PAPERS

1Jun

Paper: Discipleship in a Small Group

Discipleship Training in a Small Group

I wrote this 16 page paper as part of a Biblical Discipleship class at Shepherds Theological Seminary. The point of the paper is to define the concept of discipleship, and then to provide a high level overview of a discipleship training program targeted to a specific environment. I chose discipleship in a corporate environment, and used a study of faith and spiritual maturity in Genesis as the material to work from.

31May

Paper: Three Discipleship Books

I recently had to complete three short papers providing reflective reviews on three different books on discipleship for Biblical Discipleship. The three books are: Growing True Disciples, Transforming Discipleship, and The Trellis and the Vine. All three write ups are combined into a single file, and posted here.

Three Discipleship Books

16Mar

Two Short Papers on Edwards and Moller

I’ve posted two very short papers over on my papers page for anyone who’s interested.

A Review of Edwards’ An Humble Inquiry

This is one of two very short papers I wrote for Historical Theology II. The assignment was to read 50 pages of some work of Jonathan Edwards, and then comment on the work in terms of academic depth, argument made, etc.

A Review of Moller’s The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer

This is one of two very short papers I wrote for Historical Theology II. The assignment was to read 50 pages of some modern Pentecostal, and then comment on the work in terms of academic depth, argument made, etc.

25Jan

Paper: Review of Apologetic Methods

I’ve posted one of the two papers I wrote for the class I took in apologetics; it’s a review of the five apologetic methods commonly used today, based on the book Five Views on Apologetics.

Apologetics is the process of presenting the rationality of the Christian faith to skeptics both within the Church and without. It is a valuable tool in the hands of the Christian to undergird the faith of those who are under attack by skeptics or life circumstances, and to remove objections to the Christian faith in the mind of the unbeliever. Five Views on Apologetics presents five different apologetic methods currently practiced within the Christian community. Each view is presented by a proponent of the view in question, followed by the proponents of the four remaining views provide comments and criticisms on the proposed view. The remaining sections of this paper provide a short summary of each view in turn, including their basis and some criticisms. The cumulative view is considered last, and provided more space than the others, because it is the most advantageous method of the methods discussed here. –Review of Apologetic Methods

11Dec

Paper: Adoption in the Dispensations

For those who haven’t hung around here long, I am currently working on my Masters of Divinity at Shepherds Theological Seminary. Which means I must write papers from time to time. Actually, it’s not so bad, because I really enjoy writing (as if you couldn’t tell), so writing papers has been, so far, my favorite part of this process.

That said, I’ve finished my third paper, this one for Systematic Theology III, under Dr. Pettegrew. The title is “Adoption: A Dispensational Progression?” The general argument is that the use of adoption as a type or metaphor changes through broad dispensations. As the paper is only 13 pages, I didn’t have a lot of space in which to argue the case as strongly as I would have liked, or explore some side avenues, but if you divide time into four dispensations (a very broad dispensational view), you find that adoption is treated negatively before Israel, is strongly attached to “intra familly” settings and as a type between Israel and God within the time frame of Israel as a nation, and then is used by Paul to illustrate the bringing of Gentile believers into God’s household within the Church.

There is, of course, much more to this type, but, again, the paper is only 13 pages, so I didn’t have a lot of space to explore those aspects. A number of things I think are interesting is the relationship between adoption and inheritance (not all adopted heirs receive the same inheritance), the relationship between adoption and salvation, and a number of other things.

But, just as life, papers are often too short. At any rate, enjoy!

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