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Paper | A Missiology for the ELCA Suburban Congregation by Steve Thomason

This is the paper I wrote for CL8965 Missiology and the Missional Church with Craig Van Gelder in the Spring of 2012. ELCA Suburban Church_Thomason

A Missiology for the ELCA Congregation in the United States Suburban Context by Steve Thomason

 A Term Paper presented to Professor Craig Van Gelder

Luther Seminary

As a Requirement in Course CL8965 Missiology and the Missional Church

St. Paul, Minnesota

2012

Introduction

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Chapter Three | Theological and Biblical Framework

Biblical and Theological Perspectives

Key theological themes and/or lenses that frame the social science research from a theological perspective

In the previous chapter we highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of this research and highlighted two key theoretical frames. The first is the field of Adult Learning Theory. The second is the field of sociology and urban studies with a special focus on suburban studies. In this chapter we highlight four key theological lenses that frame the research in this dissertation. The first is the doctrine of the social Trinity. The second is the study of spiritual formation, or Christian spirituality. The third is missional ecclesiology. The fourth is Religious Education, specifically focused on the education of adults in the church. Finally, we will highlight two key Biblical passages from which the core theology is informed. read more

Reading List for Comprehensive Exams

20130703-090137.jpgThe following list represents the books I must internalize for my comprehensive exams this September. There are 94 primary sources. These are the ones I am expected to cite and work into my argument. There are 73 supporting sources. It will go well for me the more of these I can include. That makes a total of 167 books. This list will form the core of the literature review for my dissertation.

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Guess what I’ll be doing this summer!

Primary Sources

Ammerman, Nancy Tatom, and Arthur Emery Farnsley. Congregation & Community. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997. read more

Book | The Open Secret by Lesslie Newbigin

open_secretNewbigin, Lesslie. The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1995.

The Author: Lesslie Newbigin

“Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Newbigin’s elementary and high school education took place in Leighton Park, the Quaker public boarding school in Reading, Berkshire. He went to Queens’ College, Cambridge in 1928. On qualifying, he moved to Glasgow to work with the Student Christian Movement (SCM) in 1931. He returned to Cambridge in 1933 to train for the ministry at Westminster College, and in July 1936 he was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh to work as a Church of Scotland missionary at the Madras Mission.[2] read more