Roots and Remedies of the Dependency Syndrome in World Missions.
Contributions to the Kingdom by MACU Faculty
The members of the faculty of Mid Atlantic Christian University consider the higher education ministry a privilege and a responsibility. Traditionally universities have a threefold purpose for existence: to teach, to serve and to research. The MACU faculty serves in three similar ways.
1) We view our primary sphere of service to be teaching.
2) We also see our role of service to churches. We do this informally by answering emails and serving in the churches we attend in various capacities, but also in visiting congregations near and far, so we may help equip God’s people for service in his kingdom.
3) We also play a role in service to the church at large by research through scholarly and popular publication, through delivering papers and workshops at conventions, and through participation in other projects.
We hope you will enjoy reading about the recent contributions of MACU faculty in these latter two venues: first recent publications and second, standing presentations ready to deliver at churches.
Recent Publications by Faculty
Presentations Ready for Churches
Lee M. Fields, An Anonymous Dialog with a Jew: An Introduction and Translation, Corpus Christianorum in Translation (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming).
Lee Fields, co-author with Paul Overland (lead author) and Jenn Quast Noonan, “Can Communicative Methods Enhance Classical Language Acquisition?” Foreign Language Annals, Forthcoming (2011).
Robert Reese, “Must We Earn the Right to Share the Gospel?” The Christian Standard 77 (January 30, 2011):14-15.
Kevin Larsen, “It Really Is All About Jesus: A Defense of Christology as the Foundation of the Second Gospel,” Leaven: A Journal of Christian Ministry, 19 (2011):10-14.
Robert Reese, Roots & Remedies of the Dependency Syndrome in World Missions (Pasadena: William Cary Library, 2010). (To purchase: www.missionbooks.org.)
Ken Greene, “The Lord is Our God (Isaiah 41:8-10, 17-20; 42:1-4, 9),” The Christian Standard (December 12, 2010). (To access: http://christianstandard.com/2010/12/lesson-for-dec-12-2010-the-lord-is-our-god-isaiah-418-10-17-20-421-4-9/.)
D. Clay Perkins and Dail Fields, “Top Management Team Diversity and Performance of Christian Churches,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly Online (July 31, 2009).
Wendy Guthrie, “Discovery Learning,” Lessons 5-8, Standard Lesson Commentary, Spring, 2010 (Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2010).
__________, “Lesson Reproducibles,” Lessons 5-8, Standard Lesson Commentary, Spring, 2010 (Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2010).
Lee M. Fields, contributor to “Christian College: High Value” in The Christian Standard (March 15, 2009), 26-27.
Wendy Guthrie, “Reaching Every Learner: One Size Doesn’t Fit All,” Teaching Tips for the summer quarter 2009 in Standard Lesson Quarterly (Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2009) 391-3.
Perkins, D. Clay. “Leader for the People,” Sunday School Lesson in The Christian Standard (September 6, 2009). (To access: www.christianstandard.com/sundayschool.asp?id=907.)
Robert Reese, “Best Mission Practices in the 21st Century,” in The Christian Standard (November 29, 2009) 20-21. (To access: www.christianstandard.com/sundayschool.asp?id=907.)
Robert Reese, “Sustainable Theological Education” in Evangelical Missions Quarterly, 45:2 (April 2009), 180-85.
Gene Andrews, “Proclaimed in Baptism: Matthew 3:1-17” commentary for the lesson dated January 3, 2010, in Standard Lesson Commentary (Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2009).
Gene Andrews, “Strengthened in Temptation: Matthew 4:1-11” commentary for the lesson dated January 10, 2010, in Standard Lesson Commentary (Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2009).
Gene Andrews, “Discussion Questions,” Lessons 9-13, Standard Lesson Commentary, Fall 2009 (Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2009).
D. Clay Perkins, “Leader for the People (Joshua 1:1-11, 16, 17)”, Sunday School Lesson, The Christian Standard (To access: http://www.christianstandard.com/sundayschool.asp?id=907; Sept 6, 2009.)
“From Stone Tablets to Clay Jars — How God’s Word Came to Us”
An eight to ten week study of the canon, text and versions of the Bible, this series seeks to answer questions about what books are included in the Bible and why, as well as about the reliability of the actual words themselves.
“A Survey of American Denominations for Churches”
A thirteen week survey of some American denominations, this series is designed to provide Christians with a greater understanding of these groups leading to better communication and to see ourselves more clearly leading to greater conformity of our lives and beliefs to God and his word.
An eight to ten week study of the movement to find unity by a return to the Scriptures. The study starts with a brief view of the fragmented church in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, then traces the work of Barton Stone and the Campbells through the turmoils of the twentieth century.
An eight to ten week study of Biblical principles and practical applications to help Christian families avoid or overcome the pitfalls of indebtedness and to put them in a better position to financially support the worldwide dissemination of the Gospel.
“Building a Firm Foundation: Basic Christian Beliefs”
A multi-part survey of the major doctrines of Christianity. Topics include the Bible, God, Man, Christ, Salvation, Holy Spirit, Church, Last Days.
“The Creation / Evolution Controversy: Equipping Christians for the Battle”
A foundational truth of the Christian worldview is that God is the Creator. His role as Lawgiver and Redeemer cannot be understood apart from this starting point. If there were no Creation and subsequent Fall as described in Genesis, then Jesus is reduced to a man on the wrong planet with the wrong mission. Effective evangelism in today’s world must include a defense of the scientific credibility of the Biblical account of Creation, the Fall, and the Flood.
“From Jerusalem to Rome – A Survey of the Book of Acts”
It could be argued that Acts of the Apostles is the most important book in the New Testament due to its several unique characteristics. For example, without Acts we would know far less about Paul, the author of over half of the New Testament. Understanding the origin and growth of the church is essential for effective Christian service. A Christian servant is expected to be able to lead a person to faith in Christ and then maturity in that faith. Much of the foundation for this task is found in Acts.
“Genesis: Foundation for the Rest of the Bible”
Genesis provides vital information about the origin of all things and thus the meaning of all things. Without this foundation the rest of the Bible is more difficult to understand. Moses was not an eyewitness of these events but he was the inspired writer whom God used to preserve a written record of the pivotal characters and events of this opening chapter in the history of God’s plan of the world.
“A Journey with Jeremiah”
Most agree that we are living in the “post-Christian era” or a time when Christianity is not the dominant force in Western civilization it once was. How do you respond to such a situation? Despair? Determination? Follow the journey of faith of Jeremiah, a dedicated prophet of God. He stood for God and remained faithful in times far more discouraging than our own. Allow a time of reflection on his life to light a fire under your resolve to be faithful.
“Leadership Portraits from Scripture”
A walk through a bookstore reveals an array of resources offering advice on effective leadership in a wide range of careers from business to government. Though valuable insights can be gleaned from the experiences of these successful leaders, the Word of God must not be neglected in the search for leadership principles. Its pages are filled with the stories of real leaders facing real challenges and meeting with different degrees of success. All of their stories offer principles for effective leadership for those who search with the eye of faith.