Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Paul Kretzmann

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

John 3:2; Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 4:22; Matthew 17:5; Mark Mark 2:2; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 10:16; Acts 17:61; Colossians 1:5-6; James 1:21; Jeremiah 1:7; Jeremiah 1:9; Acts 20:27; 2 Timothy 4:2; Luke 24:27; Acts 8:26ff; Romans 1:16; Hebrews 4:12; Jeremiah 24:29;


We have stated our proposition, “Christian Architecture and Art in the service of the Word”, with a purpose .The arts can, and should , serve the Word. But the Word does not need them t o be powerful and effective. Although the Word is not irresistible, it is ·powerful and effective in itself , per se. Paul calls the Gospel "the power of God unto salvation., • Rom I, i6 and the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews states emphatically: “The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart,” Hebr.4, l2.And Jer.24,29 we read: “It is not my word like as a fire! saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” This claim of Scriptures is corroborated by the history of the Christian Church as well as by our own experience and observation. This power lies in the essence of the Word, the Word per se . The Word is powerful when read in the lowliest, filthiest hovel or when proclaimed in the humblest hut.

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