While few proposals in the theology of religions have been characterized as “postliberal," there are considerable differences among them. Therefore I ...


Orality As The Key To Understanding Apostolic Proclamation In The Epistles, Thomas Winger May 1997

Orality As The Key To Understanding Apostolic Proclamation In The Epistles, Thomas Winger

Doctor of Theology Dissertation

Redaction criticism and its modern successors in the literary field, while they give more credit to the text and the author, have at the same time mired the academy again into a modern mud of sources and manipulation. There is promise in certain new paths—rhetoric, reader-response, speech-act theory, methods which we will note briefly in the first chapter. But finally we must move out of the "academy" and into the church. For the orality of Scripture is not just about its origin but also about its use and purpose. The Scriptures are a liturgical piece. They belong not on ...


General Confession And Absolution In Luther's Reform Of The Canon Of The Mass, Daniel Torkelson May 1997

General Confession And Absolution In Luther's Reform Of The Canon Of The Mass, Daniel Torkelson

Master of Sacred Theology Thesis

Luther's theology of worthy preparation for the Lord's Supper will play a central role. Confession and absolution along with discernment of Christ's Body and Blood are clearly the main focus of Luther's understanding of such preparation. This study inquires into the actual inclusion of confession and absolution in the rites, particularly the Formula Missae and its words about the Pax Domini. From these words, observations will be made also for the role of the Lord's Prayer in the liturgy. Thus, this study seeks to answer two questions: Is General Confession and Absolution a part of ...


Hermeneutical Approaches To The Isaiah Apocalypse: An Examination Of Form- And Redaction-Critical Interpretive Principles And Foundations For A New Study Of Isaiah 24-27, William Carr Jr May 1997

Hermeneutical Approaches To The Isaiah Apocalypse: An Examination Of Form- And Redaction-Critical Interpretive Principles And Foundations For A New Study Of Isaiah 24-27, William Carr Jr

Master of Sacred Theology Thesis

This thesis is an exercise in detecting these underlying hermeneutical principles in the secondary literature as they have been applied to Isaiah 24-27, in relation to the three areas of investigation mentioned above: literary coherence (unity), date, and genre. Of primary interest are works produced since Anderson's watershed essay; however, since itis presupposed that the more recent researchers have relied considerably on an earlier scholarly tradition, it will be necessary to trace present principles to previous principals, especially of Isaiah studies, Bernhard Duhm, and of form criticism, Hermann Gunkel.


The Tearing Of The Temple Veil And The Death Of Jesus In The Gospel Of Luke, Douglas Stowe May 1997

The Tearing Of The Temple Veil And The Death Of Jesus In The Gospel Of Luke, Douglas Stowe

Master of Sacred Theology Thesis

Luke's presentation of the death of Jesus is markedly different from that of Matthew and Mark. Both Matthew and Mark, on the one hand, follow the same narrative sequence. Unnatural darkness covers the land at noontime. At the ninth hour Jesus cries, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" After this the observers around the cross offer him sour wine, and he dies with a great shout. Then, the temple curtain is tom from top to bottom, and a centurion makes a confession (Mt 27:45-54; Mk 15:33-39).1On the other hand, Luke's narrative orders ...


Does Protestant Fundamentalism Produce Traditional Views?: The Impact Of Religious Commitment Affiliation On Gender Role Beliefs And Political Ideology, Melissa Myers May 1997

Does Protestant Fundamentalism Produce Traditional Views?: The Impact Of Religious Commitment Affiliation On Gender Role Beliefs And Political Ideology, Melissa Myers

Student Work

This research looks at the relationship between religious commitment/affiliation and traditional beliefs. Data from the 1993 General Social Survey is used to test hypotheses linking religious commitment and religious affiliation to traditional gender role beliefs and conservative political views. Findings show statistical significance but weak substantive support for the idea that fundamentalists hold more traditional gender role beliefs and political ideology. Future research linking these attitudes to the actual behaviors of men and women in fundamentalist religions is proposed.


Characteristics Of Elders As Leaders In Christian Churches/Churches Of Christ In The Year 2010: A Delphi Study, Peter N. Cummins May 1997

Characteristics Of Elders As Leaders In Christian Churches/Churches Of Christ In The Year 2010: A Delphi Study, Peter N. Cummins

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to compose a profile of characteristics of a competent elder as a leader of Christian churches/churches of Christ for the year 2010. An essential component of this composition was the identification of issues that elders are likely to face in the 21st century church. A second objective was to identify effective ways in which elders can be prepared to meet the challenges of leading congregations in the beginning of the 21st century. A Delphi Technique was applied in this study since it is a particularly efficient research tool used in building consensus and ...


How To Be A Quaker In The Twenty-First Century, Dave Votaw May 1997

How To Be A Quaker In The Twenty-First Century, Dave Votaw

Seminary Masters Theses

Contents

Origins of the Project

Why Teach Friends Distinctives?

Review of the Literature

Testimonies, by Ben Richmond (FUM)

A Family of Friends, by Jack Willcuts (NWYM)

Quakerism 101, by Shirley Dodson (FGC)

Friends Way, by Richard Jones (FUM)

Declaring Our Faith, Brian Daniels, ed. (FUM) Let's Be Friends, Dorothy Barratt, ed. (EFI)

Format of the Lessons

How to Be a Quaker in the 21st Century

Lesson 1 - A Testimony as a Communication of Truth

Lesson 2 - The Presence of Christ

Lesson 3 - The Presence of Christ in Worship

Lesson 4 - A Sacramental View of Life

Lesson 5 - The Presence ...


A Model For Small Group Development And Enrichment At St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Timothy Wenger Apr 1997

A Model For Small Group Development And Enrichment At St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Timothy Wenger

Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project

A MODEL FOR SMALL GROUP DEVELOPMENT AND ENRICHMENT ATST. LUKE'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WISCONSINBY TIMOTHY E. WENGER

The project was begun with the assumption that a greater use of small group ministry could strengthen the congregation as a whole and provide better opportunities for individuals to experience spiritual growth and a deeper sense of fellowship within the church. The approach to this project included research into the theological foundation of small groups and research into the utilization of small groups in society. The observance and appraisal of current small group ministry at St. Luke’s and the enrichment ...


The Stewardship Of The Gospel In The Local Congregation, Wayne Braun Apr 1997

The Stewardship Of The Gospel In The Local Congregation, Wayne Braun

Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project

The question which this Major Applied Project seeks to answer is this: "What can a pastor do to lead the congregation he serves to become a more faithful steward of the Gospel?" I intend to demonstrate that congregations which are growing as stewards of the Gospel are led by their pastor to (1) have a biblical understanding of Christian stewardship, (2) work together in a God-created partnership as stewards of the Gospel, and (3) carefully develop and implement a plan for how they will seek to be faitfhful stewards of the Gospel, a plan they will continuously evaluate and revise ...


A Local Faith Community Responds To Hiv/Aids Epidemic: An Effective Aids Witness In Decatur, Georgia, Stafford J Wicker Jan 1997

A Local Faith Community Responds To Hiv/Aids Epidemic: An Effective Aids Witness In Decatur, Georgia, Stafford J Wicker

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The purpose and focus of this work is to seek practical means by which local African-American congregations can minister to persons living with AIDS (PLWAs), and to institute an educational awareness model which emphasizes prevention of the HIV virus.

The impetus for the study was a pastoral clinical education program which brought the researcher in contact with HIV/AIDS patients and their families. The study and resulting model for ministry is designed to inspire clergy and laity to institute sharing and caring ministries for PLWAs. Members of the faith community are challenged to respond to the Biblical mandate of Jesus ...


Maximizing The Impact Of Print Media In Church Development In The Presbyterian Church Of East Africa (P.C.E.A.) (Kenya), James Mwangi Munyi Jan 1997

Maximizing The Impact Of Print Media In Church Development In The Presbyterian Church Of East Africa (P.C.E.A.) (Kenya), James Mwangi Munyi

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According to the report of the Communications Committee of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (P.C.E.A.) to the 15th General Assembly, the church is aware of the immensity of information, education and revelation that can be shared and disseminated through the print media in the church. 1 However, to effectively disseminate the Gospel through the print media requires some creativity and administrative initiatives in the national office and particularly in the division of Communications and Publishing.

As an initiative proposal, this dissertation examines how the P.C.E.A. has used print media from the missionary ...


A Congregational Model For Improving Positive Self-Esteem Of Black Children Ages, Ten Through Eighteen, In Two Baptist Churches, Hamp James Long Jan 1997

A Congregational Model For Improving Positive Self-Esteem Of Black Children Ages, Ten Through Eighteen, In Two Baptist Churches, Hamp James Long

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This work seeks to construct and implement in two Baptist churches a viable congregational model for doing youth ministry, which can be used to improve positive self-esteem in Black children, ages ten thru eighteen.

Positive self-esteem is examined in the congregational settings by posing and answering six (6) questions: What is Self-Esteem? Who is God? Who am I? Who are you? Who are we in Christ? and What ought we do? These six (6) questions form the essence of positive self-esteem.

The model uses family relationships between adult presenters and the intended youth, adult presentations on Christian identity and action ...


Spiritual Quest As Poetic Sequence: Theodore Roethke's "North American Sequence" And Its Relation To T S Eliot's "Four Quartets", Rebecca Eldridge Hurst Hurst Jan 1997

Spiritual Quest As Poetic Sequence: Theodore Roethke's "North American Sequence" And Its Relation To T S Eliot's "Four Quartets", Rebecca Eldridge Hurst Hurst

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Vox Populi, Vox Dei" - A Discussion Of Dissent Within The Modern Catholic Church, Sleven W. Suomi Jan 1997

"Vox Populi, Vox Dei" - A Discussion Of Dissent Within The Modern Catholic Church, Sleven W. Suomi

Honors Theses

The final question is: what happens in the meantime? Is it effective to dissent while conservatives hold power and clearty are not about to make any major changes? What good does it do to repeatedly bang one's head against the wall when progress is not being made? There is no one simple answer to this question, but rather several applicable ones. The first possible answer is that dissent currently does little good. The conservative hierarchy is still the dominant force within Catholicism. This hierarchy has made a habit, evidenced by the birth control debate, of pressing its conservative agenda ...


You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me: Covenant In Faith And History, David H. Palmieri Jan 1997

You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me: Covenant In Faith And History, David H. Palmieri

Honors Theses

In this paper I have attempted to explore "covenant" in faith and history, as it extends throughout the entire framework of the Bible and the entire history of the people who produced it. With such a monstrous topic, a comprehensive analysis of the material could take a lifetime to do it justice. Therefore, I have taken a very specific approach to the material in order to investigate the evolution of covenant from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) to the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).

I have made every effort to approach this thesis as a text-based, non-doctrinal discussion. However, having my ...


Religion And Resistance: African Baptist Churches In Virginia, Stephanie Rosel Reiss Jan 1997

Religion And Resistance: African Baptist Churches In Virginia, Stephanie Rosel Reiss

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Ministerial Education In Colonial Massachusetts, Charlotte Ryland Jan 1997

Ministerial Education In Colonial Massachusetts, Charlotte Ryland

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The Contribution Of Terminological Patterns To The Literary Structure Of Leviticus, Wilfried Warning Jan 1997

The Contribution Of Terminological Patterns To The Literary Structure Of Leviticus, Wilfried Warning

Dissertations

The aim and purpose of this dissertation is to investigate both the microstructure and macrostructure of Leviticus on the basis of terminological patterns.

The first chapter deals with the method of analysis and the scope of the study. Aiming at detecting thestructural outline, it is concerned only with terminology and not with the theology of Leviticus. The methodology employed is one aspect of rhetorical criticism.

Chapter 2 presents the basic working hypothesis: Leviticus has been structured by means of thirty-seven divine speeches (DS). The plausibility of this hypothesis is tested by applying it to Lev 16:1, by investigating the ...


Attitudes Of Young Adult Catholic Women Towards Religious Life And Related Issues, L. J. Worthington Jan 1997

Attitudes Of Young Adult Catholic Women Towards Religious Life And Related Issues, L. J. Worthington

Theses : Honours

This study examines the attitudes of a sample of young adult Catholic women from Perth, Western Australia, towards women's religious life in the apostolic tradition'. Respondents' ages range from 18 to 35 years. Their attitudes towards other issues relating to religious life are also examined, including commitments: community: religious sisters: the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience: and social justice issues relevant to Australia. The study also analyses participants' values and the relationship between these and their commitments. Differences in responses are highlighted through the concept of conservatism/liberalism and the framework of Fowler's Stages of Faith Development ...


A Qualitative Investigation Of Religion And Spirituality: Implications For Social Scientists And Psychotherapists , Charles Jordan Joanides Jan 1997

A Qualitative Investigation Of Religion And Spirituality: Implications For Social Scientists And Psychotherapists , Charles Jordan Joanides

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Religion and spirituality have recently become topics of discussion within the social sciences and among psychotherapists. This study has attempted to contribute to the ongoing discussion and research that has been conducted in this area by presenting descriptions and interpretations from a qualitative study involving two Christian denominations, i.e., Lutherans and Orthodox. From these observations and interpretations the researcher has constructed a rich, thick description of religious people's lived experiences of the terms religion and spirituality that has implications for social scientists and psychotherapists who have an interest in religion and spirituality. To be more specific, this research ...


The Use And Abuse Of Authority: An Investigation Of The [Exousia] Passages In Revelation, Laszlo I. Hangyas Jan 1997

The Use And Abuse Of Authority: An Investigation Of The [Exousia] Passages In Revelation, Laszlo I. Hangyas

Dissertations

The purpose of this dissertation is to carry outa linguistic, structural, and exegetical investigation of the term ἐξουσία as it occurs in the Greek text of the Apocalypse.

Chapter 1 provides an overview of the pertinent literature dealing with ἐξουσία. The review follows a chronological order to demonstrate a trend in the development of ἐξουσία studies. Earlier works put more emphasis on the meaning of power or authority, whereas recent studies point to liberty and right as the primary meaning of ἐξουσία. The current tendency emphasizes philosophical and socio-ethical aspects without due consideration of the etymology of the term.

Chapter ...


A Critical Study Of Carl F. H. Henry's Portrayal Of The Human Role In Revelation And Inspiration, Boxter Kharbteng Jan 1997

A Critical Study Of Carl F. H. Henry's Portrayal Of The Human Role In Revelation And Inspiration, Boxter Kharbteng

Dissertations

This dissertation investigated Carl F. H. Henry's portrayal of the human role in his doctrines of revelation and inspiration. The study queried whether his depiction of that role in revelation is harmonious or consistent with the one given in inspiration. This question arises from a consideration of Henry's own formulation of his doctrines of revelation, inspiration, and man. The thesis of this dissertation is that inasmuch as man has the innate ability to receive, understand, and impart revelation without divine help, he should likewise be expected to exercise that ability at the level of inspiration without detailed or ...


A Comparative Study Of The Sabbath Theologies Of A.H. Lewis And J.N. Andrews, Siegfried H. Roeske Jan 1997

A Comparative Study Of The Sabbath Theologies Of A.H. Lewis And J.N. Andrews, Siegfried H. Roeske

Dissertations

Problem. Although Seventh Day Baptists and Seventh-day Adventists share a common heritage in the Sabbath doctrine, it has been recognized that significant differences in the Sabbath theologies of the denominations are distinguishable. However, literature that substantiates the nature of the differences in theology has not been researched and compared. The purpose of this study was primarily to investigate and compare differences in the theology of the two denominations as seen in the writings of representative theologians Seventh Day Baptist A. H. Lewis and Seventh-Adventist J. N. Andrews, and secondarily to consider how the differences may have affected the vitality of ...


Children On The Mormon Trail, Jill Jacobsen Andros Jan 1997

Children On The Mormon Trail, Jill Jacobsen Andros

Theses and Dissertations

Using first person, reminiscent accounts, this thesis examines children's lives on the Mormon Trail. It attempts to shed further light on the story of the Mormon Trail by sharing the perspectives of pioneers who crossed the plains as children. This study focuses on such issues as the children's impressions of the trail, their experiences on it, their duties, their family life, and the influence of religion. This study highlights the symbiotic relationship between children and the trail: children affected trail life and at the same time were affected by their experiences on the trail. Children shouldered responsibilites that ...