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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A Flourishing Life of Love
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A Flourishing Life of Love

by Charlie Self

As we aim to love God and do God’s work in the world, we need a new vision of what it means to “make disciples.” This flourishing life described by Moses and Micah, Jesus and the Apostle Paul, is not merely a set of rules or series of programs. A flourishing life of love will grow, as we understand the outcomes of walking with the Lord.

Being and Making Disciples of Jesus Christ
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Being and Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

by Pamela Dilmore

The author notes that we are called to make disciples—to inspire, and to encourage others to follow Jesus, and to live according to his teachings. She wonders if we take the call to “make disciples” for granted and points out that in the Greek New Testament, words translated as “disciple,” have constellations of meaning that revolve around following, learning, and teaching. This is a tall order; this is our calling!

Authentic Discipleship
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Authentic Discipleship

by Kimberly Credit

Today in America, it is common for many people to identify themselves as Christians yet they may rarely attend a church, read the Bible, or live a true Christian life. Can a person be a Christian without being an authentic disciple of Christ? This article explores this question in the live of individuals and churches.

Book Review: Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship by Charlie Self
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Book Review: Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship by Charlie Self

Reviewed by Neal Presa

Charlie Self, Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship (Grand Rapids, MI: Christian’s Library Press, 2013).

Lectionary Year A February 2, 2014 through April 27, 2014
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Lectionary Year A February 2, 2014 through April 27, 2014

by Remington Slone

Here are useful insights for pastors and others into all the Scripture selections from the Revised Common Lectionary for the period cited above.

Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings on Disciple
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Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings on Disciple

by Darla Turlington

Here are quotations from the Bible as well as from secular writings that pastors and others may find useful in sermons, essays, or other venues.

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

by Jin Hee Han

Our first issue of this year sets the course for the year, centering on the theme of the DISCIPLE. Our authors in this issue guide us through many transforming venues in which we find ourselves as learners of the way of heaven. Jesus’ unparalleled teaching of loving enemies and his life-giving sacrifice on the cross abide as the mark and price of being a faithful DISCIPLE.

Superabundance: Its Biblical Genesis, Accessibility, and Custody
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Superabundance: Its Biblical Genesis, Accessibility, and Custody

by Kenneth Ngwa

The author explores how one might reflect on superabundance theologically when austerity and the widening gap between the super rich and the poor affects economic discourse and the church’s role in society’s well-being.

Medieval Mysticism: Superabundance of Divine Grace
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Medieval Mysticism: Superabundance of Divine Grace

by Albrecht Classen

While some are skeptical of the Medieval Mystics’ claims about their visions of the Divine, here is a cogent defense of those ancient people who experienced God’s Superabundance in this most unique way.

Superabundant Capacity of God: a Reformed Perspective
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Superabundant Capacity of God: a Reformed Perspective

by Al Bunis

Since the term “super” is often misused today, describing God as having superabundance, may not have the impact originally intended. However, connecting superabundance to Reformed depictions of both God and humankind may be a good place to start.

Preaching God’s Superabundance from the Margins
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Preaching God’s Superabundance from the Margins

by Eunjoo Mary Kim

It maybe difficult for preachers whose congregations are in the dominant culture—affluent and satiated—to deal with God’s Superabundance since it may require imagination to see what God is doing on the margins as well as recognizing our obligations to the global community.

The Gospel of Abundance Left Behind
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The Gospel of Abundance Left Behind

by Chris Shelton

“Jesus said: “Let’s take the boat out into deeper waters.” So out they go and then toss their nets into the depths. Suddenly, their nets are full to the point of breaking…. But the story doesn’t end here, for Discipleship begins not when they haul in the abundance–but when they leave it all behind and follow him.