Mark’s Gospel has a vast number of examples portraying Jesus as a leader of new teachings. In particular these include Jesus’ divine way of instructing the faith in ways that enlivened and transformed the lives of the people he met. In Mark’s Gospel we learn that Jesus wanted to spread the word of the Holy Spirit and the kingdom of God. He travelled many places in his ministry telling parables to spread the word. “Let us go so that I may proclaim the message there also; as that is what I came out to do” (Mark 1:38).
While Patricia’s faith was strong prior to her revelation, Oscar’s faith was a response to revelation. Oscar’s experience is representative of the New Awareness model of revelation. Through active participation, like his participation in the movement to defend worker’s rights, he began to see himself and the world in a new light. In this new perspective he recognizes that the world is extremely divided by racism, however, God has come to represent his own desire for a world with social justice. He finds salvation in in the image of universal reconciliation that religion offers, and reassurance that social justice can be achieved.
I found the practical sections of this book to be extremely helpful. For instance, when Brooks explains the benefit of asking the “so what” question of the good news text, I was motivated to look at a few of my sermons that had already been preached and ask the “so what” question of the text. Brooks is clear that the Bible is the foundation of preaching. This statement as she points out may seem to be one that there is agreement with among preachers, however as is pointed out there are those who believe that good news may come from other sources. It has been my experience in hearing sermons that the Bible is the source of the good news that is proclaimed.
The Native Americans were outraged by the white people trying to take their land that was set aside for them. The result was reservations wars broke out between the white people and Native Americans. As battles broke out, reformers wanted to put in place a new humane policy. The policy was to destroy native ways but save the Indians from themselves and make Indians into what white people thought they should be. After the reservation wars broke out and the conflict between the Native Americans and whites continued to rise, the new focus was the idea of civilization.
In Achebe’s fictional, but factually based novel, history repeats itself with religion initiating a culture conflict between the traditional Igbo tribe and the Christian British missionaries. In the beginning, the Europeans arrival in Umofia also brought along Christianity, but at first, the religion was not forced upon the tribal people (Aboukhadijeh, Feross). This made joining their church entirely optional to the people. However, overtime the “missionaries became increasingly aggressive” (Aboukhadijeh, Feross) and even hostile to the native tribe’s traditional religion, while simultaneously forcing their own Christian religion upon the native people.
Each one of us is called by God and the basis of that calling is set out in Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We can see clearly from Matthew 28:19 that each of us who have been born again, water baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit have a direct and unmistakable calling from God to serve Him in ministry. The question is not whether we have a calling but what does the outworking of that calling look like in our lives? We have the logos Word of God for us as stated in Matthew 28:19 but the logos with out the revealed Rhema Word of God will have no power in our lives. So how do we hear this Rhema Word? 1) A supernatural encounter - Saul of Tarsus was a zealous man who thought he was doing the will of God by persecuting this sect called “The Way” but God intervened and Saul had a supernatural encounter with God on that Damascus road.
The Native Americans became angered and after the Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded in 1630, they also began to commit bad acts. For example, they killed Anne Hutchinson and her entire family. The relationship of the American Indians and Europeans was negatively impacted by the actions of both parties. The road for more settlement of New England and more conflict with American Indians was set as Europeans still wanted to expand their land and American Indians still wanted to protect their ground. In1606, the Virginia Company of London receives a charter from King James I of England for a settlement of the New World.
The Europeans looked down on the Native Americans and referred to them as “savages” because their society did not match their own. The many different Native American tribes had their disagreements; however they all could agree that the arrival of the Europeans lead to the destruction of their people and cultures. In this essay, I will discuss the arrival of the three major European powers (England, France, and Spain), their different ways in colonizing, and how the conquering of the Americas destroyed Native American societies. I will use evidence from the textbooks, Indians in American History edited by Frederick Hoxie and The World Turned Upside Down edited by Colin Calloway to support my argument. The Natives in America possessed all of the aspects that human beings all over the world incorporated into their societies.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (The Holy Bible John 13:34) Jesus teaches this commandment to his disciples. Jim Casy tries to live this way by preaching and showing others that God cares. In The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck shows Casy as a prime example of Christ-likeness during the Great Depression. Through his commitment to save mankind and by living a life that reflected Jesus Christ; he shows others how to live like him.
The only person we need to be like, as a servant leader is Jesus. He shows us how to lead by example in ( John 13:2-17). We need to listen, sit quietly with the Lord, to hear His plan, so we well be able to help others grow, in the Lord. We need empathy, people need to be accepted and recognized for their ideas and feelings. We need Awareness, of what you can change, for our- selfs and others to be a better servant leader.