Greetings From the Editor
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by Jin Hee Han

For the winter issue of 2016, we present a collection of articles and book reviews focused upon the theme of “BREATHING.” This year we were presented with a series of challenges, but the Lord provided for us exactly what we needed to continue this important ministry. Help from the Lord came through like the precious supply of breath in ways that we could recognize right away as God’s gracious intervention.

Our authors highlight God’s mysterious and wondrous work we encounter in the Bible, the life of the church, and the world in modern days. As the Johannine Jesus points out, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes” (John 3:8). Commentators immediately add that the Greek word for the “wind” is pneuma, and that it also means “spirit” (as in the Holy Spirit). The Spirit of the living God takes us where we may not have anticipated, but the upshot of the journey is always the manifestation of God’s goodness.

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Book Review: Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform by Al Tizon
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Book Review: Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform by Al Tizon

Reviewed by Neal Presa

This volume describes the practical implications of being missional upon the preaching craft, and, by extension, upon the mission and ministry of the Church.

Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings on Preaching
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Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings on Preaching

by Darla Turlington

Preachers and others may find some of the rich quotes cited here dealing with healing to be of use in sermons, newsletters, letters, and other media. No citing of source is necessary for use.

Lectionary: Year A: May 1 through July 31, 2014
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Lectionary: Year A: May 1 through July 31, 2014

by Remington Slone

Whether or not a pastor follows the Lectionary, this perceptive commentary should prove valuable for preachers, seminary students, and lay readers seeking to expand their understanding of many Biblical passages from both Testaments.

From the Editor-In-Chief
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From the Editor-In-Chief

by Jin Hee Han

The self-portrayal of God in Exodus 15:26 is dear to my heart. In it, God says, “I am the LORD who heals you” (NRSV; emphasis added). The Semitic cognates of the verb used here suggest that the Hebrew may have included an underlying meaning of “stitching.” When we are broken and torn, the Lord stitches us and restores us to health. The Lord is our healer.

Deadly Connections: Idolatry, Addiction, Economics, and Politics
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Deadly Connections: Idolatry, Addiction, Economics, and Politics

by Alice Ogden Bellis

While neither Hosea 12:7-9 nor Romans 1:24-25 refers directly to addiction, the problems associated with it can be teased out of Hosea’s historical context. Other parts of Hosea deal with idolatry, as do the focal verses in Romans. The powerful connections among idolatry, addiction, economics, and politics constitute a serious malady today, that could also be observed in biblical times.

Discipleship as the Subversive Way of Jesus
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Discipleship as the Subversive Way of Jesus

by Sang Meyng Lee

The Gospel of Mark concentrates on how Jesus fulfilled the role of the suffering servant on his journey to the cross. It is a crucial irony that Jesus is not only the suffering servant, but he is also the Son of God. The true disciple understands this irony in relation to Jesus’ identity.

Is There Discipline in Our Discipleship?
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Is There Discipline in Our Discipleship?

by Joseph Crockett

Important for transforming non-adherents into students, followers, and apprentices of a leader, discipline is a necessary, though not the only important, task in the life of a disciple. Jesus and others make clear the crucial connections between discipline and discipleship.

“Follow Me”…“He Is Going before You to Galilee”
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“Follow Me”…“He Is Going before You to Galilee”

by Jae Won Lee

Human beings are born out of relationships, live in relationship to others, and are remembered through those relationships. Christian discipleship urges us to return to the foundational relationship between Jesus and his disciples, to reflect upon it in our social locations, and embody it in our daily life.

Journeying With Jesus: Discipleship in the Context of Diversity and Transnationalism
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Journeying With Jesus:  Discipleship in the Context of Diversity and Transnationalism

by Moses O. Biney

In an era of cultural and religious diversity and transnationalism, how can faithful discipleship accommodate or at least co-exist with cultural and religious differences? This perennial question calls for new answers, and this article is a move in that direction.

Imitation Is the Most Sincere Form of…Discipleship
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Imitation Is the Most Sincere Form of…Discipleship

by Christopher S. Peet

The author’s “hermeneutic of suspicion” is aroused when reading a text that seems to demand unquestioning obedience. However, while Dietrich Bonhoeffer makes it clear that in his opinion unquestioning obedience is at the heart of true discipleship, the author offers other suggestions.

Call and Discipleship
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Call and Discipleship

by Jennifer M. van Zandt

There are growing numbers of “Spiritual but Not Religious” people leaving the institutional church for their own rituals and ways of relating to God. Too many people in formal churches are assisting in this slow death by focusing on Attendance, Budget, and Children instead of making Disciples.

Keeping the Faith: Suggestions for Parents and Church Leaders
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Keeping the Faith: Suggestions for Parents and Church Leaders

by Martha Flavell

When students leave home for college or a job, it has been shown that many fall away from their faith. What can parents and church leaders do to help them realize that sticking to their faith is important? The author offers a thoughtful program for all concerned.