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WCF.M2.L44 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Relate the concept of “trial by ordeal” to Numbers 5:11-31.
  • Formulate and evaluate plans of action which are appropriate to the cultural context.
  • Discuss Hiebert’s “excluded middle,” relating the concept to general anthropological and missiological issues.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 161-162Lesson 44 Introduction

  • General
  • Loewen: The Bible in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • 125-148Spirit Possession and Exorcism

  • Gallagher, ed: Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context
  • 167-182The Cursing Paul: Magical Contests in Acts 13 and the New Testament Apocrypha (Acts 13:6-12)

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 778-779Powers, The
  • 940-941Territorial Spirits

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 407-414#65 Hiebert: The Flaw of the Excluded Middle
  • 677-681#112 Elkins: A Pioneer Team in Zambia, Africa

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 162-164Lesson 44 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 108-109Rule: The Foe of Papua New Guinea
  • 113-114Loeliger: Melanesia

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Traina: Methodical Bible Study
  • 93-135Ch. 2: Interpretation

  • The Bible
  •  Romans 6–7

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 101-102Graham: Inductive Bible Study Syllabus: An Inductive Study of Romans, Lesson 4

  • Optional
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 296-297Taoism: Divination and the Tao

  • Hawthorne, ed: Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • 209-210Demons and Exorcism
  • 580-583Magic
  • 746-752Principalities and Powers
  • 875-877Signs, Wonders, Miracles

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 268-277Congo DRC
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Read Num 5:11-31. Is this a “trial by ordeal”? Why or why not?

  • You are a Christian worker. You learn that members of the local church are consulting diviners. Is this a good thing? A bad thing? What is your response?

  • What is the significance of Hiebert’s concept of “the excluded middle” for intercultural religious communication? What evidence can you give to support his contention that Westerners leave a large middle range of spiritual phenomena out of account? What evidence argues against his contention?