Faculty and Student Blog

 

The editorial team of the WCIDJ along with WCIU faculty, students and guest bloggers regularly blog on key issues in international development, analyzing the spiritual, historical and other root causes of many problems around the world. This blog is intended to provide a space for continued dialogue about many of the issues that are discussed in the WCIDJ and its scholarly forum. Check here regularly for interesting posts, as well as information about upcoming issues and events in this field.

We welcome guest posts from students and experts in the field of international development! If you would like to contribute to the blog, email us.

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Call for Papers

Mar 02, 2016

William Carey International Development Journal invites scholarly papers on the theme “Children and International Development” for its Spring 2016 issue. William Carey International Development Journal is the bi-annual online journal from William Carey International University, devoted to interdisciplinary research focused identifying and addressing on the historical, cultural, and spiritual roots of human problems around the world.

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By Mark Mihalyov, WCIU MA Student

The rise of radical Islamic terrorism has destroyed communities and displaced millions of people. These people are now cut off from that which is familiar and formed the fabric and foundation of society for them. Their entrance into the world of other cultures has brought a significant measure of (misplaced?) fear and hysteria. Ironically, the “Christian” culture they are now exposed to is in many ways reminiscent of that of the middle ages; more focused on forms and traditions than on power and passion for missionary service.

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As a description of the consequences of opposition to God’s ways, the figure of speech, tohu wabohu, also contains within itself the solution to addressing the root problem behind the chaos and desolation. Believers have the privilege of allowing God’s Spirit to work through them to demonstrate God’s glory, by bringing order out of chaos, and by overcoming evil with good (Hebrew, tob, a word play with the similar- sounding tohu). The rest of the Bible explains how to overcome and/or avoid tohu at various levels (physical, personal, family, social, political) or it shows what happens when tohu is not overcome. (The observable chaotic result can then be called tohu wabohu.) In Genesis 1, physical chaos is being overcome by God’s good creation.

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The account in Genesis 1 of God’s making the land helped the people of Israel see themselves as a community of the people of God, about to inherit a land made for them by God. The author of the creation passage certainly knew how to get his readers’ and listeners’ attention. The grammar of Genesis 1:2 places a strong emphasis on “the land” by placing the noun before the verb, which is not usual in Hebrew: we’ha’eretz hayeta, “now the earth was ...”. Allen Ross asks, “Why did the new nation of Israel need to have this material and to have it written as it is?”

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How can we design WCIU to empower NGOs to be contextualized to the increasingly urban world, to help societies become more & more aligned physically, socially, & spiritually?

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In studying the book of Colossians, some of us had the insight that each cultural group, including yet-unreached peoples, is able to apprehend something about Christ that other groups are not able to see. To me this is what it means in Rev. 5:9 that some from every tribe and tongue and nation are worshiping God around his throne

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Kingdom transformation or breakthrough begins with a renewal movement within a church or churches within an area. Revival is a tangible work of God within a community. People are coming to the Lord. They are not just being saved, they are renouncing their heart attitudes and working toward purity. There is deliverance, healing and the working of miracles outside of the church. Then revival leads to transformation.

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A prayer composed in honor of the anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Romero by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw

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