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Title: Robert R. Recker Collection, 1932-2005

ID: COLL/486

Primary Creator: Recker, Robert R. (1923-2007)

Extent: 7.75 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Missionary to Nigeria; and professor of missions at Calvin Theological Seminary. The collection includes bulletins; minutes; letters; course notes; clippings; lectures; reports; papers; reviews; a scrapbook detailing various mission fields; and several committee materials, e.g., Committee for Educational Assistance to Church Abroad (CEACA). [See also the Campus Titles Database, and J. T. Hoogstra Coll.  116]

Biographical Note

Robert Richard Recker was born in Highland, Indiana on November 28, 1923. Recker attended Calvin College, graduating in 1944 and went on to received his Th.B. from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1947. That same year Recker married Constance Hoekstra, and together had 6 children. Ordained into the ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in 1947, Robert Recker served the Momence, Illinois, congregation until 1949.

From 1949 to 1965 Recker served as a missionary in Nigeria. In 1965 he studied at the Free University of Amsterdam. The following year he was appointed to the Christian Reformed Board of Foreign Missions. Three years later he became a member of the faculty at Calvin Theological Seminary, where he served as Dean of Students. In his writing, preaching, and lecturing, Dr. R. Recker's emphasis was on missions. He retired in 1988. Dr. R. Recker passed away on December 17, 2007 due to pancreatic cancer.


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Series 2: Course material
Box 5
Folder 1: World Religions --- 1980s
Folder 2: African Traditional Religion
Folder 3: Philosophy of Religion --- 1972-1973
Folder 4: Perspectives on the Christian Mission --- 1978-1979
Folder 5-6: Missiology I --- 1982
Folder 7: Missio Dei in the Old Testament --- 1977-1978
Folder 8: Barth and His Concept of Mission of the Church
Box 6
Folder 1: Christian Approach to Other Faiths --- 1989-1990
Folder 2: The Art of Cross-Cultural Ministry --- 1982-1983
Folder 3: The Church and its Ministry --- 1982-1983
Folder 4: African Traditional Religion --- 1975
Folder 5: The Art of Cross-Cultural Ministry
Folder 6: Christian Approach to Other Faiths --- 1989-1990
Folder 7: The Theology of Thomas Aquinas
Folder 8: The Christian Mission
Folder 9: Survey of History of Missionary Expansion in Africa
Box 7
Folder 1: African Traditional Religion
Folder 2: New Testament Perspectives on the Christian Mission (Folder 1) --- 1976-1977
Folder 3: New Testament Perspectives on the Christian Mission (Folder 2) --- 1976-1977
Folder 4: New Testament Perspectives on the Christian Mission --- 1984-1985
Folder 5: History of Missions
Folder 6: Contemporary Missionary Problems
Folder 7: Missionary Practice of the New Testament
Folder 8: The Christian Mission --- 1985
Folder 9: History of the Church in South Africa --- 1792-1815
Box 8
Folder 1: History of Missions --- 1967
Folder 2: Philippians outline
Folder 3: Dietrich Bonhoeffer --- 1972-1973
Folder 4: Ethnic Religions
Folder 5: Japanese New Religions --- 1984
Folder 6: The History of Christian Missions
Folder 7: Student papers --- 1969
Folder 8: Vesper service, El Rancho Village, Florida --- 2001-2004
Folder 9: Devotionals, El Rancho Village, Florida --- 1999-2005
Box 9
Folder 1: The Ascended Christ, sermon
Folder 2: Sermons --- 1940s
Folder 3: Sermon, "They Called His Name Jesus" --- 1985
Folder 4: Young Calvinist Convention address --- 1983
Folder 5: Chaplains Retreat address --- June 1981
Folder 6: Haven CRC Retreat --- 1971
Folder 7: Inaugural Lecture: The Redemptive Focus of the Kingdom of God --- 1979
Folder 8: Seminary Chapel Lectures:
Item 1: Spirituality in Leadership --- 1983
Item 2: Church Growth --- 1976
Folder 9: Lectures Given at Juan Calvino Seminary, Mexico City
Folder 10: "Early Visions", Missionary Stirrings, Chapel Address --- 1997
Folder 11: Talks Given at Reformed Bible Institute
Folder 12: Various Talks Given to Groups, Societies, etc.
Folder 13: Analysis of the Belgic Confession --- 1972
Folder 14: Reactions to Nigerian Strategy Statement --- 1986-1994
Folder 15: Material on Selecting Church Office Bearers by Lot
Folder 16: Classical Study Report: Unique Function of Office of Elder --- 1988
Box 10
Folder 1: Response to paper by S. Rooy "Stewardship of Gifts in Universal Church --- 1976
Folder 2: Paper, "Office and the Church" --- 1973
Folder 3: Paper, "My People"
Folder 4: Paper, "One Church" --- 1983
Folder 5: Papers:
Item 1: "I Believe in God"
Item 2: "That Missionary Journal" --- 1993
Item 3: "Missionary Satisfaction"
Folder 6: Paper, "Here's to Dogs"
Folder 7: Paper, "Contextualization and Mission" --- 1991
Folder 8: Term paper, "Ministerial Profession - Moral Dangers and Ethical Demands"
Folder 9: Paper, Cultural Anthropology - The Interplay in Nigeria
Folder 10: Paper, "A Vision of Calvin Seminary of 1995"
Folder 11: Paper, "Renewal in The New Testament", "Renewal in the Old Testament" --- 1979
Folder 12: Paper in Covenant and Missions
Folder 13: Paper, "The Nevius Method and the Spread of Christianity in Korea" --- 1959
Folder 14: Papers:
Item 1: “Covenant and Missions”
Item 2: “What Church is His Church?”
Folder 15: Paper, "History of Revelation re: Idea of Missions in Old Testament References to Genesis" --- 1960
Folder 16: Paper, "Evangelism and Power Encounter" --- 1988
Folder 17: Papers:
Item 1: “Contextualization – Its Challenge and Significance” --- 1985
Item 2: “Missiology and the Lordship of Christ”
Item 3: “Africa and Christianity”
Folder 18: Paper, "Evangelism and Power Encounter" --- 1988
Folder 19: Paper, "Philippians - Celebration of and Challenge to Mission" --- 1983
Folder 20: Papers on World Religions
Folder 21: Paper, "Privileged Recipients - Privileged Communicators"
Folder 22: Paper, "Where are we as a Denomination?" --- 1982
Folder 23: Papers:
Item 1: “Evangelism and Power Encounter” --- 1988
Item 2: “The Spirit of Servanthood” --- 1982
Folder 24: Paper, "The Life of Raymond Lull (1235-1315)"
Folder 25: Paper, "The Church in Mission" --- 1985
Folder 26: Papers:
Item 1: “Developing an Indigenous Ministry"
Item 2: “Study in the Image of the Missionary"
Item 3: “The Mission Track of Divergent Cultures”
Box 11
Folder 1: Paper, "Pannenberg's Theology as Revealed in Jesus - God and Man" --- 1970
Folder 2: Paper, "A Theology of the Apostolate" (Translated by R. Recker) --- 1981
Folder 3: Papers:
Item 1: “The Churches Mission Programme"
Item 2: “A Study in the Image of the Missionary”
Folder 4: Paper, "The Interest in Scripture in Children and Youth" --- 1946
Folder 5: Papers:
Item 1: “Quick Views of Boltman" --- 1972-1973
Item 2: “Significance of Miracles for Validation of the Christian Faith”
Folder 6: Paper, "Evangelism and Power Encounter" --- 1988
Folder 7: Various articles
Folder 8: Banner articles --- 1960s
Folder 9: Articles for CTS Kerux --- 1987
Folder 10: Reformed Ecumenical Council Forum article: "Renewal in the Church" --- 1993
Folder 11: Article re: the lordship of Christ and missions in the book of Acts
Folder 12: Articles:" Satan - In Power or Dethroned?" and Matthew 28 Interpretation From Point of View of Apostolate"
Folder 13-14: Book reviews
Folder 15: Introduction to African Traditional Religion --- 1980
Folder 16: Study re: Images of the Church in the New Testament
Folder 17: Survey of the Biblical Theology of Missions
Box 12
Folder 1: Mission bibliographies
Folder 2: Mission chronology for History of Missions course
Folder 3: Material re: TIV Seminary --- 1960s-1970s
Folder 4: Robert Recker Seminary papers re: Old Testament exegeses --- 1945-1946
Folder 5: Robert Recker Seminary papers re: Matthew 18:18, "Practice Preaching, Parable of the Sower" --- 1940s
Folder 6
Item 1: Seminary Commencement Programs --- 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1988, 1990
Item 2: Calvin College Commencement Program --- 1972
Folder 7: Inauguration Program re: Associate Professor of Missions Appointment --- 1979
Folder 8: College Commencement Program --- 1947
Folder 9: Book report re" The Ancient Catholic Church
Folder 10: Clippings, Seminary Chorus Trip to Washington D.C.
Box 13
Folder 1: Correspondence --- 1949-1959
Folder 2: Correspondence --- 1960-1969
Folder 3: Correspondence --- 1970-1979
Folder 4: Correspondence --- 1980-1985
Folder 5: Correspondence --- 1986-1989
Folder 6: Correspondence --- 1990-1999
Folder 7: Correspondence --- 2005
Folder 8: Paper, "The Missio Dei and The Scriptural Foundation" --- undated
Folder 9: Paper re: sovereign grace (J. Hesselink) and comments by Robert Recker --- undated
Folder 10: Paper for New Testament Course The Concept of Mission --- undated
Folder 11: Paper, "Africa and Christianity" --- undated
Folder 12: Booklet, Rethinking Ministry --- 1999
Folder 13: Letter from Paul Kortenhoven --- undated
Folder 14: Digest of Images of the Church in the New Testament --- 1960
Folder 15: Seminary "Dies Natalis" Banquet Program --- 1976
Box 14
Folder 1: Mission Field Reports --- 1950-1954
Folder 2: Review re: The Missionary Nature of the Church --- undated
Folder 3: Bibliography of missions related subjects --- undated
Folder 4: Statistical table re: global missions --- 1988
Folder 5: Academic Dean material --- 1953
Folder 6: Seminary missiology material --- undated
Folder 7: Long Range Goals Committee material --- undated
Folder 8: Student organization and action material --- undated
Folder 9: Curriculum Review Committee material --- undated
Folder 10: Student class lists --- 1989-1990
Folder 11: Nigerian materials including reports, membership lists, and attendance lists --- 1953-1991 and undated
Folder 12: Outline for course re: Roman Catholicism --- 1963 and undated
Folder 13: Outline for course re: Christology --- undated
Folder 14: Outline for course re: sects and cults --- undated
Folder 15: Outline for course re: Nigerian church history --- undated
Folder 16: Outline for courses re: the introduction to theology and systematic theology --- undated
Folder 17: Outline for courses re: Old Testament books --- undated
Folder 18: Outline and notes for course entitled: "The Doctrine of Man" --- undated
Folder 19: Notes for a course re: Islam --- undated
Folder 20: Calvin Seminary course entitled: "Introduction to African Traditional Religion" --- undated
Folder 21: Progress report entitled: "Where Are We?" --- 1986
Folder 22: "Appendix C: Report on the Training of Pastors" [Nigeria General Conference] --- undated
Folder 23: Paper, "God and Evangelism" --- 1986
Folder 24: Banner articles re: Africa missions by Recker --- 1950-1953
Folder 25: Article, "A Message from Africa" --- 1961
Folder 26: Article, "Africa and Christianity" --- undated

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