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The Mediator - Volume 3 Issue 1 October 2001

This issue of The Mediator focuses upon the topic of Missions, a task to involves taking the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the
uttermost part of the world" (Acts l:8)in terms and ways to which people of the world respond. Unprecedented opportunities exist today for
spreading the Good News but along with these opportunities comes significant challenges. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges is the matter
of spirituality.

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The Mediator - Volume III Issue 2 April 2002

This issue also explores themes related to the doctrine of holiness. My own article on grace, law, and conscience investigates some basic theological presuppositions that help facilitate growth in understanding John Wesley, the Apostle Paul, but most importantly, the work of the Holy Spirit. The seemingly diverse theological concepts of grace and law come together as inseparable partners when the Holy Spirit uses a willing and open conscience as the guide for helping a person become more like Christ.

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The Mediator - Volume IV Issue 1 October 2002

This issue of The Mediator explores the theme of communicating the gospel of hope in ways that are relevant to our world. We are confronted with this question: What hope can the gospel communicate to a world that is increasingly secular and pluralistic? The emptiness of post-modernism confronts not only North America and Europe but also many countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The creedal answers from the Church's great confessions of faith are not always sufficient to convince skeptical people that there is an almighty God who cares for them. To many, God is increasingly becoming irrelevant and old-fashioned; God (capital "G") has become a god (lower case "g"). For some, God is either so transcendent as to be unapproachable or so immanent as to be ineffective. For others, the idea of a personal "God" is naive and even offensive. Hope has become like truth, an elusive abstract that no one can grasp. The daily news does little to help grow hope but instead creates fear and uncertainty. How does the gospel answer an atmosphere of hopelessness? The 2001-05 quadrennial theme for the Church of the Nazarene is "Jesus the Hope ." As theologians of the church, what message of hope can we offer that will make a difference in a dying world? Hope cannot be found in anything in this world. Our hope as believers is anchored beyond this world—in Jesus Christ. Our hope is not placed in dogmatic claims of the church or theological suppositions about a transcendent God, but our hope is placed in a person who lived among us. Our hope is in a person who lived in this fallen world but who also proclaimed freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, and release to the oppressed (Luke 4:18). Our optimism in grace is tempered by a genuine concern for the world. Yet we find hope difficult because hope has a degree of uncertainty about it. Hope involves being dependent upon another, and we want to be independent We want the source of our hope to be within our control. Hope must be expressed in tangible ways. Our hope is not simply for a blessed afterlife but leads us to live a certain way in the present. It gives us joy in the midst of sorrow. It gives us victory in seeming defeat It gives us peace in the heat of battle.

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The Mediator - Volume IX, Issue 1 April 2013

This volume of the Mediator reproduces papers presented at the Wesley Theological Conference held at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, November 8-10, 2012. The conference was organized by a committee led by Dr. Dick Eugenio, professor of theology at APNTS. The majority of scholars presenting at this conference were Asians, and this represents a significant step in the contextualization of Wesleyan theology for Asia. Other attempts in this area have been made, and these must continue. The time has long past for theology to beproduced by Asians for Asia.

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The Mediator - Volume IX, Issue 2 December 2013

This issue of The Mediator includes articles and book reviews written by faculty members of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. The first paper, by Dr. Nativity Petallar, was originally presentedat the Women in Ministry Forum on the seminary campus in 2009. It details some of the particularities of women’s intellectual experience, and in particular the integration of knowledge and action.The editor has altered this paper only slightly from how it was originally presented,in order to preserve some elements of the oral performance.The second paper, by Dr.

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Pastor's Kids: Perceptions and Experiences of Family, Friends, the Church, and God

This study explored how the experience of being a pastor’s kid impacts a person’s relationship with God, their family, their friends, and the Church, and how they perceive and have experienced these institutions and relationships throughout their lives. Ten pastor’s kids participated in one hour long interviews, with questions ranging from general information about themselves to more pointed questions about how being a pastor’s kid has impacted different areas of their life.

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The Mediator - Volume XIV, Issue 1 July 2019

The present Mediator issue is an exercise in Wesleyan theology. We begin with a study of pneumatology from a Wesleyan perspective, with special emphasis on implications for the Church (Davis). This is followed by four articles that explore experiential aspects of theology as demonstrated by Wesleyan-Holiness women (Pring) and as recommended for work with children (Lotha and Olumbe) and adults (Ning Ngaih Lian). Rounding out this issue, once again we feature the abstracts from the theses and dissertations of the current graduates from APNTS’s various degree programs.

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Resources, documents, and research created by members of MVNU's School of Christian Ministry.

Living Together in a Diverse Christian Community Ephesians 4:1-3, 25-32

APNTS Chapel Service

Edward LeBron Fairbanks, President Emeritus

August 24, 2017

Cobb Worship Center

11:00 AM

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