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PublicationAn Introduction to the Theology of Youth Ministry2002-01-03 Hill, Graham ; Hill, GrahamAn introduction to the theology of youth ministry, with a particular emphasis on the application to a Nagaland context.
PublicationThe Soul Online: Bereavement, Social Media, and Competent Care2021 Geldenhuys, Desiree ; Hill, Graham
PublicationCybergnosticism? A Study of Contemporary Christian Faith Communities in Cyberspace2004-12-12 Hill, GrahamThis dissertation explores the research question ‘What gnostic-like elements are present within contemporary Christian faith communities in cyberspace?’ The research methodology is qualitative. It involves the examination of Gnostic documents and secondary scholarly sources on Gnosticism, and the detailed analysis of primary source written texts presented at the seventeen designated online contemporary Christian faith communities. The two chapters immediately following the introduction examine the important foundational and specific issues relevant to a study of Christian Gnosticism of the 2nd and 3rd centuries. They serve not as a detailed study of these forms of Gnosticism, but rather as a distillation of its principal characteristics. These characteristics are used as benchmarks in the Content Analysis of the contemporary Cyber faith communities. The following three chapters use these benchmarks in the detailed examination of the online Christian faith communities’ particular perspectives on human personhood, community, and engagement with the world and social behaviour. This dissertation concludes that human beings need some bodily engagement and gathering with others in order to experience authentic Christianity, that God is present within Christian communities in Cyberspace demonstrating his grace and redemption, and that while the Christian communities in Cyberspace manifest some Gnostic tendencies, they also contradict the core values of early Gnosticism. It is an overstatement, then, to label them as ‘cyber-Gnostic’.
PublicationHealing our Broken Humanity: Practices for Revitalising the Church and Renewing the World2018-08-28 Hill, GrahamWe live in conflicted times. Our newsfeeds are filled with inequality, division, and fear. We want to make a difference and see justice restored because Jesus calls us to be a peacemaking and reconciling people. But how do we do this? Based on their work with diverse churches, colleges, and other organizations, Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill offer Christian practices that can bring healing and hope to a broken world. They provide ten ways to transform society, from lament and repentance to relinquishing power, reinforcing agency, and more. Embodying these practices enables us to be the new humanity in Jesus Christ, so the church and world can experience reconciliation, justice, unity, peace, and love. With small group activities, discussion questions, and exercises in each chapter, this book is ideal to read together in community.
PublicationShaping Christian Spirituality and Theology for a New Urban World2015-01-02 Hill, Graham ; Hill, GrahamThis chapter explores the shape of Christian spirituality and theology for new urban environments, and proposes ways forward for spiritual practices that are adequate to the challenge of new urban settings. Includes use of Appreciative Inquiry and other dialogical methods to achieve results and proposals.
PublicationFollowing Our Servant Lord and His Mission2013-10-10 Hill, Graham ; Hill, GrahamThe chapter considers what it means to follow our servant Lord and his mission, as we seek to pursue servantship.
PublicationEmerging-Missional Ecclesiology and the Future of Denominational Leadership and Affiliation2011-01-01 Hill, Graham ; Hill, GrahamThis chapter explores some of the implications of emerging-missional ecclesiology for the role of denominational leadership and affiliation in a so-called postmodern and post-denominational context. While denominations remain with us, and I suggest in this chapter that they have an important role to play in their relationship with local churches, especially if their structures and ministries are characterised by vitality, mission and servant-leadership, many Christians in western cultures seem to feel at liberty to overlook or tolerate a variety of denominational labels in their quest to find a church that suits their needs and particular tastes. Nigel Wright observes, “It is this new freedom, or it could be an indifference, regarding specifically denominational values, that can be described as post-denominationalism.” This chapter examines what emerging-missional ecclesiology and perspectives have to say to denominational leadership and affiliation in this environment.
PublicationAn Examination of Emerging-Missional Ecclesiological Conceptions: Missional Ecclesiology and the Ecclesiologies of Miroslav Volf, Joseph Ratzinger and John Zizioulas2009-08-01 Hill, GrahamThis thesis explores the research question, ‘What are the similarities and differences between the ecclesiological conceptions of the western Emerging-Missional Church Movement (EMCM) and the core ecclesiologies of the theologians presented in Miroslav Volf’s After Our Likeness, being Volf, Ratzinger and Zizioulas, and how might dialogue between all these parties enrich and inform ecclesiology?’ The two primary and consequent research objectives, therefore, are detailed here. (1) To critically analyse and describe the primary (explicit and less obvious) ecclesiological perspectives of thirty-seven of the most influential EMCM authors, examining works published between 1995 and 2008. (2) To build on Volf’s After Our Likeness, by putting the ecclesiologies therein into a critical conversation with the EMCM, which demonstrates their similarities, differences, and opportunities for enriching dialogue. The research methodology is qualitative, involving Content Analysis, the manual comparing and contrasting of primary sources, and the use of the textual analysis software QSR Nvivo. It involved the examination of thirty-seven EMCM documents published between 1995 and 2008, the analysis of the ecclesiological works of Volf, Ratzinger and Zizioulas, and the comparison of these sources in order to form conclusions. The thesis involves four parts. Part 1, which is titled Introduction and Methodology,includes the introduction, rationale, description of the research methodology, and justification for the choice of the particular EMCM authors and of Volf, Ratzinger and Zizioulas in this study. Part 2, which is titled Critical Survey 1, provides an examination of the chosen EMCM texts, and an analytical survey and evaluation of both the obvious and the more subtle ecclesiological views of the EMCM. The insights of Stanley Grenz,David Bosch and Paul Hiebert are occasionally added to this analysis, not because they are explicit ‘members’ of the EMCM, but because of their significant influence on the EMCM texts. Part 3, titled Critical Survey 2, briefly summarizes the core perspectives of Volf,Ratzinger and Zizioulas, not to put them into critical dialogue with each other, or even to critically analyse their perspectives, but to establish their convictions for the purpose of an ecclesiological dialogue with the EMCM. Such a critical survey leads the thesis toward further critical lines of reasoning, comparison and conclusions. Part 4, which is titled Toward Dialogical Ecclesiologies for a Missional Context,examines the similarities and differences between the ecclesiologies of the EMCM and that of Volf, Ratzinger and Zizioulas, how such dialogue enriches all the parties concerned, and suggests how dialogue deepens and benefits missional ecclesiology as it is taking shape in western culture. It presents the thesis findings and conclusions. This thesis concludes that while the ecclesiological perspectives of Volf, Ratzinger and Zizioulas enrich those of the EMCM, the emerging-missional ecclesiology of the EMCM contribute significantly to the development of a meaningful missional ecclesiology for contemporary western culture. EMCM ecclesiological perspectives on the missionary nature of the church, and on the core expressions of this missionary nature in local faith communities, are significant for other ecclesiological traditions and for the western church in an increasingly missional context. Furthermore, a thorough analysis of EMCM ecclesiology is important for the formation of an adequate missional ecclesiology for contemporary western culture.
PublicationAuthentic Contextualization of Theology and Practice in Youth Ministry(Journal of Youth and Theology; 1 (2) ) 2002-11-01 Hill, GrahamThe contention of Hill is that the world of theological formation and reflection is often quite distinct from the realm of youth ministry practice. Many ministerial problems are directly related to a poor theology of youth ministry, and a poor ability to conduct a conversation between the two. Fragmented youth ministry practices, personal conflict and dissatisfaction, retreat from asking broad questions of programs and purposes, and unquestioning adoption of offshore solutions, are some of the results. For these reasons a well-developed theology of youth ministry is crucial to longevity, integrity, and theological and personal conviction in the life of the youth leader and pastor. This paper explores some broad theological concepts and applies them to the practice of youth ministry.