Current Issue: Didache Volume 24 Number 1

Last Updated: Thursday, 25 April 2024

INTRODUCTION

Dean G. Blevins, Editor

Welcome Didache: Faithful Teaching Volume 24, number 1. This edition includes new articles addressing both the future of preaching and the current state of the Church of the Nazarene in the United States as well as additional responses to our recent Global Theology Conference. Finally, we close this “introduction” by introducing you to our two new editors, Dr. Tammy Carter and Dr. John Nielson.  

The edition opens with a look forward by also looking back to the creativity engendered in John Wesley and its potential guide for how we engage new mediated forms of communication for the sake of Christian witness.  Dr. David Swisher serves as a Senior Learning eXperience Designer & LMS Technology Integration Specialist at Indiana Wesleyan University with over 30 years of ministry experience.  He is a multimedia developer who is actively involved with incorporating virtual reality, metaverse learning, and generative AI in online courses, and he teaches graphic design, ministry, and data visualization classes.  Swisher has been an active member of the Wesleyan Theological Society since 2001. 

Dr. Ron Benefiel provides us with an interesting analysis of the changes in the USA/Canada Church of the Nazarene, particularly in dialog with the Southwest field in the same global region. Dr. Benefiel serves as director of the Point Loma Nazarene University Center for Pastoral Leadership and a long-time representative of ANSR, the Association of Nazarene Social Researchers. Benefiel’s work provides both statistical analysis and commentary by triangulating the research with movements across the USA. This form of contextual analysis reflects the kind of reporting that can occur beyond mere numbers and blog interpretations. Hopefully, it models a thoughtful engagement that can occur in many regions seeking to understand change in any denomination.

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Table of Contents

    pdf INTRODUCTION (134 KB) Dean G. Blevins

    pdf INCONCEIVABLE! FIELD PREACHING, DIGITAL CHURCH, & THE METAVERSE (1.16 MB) David J. Swisher

    pdf STATISTICAL TRENDS IN USA AND CANADA FOR THE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: 2008-2023 (250 KB) , Ron Benefiel

 

Global Theology Conference Additional Responses by Topic

 

Holy Spirit

    pdf RESPONSE TO LUIS FELIPE NUNES BORDUAM AND SVETLANA KHOBNYA (162 KB) Sam B. Galino

    pdf BLASPHEMING THE HOLY SPIRIT: PNEUMATOLOGICAL BOUNDARY-MAKING AND BOUNDARY-BREAKING (140 KB) , Kara J. Lyons-Pardue

    pdf THE HOLY SPIRIT: A RESPONSE TO SVETLANA KHOBNYA AND L. FILIPE NUNES BORDUAM (197 KB) Eric M. Vail

    pdf A RESPONSE TO ‘IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT: THE HOLY SPIRIT (116 KB) , Joseph Wood

 

Holy People

     pdf "RESPONSE TO DR ROB FRINGER AND DR STANLEY BHEBHE” (144 KB) , Olga Druzhinina 

    pdf RACE, EMBRACING BROKENNESS, AND GOD’S ETERNAL PROJECT: A RESPONSE TO FRINGER AND BHEBHE (126 KB) Andy Johnson

    pdf REACCIÓN A LAS CONFERENCIAS DEL EJE: SESIÓN 2: “EN EL PODER DEL ESPÍRITU: UN PUEBLO SANTO” (141 KB) , José David Eliezer Balcázar Medina

    pdf A RESPONSE TO A HOLY PEOPLE (163 KB) , Gift Mtukwa

 

Hope of New Creation

    pdf REACCIÓN – SECCIÓN 3: ESPERANZA DE NUEVA CREACIÓN (161 KB) , Dr. Carlos M. Abejer

    pdf REACCIÓN A LA PONENCIA DE LA  DRA. IVELISSE VALENTIN-VERA, “ESPERANZA DE UNA NUEVA CREACIÓN” Y A LA DEL DR. T. SCOTT DANIELS, “HAZNOS NUEVA CRIATURA” (85 KB) , Patricio Huanca Aravena

    pdf A ESPERANÇA NUMA NOVA CRIAÇÃO E A DIVERSIDADE DE ESCOLAS TEOLÓGICAS NA AMÉRICA-LATINA (114 KB) , Vinicius Couto

    pdf A RESPONSE TO NEW CREATION AND SUFFERING A STUDY BASED ON THE INDONESIAN SOCIETY CONTEXT (193 KB) , Seri Damarwanti

    pdf CHRISTIANS FOR FUTURE? (134 KB) , Wolfgang Köhler, European Nazarene College

    pdf RESPONSE TO DR SCOTT DANIELS AND DR IVELISSE VALENTIN-VERA (164 KB) , Matteo Ricciardi

    pdf “REACCIÓN A LAS PONENCIAS DE IVELISSE VALENTIN VERA Y SCOTT DANIELS” , Eduardo Velázquez

 

Global Resources

    pdf THE WOLF SHALL DWELL WITH THE LAMB (159 KB) , Ron Benefiel

    pdf EL LOBO VIVIRÁ CON EL CORDERO (154 KB) , Ron Benefiel

    pdf LE LOUP HABITERA AVEC L’AGNEAU (203 KB) , Ron Benefiel   

    pdf O LOBO HABITARÁ COM O CORDEIRO (234 KB) , Ron Benefiel

 

 

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