Dr. Mary E Lowe

Articles by this Author

  1. Allelon: Reciprocal Commands and Christian Development

    Fall 2010, Spiritual Formation and Christian Education — Pages 281-298

    The "one another" (alle¯lo¯n) imperatives found in the New Testament provide a way for Christians to more accurately explain and understand how "the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love" (Eph 4:16). The reciprocal nature and outcome of the interactions between and among members of the body of Christ parallels the way in which developmentalists describe the reciprocal development that occurs when developing persons interact with one another across a variety of social encounters. The article will explore how developmental interactionists describe developmental reciprocity, how the New Testament "one another" imperatives mirror this reciprocity in the body of Christ, and how knowledge of such reciprocal interactions helps us better understand the ingredients necessary to facilitate our own and one another's spiritual development.

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  2. Spiritual Formation in Theological Distance Education: An Ecosystems Model

    Spring 2010, Experiential Learning — Pages 84-102

    This article sets forth a model of student spiritual formation in Christian distance education that integrates the biblical concept of spiritual development that takes place within the spiritual ecology of the church as the body of Christ with Bronfenbrenner's Ecology of Human Development theory. The ecosystems model views spiritual formation as an ecological phenomenon whether the ecosystem exists in physical, spiritual, or cyberspace environments, thereby offering evidence for the possibility of student spiritual formation in Christian distance education settings regardless of physical proximity.

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