BIBLICAL PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY: THE WHY BEHIND THE WHAT

It has often been said that if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. This relatively cute cliché is really quite profound when one stops to consider its implications for ministry. Many churches operate with poor efficacy and focus because they lack biblical direction with regards to their commission, purpose, and function. The solution is a well developed biblical philosophy of ministry. If God is to bless the ministry of a given church, that church ought to build its philosophy of ministry on a foundation that is thoroughly biblical. This paper will be devoted to defending the biblical philosophy of ministry that the Church is divinely commissioned for the purposes of equipping the saints, presenting them complete in Christ, and entrusting the apostles’ teaching to faithful people.

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THE DOCUMENTARY HYPOTHESIS: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF ITS ARGUMENTS AND PRESUPOSITIONS

This paper will seek to logically critic and evaluate the Documentary Hypothesis, expose its errors, and defend the traditional position of Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch. To do this, first a brief overview of the history of the Documentary hypothesis will be presented. This will include some of its main developers and supporters. How was it developed, and what were the influences and contexts from which it emerged? Next, the main arguments and claims of the documentary hypothesis will be outlined and explained. Finally, those arguments will be refuted, and an apologetic defense of Mosaic authorship will be presented.

QUICK TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK, SLOW TO ANGER: THE INTEGRATIVE MOTIF OF THE EPISTLE OF JAMES

This paper endeavors to show that the epistle of James is not only well organized but also follows an integrative motif explained by James early in the Epistle. The motif is found in Jam. 1:19[2], “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” This passage is the interpretive road map to the rest of the epistle’s message and unified content.

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