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A Biblical Model of the Christian Life html pdf

We need a separate area of doctrine to deal with the collective aspects which I will call the Christian Life (cf. Clinton, 1981). Up to the present many of these are dealt with under anthropology, soteriology, sanctification or ecclesiology. The task of re-examining the history of theology regarding any and all aspects of the Christian Life and restating the conclusions in light of a biblical center and a new direction is staggering to the imagination. But I do not see that we have any option, other than holding on to the present, inadequate, state of the theological development.

Christ in Us: the Hope of Glory

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Recent discussions regarding spiritual formation have focused on the past work of Christ as the ground of our spiritual identity and power.  Other contributions have focused on the present work of Christ and the Holy Spirit as sources of strength and direction.  The present paper adds to these foundations the reality of our future in heaven as a source of motivation and specific direction both for Christian living and ministry. 

Components of Spiritual Formation

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Four components of spiritual formation are identified. This paper explores the second element: Passive Elements - Allowing Jesus and other people to minister to me.  The other three elements are covered in other papers.

Conceptual Foundations for Theosis

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Recent discussions regarding spiritual formation have focused on the past work of Christ as the ground of our spiritual identity and power. Other contributions have focused on the present work of Christ and the Holy Spirit as sources of strength and direction.  The present paper adds to these foundations specific reference to the hope of our future as a source of motivation and specific direction both for Christian living and ministry.  This paper includes but goes beyond the Realized Eschatology movement of the 1960s and 1970s (Cullmann, Grounds, Gruenler, Ladd, Moltmann), and the theological truths of scripture concerning our position in Christ and our future in heaven.

Discipleship and Spiritual Direction

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Becoming a disciple is a common theme and a commandment in the New Testament.  Each of us as believers in Christ has the opportunity, and responsibility, to walk closely with Jesus.  But nowhere are we commanded to have, or be, a spiritual director.  The function of a spiritual director has been described since the first century when John and Paul were encouraging their disciples about how to walk closer with Jesus Christ.  The title spiritual director has been in the church since about 400.  While the title and command are not in the Bible, the function of the spiritual director is discussed in the New Testament.  We want to discern the relationship between discipleship and spiritual direction.

Fiorenza on Theological Method html pdf

Fiorenza examines three classical paradigms of doing theology and five recent approaches. From this brief survey he then makes four recommendations for future directions in theological methodology. This paper presents his background points in summary fashion, his four recommendations and then interact with his presentation.

Levels of Belief in the Pauline Epistles

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The New Testament writers  held more than one category of "belief strength." They held some beliefs as non-negotiable for all Christians, others as matters of individual conscience on which believers could have diversity of belief without disunity, and others as solely matters of personal preference.  Today there are dozens of claimants to "essential belief" status. The need in for restoring a unity based on a distinction between what is central in the Christian faith and what is secondary is great.  But how can this distinction be consistently accomplished? The solution would be a means of sorting out and agreeing upon what is crucial and central to orthodox doctrine and distinguishing what is valuable but secondary. To this end, we propose a three-fold paradigm based on precedents in Paul's epistles. The remainder of this article will delineate this paradigm and examine two examples of potential application.

Loving God with Heart and Mind: Apologetics in the Post-Modern Age

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This discussion of the classic passage titled "The Great Commandment" is being done for the church, therefore it will take place in the context of one of the major tasks of the church, evangelism. The broader context for the church today is that of a new fallen culture, post-modernism. How do we live the Great Commandment in such a way that we are effective in conveying the gospel to inhabitants of modern culture?

Peter, Paul and the Anonymous Christian

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This paper concerns two questions which are vitally important to the church of Jesus Christ today: What are the maximal limits of natural theology, and is it possible for someone to be saved apart from specific knowledge of the gospel? The paper focuses on Rahner and a biblical response to his ideas.

Realistic Theism and the Foundation of Spiritual Life

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This paper  introduces a background in Realistic Theism, then shows how Realistic Theism relates to the spiritual foundations question and how this might effect a discussion of the origin and foundation of spiritual life.

Spiritual Formation as a Journey

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Metaphors of spiritual growth occur in the Bible as well as in literature throughout the ages.  Jesus often used the metaphor of walking with Him.  Paul talks about walking in the Spirit.  Bunyan used the journey of a pilgrim.  Other metaphors occur for becoming a Christian: taste and see, come to the water, the new birth, etc.  In historical spiritual literature we find the nine level castle or the seven story mountain.  For this paper I shall use the metaphor of a journey of six steps.  I understand the term spiritual formation to include all the steps, from the human perspective, in moving toward faith in Christ, becoming a Christian, growing in Christ, and eventual transformation.

 

The Holy Spirit and the Human Spirit html pdf

This paper discusses the origin and foundation of spiritual life, looking at theological issues from a philosophical perspective.  It dialogs with most modern spiritual theologies.

The Role of the Holy Spirit in Spiritual Growth

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Because of the various tensions in the doctrine and practice concerning the presence and work of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, it is important to clarify our common ground and to examine the scripture for the more definitive passages which help set parameters on our understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in spiritual life and growth.

 

  Creation and Theology html pdf

The purpose of creation, the method of creation, and the results of creation tell us a unique story about God's intent for our life in this world.  Looking at Genesis 1-2 from the perspective of philosophical, psychological and theological categories bring many issues into focus.  The result is a hope for the present and the future. 

 

 The Calvinist-Arminian Debate doc pdf

The Doctrine of Salvation is at the heart of all theological systems and has been at the center of the debate for 400 years between Calvinists and Arminians.  This dissertation develops a biblical theology as a context for examining both sides of the debate and then finding a biblical resolution. 

 

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