• Jesse Kalin Brown
    Seminary

    Revved Up Like a Deuce

    Would you consider Paul’s Damascus road experience a call, conversion or both? When reading this weeks Journal question the first thing that stands out to me is that what Paul would have called his Damascus experience is probably much different than what I would call it, mainly because of several personal, temporal and spatial limiting factors. However, hoping to shed some light on the subject (hope you caught that pun), I think it is necessary to also consider the question from how Paul might consider it or stomach being told that his experience was a conversion/call. In this regard, I believe Paul definitely converted from doing and believing in certain things…

  • Jesse Kalin Brown
    Seminary

    Vital Signs

    Gregory of Nyssa’s Unity of the Trinity | Constant Agreement  Gregory of Nyssa’s primary argument concerns the Unity and distinctiveness of the Trinity. On account of the Trinity, there is a distinction in three parts (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), but on account of Unity held with Divine essence, there is a constant agreement of relationship.  This agreement is inseparable. The Unity of the Trinity enacts and acts in agreement.  What I would call my partial understanding of the trinity helps me unpack the gospel on a daily basis and also keeps me from obscuring and corrupting the gospel.  When I hear John 17 and other examples of Jesus’ interceding authority,…

  • Jesse Kalin Brown
    Seminary

    Contrasting the Fruit of Dionysus and Christ

    Dionysus is the Greek God of wine, fertility, theater and religious ecstasy. All four represented as pillars in Greek culture, Dionysian cults grew as Greek mythology and Hellenization spread throughout the Mediterranean. Being the only Greco-Roman god to have been mortal and then become immortal after death, Dionysus draws many parallels to Christ, parallels and similarities both confronted by the Gospels. This confrontation was necessary to draw from the parallels of Greco-Roman mythologies to establish distinct differences between Christianity and Hellenistic culture, affirming the divine nature of Christ to His followers. Dionysus has a mortal mother, Semele and an immortal father in Zeus, the king of the gods. After his…

  • Jesse Kalin Brown
    Seminary

    Can Truth be Found

    Andrews and Burke’s (2014) purpose for encouraging individuals to actively engage historically through utilizing different analysis is to obtain a better understanding of histories complexities. Being able to identify, research and analyze each of the 5 C’s separately and connectively in relation to history provides ample opportunity for gaining insight and empathy from the past to better move forward into the future. In recommending an outline for historical study and writing Pearce (2012) encourages authors to discover the connections secondary sources have made from primary sources. In going beyond interpreting a secondary source (or someone else’s interpretation) through analyzing a primary source, students of history can appropriately formulate their own…

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    Forgiveness in the Workplace

    As evil is a part of our world it is also a part of our workplace. With evil a part of our workplace, we must practice forgiveness to overcome more occurring evil. In short, evil in the workplace is any action that we take that may bring harm to others or ourselves. However, I believe it is important to point out that not all perceived evil in the workplace actually is, evil. We should carefully examine our own internal character and be careful not to project our shadows or insecurities onto others. Additionally, motivations behind individuals decisions should be examined. “Forgiveness is one way to diffuse…evil, replacing hostility and resentment…

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    Get real / Get personal

    One way of defining leadership is to examine its outcomes. Some outcomes of leadership are getting people to work together and follow directives.  Leadership produces an outflow from a group of people adherent to the leaders vision.  Leaders instill “the why” of what people are doing, making a personal connection with their followers, leading to overall buy in of the leaders vision.  Followers of effective leaders carry out their directives by second nature, through knowing and buying into the vision of the leader, which hopefully is also that of the organization.  Leaders get their followers to take ownership of a unified vision in not only how they carry out their work, but in how…

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    Happy Mothers Day (a divorced kid perspective)

    So I’ve never done this before, but I often tell people I’ll try anything once and for those that know me well, lol, smh and ha. Additionally, I have a seminary final exposition due next Friday, so writing/talking on one subject for the last week and the next is starting to bog me down. What I am about to do has been personally controversial for many years, and it is my hope this will break down some internal walls that I have allowed to be built, lets just be honest, by evil forces. Duh duh, duh duh. Get your lifesavers ready! So it’s Mothers Day, a day that I love,…

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    Blessings, Wilderness, Testing, and Promised Land (Numbers: part 1 of 3)

    A response to the question: from surveying the book of Numbers, what are some intertextual connections for the Church? Following Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt, God provides Moses with a priestly blessing, offering peace for the journey and a continuation of His divine promises for Israel (Num 6:22-27). For the church this corresponds to our deliverance from sin and salvation through faith in Christ (Rom 6:5-14). However, even after forgiveness, at times we find ourselves in our own wilderness. This is a time of testing and we are instructed not to harden our hearts or be led into rebellion against God (Heb 3.8). As Jesus and the Israelites were tested,…

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    From Oppression to Revelation (Part 3 of 3)

    A response to the question: How do African and Latin perspectives of Exodus influence the church? Latin and African perspectives both proclaim the Exodus story speaks to all people throughout mankind. Each perspective expresses the unifying character of God bringing people out of oppression to liberation. God’s character and divine power recorded in Scripture is the same God that is alive and active working through us in today. Both African and Latin authors identify the significance of calling out leaders within communities to declare Gods message of salvation. Being conscious to forms of oppression and Gods current desire to deliver salvation for all people from present day forms of slavery and…

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    Holy or Wholly Abolished

    Embracing the Law: A Biblical Theological Perspective A précis, by Jesse Brown Tensions arise when discerning consistency in regard to the law between the Old (NT) and New Testaments (NT). However, continuity of the law with all Scripture is rectified when grounded in Gods incremental revelations throughout history, explaining His will for increasing societal bonding applications for the law. The NT reveals that laws interpreted to separate Jews from gentiles were temporary and thus abolished. The law, being the will of God is to be embraced by community through faith, a faith that would identify Gods revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ. The author builds his argument by validating the…