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Background on Klaiber and Marquardt's Living Grace

The selected readings from chapter two of Walter Klaiber and Manfred Marquardt’s Living Grace: An Outline of United Methodist Theology focus on two traditional flashpoints in Western Christianity’s tension between the ever-growing body of secular truths and theories about the natural world and the all-powerful, loving creator God of the Old and New Testaments. In the first selection - pages 93 to 102 - the authors focus on the tension between the Judeo-Christian belief in ex nihilo1 creation and natural science’s discovered truths and generally accepted theories over the last several centuries. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Jan 25, 2015, Words: ~1600, Reading Time: 8 min

Background & Theological Analysis of "O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing"

Background “O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing” was written in May 1739 by Charles Wesley in remembrance of his moment of assurance and full conversion. The year before, Charles had become very sick and was cared for by a group of Christians. Their service, prayers, and testimonies during his sickness greatly affected Charles and caused him great reflection. While on the mend after the sickness, he was reading from his Bible and had an experience that would later be mirrored by his brother John at Aldersgate. Read more...

Posted: Tue, Jan 13, 2015, Words: ~1000, Reading Time: 5 min

The Divine Plural in Early Genesis

The first four chapters of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible are interesting for many reasons. In these chapters the ancient editors have stitched together two even more ancient written sources — the Yahwist and Priestly — to give an account of the creation of the world and humankind. The saga of Earth’s first people and their dealings with God are masterfully presented to set the stage for the later patriarchs and the coming of Israel as a covenant people. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Nov 12, 2014, Words: ~1700, Reading Time: 8 min

Essay in Answer to ¶310,2a UMC Discipline 2012

The path to ministry God set before me was indeed mysterious, but now – looking back – clear and obvious. God in his mercy saved me from the dark, uncertain lands of my youth. He offered me his only son, Jesus Christ, and filled me with his Holy Spirit. He nurtured me through his Holy Word and the saints of his Church. The joy in my life is now totally incomprehensible to my old self. Read more...

Posted: Tue, Oct 14, 2014, Words: ~1600, Reading Time: 8 min

Humility in the Apophthegmata Patrum

The editor of the Alphabetical Collection of the Apophthegmata Patrum intended to record and share sayings ? small vignettes displaying mastery or deep knowledge of a Christian truth ? with fellow Christians living the monastic life. The ancient editor with his or her focus on the practical aspects of Christian mastery, not only the intellectual, shows his or her groundedness in the concerns of lay practitioners of Christianity rather than the more philosophic musings of the clergy. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Oct 12, 2014, Words: ~1800, Reading Time: 9 min

Form Criticism

Introduction Form criticism is a way to approach the biblical text that focuses on finding the pre-written, oral origins of the various stories and episodes within text of the Hebrew Bible. First developed in Germany by Hermann Gunkel before the first World War, form criticism emerged from Gunkel’s realization that there were sections of text within the Hebrew Bible that likely had origins in an oral tradition before being written down. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Sep 24, 2014, Words: ~2000, Reading Time: 9 min

The Bible in the Methodist Tradition

The Articles of Religion of the United Methodist Church were adopted in 1784 at the founding conference of the former Methodist Episcopal Church. John Wesley, the initiator of the Methodist revival within the Church of England, took the original thirty-nine articles establish by the English church and edited them to make them more concise and removed overly Calvinist language. Wesley compiled his revision of the Anglican thirty-nine articles, now pared down to only twenty-five, into his Sunday Service of the Methodist, a book similar to the common prayer book of the English church. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Sep 10, 2014, Words: ~1400, Reading Time: 7 min

Understanding McKendree United Methodist Church

Introduction McKendree United Methodist Church[1] has an imposing edifice that hides her true character. From the street she looks like the typical old-fashioned downtown church with an aging congregation. From the outside, no life or living ministry is expected to be found inside. However, if one takes a moment to step inside the 100 year old sanctuary one will find a missional congregation that reflects both the history of the 226 years and the ecology of a diverse, vibrant, and growing downtown community. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Jul 14, 2013, Words: ~4800, Reading Time: 23 min

One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church

Introduction The church universal and especially the unique, individual congregations of the church have had many meanings in the history of humankind and the history of the church. Many have seen the church as an arm of oppressive government; baptizing war, causing destruction, and stifling academic and scientific progress. For others, the church in its global and local form is a tool for political and social agendas; an agent of governmental and societal “progress”. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Jun 2, 2013, Words: ~1500, Reading Time: 7 min

Exegetical Analysis Of Isaiah 45:20-25

Introduction The cliché is well known in contemporary American literature and film; in a moment of intense drama, the judge’s stern and ordered demeanor fades and his or her true character breaks through. The raw human emotion surrounding the question and parties involved erupts from the seat of judgment and the entire situation comes to be seen in a new light. After days of evidence, twists, turns, uncertainties, and questions, the situation as it really stands is laid bare and the final judgment required to bring justice becomes clear to all. Read more...

Posted: Fri, May 3, 2013, Words: ~4700, Reading Time: 22 min

The Christology and Ecclesiological Vision of Paul in Philippians and Colossians with a Practical Application for the Modern Church

Introduction Both the epistles to the Philippians and Colossians pivot on hymns seeped in Paul’s Christology. The hymn in Phil 2:6-11 focuses on the unexpected nature of the Messiah who fulfills the prophesies of the prophets while the hymn in Col 1:15-23 focuses on the divinity of Christ and his preeminent status before all things in heaven and earth. Surrounding the two hymns, Paul’s exhortations for new patterns of life and he and his fellow servants’ Christ-template narratives call the “faithful brothers and sisters in Christ”1 in both Philippi and Colossae to a new way life. Read more...

Posted: Fri, Apr 5, 2013, Words: ~3300, Reading Time: 16 min

Comparative Analysis of the German and American Business Cultures

As a soon to be graduate holding bachelor degrees in both Management Information Systems and German, I recently began to ponder in more detail how exactly my degrees would work together in my career. How could my understanding of the German culture work along side my knowledge of business processes and information systems? After studying a semester in Germany and working on several international project groups the answer to this question was very clear. Read more...

Posted: Thu, Dec 7, 2006, Words: ~2300, Reading Time: 11 min
Tags: #undergrad

Biblical Christian Similitude and the effects of Contemporary Victorian Ideals in Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”

Throughout the centuries narratives have been used to instruct, entertain, and to uplift the soul. The many Christian themed poems and narratives of the Victorian period are no exception to this pattern. Christina Rossetti’s poetic narrative, “Goblin Market,” bases itself upon and often mirrors biblical Christian motifs such as temptation, sin, grace and redemption; however, in the final lines of the poem, “Goblin Market” escapes from its similitude to the Christian narrative through the altering of the traditional Christ-like figure to a female savior. Read more...

Posted: Sat, Nov 20, 2004, Words: ~1700, Reading Time: 8 min

Symbolism and Meaning of “A Poison Tree”

William Blake’s “A Poison Tree” basically uses two symbols (an apple and a tree) to relate its meaning. The tree represents the growing anger in the speaker’s heart against his enemy and the apple represents the “fruit” of that anger, an action, in the poem, murder. Blake uses the poem to teach the reader that, just as Christ teaches, we should forgive our friends as well as our enemies and that we should not hold grudges. Read more...

Posted: Mon, Sep 20, 2004, Words: ~800, Reading Time: 4 min

Analysation of Chapter Six in Cannibals All!

Nota Bene: This essay was written my second semester of university. In this time I wasn’t a Christian and hadn’t been exposed to many different ideas and cultures. 2018 Michael would have written a very different essay. That being said, 2003 Michael is still worth studying. 2003 Michaels still exist in the South. I am proof they are willing and able to enter into discourse and change their minds if we give them the chance. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Dec 10, 2003, Words: ~1100, Reading Time: 5 min