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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


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ist eine sehr wichtige Person für die deutsche Sprache. Durch ihn war die deutsche Literatur zur Moderne und allgemeine Geltung angetrieben. Er ist der „Shakespeare“ der deutschen Sprache. Von seinem Gebornen in Frankfurt a.M. bis sein Tod in Weimer in 1832 hat Goethe viele Gedichte geschrieben. Goethes bekanntest Gedicht, am wenigstens in Amerika, ist die „Erlkönig“. „Erlkönig“ ist ein Gedicht über einen Vater und seinen Sohn. Die Beide „reiten durch Nacht und Wind“. Read more...

Posted: Sun, Nov 30, 2003, Words: ~300, Reading Time: 2 min

Vanitas, Memento Mori, und Carpe Diem

Die lateinischen Phrasen Vanitas, Memento Mori, und Carpe Diem sind sehr wichtig, besonders wenn Mann über die Zeit während und nach der Pest studiert. Diese Phrasen sind wichtig weil sie viel über die Ausblick und die Grundstimmung der Zeit sagen. Während und nach der Pest haben viele Menschen über Tod gedacht. Das ist weil Tod so prominent war weil so viele Menschen Krank mit der Pest waren. Die Pest war überall, dafür Tod stand immer gleich vor der Tür. Read more...

Posted: Fri, Oct 31, 2003, Words: ~300, Reading Time: 2 min

"Dover Beach": Understanding Meaning Through Symbols and Ideas

The modern existence of man is one of great complexity. Things seem as if they are one thing, but in reality are something quite different. The modern world is always changing and constantly moving. The world’s constant advancement of knowledge is attended by the loss of human feeling; the loss of love (Rosenblatt 80). In the summer of 1851 when Arnold wrote “Dover Beach” he saw and felt all of these things (Holland 6). Read more...

Posted: Fri, Oct 24, 2003, Words: ~1300, Reading Time: 6 min
Tags: #undergrad

Martin Luther und die deutsche Sprache

Martin Luther war für die deutsche Sprache sehr wichtig. Er hat neue Wörter gemacht, die Grammatik genormt, und eine neue Leserschaft die Bibel gegeben. Weil diese Dinge so wichtig sind, ist (in meiner Meinung) Martin Luther die wichtigste Person der deutschen Sprache. Bevor Martin Luthers Bibel waren nicht so viele Dinge auf Deutsch geschrieben. Der größte Teil von der Texte waren auf Lateinisch geschrieben. Deswegen fehlte Deutsch viele Wörter; besonders in Religion, Recht, Medizin, Mathematik, und Bildung. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Oct 15, 2003, Words: ~400, Reading Time: 2 min

Karl der Große

Rund um 2. April 742 ein größer Mann war geboren. Dieser Mann heißt Karl, Sohn Pippins III., und er würde viel für die Germanen (besonders die Franken) machen. Nach dem Tod seines Vater in 768 bekam Karl König von der Franken. Seit 32 Jahre hatten die Franken gegen die Sachsen gekämpft. Die Franken (und Karl) wollten die Sachsen christlich zu machen. Die Sachsen aber wollten nichts mit die Christianisierung zu tun. Read more...

Posted: Wed, Oct 15, 2003, Words: ~300, Reading Time: 2 min

Das Elend der Frauen im Mittelalter

Das Elend der Frauen im Mittelalter war sehr schwierig. Doch, das Elend der Frauen war wirklich schwierig bis die 19 Jahrhunderts, aber besonders so im Mittelalter. Warum war es so schwierig? Weil die Frauen keine Rechts, keine Stimme, und keine Leiterin gehabt haben. Im Mittelalter haben Frauen keine oder wenige Rechts gehabt. Eine Frau konnte kein Land und/oder kein Eigentum haben (zum Beispiel; Häuser, Wagens, Pferden, und so weiter). Für die Ehefrau war es nicht so schlecht. Read more...

Posted: Tue, Sep 30, 2003, Words: ~300, Reading Time: 2 min