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A look at allegory, typology, reader response and authorial intent

Explain the difference between “reader response” and “authorial intent.” Why is the issue of communication important to the discussion of authorial intent? Who controls the meaning in interpretation: the reader or the author? Why is this important? Offer a 1-sentence definition of the following terms: literary meaning, allegory, and typology. What is the major difference…

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Family-Integrated Model of youth program organization

My assignment was to write whether I agreed with this model based on the information supplied. The Info Supplied: Family-Integrated Model – “Proponents of family-integrated churches believe that ‘there is no scriptural pattern for comprehensive age-segregated discipleship, and that age-segregated practices are based on unbiblical, evolutionary and secular thinking which have invaded the church.’ ….

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Character Audit – Conclusion

Taking these tests have certainly helped me to gain some understanding in my life about situations. I have many areas in life on which I need to work but I am glad I do have strong areas from which to build. Two action items I will be pursuing is the betterment of myself and bettering…

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Character Audit 7 – Character

The Men’s Character Audit[1] was interesting. I scored a 31. This shows that I have good character but still have areas to work on. I did not find out anything new but it is good to be shown areas that I know that need work, still need work. I found that I am not very…

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Character Audit 6 – Passion

The Passion Audit[1] on page 193 was another good one. It helps you focus on what is exciting in ministry to you and provides some ideas to help you develop a focus. For me, my passion is working with small groups and teaching. Over the last year I have been slowly moved into the leadership…

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Character Audit 5 – Natural Gifts

I had a huge problem with this audit. I did not feel it was useful. Read on:   The natural Gifts Indicator[1] was a waste of time. There are far better tools to use other than “oh just pick some stuff you like”. I learned nothing from this test. I feel that a more comprehensive…

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Character Audit 4 – Spiritual Gifts

I took the Spiritual Gift Inventory on page 184[1]. The results were consistent with other spiritual inventories I have taken. I didn’t have any surprises in this one. My five major gifts are administration, leadership, pastor, teacher, and apostleship. I have long known that I am good at administration. I have been raised to do…

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Character Audit 3 – Credibility

Appendix E calls for us to examine our credibility. In this audit I scored a 16. This means that I have strong credibility[1]. I didn’t think I would have problems with this section but I found two areas of concern neither of which are entirely under my control but relevant none-the-less and need consideration. Overall…

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Character Audit 2 – Servant Leader

Appendix D asks us to measure our Servant Leadership[1]. I took this test with some trepidation. I know that I am not always the best servant because I have a hard edge to my relationships. I expect many things and when working on projects I can have a tendency to ‘bowl over’ those I work…

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Character Audit 1 – Christian Leader

Using Malphurs’ Christian Leader Audit I scored a 10. This makes me a strong Cristian leader[1]. I found this audit to be interesting and clear. There is a purpose behind it of having you remove gray areas from your life but in this I feel the audit fails. The choices for the first three should…