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    All the Rage: A Practical theological study of how local congregations can care for people who experience a tension between faith and habitual patterns of anger
    (2024-02) 'Peck, Albert R.'
    We live in communities where the impact of anger is often experienced. This truism is even more complicated within a local church setting, where anger has traditionally been maligned and silenced. One of the subtle impacts of this view is the silencing of those within local churches who struggle with habitual patterns with anger. They are often marginalised and judged as people of whom to be wary and avoid. It is therefore important that a practical theological study on how local congregations can care for people who experience a tension within their faith and their anger be undertaken. This thesis explores the lives of nine participants from local churches who struggle with habitual patterns with anger, and who volunteered to be involved in a practical theological, qualitative research project. This led to a study on the emotion of anger and its possessive nature, that was then tested through the lens of three selected biblical texts that involve anger.
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    Omri in Context: An Israelite King Between History and Theology
    (2023-10) 'Brown, Kevin B.'
    The thesis explores the question of how the contextual approach developed by William Hallo illuminates a text against its wider linguistic, cultural, and archaeological background. The case studies examine the depiction of King Omri in 1 Kgs 16:21–28 in the light of extra-biblical traditions concerning the house of Omri. The research illuminates the similarities and differences between various methodologies, especially the “grammatical-historical method” and “historical criticism.” The thesis shows how textual, cultural, and archaeological data may be synthesised within a “contextual” methodology. To achieve this goal Hallo’s own contextual methodology is examined and modified. A new articulation of this methodology is proposed as a fruitful way to move beyond simplistic methodological contrasts between text and history. Among the key findings, I argue that the theology of 1 Kgs 16:25–26 provides a different perspective on Omri from the more positive tradition in 1 Kgs 16:24 revealed by contextual research.
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    Spiritual Affections and the Pastoral Disposition
    (2020-03) Gilbert, Sean
    In recent years, both writing and teaching on pastoral ministry practice has tended to emphasise the central place of leadership and measurable outcome. Contrary to that trend (though not unsympathetic to it), the thesis investigates the question of whether spiritual affections continue to be a vital aspect of contemporary pastoral ministry. The thesis brought the findings of affect theorists into conversation with the role of spiritual affections in the life and thought of two major pastoral reformers, Bernard of Clairvaux and Jonathan Edwards. That analysis was then synthesised into key considerations of current practical theology. The thesis found that spiritual affections, intentionally attended to, shape distinctive pastoral dispositions in the practitioner which generates a quality of pastoral ministry that is equally original and fruitful. That is, spiritual affections do continue to be a vitalising, thus foundational aspect of contemporary pastoral ministry.
  • Publication
    Spiritual Affections and the Pastoral Disposition
    (2020-03) Gilbert, Sean
    In recent years, both writing and teaching on pastoral ministry practice has tended to emphasise the central place of leadership and measurable outcome. Contrary to that trend (though not unsympathetic to it), the thesis investigates the question of whether spiritual affections continue to be a vital aspect of contemporary pastoral ministry. The thesis brought the findings of affect theorists into conversation with the role of spiritual affections in the life and thought of two major pastoral reformers, Bernard of Clairvaux and Jonathan Edwards. That analysis was then synthesised into key considerations of current practical theology. The thesis found that spiritual affections, intentionally attended to shape distinctive pastoral dispositions in the practitioner which generates a quality of pastoral ministry that is equally original and fruitful. That is, spiritual affections do continue to be a vitalising, thus foundational aspect of contemporary pastoral ministry.
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    Stanley J. Grenz and Evangelicalism: Tensions, Purpose, and Future
    (2023) du Toit, Megan
    The early twenty-first century is a pivotal moment for evangelicalism, in which ongoing tensions have led to the label being contested. This thesis seeks to examine whether Grenz’s proposal for a renewed evangelicalism can provide a constructive theological response to the tensions within twenty-first-century evangelicalism. After investigating the understanding of the nature and purpose of evangelicalism which undergird Grenz’s proposal, the thesis looks at a case study of Grenz’s own response to an emerging tension within the evangelicalism of his own day, in his book Welcoming but not Affirming. The outcome is an adapted version of Grenz’s proposal which emphasises evangelicalism’s tensive nature. The proposal is that evangelicalism is a renewing and reforming movement for the sake of the Church, which takes the form of a loose association of discursive and networked communities. The movement is called to embrace a generous orthoholism and to define itself by its gospel centre.