Reconciled In Christ: An Intertextual Biblical Model for Ethnodoxology Practice in Local Church Ministry
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This thesis seeks to broaden foundations for a biblical theology of multi-ethnic worship, offer a model for ethnodoxology practice specifically geared to North American local church ministry, and serve practicing ethnodoxologists with an expansion of current ethnodoxological research. The first two chapters provide (1) literature review for interrelated topics of ethnodoxology, biblical theology, and multi-ethnic worship; (2) a biblical theology of multi-ethnic worship derived from an examination of the “nations” motif in the OT and the “unity of believers” motif in the NT, respectively. Chapter 3 examines the multi-ethnic nature of heavenly worship through a comparative study of doxological and anti-doxological merisms in Revelation. Chapter 4 is a historical case study of Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly (Ontario), 1945-2018. Chapter 5 reviews currently available collections of and resources for global hymnody for the local church, recommends strategies for transition to more culturally/ethnically inclusive worship, and proposes areas for future research.