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Learning Disabilities and Spiritual Applications: Help, Lord! I Have a Spiritual Disability

By Kenneth A. Pudlas, EdD Tell them: ‘Hear this, you foolish people who have no understanding, who have eyes but do not discern, who have ears but do not perceive. (Jeremiah 5:2 NET) Introduction One of the most influential events of … Continue reading

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Pastoral Burnout, Failure and the Value of Restoration

By Dean Davey, PhD  Introduction After a lifetime of successful ministry, there he sat at his kitchen table with his head in his hands, weeping. Silently, I waited. It was a familiar scene witnessed throughout my research. Finally, he spoke, … Continue reading

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Formation, Education, and the Always-On, Always-On You Smartphone

By Rob Rhea, PhD Introduction Smartphones are everywhere, can do everything, and are reshaping the ways people relate to one another. Making an actual phone call is almost passé. In Sherry Turkle, in her insightful book Reclaiming Conversation: The Power … Continue reading

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More But Not Less Than a Corporation: What Large Church Staff Leadership Can Learn from the Corporate World

By Jeremy Johnson, MA, ThM cand. As smaller churches grow into larger churches[1] they face different challenges than they did earlier in their evolution. One of these challenges is the size of staff these churches must employ. There has been … Continue reading

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The Undivided Body: An Ecclesial Response to Surveillance Technologies and Practices

By Michael Morelli, PhD Obvious, ubiquitous, and important realities The late novelist David Foster Wallace opened the only graduation commencement speech he ever delivered with the following story. Two young fish pass an older fish who says, “Morning, boys. How’s … Continue reading

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“Image of God” Theology in the New Testament and its Implications for Church Leadership

By Larry J. Perkins, PhD What is a human being? Christianity and its foundational texts offer a coherent response to the question within the framework of a Christian worldview. Christianity claims in its creeds that its answers to such questions … Continue reading

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The Reality of God in a God-Forgetting Age: Towards a Revitalized Vision of God for Today

By Archie J. Spencer, ThD Introductory Comments Gottesgewissenheit: God is not only dead, ……he is also, for that reason, forgotten. One can always count on German intellectuals to describe actual states of affairs in pithy, yet precise one-word summaries, especially … Continue reading

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Cultivating Generosity at Home

By Ron Sing, BA Cultivating a culture of generosity radically and spiritually transforms individuals. It increases the believer’s love for God and secures treasures in heaven for all eternity. God wants only the best for his people as they handle … Continue reading

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Considering Context in Ministry Education

By Howard Andersen, PhD Introduction In biblical exegesis, and other studies of a literary nature, context gives text its meaning. An ancient document may be poorly preserved in places, but scholars may determine the meaning of a missing word by … Continue reading

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From Us to Them to Family

By John Dyck, MA, and Ken Pudlas, EdD Introduction Earlier articles published in NIMER have dealt with the broad topic of diversity and inclusion. For the most part they discussed the church’s responsibility to be inclusive of all persons including … Continue reading

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Atonement in 1 Peter – Reflections on Isaiah 53

By Larry J. Perkins, PhD The epistle of 1 Peter offers a specific perspective on the understanding of Jesus’ death and its significance. The writer’s integration of material from the Fourth Servant Song of Isaiah (52:13- 53:12) provides one of … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Theological Validity of Disciple-Making Movements (DMMs)

By Mark Naylor, DTh Introduction During my years as an evangelist and church planter among an unreached people group (1985-99), I struggled because of misconceptions I had about my role as church planter, my vision of church, the meaning of … Continue reading

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Toward Structurally Inviting and Inclusive Churches

Kenneth A. Pudlas, EdD Seminarians and others preparing for vocational ministry, whose calling is to minister to the Body of Christ on earth in some capacity, must bring into confluence their head, hand, and heart if they are to be … Continue reading

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Preparing a Proposal

Elsie Froment, PhD Introduction This article provides basic guidance on preparing a proposal for a new way of doing things in ministry settings. Perhaps the leadership team desires to bring a facility renovation forward. Perhaps a ministry leader would like … Continue reading

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Evangelism and “Nones and Dones” in Canada

Joel Thiessen, PhD  Introduction The fastest growing “religious” group in Canada include those who say they have no religion, or what sociologists of religion call “religious nones.” Approximately one-quarter of Canadian adults and one-third of Canadian teens do not identify … Continue reading

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