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Cutting Edges 2016-2017

Cutting Edges is an ongoing series published in Aware, Garrett-Evangelical's quarterly magazine. In Cutting Edges, Garrett-Evangelical faculty share their latest research and expertise in their field of study. From issues of the undocumented worker in the United States to current trends and models in worship, each of these articles touch on current issues facing the Church and our world. To read the articles in their entirety, click the "Read More" links below.


Dr. Hendrik Pieterse
Associate Professor of Global Christianity and World Religions

Intercultural Competency and Discipleship
Published April 2017

The demand for interculturally competent graduates has long been a concern for business and government, where knowledge of cultural values, mores, and practices are vital for effective trade and successful diplomacy, respectively. As global travel, communication, and immigration and migration have turned societies more diverse, the need for more widespread intercultural literacy has become clear. To flourish, it turns out, today’s pluralistic societies require not only interculturally competent elites but also interculturally literate citizens.

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Dr. Charles Cosgrove
Professor of Early Christian Literature and Director of the PhD Program

Recovering the Forgotten
Published October 2016

A very popular book on ancient Rome (composed nearly 100 years ago by a well-known scholar) has only a few words to say about ancient women, and it turns out that everything it does say about them concerns aristocrats or those made notable by wealth. The ancient Greek and Roman authors are equally uninterested in ordinary women—and ordinary men for that matter. Common folk—the vast majority of people in the ancient Mediterranean world—are left to historical oblivion. Most elites assumed that the lives of the masses were devoid of color and variety and anything ennobling.

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Dr. Virginia Lee
Associate Professor of Christian Education

Child Advocacy and Public Theology
Published July 2016

As a former public school teacher, an ordained deacon who is called to ministries of compassion and justice, a seminary professor, an aunt and great-aunt, and as a Christian who tries to live out my baptismal vows, I have a great concern for children – all children. I identify with a quote from Mercy Oduyoye, a Methodist woman, who is often acknowledged as the “mother of African women’s theologies.” She said, “I am not a mother, but I have children.” This quote expresses my own philosophy and theology about caring for children, and it echoes words and phrases I have often expressed. All children are created in the image of God and are my children and your children.

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Dr. Gennifer Brooks
Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Preaching

A Different Type of Violence
Published April 2016

I owe my new vision to the work being engaged by Andrew Wymer, a doctor of philosophy student in liturgical studies and the work he has undertaken for his dissertation that is focused on the issue of violence and preaching. In discussion with him about the trajectory of his work, I was led to recognize that the general understanding of violence in the culture, and certainly as portrayed in the press, is erroneously limited to physical violence perpetrated by individuals or groups upon other individuals or groups. My conversations with Andrew have brought me to the realization that the physical violence is but a response to the deeper and more pervasive violence of spirit being suffered by the perpetrators.

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Dr. K. K. Yeo
Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament

Beauty that Creates, Justice that Delights: Arts that Can Transform China and the United States
Published January 2016

Theological education at Garrett-Evangelical is not programmatic, propaganda, professional training (trade school); instead, it is about the spiritual reception of the prophetic ethos (salt), the priestly passion (light), and “obedience of faith” (faithful discipleship) of the Gospel in the world. The work of the Art Committee at our seminary is precisely to realize that which cannot be taught but can be caught, i.e., to foster a theological pedagogy of pneumatic creativity in the classroom.

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