The Open Access Dissertations and Theses Collection consists of electronic versions of dissertations and theses produced by students of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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  • A Case for Collegiate Church Planting as a Key Strategic Mission Focus 

    Castro, Matthew Christopher (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2020-06-30)
    This dissertation argues that a strategic way to reach college students is through collegiate church planting. Chapter 1 introduces the purpose of the dissertation, provides definitions of key terms, and states the method ...
  • Understanding Theologically the Experience of the Adopted Child in Counseling 

    Rogers, Andrew (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Church Ministries, 2020-11-06)
    This dissertation argues that parents positively influence a child’s perception of his own adoption experience by modeling for him the doctrine of adoption as an aspect of salvation in Christ. The particular focus within ...
  • The Centrality of the Church Covenant among Early Separate Baptists on the New York Frontier 

    Brandow, Wayne Robert (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2020-11-30)
    The Separate Baptists who settled New York in the 1780s came from New England. They were both Calvinistic and missions minded. A shortage of pastors necessitated a strong congregational framework and associational ties ...
  • Deuteronomy 32: A Genre Analysis 

    Saxon, Jonathan Shane (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2020-11-25)
    For the last two hundred years, a taxonomical view of genre has dominated thefield of biblical studies and contributed to the unhelpful emphasis on historicism. This project advances on the work of Dr. Will Kynes by ...
  • Equipping Pioneer Church Planters to Equip Others: A Multi-Case Study 

    Griffis, Michael Paul (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2020-10-06)
    This qualitative, multi-case study introduces and engages a two-pronged dilemma facing pioneer cross-cultural church planting pre-field training programs in the West, namely (1) the continued existence of thousands of ...
  • “Strangers and Exiles”: Christian Identity as the Foundation for Counseling Korean Americans 

    Moon, Jeemin (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2020-11-20)
    This thesis (1) examines the experience of Korean Americans, both sociologically and generationally and (2) establishes that Christian identity is an essential element for Korean Americans to endure challenging life ...
  • Assessing the Christian Engagement and Service of Students in Baptist Collegiate Ministry: A Mixed Methods Study 

    WInstead, Laura (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2020-11-02)
    This study builds upon data by Alexander Astin and Vincent Tinto regarding the positive benefits of participating in college activities. It is essential that students connect with organizations that will make a positive ...
  • All We Have is Christ: The Centrality of Union with Christ in the Church's Corporate Worship 

    Kauflin, Devon Andrew (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Church Ministries, 2020-11-11)
    This dissertation argues that union with Christ gives definition to the church and should thus be central in the church’s understanding and practice of corporate worship. Chapter 1 discusses the functional theology expressed ...
  • Luke-Acts and Exemplar Prophets: Luke's Use of the Elijah-Elisha Narrative and the Role of the Spirit 

    Aho, Benjamin (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2020-11-16)
    This thesis examines Luke’s use of exemplars with a focus on his utilization of the Elijah-Elisha Narrative (EEN) in his Elijah-Elisha Cycles. My first chapter introduces the topic of the thesis and sets the scope of my ...
  • A Competency-Based Model for Gospel-Centered Vocational Education 

    Shongzan, Wungramthan Tangkhul (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2020-11-10)
    This qualitative multicase study explored the key features characterizing competency-based, gospel-centered vocational education with the intent to construct a framework for an institutional model replicable to a Majority ...
  • The Role of Unpaid Elders in Southern Baptist Churches: A Mixed Methods Study 

    Rhodes, Scott Alan (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2020-11-27)
    The purpose of this study was to discover the roles fulfilled by unpaid elders in Southern Baptist churches. This project involved two phases. Phase 1 utilized a forty-five question survey which asked about duties of unpaid ...
  • The Fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant 

    Byers, Andrew Samuel (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2020-11-30)
    The Davidic Covenant is a high point of the Old Testament as it sets up an expectation for a Davidic King that will rule over God's people. In addition to these promises, the Davidic Covenant anticipates the church of the ...
  • Who Says That God Loves the World? A Historical Argument to Identify the Ambiguous Speakers in John 3 

    Langley, Stuart B. (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2020-12-01)
    This dissertation examines and catalogues the history of interpretation of the ambiguous speakers in John 3:16-21 and 3:31-36. The history of interpretation leads to the conclusion that the passages are best understood ...
  • Filius Gratiae: The Venerable Bede's Theology of Grace 

    Matherly, Aaron (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2020-11-25)
    This dissertation argues that the Venerable Bede held to and promoted an Augustinian theology of grace: humanity is hopelessly corrupted by the fall, and only through God’s gracious election and the bestowal of good gifts ...
  • Transforming Mission Culture In Church Revitalization: A Mixed Methods Study 

    Richardson, Michael (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2020-11-02)
    The North American church is on the edge of a precipice. The majority of churches are in need of revitalization. As churches turn inward and focus on their own personal preference, needs, and spiritual growth the church ...
  • Be the Example: Christ-Centered Followership in the Pastoral Epistles 

    Sarver, Christopher Alan (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2020-11-30)
    The vast majority of the leadership literature the last century concerned itself with the traits, behaviors, and abilities of leaders. Followers and following, in contrast, received scant attention. The burgeoning discipline ...
  • Defining Twin Cities Wicca: The Emergence of Wicca as a Polyaffiliated Pagan Movement 

    Konold, Bruce Douglas (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2020-11-09)
    An exploration of the literature associated Wicca and Paganism. Bibliographies and narratives are studied to determine the most influential authors and practitioners in the Wiccan and Pagan tradition. The history of Wicca ...
  • Missional Competencies of Christian Teachers Engaged in Public Education: A Quantitative Study 

    Jillson, Valerie Ann (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Missions and Evangelism, 2020-11-12)
    The intent of this descriptive quantitative study was to examine the missional competencies that Christian teachers in public education exhibit as they seek to leverage their Christian witness in the workplace. The research ...
  • By the Same Spirit: Edwardsean Pneumatology in the Younger Edwards 

    Banks, John Sherwin (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2020-11-20)
    Jonathan Edwards Jr. (1745–1801) is often portrayed as a spiritless preacher who drove away his congregation with metaphysical abstractions. Accordingly, this received caricature describes Edwards Jr. as distorting the ...
  • Chalcedonian Anthropology: A Proposal for the Extension of Christ’s Person-Nature Constitution 

    Wilkinson, Michael A. (Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool of Theology, 2020-12-01)
    This dissertation argues for the extension of Christ’s ontological constitution as the man to define the constitution of all mankind. In contrast to the predominant body-soul/mind models, this dissertation presents a ...

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