Greetings From the Editor
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by Jin Hee Han

In our current issue, our authors underscore that a hope-filled vision of peace dots the pages of the Old and New Testaments and the history of the church. The believing communities have dreamed a dream of accord from early church people and medieval women and men to the immigrants in the modern metropolitan municipalities. With bountiful insights, our authors shield us from decadent despair and challenge us to build a new world actively.

As if it is our daily bread, we hear a common greeting that strikes up the yearning for peace. We hold dear the Hebrew greeting of shalom and the Arabic ’as-salam ‘alaykum that always finds its echo with wa-‘alaykum ’as-salam. We pray these prayers of peace bear their fruit every day, everywhere, and very soon.

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Preaching David and Saul from Multicultural Contexts
February 9, 2012 – 2:28 pm | 6 Comments
Preaching David and Saul from Multicultural Contexts

By Uriah Y. Kim

When preparing sermons on King David, preachers over the years have pored over every detail of David’s life and every trait of his character to expound lessons and examples for believers to learn and imitate.  Lessons, examples, types, or symbols become even more apparent when King Saul is introduced as David’s foil.  In this article I examine David and Saul in their “multi-people” environment so that we can appreciate some characteristics of their leadership that are useful in our multicultural context.

The Transformative Power of a Name Change
February 9, 2012 – 2:27 pm | Comments Off on The Transformative Power of a Name Change
The Transformative Power of a Name Change

By Wanda Lundy

This revealing analysis of Jacob’s night alone at Peniel gives preachers added avenues as to how to use this familiar and dramatic story for prophetic preaching and interesting teaching.

Engaging the Apostle Paul: Reading for Ministry and Leadership
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Engaging the Apostle Paul: Reading for Ministry and Leadership

By Efrain Agosto

The author explores the question of who became leaders in the churches founded by Paul and what was the social status of those leaders with respect to the strict, hierarchical social structure of Greco-Roman society. Like Jesus, Paul selects leaders from among those whom he serves. He expects them, as he does of himself, to serve even to the point of risk and sacrifice.

Identity and Methodology in Biblical Studies
February 9, 2012 – 2:25 pm | Comments Off on Identity and Methodology in Biblical Studies
Identity and Methodology in Biblical Studies

By Baruch Levine

Scholars have achieved a common discourse that enables them to study the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament together, despite confessional differences. This article explores how this is possible and what benefits may evolve.

Built on the Word: The Bible and Christian Formation
February 9, 2012 – 2:24 pm | Comments Off on Built on the Word: The Bible and Christian Formation
Built on the Word: The Bible and Christian Formation

By Joseph Crockett

Bible engagement is an intentional, goal-directed activity. As language shapes an individual’s thought categories and empowers him or her to transcend those categories, engagement with biblical narratives involves social processes that can build and transform character. Individuals and communities have the capacity to be informed by the Word and the narratives of Judeo-Christian faith traditions—to become like Christ.

Trauma as Barrier—and Springboard—to Scripture Engagement: Unleashing the Power of God’s Word to Heal
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Trauma as Barrier—and Springboard—to Scripture Engagement: Unleashing the Power of God’s Word to Heal

By Harriet Hill, with Peter Edman

The focus here is on the crisis barriers that severe trauma constructs between victims and an encounter with God’s Word; and how the project of American Bible Society, She’s My Sister, helps these people learn that crimes committed against them do not bring them shame and shows them how to be set free from their pain.

Engaging the Bible via a Lectionary
February 9, 2012 – 2:22 pm | Comments Off on Engaging the Bible via a Lectionary
Engaging the Bible via a Lectionary

By Robert Owens

This article offers insights as to how having a lectionary from which to choose Sunday bible readings is a practice that can expand a church’s knowledge of Holy Scripture. It provides a framework that forces the preacher sometimes to go outside his or her comfort zone and grapple with difficult texts to help clarify their original intent and make them relevant to contemporary society.

Lectionary Guide
February 9, 2012 – 2:21 pm | Comments Off on Lectionary Guide
Lectionary Guide

by the Editors

Epiphany through the Fifth Sunday in Lent; January through March, 2012

Book Reviews: Judgment Day: The Struggle for Life on Earth by Paul Collins, and American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary by Deirdre Cornell
February 9, 2012 – 2:20 pm | Comments Off on Book Reviews: Judgment Day: The Struggle for Life on Earth by Paul Collins, and American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary by Deirdre Cornell
Book Reviews: Judgment Day: The Struggle for Life on Earth by Paul Collins, and American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary by Deirdre Cornell

Reviewed by Marian Ronan

Paul Collins, Judgment Day: The Struggle for Life on Earth
Deirdre Cornell, American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary

Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings on Your Word
February 9, 2012 – 2:19 pm | Comments Off on Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings on Your Word
Quotations from Scripture and Other Writings on Your Word

Compiled by Darla Turlington and her research team

Quotations about God’s Word.

Greetings From the Editor
February 9, 2012 – 2:18 pm | 3 Comments
Greetings From the Editor

By Jin Han

The feature articles are based on the presentations delivered in the Annual New York Theological Seminary Conference held on Oct. 17, 2011. The banner theme of the conference was Bible Engagement. Presenters challenged the churches to engage the Bible in their mission, and their contribution has been revised to speak to the immediate needs of our readers and audience. These articles will point us in the direction of empowerment that comes from the word of the Lord in the Bible.

Jubilee Shout or Indistinct Sound?
November 3, 2010 – 5:31 pm | Comments Off on Jubilee Shout or Indistinct Sound?
Jubilee Shout or Indistinct Sound?

By Donald W. Shriver Jr.

When our survivors read our disposition of our assets, will they recognize that we “have been with Jesus” (Acts 14:13)? Will they see that this Christian, in life and in death,underwent “pocket book conversion” in favor of the world’s poor?