Post Grad Seminar Friday 19th September

This is just a reminder that the next Post Grad Seminar will be held this Friday 19 Sept starting at 1.30pm at UTC. The program is as follows:

1.30 – 2.30pm Stephen Choi DMin Thesis Proposal “Preaching Style of Korean Baptist Ministers in Sydney”
2.30 – 3.30pm Byung Kim DMin Thesis Proposal “A study of burnout of Korean pastors’ wives in Sydney”
3.30 – 3.45pm BREAK
3.45 – 4.30pm Jione Havea Faculty Presentation “Fear and know: Proverbs 1:7”

Stephen Choi “Preaching Style of Korean Baptist Ministers in Sydney”
This thesis is concerned with preaching styles of Korean Baptist ministers in Sydney influenced by the charismatic movement in Korean churches. When the Korean ministers came to Australia they brought this preaching style and have been continually influenced by the Korean churches. The character of their preaching style is focused on experience of spiritual life, blessings, church growth and individual salvation. In this research I will investigate how much the Baptist minister’s preaching has been influenced by the Korean shamanism. In this study, I will develop an appropriate preaching style of the Korean Baptist ministers in Sydney for the Korean Community in Australia.

Byung Kim “A study of burnout of Korean pastors’ wives in Sydney”
This thesis is to study of burnout of Korean pastors’ wives in Sydney. The Korean Churches are very familiar with the conventional image of the pastor’s wife: faithful, devotional, humble, involved, gracious, supportive, loving mother and wife. As Ruth White in her book , “What Every Pastor’s Wife Should Know” said “The Pastor’s wife is the only woman I know who is asked to work full time without pay on her husband’s job, in a role no one has yet defined.” Burnout is a very real issue for pastors wives in ministry context. Roy Oswald in his article “Why do clergy wives burn out ?” noted “ stress and burnout among clergy wives is as high as for pastors – and that’s high! As resident ‘holy woman’ she’s a walking target for everyone’s unconscious expectations of what such a saint should be. There’s no one providing pastoral care for most clergy wives.” In this study I will find practical and pastoral application on recognizing burnout and steps to prevent and recover from burnout.

Jione Havea in Pusan

Jione Havea “Fear and know: Proverbs 1:7”
The sage’s penetrating assertion that the fear of Yhwh is the beginning of knowledge invites pondering (sexual connotations are intentional, here and further below). Who is Yhwh or, it may be more appropriate to ask, which and whose Yhwh? What does fear involve? And what might knowledge look like? I will reflect around these questions and their connotations in this chapter.
An initial reading of Prov 1:7 will help set the stage for what follows. Prov 1:7 maintains that the upshot of doing something (fear) to Yhwh is movement toward a state of being (knowledge). Yhwh is not the end but a steppingstone, a threshold (cf. Ashcroft 2014), to something else. Yhwh is not the answer or the solution but an opening through which one steps into, or enters, another state of being.
For many generations of biblical critics, this state is in the realms of the mind (the rational). This chapter adds that it is also a bodily and physical state. Affirming the physicality of knowledge will come with an invitation to relax anxieties concerning the body and sexuality which hide behind homophobia (qua mask). Put another way, homophobia is one of the manifestations of fear and deep anxieties about the body and sexuality. One way to ease up on such fears and anxieties is to affirm physicality (of knowledge) and sensuality (of reason), which are easily carried out in daily living. The challenge put forth here is to also affirm physicality and sensuality in biblical interpretations and theological reflections.

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