It's fascinating to study New Testament texts with pastors from Papua New Guinea who minister and teach in a culture that has some clear affinities with the biblical world," says James L. Bailey, professor of New Testament at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa.
"The Lutheran church in PNG is more than 100 years old and is experiencing problems like those faced by second- and third-generation Christians at the time of the writing of certain New Testament documents--things such as the loss of initial enthusiasm and excitement of the first converts to the gospel," he says.
Bailey spent three months teaching at Martin Luther Seminary in Lae, Papua New Guinea, as part of a cooperative program between the two seminaries.
The class Bailey taught at Martin Luther was the first graduate level course offered at the English-speaking seminary for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea, Bailey says.
This program offers pastors who have graduated from the seminary a chance to come back for short, intensive courses and to begin work toward a master's degree.
Students will be able to do a maximum of half their graduate studies in their own country and complete the program with only one year of full-time study in the United States.
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