The Journal of Discipliana

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society (DCHS) has decided to revive its periodical “Discipliana” as a scholarly and fully refereed journal sponsored by the Society. The new title will be “The Journal of Discipliana” and the venue for publication will be solely online. All published articles and reviews will be published in an “open access” format.

Content eligible for publication will include scholarly treatments (historical or contemporary) of all aspects of the Stone-Campbell Movement utilizing perspectives and methodologies provided by any of the disciplines currently active in religious or theological studies (theology, bible, history, ethics, practical theology, religion and art, ethnic and cultural studies.)

DCHS is pleased to announce that Mark G. Toulouse, Emeritus Professor of American Religious History at Brite Divinity School, has agreed to be the General Editor of the “The Journal of Discipliana.” An Editorial Committee will serve alongside Toulouse to review and commission articles. Managing Editor is James L. McMillan, DCHS Archival Associate.

A Demon Under Every Rock — Not

but they are a part of the early Christian worldview. YMMV.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons…

4 Exorcism Psalms from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Jesus and Psalm 91 in Light of the Exorcism Scrolls

Irenaeus: Against Heresies (Book III, Chapter 6)

The Book of Enoch tr. by R.H. Charles

Search Results for: demon at Mike Heiser’s

Paul’s New King of Kings and Lord of Lords Proclamation

Then the Lord came down to look over the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name is called Babylon, for there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth, and from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
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When Elyon gave the nations as an inheritance, when he separated the sons of man, he set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. For Yahweh’s portion was his people; Jacob was the lot of his inheritance.
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Sirs, why are you doing all this? We too are mortal men like yourselves; the whole burden of our preaching is that you must turn away from follies like this to the worship of the living God, who made sky and earth and sea and all that is in them. In the ages that are past, he has allowed Gentile folk everywhere to follow their own devices; yet even so he has not left us without some proof of what he is; it is his bounty that grants us rain from heaven, and the seasons which give birth to our crops, so that we have nourishment and comfort to our heart’s desire.
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Men of Athens, wherever I look I find you scrupulously religious. Why, in examining your monuments as I passed by them, I found among others an altar which bore the inscription, To the unknown God. And it is this unknown object of your devotion that I am revealing to you. The God who made the world and all that is in it, that God who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples that our hands have made; no human handicraft can do him service, as if he stood in need of anything, he, who gives to all of us life and breath and all we have. It is he who has made, of one single stock, all the nations that were to dwell over the whole face of the earth. And he has given to each the cycles it was to pass through and the fixed limits of its habitation, leaving them to search for God; would they somehow grope their way towards him? Would they find him? And yet, after all, he is not far from any one of us; it is in him that we live, and move, and have our being; thus, some of your own poets have told us, For indeed, we are his children. Why then, if we are the children of God, we must not imagine that the divine nature can be represented in gold, or silver, or stone, carved by man’s art and thought. God has shut his eyes to these passing follies of ours; now, he calls upon all men, everywhere, to repent, because he has fixed a day when he will pronounce just judgement on the whole world. And the man whom he has appointed for that end he has accredited to all of us, by raising him up from the dead.
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First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

World Convention Executive Director Position Opening

World Convention Executive Director Position Opening

World Convention is beginning the process of seeking an Executive Director. Under the direction and guidance of our multinational Board of Directors, the person in this position is responsible for the planning, organizing, staffing, funding, motivating, directing, and management of our ministry connecting the Stone-Campbell Movement worldwide and working toward the unity of all Christians. She or he would have access to the current Executive Director in the transition.

Candidates from all streams of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Disciple-Christian-Church of Christ) from any country are encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact Doug Foster, chair of the search committee at fosterd@acu.edu

Note: Global Gathering 2021, Warsaw, Poland https://vimeo.com/372367662

WorldConvention.org

Why are the *Nations* pissed?

Psalm 2 Related

Acts 4:23ff

http://dssenglishbible.com/psalms%202.htm

http://ecmarsh.com/lxx-kjv/psalms/psalm_002.htm

Isaiah 61 Related

4Q521 or the 4QMessianic Apocalypse is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in the Cave 4 near Qumran. From https://www.wikiwand.com/en/4Q521

The text:

[the hea]vens and the earth will listen to His Messiah [“anointed one”], and none therein will stray from the commandments of the holy ones.
Seekers of the Lord, strengthen yourselves in His service!
All you hopeful in (your) heart, will you not find the Lord in this?
For the Lord will consider the pious (hasidim) and call the righteous by name.
Over the poor His spirit will hover and will renew the faithful with His power.
And He will glorify the pious on the throne of the eternal Kingdom.
He who liberates the captives, restores sight to the blind, straightens the b[ent]
And f[or] ever I will cleav[ve to the h]opeful and in His mercy…
And the fr[uit…] will not be delayed for anyone.
And the Lord will accomplish glorious things which have never been as [He…]
For He will heal the wounded, and revive the dead and bring good news to the poor
…He will lead the uprooted and knowledge…and smoke (?)
— Michael O. Wise, translation[4]

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Wherein *Nations* should be understood within the Deuteronomy 32 LXX worldview / context.

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Hey, don’t know if you have had a chance to check out the latest livecast for Speaking of Reclamation, but here’s the link, Would love to get your feedback, and any suggestions for topics that you would like for us to cover. https://www.facebook.com/speakingofreclamation/videos/937228993308794/

Every human idealized image that is brought into the Christian community is a hindrance to genuine community and must be broken up so that genuine community can survive. Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever so honest, earnest, and sacrificial. God hates this wishful dreaming because it makes the dreamer proud and pretentious. Those who dream of this idealized community demand that it be fulfilled by God, by others, and by themselves. They enter the community of Christians with their demands, set up their own law, and judge one another and even God accordingly. They stand adamant, a living reproach to all others in the circle of the community. They act as if they have to create the Christian community, as if [it is] their visionary ideal [that] binds people together. Whatever does not go their way, they call a failure. When their idealized image is shattered, they see the community breaking into pieces. So they first become accusers of other Christians in the community, then accusers of God, and finally the desperate accusers of themselves. Because God has laid the only foundation of our community, because God has united us in one body with other Christians in Jesus Christ long before we entered into common life with them, we enter into that life together with other Christians, not as those who make demands, but as those who thankfully receive. We do not complain about what God does not give us; rather we are thankful for what God does give us daily. Like the Christian’s sanctification, Christian community is a gift of God to which we have no claim. Only God knows the real condition of either our community or our sanctification. Just as Christians should not be constantly feeling the pulse of their spiritual life, so too the Christian community has not been given to us by God for us to be continually taking its temperature. Let no complaints against our fellow Christians exist without first much more prayer and introspection under Jesus Christ.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together & Prayerbook of the Bible, pg 36, 38, par.

Power Dynamics – Dr. Peter L. Steinke [Various videos]
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=peter+l.+steinke+playlist

Crushing of the outer man to release the Holy Spirit – Watchman Nee writings

Carroll Ellis Symposium — America’s Greatest Revival: Cane Ridge Reconsidered

Description Link:
https://www.lipscomb.edu/events/carroll-ellis-symposium
Audio Files:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hgKFTU7zaG5P8gQPZpyX0pQErnDhz26K

“…a fast-moving look at the greatest revival in American history and an event central to the DNA of Churches of Christ. Four eminent restoration scholars are coming together to present nine 18-minute messages spotlighting the roots and great themes behind this remarkable moment in American history.”

Speakers:

Leonard Allen, Lipscomb College of Bible & Ministry Dean
John Mark Hicks, Lipscomb Professor of Bible
Richard Hughes, Lipscomb Scholar-in-Residence
James Gorman, Associate Professor of History at Johnson University

Presentations:

The Second Great Awakening (Gorman)
Barton Stone: His Role in the Revival (Hughes)
Cane Ridge: What Really Happened There? (Gorman)
Exploring Cane Ridge: Communion Festival (Hicks)
Exploring Cane Ridge: Racial Diversity and Slavery (Hughes)
Exploring Cane Ridge: Women as Exhorters (Gorman)
Reconsidering Cane Ridge: Was Cane Ridge America’s Pentecost? (Allen)
Reconsidering Cane Ridge: Revivalism, Spirit, and Unity (Hicks)
Reconsidering Cane Ridge: Loss of Trajectory in Restoration Movement (Allen)

Of related interest:

Presented March 9, 2013, Riverside Avenue Christian Church (DOC), Jacksonville, FL
Dr. Scott Seay, Associate Professor of the History of Global Christianity, Christian Theological Seminary
Managing Editor, Stone-Campbell World History Project | Pastor, Brown County (IN) Presbyterian Fellowship
Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Lecture: Stone-Campbell Missions and the Emergence of Early Global Pentecostalism

Edward J. Robinson: Fighting for the pure gospel

Stone-Campbell: Recommended resources

Mission Journal Oral History Interview by Greg McKinzie

Abstract

Greg McKinzie conducted an interview-style session at the 2017 Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, dedicated to recording the stories of Dwain Evans, Vic Hunter, and Richard Hughes in the production of Mission Journal. Participants reflected on the motivations, hardships, and successes of publishing thoughtful, courageous content during a tumultuous time for the country and for Churches of Christ. What were the personal costs? How did the journal evolve and why? What would they do differently if they had it to do over? And what is the legacy of Mission for today?

Recommended Citation

McKinzie, Greg (2017) “Mission Journal Oral History Interview,” Mission: Vol. 0 : Iss. 0 , Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/missionjournal/vol0/iss0/1

Amy Jimenez: The Impact of the Pentecostalism on the Stone Campbell Movement and on the Understanding of the Holy Spirit within Churches of Christ

James W. Garrett: The Role of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament Church
A survey of New Testament references to the Holy Spirit with a view toward understanding His ongoing role in the Church and the lives of individual believers

How to Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Prophethood of All Believers

Restorer of Gospel Evangelism | Walter Scott Logically Comes First in a Series on ‘Great Evangelists of the Restoration Movement’ By Enos E. Dowling January 27, 1945

World Communion Sunday is October 7, 2018

Reposted from ChristiaNet September, 2018 Issue 175

What does “global communing” bring to your mind? A long distance phone conversation between friends in Adelaide, South Australia and Nashville, Tennessee? A table at a 1955 luncheon in Toronto, Canada where women are creating a unique fellowship? Our sisters, strong in faith and ability building homes for families in Mexico or South Africa? Maybe you imagine the smile of women finally leaving the brothel in India on the arms of their mentors and friends. Or a lunch after Sunday worship with folk new to your community.

October 7, 2018 is World Communion Sunday, a celebration that encourages Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. One might describe it as a faith community building event. World Convention founder, Jesse Bader, promoted World Communion Sunday among the Stone-Campbell family as early as 1940, and the tradition continues today.

How do we build God’s community?

James 2:8-9 says the conduct of the faithful should be unbiased. “You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if you play up to so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it.” Then James asks pointedly in verse 17, “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” (The Message)

Whether individually or with a group, you are invited to dialogue with other ChristiaNet readers through your stories, ideas and pictures where active faith is building God’s community. We’d love to share the ways you and yours share the hospitality of Jesus’ open table in your part of the world. Not just on October 7, but throughout the year. Not just in your church, but in your neighborhood, your city or town, the country you call home.

Here’s how. Tag your “faith-in-action” posts and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, etc. with #ChristiaNetCommunity. Search for #ChristiaNetCommunity entries in your browser or social media platform to see one another’s offerings. Together let’s expand our knowing of God at work around the world.

Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. May God be ever present in this experience of our global communing!

Julia Keith

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Reconstructing the Gospel – Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Foreword by The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II

At Google Books

At a library

5 minute MP3 audio book preview

Every book reviewer lives in a context.

Mine is peppered with influences:

ADRIS Newsletter back in the day (Thank you, David Moberg).

Gailyn Van Rheenen (et. al. from ACU and some professors from FHU) Van Rheenen Thoughts on Church Growth Movement.

Global Church, localized manifestations / incarnations through this lens.

I’m a long-time fanboy of OMSC. Was looking at Thomas John Hastings, What Is This New Thing God Is Doing? in International Bulletin of Mission Research

Saw this in their audio lecture archives this a.m.
Faith and Life: Theological Formation off the Grid – Ruth Padilla DeBorst

While Thomas John Hastings didn’t mention the Spirit’s current emphasis on bi-vocational missioning (Clergy perks, y’all #500thAnniversaryProtestantReformation), Ruth Padilla DeBorst did.

Cybermissiology in global “interdenominational” (church universal / global beloved community / ekklesia)

Also seen recently The Archbishop Romero Trust 

Stephen R. Haynes: The battle for Bonhoeffer

Martin Luther King: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution

John Pavlovitz: The Sins of Christians Choosing The Economy Over Morality

Max Keiser interviews Dr. Michael Hudson re: “…and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption — From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year.” #PoorPeoplesCampaign

Eric Toussaint: Debt Cancellation in Mesopotamia and Egypt from 3000 to 1000 BC

Michael Hudson: The Land Belongs to God

The Benefits of Debt Relief December 19, 2013