Theses (1982–1983) -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 16:0 (NA 1983)
Article: Theses (1982–1983)
Author: Anonymous

Theses (1982–1983)

We are extremely proud of our students and the research that they pursue. We have asked them to share a short summary of their completed theses at ATS in the hope that others may be made aware of these sources. The theses are bound and in the ATS Library. Those graduates that responded are listed below.

Charles E. Burkett, The Common Fire: An Examination of the Theological/Spiritual Kinships Between the Wesleyan Holiness Movement and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

At the heart of the Wesleyan Holiness Movement and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, buried beneath heavy theological and cultural encrustations, there lies a single experience of radical spiritual renewal. Each movement feels that this renewal comes to those who earnestly seek it and who are in submission to the Spirit’s movement. Each feels that it is characterized by love which effects moral transformation and spiritual vitality, especially as expressed in Christian service and worship. Assigned various labels, it is a work of the Holy Spirit in which the image of God is renewed within the believer. Differences obviously exist between the two, but these are largely attributable to differences of interpretation — the hard facts of experience are the same and the conclusions of theology are essentially similar. Neither exhausts the richness of spiritual renewal and may be profited in being advised by the other.

Melody Annette Funk, Family Devotions: Studies, Surveys, and Suggestions

What does Scripture say about practicing family devotions? What are some Christians doing with family devotions? And what are some good ways to apply scriptural teaching and suggest workable ideas for family devotions? These questions sent me first of all to Scripture, then to families in my home church and companies that publish family devotional materials, and finally to many books on the subject by Christian men and women. The answers I found convinced me that while family devotions is not commanded in God’s Word, what I have called “the family devotion lifestyle” is commanded (Deuteronomy 6). So family devotions is just one way for parents to fulfill their responsibility of teaching the Bible to their children. I encourage the practice of family devotions within a whole context of lifestyle and have done so in this project by giving clear scriptural principles as well as realistic and practical suggestions to parents who really want to apply the commands of Deuteronomy 6 and other passages to their family lives.

Alberta Holsinger, Train Up a Child: A Manual of Christian Instruction for Eight to Twelve Year Olds

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