Fall Semester 2018
Vital Worship in the 21st Century with Dr. Marcia McFee
Worship is the portal through which visitors find a spiritual home, members grow to greater discipleship and the whole congregation is inspired to “go and do likewise” in the world. The need is great for vital worship at the epicenter of congregational life. This course will explore the theology, history and ritual study of worship, excellence of practice in sensory-rich communication and intentional preparation needed by leaders of the 21st century church for worship that revitalizes congregations.
Course Number: FT-8217
History I with Dr. Christopher Ocker
This course is an introduction to the history of Christianity and historical theology from the second to the seventeenth centuries. During this time, Christianity developed the main features of what is today, the world’s largest religion. Along the way, Christianity was transformed again and again as it adapted to vastly different, changing cultural and social environments. This course is about Christianity in the real world. Students will learn how to study the origins and development of beliefs and practices and much more. The course will introduce students to the continuities and varieties of Christian experience and belief in different times and places, from the Roman Empire to Persia, China, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. It will introduce the complexity of Christianity’s social, cultural, and political entanglements in all these places. Students will learn to break down real life situations and understand the fine points at which religious innovation and change occur, even when people try to resist change or return to the past. Students will be introduced to the history of the interpretation of the bible on the example of commentaries on the first day of creation in Genesis 1 and learn about the historical entanglement of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Lastly, the course will expose the politics, ideas, and actions that gave rise to Protestantism and the intimate relationship of Protestant and Catholic reforms.
Course Number: HS-8010
Introduction to the New Testament: The Epistles of Paul with Rev. Dr. Eugene Park
This course is an introduction to the life, work, and theology of Paul as they are reflected in his epistles in the New Testament and in other related documents within and outside the NT. The course will reconstruct Paul’s life and ministry and survey his letters in their chronological order. Special attention will be paid to the particular historical circumstances and theological concerns of each letter. The primary mode of inquiry in this course is historical-critical, but hermeneutical questions will also be raised with regard to the application of Pauline theology to current theological issues.
Course Number: NT-8101
Systematic Theology II with Dr. Gregory Love
Systematic Theology II is the second semester of a two-semester introduction to Christian theology. The purpose of the course is to help students gain a basic knowledge of the principal topics of the theology of the universal church, especially as the topics are understood in the Reformed tradition and in conversation with feminist and other contemporary theologies. Beginning with the doctrine of humanity, the course looks at human original goodness and its decent into relational forms of sin as pride, despair and denial. Next, the course looks at the person and work of Jesus Christ, from a variety of perspectives. It looks deeply at the meaning of the human being “saved by grace through faith alone,” and the roles of the divine Spirit and human spirit in bringing about healing. The class concludes with the nature of the Christian spiritual life, including sanctification and vocation, the church and its mission in the world and sacraments.
Course Number: ST-8109