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- The Greek article
Peters, Ronald D. author. The Greek article : a functional grammar of o-items in the Greek New Testament with special emphasis on the Greek article / by Ronald D. Peters. viii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm. ( Linguistic biblical studies ; Volume 9 )
- The Greek verb
International Meeting on Greek Linguistics (8th : 2009 Oct. 1-3 : Agrigent, Italy) The Greek verb : morphology, syntax, and semantics : proceedings of the 8th International Meeting on Greek Linguistics, Agrigento, October 1-3, 2009 / edited by Annamaria Bartolotta. -- Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium ; Walpole, MA : Peeters, 2014. ix, 342 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. ( Bibliothèque des Cahiers de l'institut de linguistique de Louvain ; 128. Antiquité )
- Rights in the law
Bruce, James E. (Philosopher) author. Rights in the law : the importance of God's free choices in the thought of Francis Turretin / James E. Bruce. 170 pages ; 24 cm. ( Reformed historical theology ; Volume 24 )
- The call of Moses and the Exodus story
Jeon, Jaeyoung, 1972- author. The call of Moses and the Exodus story : a redactional-critical study in Exodus 3-4 and 5-13 / Jaeyoung Jeon. xvi, 270 pages ; 24 cm. ( Forschungen zum Alten Testament. 2. Reihe ; 60 )
- The gospel according to Daniel
Chapell, Bryan, 1954- author. The gospel according to Daniel : a Christ-centered approach / Bryan Chapell. 222 pages ; 23 cm.
- The evangelistic zeal of George Whitefield
Lawson, Steven J., 1951- author. The evangelistic zeal of George Whitefield / Steven J. Lawson. xx, 156 pages ; 20 cm. ( A long line of godly men profile )
- Biblical preaching
Robinson, Haddon W., 1931- author. Biblical preaching : the development and delivery of expository messages / Haddon W. Robinson. xi, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- True beauty
Mahaney, Carolyn, 1955- author. True beauty / Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre. 125 pages ; 21 cm.
Jackman, David, 1942- author. Joshua : people of God's purpose / David Jackman. 219 pages ; 24 cm. ( Preaching the word )
Mack, Wayne A., 1935-[Fear factor.] Courage : fighting fear with fear / Wayne A. Mack, Joshua Mack ; [foreword by Jerry Bridges]. -- Phillipsburg, NJ : P&R Pub., 2014. 299 p. ; 23 cm.
- Family and the politics of moderation
Hall, Lauren K., 1980- author. Family and the politics of moderation : private life, public goods, and the rebirth of social individualism / Lauren K. Hall. x, 188 pages ; 24 cm.
Leithart, Peter J., 1959- author. Gratitude : an intellectual history / Peter J. Leithart. -- Waco, Texas : Baylor University Press, ©2014. 340 pages ; 24 cm.
- Psalm 18 in words and pictures
Gray, Alison Ruth. Psalm 18 in words and pictures : a reading through metaphor / by Alison Ruth Gray. xvi , 247 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm. ( Biblical interpretation series ; Volume 127 )
- What doomed Detroit
Williamson, Kevin D., 1972- author. What doomed Detroit / Kevin D. Williamson. 34 pages ; 18 cm. ( Encounter broadside ; No. 37 )
- How Medicaid fails the poor
Roy, Avik, 1972- author. How Medicaid fails the poor / by Avik Roy. 40 pages ; 18 cm. ( Encounter broadside ; No. 36 )
- The truth about the IRS scandals
Johnson, Charles C., 1988- author. The truth about the IRS scandals / Charles C. Johnson. 43 pages ; 18 cm. ( Encounter broadside ; No. 35 )
- Philanthropy under fire
Husock, Howard author. Philanthropy under fire / Howard Husock. 53 pages ; 18 cm. ( Encounter broadside ; No. 34 )
- The cure for Obamacare
Pipes, Sally, 1945- author. The cure for Obamacare / Sally C. Pipes. 52 pages ; 18 cm. ( Encounter broadside ; No. 33 )
- The truth about gun control
Kopel, David B., 1960- author. The truth about gun control / David B. Kopel. 44 pages ; 18 cm. ( Encounter broadside ; No. 32 )
- The K-12 implosion
Reynolds, Glenn H., 1960- author. The K-12 implosion / Glenn Harlan Reynolds. 38 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm. ( Encounter broadside ; No. 31 )
- Paul's financial policy
Briones, David E. author. Paul's financial policy : a socio-theological approach / David E. Briones. xiii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm. ( Library of New Testament studies ; 494 ) ( T & T Clark library of biblical studies )
- The audience of Matthew
Vine, Cedric E. W. The audience of Matthew : an appraisal of the local audience thesis / Cedric E.W. Vine. -- New York : Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014. xiv, 235 p. ; 24 cm. ( Library of New Testament studies ; 496 ) ( T & T Clark library of biblical studies )
- The throne motif in the book of Revelation
Gallusz, Laszlo. The throne motif in the book of Revelation / Laszlo Gallusz. -- London ; New York : Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014. xxii, 396 p. ; 24 cm. ( Library of New Testament studies ; 487 ) ( T & T Clark library of biblical studies )
- Attitudes to Gentiles in ancient Judaism and early Christianity
Attitudes to Gentiles in ancient Judaism and early Christianity / edited by David C. Sim and James S. McLaren. -- London ; New York : Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2013. xii, 306 p. ; 25 cm. ( Library of New Testament studies ; 499 ) ( T & T Clark library of biblical studies )
- 1 Peter
Forbes, Greg W. 1 Peter / Greg W. Forbes ; Andreas J. Köstenberger, Robert W. Yarbrough, general editors. -- Nasville, TN : B&H Academic, 2014. xxvii, 202 p. ; 23 cm. ( Exegetical guide to the Greek New Testament ) ( B&H exegetical guide to the Greek New Testament )
- Bunyan's The pilgrim's progress
Ryken, Leland, 1942- author. Bunyan's The pilgrim's progress / Leland Ryken. 79 pages ; 21 cm. ( Christian Guides to the Classics )
- History of classical scholarship
Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften. English. History of classical scholarship : a biographical dictionary / edited by Peter Kuhlmann and Helmuth Schneider ; translated and edited by Duncan Smart and Chad M. Schroeder. lxiv, 746 pages ; 23 cm. ( Brill's New Pauly. Supplements ; 6 )
- Götterwort in Menschenmund
Weippert, Manfred, 1937- author. Götterwort in Menschenmund : Studien zur Prophetie in Assyrien, Israel und Juda / Manfred Weippert. 304 pages : illustrations, tables ; 24 cm. ( Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten und Neuen Testaments ; Band 252 )
- The Roman army and the expansion of the gospel
Kyrychenko, Alexander, 1969- author. The Roman army and the expansion of the gospel : the role of the centurion in Luke-Acts / Alexander Kyrychenko. ix, 228 pages ; 24 cm. ( Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft ; Volume 203 )
- Philosophical interpretations of the Old Testament
Sekine, Seizo, 1950- author. Philosophical interpretations of the Old Testament / Seizo Sekine ; translated by J. Randall Short, in collaboration with Judy Wakabayashi. xi, 255 pages ; 24 cm. ( Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft ; Volume 458 )
- "To teach" in ancient Israel
Widder, Wendy, 1968- author. "To teach" in ancient Israel : a cognitive linguistic study of a biblical Hebrew lexical set / Wendy L. Widder. xviii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. ( Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft ; Volume 456 )
- An orthodox catechism
Collins, Hercules, -1702. An orthodox catechism / Hercules Collins ; edited and introduced by Michael A.G. Haykin and G. Stephen Weaver, Jr. -- Palmdale, CA : RBAP [Reformed Baptist Academic Press], c2014. 120 p. ; 18 cm.
- The Routledge companion to ancient philosophy
The Routledge companion to ancient philosophy / edited by James Warren and Frisbee Sheffield. xxx, 693 p. ; 26 cm. ( Routledge philosophy companions )
- Inventing freedom
Hannan, Daniel, 1971- Inventing freedom : how the English-speaking peoples made the modern world / Daniel Hannan. -- New York, NY : Broadside, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013. xii, 395 pages ; 24 cm.
- JFK, conservative
Stoll, Ira, 1972- JFK, conservative / Ira Stoll. -- Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. xiii, 274 pages ; 24 cm.
- The twilight of the American enlightenment
Marsden, George M., 1939- The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief / George M. Marsden. xxxix, 219 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
- Out of the mountains
Kilcullen, David. Out of the mountains : the coming age of the urban guerrilla / David Kilcullen. x, 342 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- A companion to Greek and Roman sexualities
A companion to Greek and Roman sexualities / edited by Thomas K. Hubbard. xxv, 651 pages ; 25 cm. ( Blackwell companions to the ancient world )
- Image and imagination
Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 author. Image and imagination : essays and reviews / by C.S. Lewis ; edited by Walter Hooper. -- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013. xiv, 379 pages ; 22 cm.
- Better than the beginning
Barcellos, Richard C. author. Better than the beginning : creation in biblical perspective / Richard C. Carcellos, Ph.D. -- Palmdale, California : RBAP [Reformed Baptist Academic Press], 2013. 173 pages ; 23 cm.
- This Treasure in Earthen Vessels: A Moderate Proposal
This Treasure in Earthen Vessels: A Moderate Proposal
Recorded in Alumni Memorial Chapel, SBTS.
- Inspiration and Inerrancy: The Strict Interpretation Examined
Inspiration and Inerrancy: The Strict Interpretation Examined
Recorded in Alumni Memorial Chapel, SBTS.
- God's powerful Word
God's powerful Word
Recorded in Alumni Memorial Chapel, SBTS.
- 1987 Gheens Lectures (PDF)
1987 Gheens Lectures (PDF)
Bulletin for the 1987 Gheens Lectures (April 14-16). PDF.
- Grand concerto: pour piano avec accompagnement d'orchestre dédié à Monsieur Ignace Moscheles, Opus 36
Grand concerto: pour piano avec accompagnement d'orchestre dédié à Monsieur Ignace Moscheles, Opus 36
Grand concerto for piano with orchestra accompaniment, dedicated to Ignace Moscheles, Opus 36
Scanned at 400 ppi, greyscale.
- Pope Francis, Developments in Contemporary Roman Catholicism & the Impact of Church Planting
Pope Francis, Developments in Contemporary Roman Catholicism & the Impact of Church Planting
Leonardo de Chirico
- Towers | February 2014
Towers | February 2014
- Christianity and Contemporary Humanism
Christianity and Contemporary Humanism
Faculty address, delivered November 4, 1981 in Alumni Memorial chapel. Cunningham was Associate Professor of Christian Philosophy
- The Preaching Event: 4. From preaching to liturgy
The Preaching Event: 4. From preaching to liturgy
Delivered in Alumni Memorial Chapel, March 8, 1974.
- The Preaching Event: 3. Listening and Preaching
The Preaching Event: 3. Listening and Preaching
Delivered in Alumni Memorial Chapel, March 7, 1974.
- The Preaching Event: 2. The authority of preaching
The Preaching Event: 2. The authority of preaching
Delivered at Alumni Memorial Chapel, March 6, 1974.
- The Preaching Event: 1. The relation of preaching to the preacher
The Preaching Event: 1. The relation of preaching to the preacher
Delivered in Alumni Memorial Chapel, March 5, 1974.
- The basis of hope
The basis of hope
Recorded ca. July, 1968. Claypool recounts how it has been about two weeks since his daughter (Laura Lue Claypool) was diagnosed with Leukemia. Message delivered at either SBTS or Crescent Hill Baptist Church.
- Counterfeit Money or Genuine Gift? Gift, Giving, and Salvation in the Gospel of John
Counterfeit Money or Genuine Gift? Gift, Giving, and Salvation in the Gospel of John
Brunansky, Robert Earl
This dissertation studies the concept of gift in the Gospel of John, especially as it relates to God's gift of salvation to humanity. Chapter 1 defines the problem of the gift both for New Testament studies as well as philosophy and sociology. In light of the discussion of the gift historically and in contemporary scholarship, and in view of the biblical text of the Gospel of John, chapter 1 presents the thesis that the Fourth Gospel describes salvation as a gift rather than an economic exchange.
Chapter 2 argues that the Fourth Gospel presents God as a unilateral giver. The foundation for this argument is the Prologue of John's Gospel, which sets forth creation, light, life, and grace as unilateral gifts of God. When the Gospel of John discusses these gifts, it insists that when God gives them, He receives nothing in return from the recipients.
Chapter 3 narrows the focus to God's gift of salvation. It begins by defining salvation in Johannine terms. When John's terminology for salvation is examined, it becomes clear that salvation means nothing less than deliverance from the condemnation that results from sin unto eternal life. Salvation is tied to God's gift of His Son. Indeed, salvation is given in the gift of the Son. The gift of the Son, however, is a transcendent gift wherein God gives to humanity exhaustively.
Chapter 4 discusses the role of the recipients in the giving and receiving when the giver is God, who gives unilaterally and transcendently. The role of human donees must be viewed within a Johannine concept of Trinitarian giving. The triune nature of divine giving and God's gift of the Spirit to His people present an aneconomic model of giving.
Chapter 5 summarizes the main arguments of the dissertation, focusing on the epistemological presuppositions requisite to understand the gift and offering a definition of gift. It also notes remaining challenges that need to be addressed in future studies on the gift in the context of Christian theology.
- THE EVANGELISTIC EMPHASIS IN THE PASTORAL PREACHING OF ADRIAN P. ROGERS
THE EVANGELISTIC EMPHASIS IN THE PASTORAL PREACHING OF ADRIAN P. ROGERS
Yelton, Johnny Derrick
Johnny Derrick Yelton, Ph.D.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
Chairman: Dr. J. D. Payne
This dissertation examines the evangelistic content of the pastoral preaching of Adrian P. Rogers during his thirty-two years of ministry at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Chapter 1 introduces the thesis and explains the purpose, goals, limitations and methodology of this study.
Chapter 2 examines the significant events and people in the life of Rogers that influenced and shaped his passion for evangelistic preaching. This chapter provides a brief biography of Rogers that discusses his conversion and call to the ministry, his education in college and seminary, his pastoral ministry, his broadcast ministry, and his denominational leadership. It also identifies the characteristics demonstrated by Rogers that contributed to his effective evangelistic preaching ministry.
Chapter 3 examines the sermon preparation, organization, and delivery skills of Rogers. The objective of this chapter is to identify the homiletical style of Rogers' sermons with a focus upon his expository methodology. This chapter provides a study of the functional elements of Rogers' sermons, and identifies nine characteristics of evangelistic preaching reflected in Rogers' preaching. Finally this chapter considers the hermeneutical integrity of the sermons of Rogers in order to determine if he forced an evangelistic meaning into a text and thereby twisted the intent of the original author of the text.
Chapter 4 examines the evangelistic invitation of Rogers. This chapter provides a brief background regarding the origin of the evangelistic invitation and the criticism of some evangelicals regarding its historical and modern usage. The focus of this chapter, however, is upon the methodology of Rogers. This chapter addresses any problems and concerns regarding the evangelistic invitations of Rogers and it identifies the components and characteristics of Rogers' evangelistic invitation.
Chapter 5 is a study of the evangelistic content of Rogers' sermons. The goal of this chapter is to determine how often Rogers actually preached an evangelistic sermon from the pulpit of Bellevue Baptist Church. This chapter begins with a definition of evangelistic preaching, and provides a methodology for measuring the evangelistic content of Rogers' sermons based upon this definition. Next, this chapter offers an evaluation of the evangelistic content discovered in the sermons of Rogers, and gives a critical analysis of the evangelistic preaching ministry of Rogers based upon these findings. Finally, this chapter provides recommendations for an effective evangelistic preaching ministry.
Chapter 6 gives a conclusion to this study. This chapter addresses the importance of evangelistic preaching in the church. Furthermore, it introduces the discoveries made from this study and gives a summary of those discoveries. It also outlines an application of the strengths of Rogers' evangelistic preaching ministry. Finally, it identifies areas for further study in the future.
This dissertation also contains two appendices. The first appendix includes significant material regarding one hundred sermons by Rogers including an outline of each sermon and an assessment of the evangelistic content of each sermon. The second appendix provides an example of a gospel presentation and sinner's prayer used in the publication materials of Love Worth Finding Ministries.
- The Effectiveness of the Hands On Program in Attaining the Stated Goals of the International Mission Board: A Quantitative Study
The Effectiveness of the Hands On Program in Attaining the Stated Goals of the International Mission Board: A Quantitative Study
Gayhart, Jeffrey Martin
THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE HANDS ON PROGRAM
IN ATTAINING THE STATED GOALS OF THE
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD:
A QUANTITATIVE STUDY
Jeffrey Martin Gayhart, Ph.D.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
Chair: Dr. George H. Martin
This dissertation examines the effectiveness of the International Mission Board's Hands On program in reaching stated goals. Chapter 1 introduces the research question by examining the current state of short-term missions (STM) and the Foreign Mission Board/International Mission Board's (FMB/IMB) methodological embrace of STM. This chapter introduces a particular short-term mission (STM) opportunity offered by the IMB, called Hands On. The research questions are addressed by a historical study and by a quantitative study of the effectiveness of the Hands On program.
Chapter 2 is a more in depth historical study of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the history of the FMB/IMB and its embrace of new methodologies, particularly STM. The chapter notes the FMB's initial use of college students for STM assignments, which blossomed into the Journeyman program. The chapter concludes with the FMB's adoption of Bold Mission Thrust as impetus for a more robust student mission strategy, including Hands On.
Chapter 3 is an additional historical sketch for this study that reviews the history of STM and student missions. This chapter explains how the early histories of the SBC and student missions/STM movement parallel one another chronologically but not methodologically. The student missions/STM movement is a historical phenomenon that both informs the IMB's strategy and benefits from the IMB's methodological embrace. Also, this chapter surveys technological and sociological advances that opened the world to shorter-term missionaries.
The final two chapters focus on the results, analysis, and answers to the research problem. Chapter 4 includes the results and findings of the quantitative survey. In addition, this chapter explains the data analysis method of structural equation modeling (SEM), which is used to analyze multivariate data.
Chapter 5 discusses presented resolutions (or lack thereof) to the research problems introduced in Chapter 1. In addition, this chapter includes recommendations for changes in the Hands On program. Finally, this chapter highlights some potential areas for further research.
- Intergenerational Discipleship for Leadership Development: A Mixed-Methods Study
Intergenerational Discipleship for Leadership Development: A Mixed-Methods Study
FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:
A MIXED-METHODS STUDY
Scott Michael Douglas, Ed.D.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
Chair: Dr. Brian C. Richardson
The purpose of this study was to examine the leadership development of Millennial associate pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention by exploring the discipling relationship the associate has with the lead pastor. A sequential, mixed-methods line of inquiry was used in this study. The quantitative part utilized an online survey for the lead pastor and associate pastor. The online survey contained demographic questions, a thirty-item questionnaire about the associate pastor's leadership development along the Five Exemplary Practices of Kouzes and Posner, and a fifty-item questionnaire on necessary pastoral competencies. Following the quantitative analysis, five interviews were conducted with churches that displayed a high level of perceived leadership development.
A significant sample size was not reached in this study, with n = 99 participating church ministry teams in the study. Despite this, several conclusions were reached. Most notably, Millennial associate pastors and Generation-X lead pastors had a significant relationship with regard to the associate pastor's perceived leadership development, but that Millennial associate pastors and Baby Boomer lead pastors shared more in common in terms of necessary pastoral competencies. The follow-up interviews explored four lines of inquiry: the competency development of the associate pastor, the dynamics of the discipling relationship, the balance between personal and professional aspects, and the generational differences on the church staff. One interview that was conducted was an anomaly, but the other four interviews shared many similar qualities. The lead pastor and associate pastors shared a strong friendship, they were committed to not only ministry success but also to the pursuit of Christlikeness, there was an intentionality on the part of the lead pastor to allow the associate opportunities to serve outside their specific ministry area, and the informality of the relationship did not diminish the intentionality the lead pastor had for the growth of his associate pastor.
- Resurrection Hope in Daniel 12:2: An Exercise in Biblical Theology
Resurrection Hope in Daniel 12:2: An Exercise in Biblical Theology
This dissertation argues that Daniel relied on earlier Old Testament texts and theological convictions when he expressed the hope of bodily resurrection, and his expression informed and shaped subsequent nonbiblical and biblical authors. Chapter 1 introduces the thesis, methodology, and preliminary issues pertinent to the following study. Chapter 2 is a survey of research. This survey shows what proposals scholars have made regarding the emergence of resurrection hope in the Old Testament, it references the intertestamental literature that scholars believe Daniel 12:2 influenced, and it cites the New Testament passages that scholars believe may echo Daniel 12:2. Chapter 3 sets Daniel 12:2 in its context. Relevant considerations include the structure of the book of Daniel, the precursors of resurrection in the book, and a detailed exegesis of Daniel 12:2. Chapter 4 examines the seeds of resurrection hope sown in the Old Testament prior to Daniel 12:2. This study progresses through the Law, Prophets, and Writings. By looking for theological convictions, images, and expressions that advocate a belief in resurrection, it will be evident Daniel 12:2 was not the first occurrence of such hope. Instead, Daniel 12:2 had many implicit and explicit precursors in the Law, Prophets, and Writings. Chapter 5 focuses on the intertestamental literature in order to show and explain how Daniel 12:2 influenced authors of pseudepigraphal and apocryphal literature. Chapter 6 focuses on the New Testament authors and explains the influence of Daniel 12:2 on the Gospels, the book of Acts, the Epistles, and the Apocalypse. This influence is not only lexical but conceptual, and it is the latter kind of influence that has been neglected with regard to Daniel 12:2. Chapter 7 is the conclusion. It summarizes the evidence presented in the foregoing chapters as well as reiterates the conclusions drawn from this evidence.
- The Shining Face of Moses: The Interpretation of Exodus 34:29-35 and Its Use in the Old and New Testaments
The Shining Face of Moses: The Interpretation of Exodus 34:29-35 and Its Use in the Old and New Testaments
This dissertation constitutes a fresh interpretation of Exodus 34:29-35 and analyzes how the passage is used in both the Old and New Testaments. Chapter 1 is a historical overview of how this passage has been interpreted through the centuries. Chapter 2 provides an exegetical discussion of Exodus 32-34, which makes up the context of the passage in question. Chapter 3 argues that the primarily exegetical problem within this passage, the identification of the meaning of the verbal form of "qrn," is resolved by the recognition that it means "to shine" or "emanate light/rays" as opposed to "had horns" or other interpretations. The function of the entire phrase--"the skin of his face shone"--is fourfold: as a reminder or extension of Yhwh's presence at Sinai, to distinguish Moses in terms of status, to communicate Yhwh's "goodness," and to transition from the rebellion narrative in chapters 32-34 to the building of the tabernacle in 35-40. Knowing the function of the phrase sheds light on the concomitant matter of Moses' veil ("masweh"), which is more akin to a scarf than to a mask, and which functions simply to hide Moses' face when he is uninvolved with his role as mediator because his face was frightening and disturbing to the Israelites. The exegetical study in chapter 3 culminates in an explanation of the theology of Exodus 34:29-35, focusing on God's presence, glory, grace/compassion, and life/light. This thesis is developed in chapter 4, which shows that how certain OT passages highlight the image of a shining face as a theological metaphor for grace and compassion. Many later biblical texts (e.g., Num 6:24-27, portions of the Psalter and the book of Daniel) also echo this language in prayers and songs. In addition, idiomatic expressions about the "face" or the brightness of the face are found in some extrabiblical sources and ANE inscriptions, which confirm and validate the interpretation in chapter 3. Three further texts are examined with relation to the role of Sinai theophanies (1 Kgs 19), the "veiling" of God's presence in the future (Hab 3:1-4), and images of God's eschatological glory (Isa 60:1-5, 19-20). Chapter 5 applies the OT study to the NT, where special attention is given to three passages: the narrative of the transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17:1-8, Paul's statements in 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 about the old and new covenants, and the prologue to John's Gospel in John 1:1-18. Chapter 6 summarizes the study and concludes the work.
- Gideon's Response and Jotham's Fable: Two Anti-Monarchial Texts in a Pro-Monarchial Book?
Gideon's Response and Jotham's Fable: Two Anti-Monarchial Texts in a Pro-Monarchial Book?
Diffey, Daniel Scott
This dissertation seeks to interpret Gideon's response in Judg 8:23 and Jotham's fable in Judg 9:7-15 within the context of the book of Judges. The book of Judges has recently been seen as an apology for the Davidic monarchy. Studies that have advocated this perspective have focused on the prologue (Judg 1:1-3:6) and epilogue (Judg 17-21) where there appears to be a focus on the tribe of Judah and an explicitly pro-monarchial refrain. These studies have largely neglected Gideon's response and Jotham's fable, which have been described by some scholars as two of the most anti-monarchial texts in the entire Old Testament. This dissertation analyzes both the book of Judges as a whole and these two texts in particular, with the aim of establishing the notion that the book of Judges contains a coherent message concerning monarchy from start to finish. Chapter 1 establishes the methodology used in the present study. The methodology employed is a literary-exegetical and theological analysis of the text from a synchronic perspective. Chapter 2 surveys the history of interpretation of the book of Judges with a focus on Gideon's response and Jotham's fable. Chapter 3 places the composition of the book within its life-setting arguing that the book was likely composed during David's early reign. Chapter 4 looks at the ideology of monarchy within the entirety of the book of Judges. Chapter 5 provides a detailed literary analysis of the plot of the Gideon narrative and the characterization of Gideon. This is done to establish the Gideon is an unreliable character and that his response in 8:23 cannot be considered as a theological axiom that is to be trusted. Chapter 6 provides a detailed literary analysis of the plot of the Abimelech narrative along with a discussion of the characterization of both Jotham and Abimelech. This chapter argues that the purpose of Jotham's fable is to serve as a curse against Abimelech and the lords of Shechem and is not anti-monarchial in nature. Chapter 7 provides a summary of the contents of the dissertation with final reflecting thoughts.
- Justification One Hundred Years After Paul
Justification One Hundred Years After Paul
Arnold, Brian John
This dissertation seeks to answer the following question: how did the doctrine of justification fare one hundred years after Paul's death (c. AD 165)? The thesis argued is that Paul's view of justification by faith is present in the second century, which particularly challenges T. F. Torrance's long-held notion that the Apostolic Fathers abandoned this doctrine.
Chapter 1 provides an overview for the study. Groundwork is laid by providing a history of research on the reception of Paul in the second century as well as a section examining the important works on justification in the Fathers.
Chapter 2 examines justification in 1 Clement. Looking primarily at chapter 32, it is argued that Clement held to justification by faith alone apart from works, despite the frequent claim that he held to works righteousness.
Chapter 3 analyzes the seven letters of Ignatius. Although he only makes one pertinent reference to justification, Ignatius does have much to say against Judaism, which reveals a good deal about his view of justification.
Chapter 4 covers the oft-tread ground of justification in the Epistle to Diognetus. The ninth chapter of Diognetus contains the clearest expression of justification in the second century.
Chapter 5 surveys the Odes of Solomon. This overlooked songbook has a wealth of soteriological motifs, including mentions of justification. In at least three Odes there appears to be a dependence on Paul for the Odist's view of justification, and at times, imputation.
Chapter 6 explores justification in Justin Martyr's Dialogue with Trypho. Trypho informs Justin that he must keep the whole law in order to be saved. Justin, in turn, looks to the Old Testament, particularly to Abraham, as proof that justification comes by faith and not by adherence to the law.
The five authors examined demonstrate greater theological continuity between the first and second centuries than has often been recognized. Paul's doctrine of justification by faith was not replaced with works righteousness in the following century. Justification fared well one hundred years after the Apostle's death.
- A Critical Analysis of Hispanic Church-Planting Strategies in North America, 1970-1994
A Critical Analysis of Hispanic Church-Planting Strategies in North America, 1970-1994
Suarez, Gustavo Vicente
This dissertation analyzes and critically evaluates Southern Baptist Hispanic church-planting strategies in North America during the period of 1970-1994. This twenty-five-year study demonstrates that these years were both important and influential days for language missions among Southern Baptists.
Chapter 1 introduces the reader to the reality that the United States is a nation of many "nations." Each culture is extraordinarily unique and, consequently, requires that strategies be contextualized to reach successfully the increasingly diverse population in North America.
Chapter 2 explores the historical context that was the genesis of Southern Baptists' language missions in North America. Key people instrumental in reaching language/cultural groups, starting new churches, and developing indigenous leadership among different ethnic groups helped to paint the overall language missions landscape.
Chapter 3 introduces Oscar I. Romo and explores Romo's missiological principles, sociological understanding, and theological foundation for language missions. The chapter investigates how Romo's theology influenced his methodologies, and to what extent he influenced other people and agencies.
Chapter 4 introduces the reader to three important questions one must answer in order to have a better understanding of the importance and influence of language missions in the Southern Baptist Convention during the period of 1970-1994. While Chapter 4 is descriptive of each strategy, Chapter 5 analyzes, evaluates, and critiques the strengths and weaknesses of both primary and secondary strategies.
Chapter 6 draws conclusions from the historical, theological, missiological, sociological, and ecclesiological lessons learned during the period of 1970 to 1994. Additionally, chapter 6 examines the lessons learned from the past, reflects on current church-planting practices of the NAMB, and answers important and practical questions.
- The Proposal for Darwinian Morality Offered by Michael Ruse: A Critical Assessment
The Proposal for Darwinian Morality Offered by Michael Ruse: A Critical Assessment
Hatfield, Jeremy Shane
This dissertation describes and critiques the Darwinian proposal for morality constructed by Professor Michael Ruse. Chapter 1 outlines Ruse's background and Darwinian worldview while also depicting some inherent obstacles to the Darwinian worldview. Chapter 2 describes the moral anti-realism of Professor Ruse and illustrates his position as Hume updated by Darwin. Ruse's ethical skepticism denies genuine objectivity in morality, but he also rejects traditional subjectivism. Ruse describes himself as a subjectivist of a distinct kind. Chapter 3 examines the central and most controversial tenet of Ruse's moral proposal: the illusion of objectivity. Analysis and critique is offered of Ruse's proposal that objectivity is an illusion foisted upon all humans by natural selection. Chapter 4 describes how Ruse defines altruism and illustrates the fundamental problem that genuine altruism is for Darwinism. A charge is offered that Darwinism only supports pseudo-altruism and cannot successfully justify the common practice of authentic altruism. Chapter 5 concludes the dissertation and offers an argument that the nature of God serves as a far superior foundation for morality than Ruse supplies in his proposal. The doctrine of the imago dei provides a robust account of human dignity and morality.
- History of Great Crossings Church
History of Great Crossings Church
Bradley, J. N. (John Nicholas)
- Ephesians 3:14-20
Recorded from a live radio broadcast of Chapel Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, KY, September 19, 1971. Audio interrupted at tape direction change.
- How Shall They Hear? The Interface of Urbanization and Orality in North American Ethnic Church Planting
How Shall They Hear? The Interface of Urbanization and Orality in North American Ethnic Church Planting
This dissertation explores how urbanization and immigration affect the worldview and cultural identity of immigrants. Chapter 1 introduces the dissertation and presents the research problem. The chapter also defines key terms, gives the author's background, sets limitations and delimitations, and overviews research methods employed in the writing of this dissertation.
Chapter 2 provides a literature review, synthesis, and analysis of works in the fields of urban anthropology, orality studies, and church planting.
Chapter 3 explores the relationship of immigration and cultural identity. The chapter discusses ways in which urban areas encourage or limit cultural production of residents and how immigrants respond to those pressures as they express their cultural identity. The chapter concludes with an analysis of three models of assimilation likely to be found in urban contexts.
Chapter 4 presents the oral worldview, including the nature of oral cognition, oral community, and methods of oral communication. After describing primary oral cultures, the chapter discusses the introduction of literacy to an oral people and the effects of residual orality.
Chapter 5 draws together research presented in chapters 2 through 4 and discusses a grounded approach for identifying and reaching ethnic groups in the city. The first section presents methods to conduct ethnographic research so church planters can understand the specific dynamics in their communities. The second section discusses issues germane to reaching ethnic groups in the city including mono or multi-ethnic church, orality issues, critical contextualization, strategies for ministering in the three assimilation models presented in chapter 3, and the need for church partnerships.
Chapter 6 concludes the dissertation by summarizing key points from each chapter. The chapter also describes the application of the dissertation to urban settings outside of North America and discusses the need for further research on related topics beyond the scope of this dissertation.
- An Analysis of John Stott's Understanding of the Theological Relationship between Evangelism and Social Responsibility
An Analysis of John Stott's Understanding of the Theological Relationship between Evangelism and Social Responsibility
Hefner, Christopher Clayton
AN ANALYSIS OF JOHN STOTT'S UNDERSTANDING
OF THE THEOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
EVANGELISM AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Christopher Clayton Hefner, Ph.D.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
Chair: Dr. Timothy K. Beougher
This dissertation analyzes John R. W. Stott's understanding of the theological relationship between evangelism and social responsibility.
Chapter 1 defines important terms and states the case for researching John Stott's views on the subject.
Chapter 2 presents a biographical sketch of John Stott's life, giving particular attention to his theological and social contexts which shaped his views on the tension between evangelism and social responsibility.
Chapter 3 explores Stott's views on evangelism and social responsibility from the perspective of his pastoral ministry. Stott's role as rector at All Souls, Langham Place in London provided the ministry framework for Stott's practice and theology of evangelism. Furthermore, while in his role as pastor, Stott's views on social responsibility began to shift.
Chapter 4 examines Stott's international ministry within the Lausanne movement and his books that address the topic of evangelism and social responsibility. This stage of Stott's ministry was the primary arena where he adapted and implemented his understanding of the partnership between evangelism and social responsibility.
Chapter 5 recognizes Stott's broad influence on this topic among evangelical thinkers and surveys consequences related to the topic that developed as a result of Stott's position.
Chapter 6 analyzes Stott's understanding of evangelism and social responsibility theologically, exegetically, and practically. This chapter evaluates Stott's position exegetically, theologically, and practically and encapsulates the strengths and weaknesses of his position.
Chapter 7 concludes the dissertation by offering a discussion of discipleship as the proper place of social responsibility in the Christian life. As a final means of analysis, implications raised by Stott's understanding are presented and explored in light of greater evangelicalism.
- Improving the Level of Care for Southern Baptist Intercultural Missionaries Serving in North America
Improving the Level of Care for Southern Baptist Intercultural Missionaries Serving in North America
DeLoach, Trent Isaac
IMPROVING THE LEVEL OF CARE FOR SOUTHERN
BAPTIST INTERCULTURAL MISSIONARIES
SERVING IN NORTH AMERICA
Trent Isaac DeLoach, D.Miss.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
Chair: Dr. J. D. Payne
This dissertation explores the contemporary conditions and challenges of Southern Baptist cross-cultural missionaries serving in North America for the purpose of determining how Southern Baptists can improve the level of care for their domestic missionaries. The dissertation will be guided by three basic questions: How are the missionaries doing? What challenges are they facing? How can Southern Baptists better care for their needs? The spiritual, physical, emotional, and financial condition of the missionaries will receive special attention. An effort will be made to identify challenges that are unique to cross-cultural missionaries in the North American context. Finally, the data obtained from the missionaries will determine how Southern Baptists can improve the level of care for its domestic missionaries.
Chapter 2 describes the significance of cross-cultural missions in North America. Research will be presented that reveals the growing gap between the diversity of North America and the diversity found within Southern Baptist churches.
Chapter 3 presents the results from the qualitative research gained from the surveys, interviews, and site visits. Special attention is paid to the spiritual, physical, emotional, and financial condition of the missionaries. The missionaries' assessment of the care they are receiving from the Southern Baptist entities concludes the chapter.
Chapter 4 provides a response and an interpretation of the data collected from the study. Strengths and weaknesses of Southern Baptist care for cross-cultural missionaries in North America are explored.
Chapter 5 concludes the study by presenting a strategy to improve missionary care in North America among Southern Baptists. The strategy includes practical steps that can be taken to ensure Southern Baptists remain on the frontlines of engaging the nations in North America.
Chapter 6 reviews the salient observations from the study and presents areas that need further research.
- THE INFLUENCE OF NEWBIGIN'S MISSIOLOGY ON SELECTED INNOVATORS AND EARLY ADOPTERS OF THE EMERGING CHURCH PARADIGM
THE INFLUENCE OF NEWBIGIN'S MISSIOLOGY ON SELECTED INNOVATORS AND EARLY ADOPTERS OF THE EMERGING CHURCH PARADIGM
Stewart, Joe Randell
This dissertation examined the influence of missiologist Lesslie Newbigin on the innovators and early adopters of the emerging church paradigm. The work has demonstrated a connection between Newbigin's missiology and the innovators and the early adopters of the emerging church paradigm. His influence emerged in three primary arenas: the belief that Christendom crippled missionary consciousness in Western culture, the emphases on the communal dimensions of mission, and the necessity of a gospel expression that unleashed a timely message with a timeless word. Examination of the writings of Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Dan Kimball, and Mark Driscoll revealed great familiarity with Newbigin's work as well as a desire to adopt and adapt his stances to their own ministries.
Newbigin's staunch polemic against the mindset of modernity was one avenue that each of the early adopters and innovators addressed. The emerging church embraced Lesslie Newbigin's contention that Western culture emasculated the church from true gospel expression. Newbigin's influence on the epistemological views of the innovators and early adopters of the emerging church paradigm revealed a new dynamic engaged heavily with the Kingdom of God.
Lesslie Newbigin's contention that a true missionary movement required a communal dimension of witness as the congregation served as a hermeneutic of the gospel resonated fully with the emerging church paradigm. The corrective idea of Newbigin emphasizing the corporate nature of discipleship contra the consumerism and individualism of Western culture was seen as a needed emphasis by the emerging church practitioners. Each proponent of the emerging church paradigm embraced incarnational praxis, although expressions varied and were not uniform in practice.
Newbigin's viewpoint of the necessity of placing the church in the center of contextualization was tempered by a desire to avoid syncretism and irrelevance. Each of the innovators and early adopters of the emerging church paradigm reacted against what Newbigin termed the confinement of the gospel in the existing plausibility structures of the West. The emerging church attempted to bridge the arbitrary divisions in the culture between the sacred and secular.
The embrace of practices and prospects emerged from Newbigin's connection with the emerging church paradigm. This final focus demonstrated a connection with emerging church proponents as they embraced the dynamic of identifying with the life of Jesus, transforming secular space, and living communal lives. The fracturing influence of the emerging church paradigm was seen as largely a result of embracing theological liberalism rather than a result of a focus on Newbigin's missiology. Proponents of his conclusions adopted different monikers such as "missional" to be able to fully embrace Newbigin's missiology and social emphases while downplaying theological ambiguity.
- Paul's Proclamation, Defense, and Application of the Gospel in Galatians as a Paradigm for Gospel-Centered Preaching
Paul's Proclamation, Defense, and Application of the Gospel in Galatians as a Paradigm for Gospel-Centered Preaching
Pepper, Daryl L.
This dissertation uses Paul's letter to the Galatian Christians as a guide for gospel-centered preaching. The dissertation argues that evangelical Christianity suffers from a lack of gospel rich preaching, assesses that Galatians can be understood as a sermon, and then analyzes each passage in light of the gospel. In Galatians 1-4 Paul alternates between proclaiming and defending the gospel; in chapters 5-6 Paul applies the gospel. The final conclusion is that pastors who wish to be gospel-centered in their preaching do well to look to Galatians and ask three summary questions of any passage from which they will preach: 1) How does this Scripture proclaim the gospel? 2) How does this passage defend the gospel? 3) How does this text apply the gospel? The gospel-centered preaching paradigm is a tool to help contemporary expositors follow Paul's model and become gospel-centered in their preaching. The goal of these sermons is to help unbelievers receive the gospel and to continually become more like Jesus as they walk in a manner worthy of the gospel.