Category Archives: 03 Research Methods

My Vocation as a Theologian

My Approach to the Vocation of the Theologian in the Field of Adult Spiritual Formation

by Steve Thomason

A Term Paper Presented to Professor Alan Padgett

Luther Seminary

As a Requirement in Course GR8620 The Vocation of the Theologian | St. Paul, Minnesota | 2012

How does one function as a scholar in the academy while maintaining, and more importantly, integrating a deep Christian conviction into that scholarly work? That is the question to which I will respond in this paper.  I will focus my response to the specific task of being a scholar within the field of Adult Spiritual Formation within the emerging missional church. This work will bring me into conversation with the broader academic fields of sociology, psychology, and andragogy. It is a difficult task to speak of spiritual formation in an academic arena that has a natural prejudice against it. Sociologists, psychologists, and andragogists tend to approach human development from an empirical, naturalistic perspective. Spirituality is most often viewed as simply a human construct at best. In this paper I will speak to this difficulty and outline my philosophy of how I can maintain my deep Christian convictions while also maintaining high academic standards within this scholarly pursuit. read more

Presentation on Mashup Religion by John McClure

A Presentation on Mashup Religion by John S. McClure

by Steve Thomason

 A Term Paper Presented to Professors Mary Hess and Gary Simpson

Luther Seminary | As a Requirement in Course CL8530 Gospel and Culture

 St. Paul, Minnesota |  2012

Introduction

John McClure is the Charles G. Finney Professor of Preaching and Worship at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. He specializes in homiletics and has written several books and articles on the subject. He is a past president (2003) of the Academy of Homiletics, and is co-editor, with Dale Andrews, of the Academy’s journal Homiletic. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), he served as the pastor of Ensley Highland Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and taught preaching for 17 years at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary before arriving at Vanderbilt in 2003.[1] read more