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Seventh Day Adventist Church

Pages: 3 (1005 words) Sources: 3 Document Type:Essay Document #:77181706

The Seventh Day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination that observes the Sabbath (a holy day of rest) on Saturdays (like Jews) rather than on Sundays (like … Trinity, and that there will be a resurrection. This paper will discuss the beliefs, hopes, traditions, etc. of the Seventh Day Adventists.
The Church was formed in Maryland in 1800s but it has since become international with over 20 million members worldwide. They have 28 Fundamental Beliefs, … works, and have potlucks. Typically, a Sabbath School Lesson is held on the Sabbath, which is like a small Bible study group. The Church service includes a sermon, singing, Bible reading, prayer and tithing.
Health and wholeness are very important to Adventists, so diet is a particular ……



Buettner, D. (2005). The Secrets of Long Life. National Geographic, 208(5), 2–27. 

Fraser, G. E. (2003). Diet, life expectancy, and chronic disease: studies of Seventh-Day Adventists and other vegetarians. Oxford University Press.

Leininger, M. (2008). Transcultural nursing: Its importance in nursing practice. Journal of cultural diversity, 15(1), 37-43.

Phillips, R. L. (1975). Role of life-style and dietary habits in risk of cancer among Seventh-Day Adventists. Cancer Research, 35(11 Part 2), 3513-3522.

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Principles Of Organization From Early Christianity Applied To Management

Pages: 6 (1911 words) Sources: 6 Document Type:Essay Document #:30570271

… to maximize its power and reach its potential. The organization that lacks definition and order will likely be one that fails. The early Church communities provide an example of how an organization can succeed even in the face of a hostile environment. By analyzing the structure of … environment. By analyzing the structure of these communities, one can see how mission, vision, networking and leadership all helped to give the early Church a sense of purpose and place and to keep it going in the right direction towards its goal. This paper will describe what … and to keep it going in the right direction towards its goal. This paper will describe what can be learned from the early Church communities in terms of organizational structure and how those principles can be applied to a contemporary organization today.
Organizational Structure
The early Church communities existed within a hierarchical structure……



Brown, P. (1981). The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Daft, R. L. (2013). Organization theory & design. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.

De Vries, M. F. K. (1998). Charisma in action: The transformational abilities of Virgin\\\\\\'s Richard Branson and ABB\\\\\\'s Percy Barnevik. Organizational Dynamics, 26(3), 7-21.

Henry, M. (n.d.). Acts 4 Matthew Henry\\\\\\'s Commentary. Retrieved from 

Kotter, J. P. (2012). Accelerate! Harvard Business Review, 90(11), 44–58.

Price, J. (2012). Structured to Flourish: Organization Design Lessons from the Early Church. Journal of Strategic Leadership, 4, 42-47.

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Textual Reliability Of The New Testament

Pages: 9 (2590 words) Sources: 13 Document Type:Essay Document #:65876763

… whether the versions available now represent the same ideas as the original works, and 3) their authority was implied over time by the Church rather than by the authors themselves and therefore the New Testament became a way of creating a new religion and consolidating power into … the authors themselves and therefore the New Testament became a way of creating a new religion and consolidating power into the hands of Church leaders. These arguments are facile at best and betray an antagonistic rather than an objective mindset.
The fact is that in terms of … Bart Ehrman, “The Use and Significance of Patristic Evidence for NT Textual Criticism,” in Aland, Barbara, ed. New Testament Textual Criticism, Exegesis, and Early Church History (Kampen: Pharos,1994) 118.] [7: Bart Ehrman, Jesus, Interrupted (HarperCollins ebook), 10.]
Disputes over the meaning of differently related events in the Gospels … be no doubt whatsoever that……



Aland, Kurt and Barbara. The Text of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987.

Comfort, Philip W. Encountering the Manuscripts: An Introduction to New Testament Paleography and Textual Criticism. Broadman and Holman, 2005.

Ehrman, Bart. Jesus, Interrupted. HarperCollins e-book.

Ehrman, Bart. “The Use and Significance of Patristic Evidence for NT Textual Criticism,” in Aland, Barbara, ed. New Testament Textual Criticism, Exegesis, and Early Church History. Kampen: Pharos, 1994.

Epp, Eldon J. and Gordon D. Fee. Studies and Documents: Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism. Eerdmans, 1993.

Green, Bradley. Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy. IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2010.

Irenaus, “Against Heresies,” 

Kruger, Michael. Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament. IL: Crossway, 2012.

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Natural Law In Catholic Social Teaching

Pages: 11 (3338 words) Sources: 5 Document Type:Research Paper Document #:14149927

… should respect and care for laborers and apply Christian principles in the workplace.[footnoteRef:2] These themes of Catholic Social Teaching are rooted in the Church’s teaching on natural. This paper will show how natural law from the time of Aristotle till now has complemented the Church’s moral law and provided a framework for its own social teaching, and it will also show how the Enlightenment Era Social Contract perverted … articulated by Aristotle in classical Greek philosophy and have been a mainstay of Western philosophy ever since, being discussed by Roman philosophers, early Church Fathers and Scholastics in the Middle Ages. It was not until the Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment when modern society began to … regardless of whether form followed function. For Rousseau liberty was what mattered most, and that meant rejection of the order of the medieval Church and of the doctrines of sin and redemption.……



Barton, George Aaron. A critical and exegetical commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes. Vol. 17. Scribner, 1908.

Hunt, Lynn. \\\\\\"Introduction: The Revolutionary Origins of Human Rights.\\\\\\" In The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief History with Documents, 2nd Edition, edited by Lynn Hunt, 1-31. Boston: Bedford, 2016 National Assembly. “Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, 26 August 1789.”

Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite. Accessed November 4, 2019.

Pope, Stephen J. “Natural Law in Catholic Social Teachings.” 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching,” 

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Biblical Mysteries

Pages: 8 (2451 words) Sources: 15 Document Type:Essay Document #:22562699

… surroundings. As a response to the pagan take on Mysticism, Christianity proposed a different perspective of Mysticism particularly via the writings of the Church fathers such as Pseudo-Dionysius and Saint Augustine. In Christian Mysticism, Gnostic heresies principles were openly undermined by the Church fathers. The result is that Christian Mysticism does not suggest that every individual through their own acts and will can reveal the hidden … the New Testament perspective of mystery with the background of the Old Testament is the best approach of understanding mystery.
Literature review 
The Church education or instruction on mysticism is one that has resulted in the reconciliation of the debate between heretical mysticism and Christian mysticism. This ……



Addington, J. E. (1969). The Hidden Mystery of the Bible. DeVorss & Company.

Ahn, E., & Kang, H. (2018). Introduction to systematic review and meta-analysis. Korean journal of anesthesiology, 71(2), 103.

Beale, G. K., & Gladd, B. L. (2014). Hidden but now revealed: A Biblical theology of mystery. InterVarsity Press.

Catholic Church. (1997). Catechism of the Catholic Church: Revised in accordance with the official Latin text.  Promulgated by Pope John Paul II (2nd edition). Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference.

Cook, D. J., Mulrow, C. D., & Haynes, R. B. (1997). Systematic reviews: synthesis of best evidence for clinical decisions. Annals of internal medicine, 126(5), 376-380.

Florovsky, G. (1972). Bible, church, tradition: an Eastern Orthodox view (Vol. 1). Nordland Publishing Company.

Jeffrey, G. R. (2013). Unveiling Mysteries of the Bible. WaterBrook.

Katz, S.T. (1978). Language, Epistemology, and Mysticism. New York, Oxford University Press.

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How Gregorian Chant Changed Sacred Music In The Middle Ages

Pages: 5 (1553 words) Sources: 5 Document Type:Essay Document #:92405285

… choral music known as chant. This form, known as plainchant or alternatively as Gregorian chant, essentially served as the standard vocal music for church services (mainly Masses or for the Divine Office) held throughout the Church (mainly Europe) for the whole of the Middle Ages. Plainchant consisted of Scriptural verses chanted by the members of the choir, usually monastics. … the marvelous wall of sound. As Wilson notes, Gregorian chant was the height of medieval music: sacred rather than secular, it gave the Church a powerful way to influence and inspire souls seeking the way to Heaven in a very uncertain time in Europe.
The Roman Empire … part of the Roman rite of Christian services by the 3rd century when Hippolytus described its usage upon certain feast days in the Church (Hiley).
St. Anthony, a Christian monk from Egypt, introduced the recitation or singing of the psalms in……


Works Cited

Grout, Donald. A History of Western Music. New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 1960.

Hiley, David. Western Plainchant: A Handbook. Clarendon Press, 1995.

Laux, J. Church History. IL: TAN, 1989.

Meconi, Honey. Hildegard of Bingen. University of Illinois Press, 2018.

Wilson, David. Music of the Middle Ages Schirmer Books, 1990.

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The Differences In Religions And Their Burial Rituals

Pages: 10 (2909 words) Sources: 8 Document Type:Research Paper Document #:18018467

… Today, this sacrament is also known as the Sacrament of the Sick or Dying and the Last Rites. In the tradition of the Church, the purpose of the sacrament is to give spiritual assistance to the seriously sick or dying individual. The primary aim is for the … prayers for the dead. A funeral mass will be held typically the day after the layout and a procession will occur from the church to a Catholic…[break]…all souls go back to God and that there is no resurrection of the dead (Reform Judaism).
In Islam there have … pronounced simply because of the acceptance of the culture.
This change as a result of culture is comparable among the three. The Catholic Church found itself more and more immersed in a world of Protestant Christianity and so adapted its rites to reflect a Protestant mentality. Reform ……


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Brener, Anne. Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing. Jewish Lights/Turner Publishing, 2017.

Goldstein, Z. “The Jewish Burial.”

Goodman, Arnold M.  A Plain Pine Box: A Return to Simple Jewish Funerals and Eternal Traditions. Ktav Publishing House, 2003.

Reform Judaism. 

Sheikh, Aziz, and Abdul Rashid Gatrad, eds. Caring for Muslim patients. Radcliffe Publishing, 2008.

Siddiqui, Abdul Hamid. Sahih Muslim. Peace Vision, 2012.

Toner, Patrick. "Extreme Unction." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909.

Wilde, Melissa J. Vatican II: A sociological analysis of religious change. Princeton University Press, 2018.

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Self Assessment Plan For Future Ministry Theology

Pages: 5 (1517 words) Sources: 5 Document Type:Essay Document #:49225588

… to the flock of Christ.[footnoteRef:5] Continuous education occurs through constant reading as well as attending conferences and camps that bring together ministers and church leaders and allow for knowledge-sharing. [3: Luke 5; 15, Mark 1: 35, Mark 1: 45, Mark 2: 13] [4: Mark 1: 35] [5: … above my own.[footnoteRef:9] [6: Colossians 3: 17] [7: General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, “Transparency and Accountability: a Global commitment of Seventh-Day Adventist Church Leaders,” Author, 2018, 55. ] [8: John……



Gates, Jeffery. “Self-Care: A Christian Perspective.” Evangelical Review of Theology 35, no. 1 (January 2015): 4-17.

Lassman, Ernie. “The Importance of Continuing Education for Pastors.” Concordia Theological Seminary Journal 19, no. 1 (March 2015): 1-5.

Lish, Allen, Trice Pamela, Root, Alicia, and Gilbert, Nicole. “Care for Pastors: Learning from Clergy and their Spouses.” Faculty Publications – Graduate school of Clinical Psychology, Paper 152 (2005): 

Shirley, Chris. “It Takes a Church to Make a Disciple: An Integrative Model of Discipleship for the Church.” Southwestern Journal of Theology 50, no. 2 (Spring 2008): 207-24.

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Contact In Canadian Literature

Pages: 11 (3347 words) Sources: 6 Document Type:Essay Document #:97950942

...Church Contact in Canadian Literature: The Use of Gothic Elements in the Negotiation of Cultural Differences between Settlers and Indigenous Nations
Common elements of gothic literature include mystery, fear, omens, curses, preternatural settings, gloomy atmospheres with a hint of being haunted, some dimension of the supernatural, romance, an arch-villain, nightmare situations, anti-heroes and ladies in distress (Mulvey-Roberts; Smith). Popular examples on both sides of the Atlantic include works by the Bronte sisters, works by Poe, and Shelley’s Frankenstein. The gothic was a popular genre form in the 19th century. It was romantic, vibrant, dark, brooding, frightening, exciting, and visceral. It resonated with readers because after a century of Enlightenment (hyper-emphasis on reason and naturalism), the romantic era had ushered in something desperately needed: feeling. Thus, authors of the 19th century, like Duncan Campbell Scott and Pauline Johnson, found elements of the gothic genre to be a useful way to explore……


Works Cited

Gray, Charlotte, and Clara Thomas. "Flint and feather: the life and times of E Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake." Canadian Woman Studies 23.1 (2003): 183.

Johnson, E. Pauline. “Pagan in St. Paul’s Cathedral.” 

Mulvey-Roberts, Marie, ed. The Handbook to Gothic literature. NYU Press, 1998.

Salem-Wiseman, Lisa. ""Verily, the White Man's Ways Were the Best": Duncan Campbell Scott, Native Culture, and Assimilation." Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne (1996): 121-144.

Scott, D. C. “The Onondaga Madonna.”

Smith, Andrew. Gothic Literature. Edinburgh University Press, 2007.

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The Rite Of The Sacraments Of Healing And Of The Sick

Pages: 5 (1627 words) Sources: 1 Document Type:Essay Document #:66309687

… reconciling those among the faithful who had fallen into a state of sin since their Baptism. Such has been the teaching of the Church since the Council of Trent in 1551.
The liturgical development of Penance has not evolved greatly over the history of the Church: public penance has always been recommended, particularly during Lent, but the sacrament of Penance has always been restricted to private confession—except for certain … for the idea of penance to be approached as something done in common with others, but this is a rather novel departure from Church tradition and forgiveness of the laity unless in times of extreme emergency is forbidden and individuals must make use of the sacrament of … for the Anointing of the Sick is James 5:14-15: "Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church and let them pray over him, anointing……



Toner, Patrick. \\\\\\"Extreme Unction.\\\\\\" The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909.

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