Greetings From the Editor
March 9, 2016 – 10:39 pm | No Comment

by Jin Hee Han

Our spring issue of 2016 compels us to re-start our New Year with a reflection on creation. The theme has inspired poets and preachers, as well as the ancient rabbis who gave the theme the prestigious place at the beginning of the Bible. According to a legend, the book of Job was a contender as the head of the Bible, but the sages agreed that the story of the Bible should begin with creation, not with suffering. Firmly grounded in this tradition, many of our authors direct us to the first part of the book of Genesis.

In this issue on creation, we encounter voices that challenge us to learn to value the life of the oppressed for whom God cares. They tell us that God has created human beings in God’s own image, and that every person helps us see God in all spectrums of colors and physical manifestations.

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Eleanor Speaks Out!
November 19, 2015 – 11:41 pm | Comments Off on Eleanor Speaks Out!
Eleanor Speaks Out!

by Lura Pierce

I like to say that Eleanor Roosevelt chose me. I certainly didn’t know that studying the woman I had disliked as an adolescent would renew my faith and spur me to action. I didn’t know she would become my mentor across time and help me to answer, “Who am I now?”

Mission Connectivity: A Tale of Two Cities
November 19, 2015 – 11:40 pm | Comments Off on Mission Connectivity: A Tale of Two Cities
Mission Connectivity: A Tale of Two Cities

by Kevin Yoho

Do you believe that anything is possible? Pastors and church leaders in very diverse ministries consistently tell me they want to make a difference in their community. Many do, but others retreat into their sanctuaries when unexpected obstacles and challenges arise.

Connectivity: Acts 17
November 19, 2015 – 11:39 pm | Comments Off on Connectivity: Acts 17
Connectivity: Acts 17

by C. H. Elijah Sadaphal

Connection is defined as “a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.” From a theological perspective, the Holy Spirit is connected to Creator, Who is connected to Christ, Who is connected to the Holy Spirit. The Connectivity and subsequent relationality within and amongst the Holy Trinity is what allows salvation.

A Longing for Connectivity
November 19, 2015 – 11:38 pm | Comments Off on A Longing for Connectivity
A Longing for Connectivity

by Insook Lee

We have shifted from the industrial age to the digital age of connectivity. Some people welcome the sense of connection beyond time and space while others are ambivalent and fearful of “techno-colonialism” and a “global cyberimperialism.” Whatever the consequences of digital connectivity are, “internet access springs from a powerful longing for community—the very same force that drives church congregations.”

Preaching That Shapes The Body of Christ
November 19, 2015 – 11:37 pm | Comments Off on Preaching That Shapes The Body of Christ
Preaching That Shapes The Body of Christ

by David A. Davis

Many preachers have experienced that moment of paralysis when they stand before a congregation yearning to hear Biblical truth just before the sermon. For many pastors that view of the congregation comes with the knowledge of the overwhelming, collective pastoral need. But by God’s grace and in the mystery of the Holy Spirit, we believe the Gospel strikes to the heart of the people of God.

Rejection and Hope: Jeremiah’s Distinctive Vision for a Future Davidic King
November 19, 2015 – 11:36 pm | Comments Off on Rejection and Hope: Jeremiah’s Distinctive Vision for a Future Davidic King
Rejection and Hope: Jeremiah’s Distinctive Vision for a Future Davidic King

by Melvin Sensenig

Jeremiah 21:1–23:4 recounts a series of oracles against the last four kings in Israel. The canonical book’s reordering of the final four kings is important to the overall argument of the book about the future of the Davidic kingship. No future king can arise without the complete destruction of the current Davidic line.

Book Review: Homiletical Theology: Preaching as Doing Theology
November 19, 2015 – 11:34 pm | Comments Off on Book Review: Homiletical Theology: Preaching as Doing Theology
Book Review: Homiletical Theology: Preaching as Doing Theology

by Neal D. Presa

This book is the first volume in “The Promise of Homiletical Theology” series as part of the Homiletical Theology section in the Academy of Homiletics. Boston University homiletics scholar, David Schnasa Jacobsen, collaborated with six other homileticians in describing the multivalent relationships of preaching, preaching preparation and theology. At its core, the volume asserts that every part of the preaching craft is engaged in theology and is itself theological by definition because the subject, object, and predicate of preaching is God.

Book Review: Faith, Freedom, and the Spirit: The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and Contemporary Theology
November 19, 2015 – 11:33 pm | Comments Off on Book Review: Faith, Freedom, and the Spirit: The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and Contemporary Theology
Book Review: Faith, Freedom, and the Spirit: The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and Contemporary Theology

by Neal D. Presa

To know oneself, one must have a proper understanding of God. Or to put it simply: the true identity of God leads to true identity of who we are, whose we are, and what we are to be and to do. For the task and craft of preaching the identity of God is critical, essential, and pivotal. Paul Molnar applies Barth’s theology of the Trinity and election, and then uses the thoughts of one of Barth’s students, the late reformed theologian, Thomas F. Torrance, to bring clarity to Barth’s thoughts on the matter, and to provide a corrective to contemporary theologies.

Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings Related to Connectivity
November 19, 2015 – 11:32 pm | Comments Off on Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings Related to Connectivity
Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings Related to Connectivity

selected by Darla Turlington

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

Greetings From the Editor
November 19, 2015 – 11:31 pm | Comments Off on Greetings From the Editor
Greetings From the Editor

by Jin Hee Han

The current issue showcases how the modern thrust of CONNECTIVITY may get into a delightful conversation with traditional theological affirmations, such as the incarnation as God connecting with us. As we browse through this issue, we will encounter witnesses to the reign of God, who guides us through messy confusion that has become all too common in human history.

What Do Nineveh and Jerusalem Have in Common?
August 17, 2015 – 2:09 pm | Comments Off on What Do Nineveh and Jerusalem Have in Common?
What Do Nineveh and Jerusalem Have in Common?

by Jin H. Han

Many will recognize the question as a parody of Tertullian, De praescriptione haereticorum, chapter 7: “What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?” So, to answer our question, we must first ask, “What does Jerusalem represent?”

“Heavenly Citizenship” at Philipi and the “Four Towns” of Senegal West Africa
August 17, 2015 – 2:08 pm | Comments Off on “Heavenly Citizenship” at Philipi and the “Four Towns” of Senegal West Africa
“Heavenly Citizenship” at Philipi and the “Four Towns” of Senegal West Africa

by Aiou C. Niang

Starting about 1649, French colonialists in Africa attempted to infuse French culture to the native inhabitants of Dakar, Goree, Rufisque, and Saint Louis in order to assimilate French language and culture—to “Frenchify” them. This notion was meant to imitate the experiences of ancient Greece where citizenship was conferred on those born in Greece and therefore superior to non-citizens in recognition and rights. France’s goal was to spread its culture and Christianity, much as St Paul had done with the building of Christian churches and communities.