Testamentum Imperium
Volume 5 - 2016

Can You Hear me Now?:
Making Pastoral Theology Relevant in a Modern World

Testamentum Imperium
Volume 5 - 2016

Can You Hear me Now?:
Making Pastoral Theology Relevant in a Modern World

Director Kevaughn C. A. Mattis and Managing Editor Michael G. Maness

Volume 1 - 2007 - Closed - 80 Articles - 13 Published in Perspectives on Eternal Security:  Biblical, Historical, and Philosophical Foreword by H. Wayne House, Edited by Kirk R. MacGregor and Kevaughn Mattis (Wipf and Stock, 2009).

Volume 2 - 2009 - Closed - 122 articles committed so far.

Volume 3 - 2011 - Closed - 161 articles committed so far

Volume 4 - 2013 - Response to I. Howard Marshall’s Kept by the Power of God 

Volume 5 - 2016 - Closed - 25 articles on Making Pastoral Theology Relevant in a Modern Worl

Volume 6 - 2020 - 11 articles

Guest and Complementary Articles Previously Published  ~  Editorial Standards    


Message from Kevaughn Mattis, Trinidad, West Indies, Founder and Coordinator of Testamentum Imperium:  In the past, Testamentum Imperium has focused on affirming the assurance of salvation from  Baptist and Reformed perspectives. The journal is expanding its scope by publishing an interdenominational volume on Pastoral Care in 2016.  As was done in the past with the first 13 articles from the first volume of Testamentum Imperium, I wish to take the articles written in 2016 and publish as many as I can as a book with Wipf and Stock. That publication is found here: 


I humbly extend this collective invitation inviting you all to contribute the following articles:

Perspectives on Eternal Security


Can You Hear me Now?:
Making Pastoral Theology Relevant in a Modern World

Foreword Dr. Gerald R. McDermott, Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion, Roanoke College, USA; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion; and Research Associate, Jonathan Edwards Centre, University of the Free State, South Africa; mcdermot@roanoke.edu.    

Preface Rev. Dr. Michael G. Maness, Baptist;  D.Min, NOBTS; M.Div. SWBTS; TDCJ Retired 20-year Senior Clinical Chaplain, author of How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011 (2015) and nine other books and 100+ articles, see www.PreciousHeart.net, email Maness3@att.net

The Problem of Pastoral Theology 

1.  Rev. Dr. Vasileios Thermos, M.D., Ph.D., 
Can Pastoral Care Successfully Merge Secular Disciplines with Biblical Theology? - He was born in 1957 at Lefkada, Greece, and studied at the Medical School of Athens University.  After graduating he studied at the Theological School of the same University, specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which he still practices in Athens, Greece.  In 1996-97 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School.  He has studied at Harvard School of Arts and Humanities, Boston College, Boston University, and Andover Newton Theological School. In 1997 he received his PhD in Pastoral Psychology from the Theological School of Athens University.  In 1986 he was ordained a priest of the Orthodox Church of Greece and has has been engaged into training programs for clergy in Greece, Cyprus, USA. See thermosv@otenet.gr.
     He has written numerous books and articles in Greek, some translated into English, French, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Spanish. He is the editor of a new journal in Greek, Psyches dromoi: Ways of the Soul, published every 6 months on the relationships between theology/religion and psychiatry/psychology (first issue in May 2011).
     In 2004, a master thesis on his total work appeared by Peter Kazaku at the Theological School of Balamand University, Lebanon: 

2.  Dr. Taunya Marie Tinsley and Rev. Dr. Joan Prentice,
Is Pastoral Theology still Relevant in an Age of Modern Psychology? – Dr. Taunya Marie Tinsley, Ph.D., D.Min. NCC, LPC, is a Baptist and Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling, Waynesburg University, USA; Director, Mount Ararat Counseling Ministry and Counseling Center at Mount Ararat Baptist Church,  Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  ttinsley@mt-ararat.org.   Co-authored, the Rev. Dr. Joan Prentice, is also a Baptist with a D.Min. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, USA;  she is the Minister of New Members, Mount Ararat Baptist Church,  Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  jprentice@mt-ararat.org.  

3.  Dr. Nontando Hadebe,
A Correction of Pastoral Care that Overlooks the most Vulnerable - Dr. Hadebe has a B.Theol, M.Theol (Natal), D.Phil, Theology and is a Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of South Africa;  see www.StAugustine.ac.za and noehadebe@gmail.com.  

4.  Caroline G. Seed,
Religious Belief, Conflict and Violence: The Theological Basis in 1 John for Being Passionate about what we Believe and Passionate About Loving Those who Disagree with Us Senior Lecturer in Theology, Presbyterian University of East Africa, Kenya; Senior Lecturer in Dogmatics and Missiology (External), North-West University, South Africa;  See www.PUEA.ac.ke, www.NWU.ac.za and cgseed@outlook.com.

5.  Daniel Funke and Dr. Tomas Bokedal,
“They Shall Not Inherit the Kingdom of God”Is the Bible’s Language of Judgment and Sin too Condemnatory to Patiently Deal with Human Sins?
- Bokedal is Lecturer in New Testament Studies, King's College, University of Aberdeen, UK;  t.bokedal@abdn.ac.uk.  Funke is a recent graduate of Aberdeen and works in publishing; dannofunke@hotmail.de.

6.  Rev. Dr. Matthias Grebe,
“They Shall Not Inherit the Kingdom of God” Is the Bible’s Language of Judgment and Sin too Condemnatory to Patiently Deal with Human Sins? – Anglican, Post-Doctoral Researcher and Lecturer, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany;  grebe@uni-bonn.de; mgrebe471@gmail.com

7.  Rev. Dr. John Michael Kiboi,
“They Shall Not Inherit the Kingdom of God” Is the Bible’s Language of Judgment and Sin too Condemnatory to Patiently Deal with Human Sins? – St. Paul's University, Limuru, Kenya;  see www.SPU.ac.ke

8.  Fr. Dr. Daniel Ude Asue,
Does the Roman Catholic Church’s Language of Sin Make Pastoral Care of Victims too Difficult? - Roman Catholic, Ph.D., Practical Theology, St. Thomas University, Florida, USA;  Saint Bede Catholic Church, Diocese of Richmond, USA;  frdanielasue@bedeva.org; asue1ng@yahoo.com

9.  Dr. Robert Fastiggi,
Is the Roman Catholic Theology of Sin too Judgmental? - Roman Catholic Professor of Systematic Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, USA;  See www.SHMS.edu and fastiggi.robert@shms.edu. 
Fastiggi has been executive editor of the 2009-2013 supplements to the New Catholic Encyclopedia and the co-editor of the English translation of the 43rd edition of the Denzinger-Hünermann compendium published by Ignatius Press in 2012. He is the author of The Natural Theology of Yves de Paris (Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1991), The Mystical Theology of the Catholic Reformation: An Overview of Baroque Spirituality [co-author, José Pereira] (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2006), What the Church Teaches about Sex: God’s Plan for Human Happiness (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2009), Called to Holiness and Communion: Vatican II on the Church [co-editor with Fr. Steven Boguslawski, O.P.] (Scranton, PA: University of Scranton Press, 2009), De Maria Numquam Satis: The Significance of the Catholic Doctrines on the Blessed Virgin Mary for All People [co-editor with Judith Marie Gentle] (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2009), St. Paul, the Natural Law, and Contemporary Legal Theory [co-editor with Jane Adolphe and Michael Vacca] (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012), The Sacrament of Reconciliation: An Anthropological and Scriptural Understanding (Chicago/Mundelein, IL: Hillenbrand Books, 2017).

10.  Dr. Wayne Baxter,
Was Jesus’ Language of Judgment and Sin too Condemnatory for him to Deal Graciously with Human Sin?: A Reflection from the Gospel of Matthew - Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada, Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, Heritage College & Seminary, Canada; see www.HeritageCambridge.com and  wbaxter@heritageseminary.net

Pastoral Theology:  Attending to Human Need

11.  Dr. Rock M. LaGioia, 
Addressing Spiritual Lethargy:  A Biblical, Theological, and Homiletical Approach - B.A., M.Div., Th.M., D.Min.; Professor of Pastoral Studies;  Director, Doctor of Ministry Program, Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana;  See lagioir@grace.edu and www.Grace.edu/academics/seminary/faculty/lagioia

12.  Rev. Dr. Myrna Thurmond-Malone,
Pastoral Care with Addicted Persons - M.Div., Baptist;  Th.D., ABD;  Pastoral Care and Counseling, Columbia Theological Seminary, USA;  Licensed Christian Counselor and Therapist;  Founder & Director, MHT Family Life Center, Riverdale, GA, USA;  revmyrnamalone@mhtfamilylifecenter.org

13.  Rev. Dr. Michael G. Maness,
Need and Relevance of Pastoral Care in the Prison System - Baptist, D.Min, NOBTS; M.Div., SWBTS; B.A., Criswell College; author of How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011 (2015) and nine other books and 100+ articles, see www.PreciousHeart.net, email Maness3@att.net.  Maness spent 20 years as a TDCJ staff senior clinical chaplain at the Gib Lewis State Prison in Woodville, Texas, the last six months at the Polunsky State Prison, where Texas’ Death Row is located.   He earned 1,600 hours of CPE from ACPE and a host of certificates on PTSD, suicide and crisis intervention, and authored nine books and over 100 articles, including, How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011:  Immeasurable Value of Religion, Volunteers and Their Chaplains:  A Resource for the Prison Chaplaincy and Its Defense with Staff Chaplain Survival Guide and Audit History (2015; 412p.; www.PreciousHeart.net/Saved) and Queen of Prison Ministry—the Story of Gertha Rogers, First Woman to Minister on Texas Death Row (2008; 200p.;  www.PreciousHeart.net/joy).   He has been managing editor of Testamentum Imperium for most of its publication history, www.PreciousHeart.net/ti.  See his website www.PreciousHeart.net, LinkedIn page http://lnkd.in/FJ9N2z and Facebook page www.Facebook.com/Michael.G.Maness.

14.  Rev. Hundzukani Portia Khosa-Nkatine,
Practical Theology/Spirituality and Fostering Healthy Human Relationships in the Workplace - Khosa-Nkatini is a Ph.D. student, practical theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and Junior Lecturer in Practical Theology, University of South Africa;  see hundzukhosa@gmail.com.

15.  Dr. Walter Chung and Dr. Stephanie Chung,
“Women Don’t Like Nice Guys” – Dating, Attraction and Christian Values: Teaching Our Young People How to Fall in Love - Dr. Walter Chung, Evangelical;  Ph.D., BCBA-D, CRC, NCP, BCCP, LPC, LBS;  Professor, Counseling Psychology; Department Coordinator for Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration, Eastern University, USA;  wchung@eastern.edu;  and co-authored with his wife, Dr. Stephanie Chung, Ed.D., Evangelical; Associate Professor of Special Education, Education Department, Cairn University, USA. 

16.  Kevaughn Mattis,
Judgemental Attitudes and Their Impact on Our Pastoral Effectiveness - LLB University of London, UK; LPC, BPP Law School, UK; founder & director of Testamentum Imperium. Mr. Mattis graduated with honors from the University of London.  He founded Testamentum Imperium (Great Testament) around 2005 with requests for articles on the security of the Christian believer from scholars all over the world, www.PreciousHeart.net/ti.  The first volume of 80 saw a publication of 13 articles in  Perspectives on Eternal Security:  Biblical, Historical, and Philosophical, Foreword by H. Wayne House, Edited by Kirk R. MacGregor and Kevaughn Mattis (Wipf and Stock, 2009).  Volume 2 received 122 articles, volume 3 received 161 articles, and articles are nearly complete for volumes 4 & 5.  This appears to be one of the largest of articles from a like diversity of top scholars on the Great Testament Christian security anywhere in the world. See   destinyfromthebeginning@hotmail.com.

17.  Dr. Godfrey Harold,
The Church as Alternative Community: A South African Perspective – Baptist, Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Cape Town Baptist Seminary, South Africa;  godfrey@ctbs.org.za

18.  Samuel Yonas Deressa,
Church and State in Ethiopia:  Contribution of Lutheran Understanding of the Community of Grace
a Ph.D. candidate, Luther Seminary and Adjunct Professor, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota;  see sderessa001@luthersem.edu.

Pastoral Theology and Human Suffering

   19.  Dr. Dana Costin-Stelian and Dr. Siroj Sorajjakool,
When Sickness Heals: A Pastoral Reflection on Finding Meaning in Suffering - Seventh-Day Adventist;  Sorajjakool is Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Counseling, Loma Linda University, USA; 
. Costin-Stelian is pursuing clinical training in spiritual care at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

20.  Dr. Erhard S. Gerstenberger, 
Finding God and Meaning in Suffering
– Lutheran;  Professor of Old Testament Literature and Theology Emeritus, University of Marburg, Germany;  gersterh@staff.uni-marburg.de.  Professor Gerstenberger retired from Marburg University in 1997 and has since taught the Hebrew Bible in Germany, Brazil, and as a visiting scholar in many countries.  He is the author of many books and 300+ articles, including Yahweh the Patriarch (Fortress Press, 1996), Psalms 1: With an Introduction to Cultic Poetry (1988), Psalms 2 and Lamentations (2001), Theologies in the Old Testament (2002), Woman and Man (1981), and Suffering (1980). For his 80th birthday in 2012 two of his colleagues published a collection of 42 articles spanning 50 years of teaching and writing (half in English, half in German, one in Portuguese): Ute E. Eisen and Christl M. Maier (eds.), Erhard S. Gerstenberger: Die Hebraeische Bibel als Buch der Befreiunjg (Ausgewaehlte Aufsaetze. 2012; 718p; openaccess@bibsys.uni-giessen.de): published by Justus-Liebig-Universitat, Giessen, Germany, online by article, http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2012/8601/; wholly in a single pdf, http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2012/8601/pdf/Gerstenberger-Hebraeische-Bibel.pdf; and print-on-demand.  Download his bibliography 1961-2012, some 300+ articles:   http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2012/8838/pdf/Gerstenberger_Bibliographie.pdf.

21.  Dr. Maury Jackson,
Ecclesiology and Theodicy:  Bonhoeffer's Sanctorum Communio as Response to Human Suffering -
Associate Professor of Practical Theology, H.M.S. Richards Divinity School, La Sierra University, Riverside, California Dr. Jackson, of the Adventist communion, has served as pastor on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. He several published works include: “Shepherding Public Discourse Practices: Homiletic Form Aligned to the Logic Operative in Racial Rhetoric and Public Theological Discourse for Secular Liberal Democracies” Cultural and Religious Studies (September 2016, Volume 4 Number 9); “Causality Principle as the Framework to Contextualize Time in Modern Physics” International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention (Volume 5 Issue 6 June 2016), 1-22; “Moral Education and the Adventist Print Media” Adventist Today 22:4 (Fall 2014), 12-17; “When Anger Heals: A Christian Response to the Global Healthcare Debate” Adventist Today 21:1 (Winter, 2013), 04-09; “The Heresy Tertullian Overlooked: On Prescription against the Apologist’s Use of Rhetoric” Spes Christiana 22-23 (2011-2012), 15-30; “Sketching an Adventist Vision for Global Mission” Adventist Today 20:2 (March-April, 2012), 16-19; and “Answering the Call for a Sacred Conversation on Race” Spectrum Magazine 36:3 (Summer, 2008), 42-50.  See https://lasierra.edu/divinity and mjackson@lasierra.edu.

22.  Dr. Nathan D. Hieb,
The God of All Comfort:  Karl Barth and Hope in Suffering
Hieb received a PhD in Systematic Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.  He serves as Youth Pastor at Monmouth Chinese Christian Church (NJ), Adjunct Professor of Theology at Alliance Theological Seminary, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mission Theology and Urban Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.  He is the author of Christ Crucified in a Suffering World: The Unity of Atonement and Liberation (Fortress Press, 2013). See ndhieb@gmail.com.    

23.  Dr. Amos Yong,
Disability and Suffering?--Pastoral and Practical Theological Considerations
Professor Amos Yong, Director of the Center for Missiological Research and Professor of Theology and Mission, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California Professor Yong has published several books and over 200 articles, including The Future of Evangelical Theology: Soundings from the Asian American Diaspora (IVP Academic, 2014); Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity, with Jonathan A. Anderson (Baylor University Press, 2014); Interdisciplinary and Religio-Cultural Discourses on a Spirit-Filled World: Loosing the Spirits, coedited with Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen and Kirsteen Kim (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Pneumatology and the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue: Does the Spirit Blow through the Middle Way? Studies in Systematic Theology 11 (Brill, 2012); The Cosmic Breath: Spirit and Nature in the Christianity-Buddhism-Science Trialogue, Philosophical Studies in Science & Religion 4 (Brill, 2012); and Spirit of Love: A Trinitarian Theology of Grace (Baylor University Press, 2012); The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God (Grand Rapids and Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 2011); The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Imagination, Pentecostal Manifestos 4 (Grand Rapids and Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 2011); Who is the Holy Spirit? A Walk with the Apostles (Brewster, Mass.: Paraclete Press, 2011); Theology and Down Syndrome: Reimagining Disability in Late Modernity (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2007); The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005); Beyond the Impasse: Toward a Pneumatological Theology of Religions (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003). See www.Fuller.edu and amosyong@fuller.edu

24.   Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg,
What Kind of Response Can Pastoral Theology Give in the Midst of Suffering? -  Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea;  Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies, St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon Theological Union, Canada.
Professor HyeRan Kim-Cragg has authored several books and articles, including What Does the Bible Say?: A Critical Conversation with Popular Culture in a Biblically Illiterate World (Eugene: Cascade, 2017), An Intercultural Adventure Part II: The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture in The United Church of Canada, co-authored with Don Schweitzer (Daejeon, Blacksmith Publisher, 2016); 2 Thessalonian: Wisdom Commentary, co-authored with Mary Ann Beavis (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2016); Hebrews: Wisdom Commentary, co-authored with Mary Ann Beavis (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2015); Story and Song: A Postcolonial Interplay between Christian Education and Worship (New York: Peter Lang, 2012); The Encounters: Re-telling the Biblical Stories from Migration and Intercultural Perspectives, co-authored with Eun-Young Choi, translated by Lark Kim (Daejeon, Blacksmith Publisher, 2013); An Introduction to The United Church of Canada: Key Texts with Introductions and Commentary, co-edited with Don Schweitzer (Daejeon, Blacksmith Publisher, 2014).  See www.usask.ca and hyeran.kimcragg@usask.ca.

25.   Dr. Keith Evans, 
Pastoral Care in Public Settings:  A Theoretical and Theological Premise with Effective Outcomes of Chaplaincy - 
Senior Manager of Spiritual Care Services Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Glendale, Arizona Dr. Evans is the author of Essential Chaplain Skill Sets:  Discovering Effective Ways to Provide Excellent Spiritual Care (Westbow Press, 2017), www.ChaplainSkillSets.com. Evans earned degrees from Parker College of Chiropractic (DC), Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary (MA), Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Temple Baptist Seminary (DMin). He is a board certified clinical chaplain with specialty experiences in law enforcement and trauma healthcare chaplaincy. He is also on the Adjunct Faculty of Grand Canyon University College of Theology teaching courses on "Spirituality and Ethical Decision Making in Healthcare."    

Concluding Reflection - Michael G. Maness