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The purpose of this is to help the erring person become convicted of their sin, to protect them from further consequences of sin cf. James , Heb , to turn them back to God, and it is also to protect the community. Instead of meeting privately, rumors develop, creating anger and separating friends. Instead of confronting publicly those who are unrepentant, it is swept under the carpet and because of that, sin spreads.

Another example of church discipline is seen in Acts 5. In this chapter, God disciplined Ananias and Sapphira for their public sin.

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In the story, God killed them for lying in front of the whole church about selling their land and how they used the profit. Look at what the text says:. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. Acts No one wanted to join the church because of fear v. However, God kept saving and adding to their number v.

This was church growth through church discipline. God adds people to a healthy church. Why add people to a church that is unhealthy? Why send people to a church where there is a cancer that is affecting everybody, and nobody is willing to cut it out? God wants to send people to a healthy church. This is a wonderful truth that godly leaders must practice in order to protect and to restore their communities.

Application Question: In what ways have you seen disorder in a church, a community, or other relationships for lack of using a biblical method of confrontation? In what ways have you seen or experienced church discipline? If you have, what was the process and result? One of the ways that Nehemiah challenged the nobles to repent was by the fear of the Lord.

The nation of Israel had previously been punished and kicked out of the land of Israel. They had already become a laughing stock to the nations surrounding them in their humble return. Deut , This also is a very effective tool for us to use in conflict resolution. In Matthew , Peter approached Jesus and asked how many times he should forgive someone.

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Jesus then gives a story of a master who punished a servant for not forgiving another servant. In the story, a master forgave his servant a great deal of money, but the servant imprisoned his own servant for a far less debt. When the master heard about this, he became angry and put this servant in prison and had him tortured. Look at what Christ says in Matthew In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

Now, because we know these disciples were saved, we do not believe this discipline had anything to do with hell. In fact, like Christ taught, he will often hand us over to torturers, in order to bring us to repentance. These torturers seem to be the devil and his demons, sent to discipline a believer. We see Paul command the Corinthian church to hand an unrepentant man over to Satan 1 Cor We also see God discipline King Saul through a tormenting demon 1 Sam Christ motivated the disciples to forgive by the discipline of God, the fear of God. He promised to send them to the torturers if they would not repent.

Application Question: How do we develop a healthy fear of the Lord? If so, how did you do it, and how did the person respond? In what way was this meant to motivate them towards repentance and reconciliation? God had called Israel to be a light to the Gentiles. In the same way, Nehemiah is probably motivating the nobles to reconcile and do right because of their witness to the nations around them. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.

May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. He said that the church needed to be unified to let the world know that God sent the Son. Unity affects evangelism! Therefore, we should also encourage people to reconcile not only out of the fear of God, but also because of our witness to the world around us.

It is sobering to consider that many times the greatest hindrance to world evangelism is probably church unity. Have you ever considered that Christian unity is an important aspect of evangelism? The world is always watching believers and what they see may affect their lives eternally. Evangelism is a serious motivation for conflict resolution. Application Question: In what ways have you seen Christian discord and division push people away from Christ? I and my brothers and my men are also lending the people money and grain. But let the exacting of usury stop! Interpretation Question: Why does Nehemiah share that he and his brothers are also lending the people grain Neh ?

While challenging the leaders of Israel about their taxation and slavery of the poor, he told them about how he and his men were also lending money and grain. Why did he share this? I think he shared this in order to show them how bad their sin was. Nehemiah and his brothers were also lending money, but they were not trying to get rich by taxing and enslaving the disadvantaged Jews. Another practical principle can be seen in this section about resolving conflict. If we are going to resolve conflict we must practice what we preach. It is hard for a person to challenge someone in sin while, at the same time, walking in blatant rebellion in his own life.

In fact, when we have sin in our life, we will be less prone to challenge people at all. It is hard to speak the oracles of God cf. If Nehemiah preached a good sermon but did not live it, he would have been ineffective.

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Similarly, we must practice what we preach if we are going to resolve conflict. We cannot talk about others behind their backs and, yet, try to help them restore their relationships or get out of sin. In fact, we cannot have any willful sin in our lives, if we hope to be truly heard by others. We must have both a righteous life and right doctrine if we are going to save our hearers.

Reconcilers must practice holiness. Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the usury you are charging them—the hundredth part of the money, grain, new wine and oil. Next, it is clear that when Nehemiah was helping bring reconciliation, he also established proper restitution.

It would have been unjust for the nobles to only give back the land or let go of the slaves. They had to make full restitution. In the Old Testament, God wrote many laws on restitution. If a person had stolen an ox, he was to give a restitution of five oxen; if he had stolen one sheep, he was to give a restitution of four sheep. It seems to be based on equity or what was fair. If a person was cheated, not only would there be a loss of money but also pain and suffering. Often, we see this type of restitution in our penal system. Sometimes when we are reconciling or helping others reconcile, restitution may be needed as well.

We see this in the story of Zacchaeus in the New Testament. When he started following Christ, he decided to make restitution for every time he had cheated someone. Look at what he says:. Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount. Luke We see that Zacchaeus promised to restore up to four times what he had cheated people. His repentance was proof that he was born again.

It may be wise to make some sort of restitution, as the nobles in Israel were required to do. They restored everything that was unfair. This restitution would be proof that they were truly repentant and that they were sorry. When there is true repentance, there will always be the corresponding action which proves the repentance is genuine cf. Matt We should keep this in mind as we minister to others in conflict. Sometimes in order to resolve conflict, we have to discern the proper restitution.

In 1 Corinthians , the believers in the church were suing one another in courts before unbelievers. Paul said instead of suing one another, they should have set up wise men in the church to arbitrate between them. Listen to what he said:. Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? In cases like this, leaders may have to make wise decisions about restitution.

Certainly, one would have to use principles from the Scripture, and they also may need to get wise counsel in order to make an equitable decision. With that said, sometimes the loss is too great and cannot be fully restored, and when it is this way, surely God knows the hearts and gives his grace. Even in the event of this unfortunate situation, the wronged party must still practice forgiveness as Christ taught.

They should remember that the Lord also forgave them a great debt that they could never provide a proper restitution for cf. Application Question: Have you ever seen, given, or received restitution from some injustice or conflict? Please share. What would be some good principles to use in discerning proper restitution?

We will do as you say. Interpretation Question: Why does Nehemiah summon the priests and make the nobles and officials take an oath? However, in response, Nehemiah called the priest and made the nobles take an oath. Why did he do that? Similarly, Nehemiah established an accountability system amongst the priests and ultimately before God as they took an oath. Setting up an accountability system when doing conflict resolution is one of the best ways to make sure things get truly resolved.

This is especially important because conflict often has a strong emotional component. A person forgives, but later on, all the negative thoughts and emotions come back. As these thoughts and emotions come back, they need to forgive again in faith as an act of obedience to God. Often, accountability can help people work through this process.

We should seek godly accountability partners and invite them to speak into our lives or in the lives of those we are helping. In the same way, we must find people who have integrity and wisdom to counsel and help hold others accountable. In fact, this is a wise principle for battling all sins: lust, idolatry, anger, etc. We should invite trustworthy, wise people to check on us periodically, giving them freedom to ask us hard questions, and also to challenge us. This is a tremendous way to grow spiritually as well as to resolve conflict.

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James says that confession of sins and prayer is a powerful remedy in the life of a believer. God can bring healing to sickness, depression, or even strongholds. We must make great use of this in our battle against sin and also in the process of reconciliation. Application Question: Have you ever seen accountability used in a conflict resolution situation?

How did the accountability work? Who are your accountability partners, and how do they help you faithfully live for God and stay in right relationship with others? How can godly leaders be more effective in resolving conflict in their own lives and with others? Latest Articles Q. Standing Together In Victory, Pt. Some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but we are powerless, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others… Nehemiah How do godly leaders resolve conflict?

How can we best respond to conflict in order to bring true peace? Nehemiah Observation Question: What were the internal problems threatening the completion of the wall? Nehemiah Many leaders just bypass problems and never address them. Righteous anger should be motivated and confirmed by Scripture. Righteous anger should be gentle in response to personal offense. Matthew Most anger that men struggle with is selfish anger instead of righteous anger.

Nehemiah One of the reasons that conflicts often do not get resolved in an amicable way is because people react too quickly. We must be patient and self-controlled Application Question: Why is waiting and being patient before responding to a conflict important? Nehemiah I believe there is another principle we can take from this passage.

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Listen to what Solomon says: Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs KJV For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure. Proverbs NIV Where there is no counsel people fall, people have more problems, more difficulties and this is certainly true with conflict resolution. Matthew Here, Jesus said that we should approach people one on one. First, Nehemiah challenged the leaders privately.

It is important because there could be a misunderstanding. It is important because sometimes the people are struggling with sin and really want help. It is important because if they hear about the rumors or the fact that you were talking behind their back, you could possibly lose a friend and an opportunity for ministry.

Second, Nehemiah challenged the leaders publicly. Look at what the text says: No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Acts No one wanted to join the church because of fear v. Nehemiah One of the ways that Nehemiah challenged the nobles to repent was by the fear of the Lord. Nehemiah Interpretation Question: Why does Nehemiah share that he and his brothers are also lending the people grain Neh ? To Resolve Conflict, Godly Leaders Must Encourage Proper Restitution Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the usury you are charging them—the hundredth part of the money, grain, new wine and oil.

Nehemiah Next, it is clear that when Nehemiah was helping bring reconciliation, he also established proper restitution. Luke We see that Zacchaeus promised to restore up to four times what he had cheated people. Listen to what he said: Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! Nehemiah Interpretation Question: Why does Nehemiah summon the priests and make the nobles and officials take an oath? How can we practice this? Conclusion How can godly leaders be more effective in resolving conflict in their own lives and with others?

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To resolve conflict, godly leaders must not ignore problems. To resolve conflict, godly leaders must develop a righteous anger. To resolve conflict, godly leaders must be patient and self-controlled. To resolve conflict, godly leaders must get counsel. To resolve conflict, godly leaders must practice a biblical method of confrontation. To resolve conflict, godly leaders must encourage the fear of the lord.

Specific attention will be on the role of the family, small groups, liturgy, Christian education, digital media, practices and developmental relationships in supporting and sustaining individual and congregational formation into the image of Christ. We observe from history and present-day life how God turns seemingly cultural crises into opportunities for the church to thrive and the gospel to move forward.

We will focus on four key elements of ministry: spiritual formation, ministry structure, leadership and witness. From this focus the course participants are prepared to develop vital ministry strategies in their own ministry contexts in the midst of cultural change. The ethics of particular authors or groupings of texts are also considered, such as ethics in the Pentateuch, ethics in the prophets, the ethics of Matthew, the ethics of Luke-Acts, and the ethics of Paul.

Prominent writings throughout the history of Christian ethics are chosen for reading and analysis in this interpretation course. Topics include the nature and transmission of the gospel message, persuasion theory and evangelism, liturgical evangelism, kingdom evangelism, and evangelism and social responsibility. Special emphasis is placed on implications for pastoral ministry and guided discovery through a variety of assignments. Course comprises plenary lectures, smaller sectional meetings, translation of selected New Testament passages, tutorials, and computer-assisted instruction.

Emphasis is on translation and analysis of basic grammatical structures and functions. Prerequisite: GL Special emphasis is given to spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in ministry. It is designed to prepare pastors, church leaders, and Christian educators in fostering the discipleship, formation, and educational development of the church congregation into a vibrant, productive community of faith.

The course focuses on the nature of congregational life and the promotion of Christian identity, character, and maturity while engaging the broader context in mission. This course also strives to foster racial and cultural awareness, facilitate sensitivity to the peculiar needs of urban dwellers, and strategize effective models of ministry for the urban center. The course includes a comprehensive and holistic overview of factors inherent to the communications process on the interpersonal and congregational levels. Researched-based theories and models of communications will be presented, discussed and evaluated from biblical-theological and cultural perspectives.

MC includes a significant developmental and practical component to enable participants to enhance their abilities to communicate through personal conversations, oral presentations, and public communications. Students take a deep dive into the role big data plays in informing and equipping the church and have opportunities to explore ministries on the leading edge of strategic innovation. The primary goal of this course is to equip ministers to think and act biblically, theologically and practically as they accept their leadership role as chief missiologist leading a band of missionaries on a mission field, in their local context.

Learning how to engage in discussions at the intersection of church, gender and race is integral to Christian leadership in our world today. With emphasis on in-depth discussion and critical analysis, students will have an opportunity to apply the relevance of the Gospel in divisive times. This course is designed to strengthen a Biblical framework for justice and reconciliation.

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The course goals are to exegete the concept of pastoral ministry and integrate these findings into a personal statement of ministerial practice. Mentored Ministry is the clinical side of preparation for ministry. The primary objective is to provide a context for integration of theory with practical field experience. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor or qualified staff member and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self-directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation.

Mentored Ministry rotations are 1 credit hour. The first of a three-part sequence in place of NT Students assess the distinctive settings and themes of his letters in the context of the missionary journeys in Acts. The second of a three-part sequence in place of NT Prerequisites: OT or NT Co-requisites: OT or NT The course provides an intentional balancing of these three dimensions and offers general and contextually-specific guidelines for biblical interpretation.

The third of a three-part sequence in place of NT The course may focus on the distinctive themes of various New Testament authors or on a specific author or theme. NT does not require knowledge of Greek. Preliminary aspects of Greek exegesis, including objectives, methods and tools, are taught in connection with selected passages. In-depth interpretation may be limited to one of the three letters.

The ancient Roman background and literary devices are studied. OL will emphasize reading from the Hebrew Old Testament. Prerequisite: OL Any term by petition. Students prepare exegesis papers on the basis of the Hebrew text. The first of a three-part sequence in place of OT It is designed to center our faith, evangelism and worship in the incarnation.

Slides and artifacts will complement the lectures. Emphasis on the use of archaeology and historical geography in church ministry. Historical geography and biblical archaeology are primary emphasis though some traditional sites are included in itinerary. The second of a three-part sequence in place of OT The third of a three-part sequence in place of OT Some attention is also given to contemporary metaphors for ministry.

Prerequisites: OT, NT Special emphasis: warfare theology. Special emphasis: covenant theology. Emphasis focuses on introductory issues important to the proper interpretation of various individual books. In addition to building upon exegetical methodology learned at the level and OT, class times will be devoted to an examination of the theme of the Promise of Zion against its historical and biblical-theological backdrop.

It provides special introduction to the various poetical books of the Old Testament and samples of exegesis, emphasizing the Psalms. Students present papers for formal critique and discussion on relevant topics within the discipline of Biblical Theology. Prerequisites: NT or OT Lectures by hospital staff are supplemented by group dynamics and interpersonal relationships, seminar discussion and verbatim reports on visits with patients. Often the preacher is now speaking to upwards of four generations in a single message.

Preaching relevantly and applying the scripture across generations is one of the biggest challenges of preaching today. An expositional and topical methodology will be applied with the use of various methods of illustrations appropriate in reaching current and most especially emerging generations. This course surveys the spectrum of Protestant and Catholic thought, including evangelicalism, liberalism, neo-orthodoxy and existentialist, process and liberation theology.

Each student will form his or her own theology and strategy for the world missions of the Church. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide Biblical mandate are also considered. Case studies in historic patterns of church growth as well as ethnographic studies of particular mission settings will be explored. Anthropological, sociological and linguistic approaches for successful trans-cultural communication will be studied. Apply Explore Experience Engage. Why Seminary? Degree Programs Practical Ministry Training. Admissions Why Seminary?

News Events Blog. Hamilton Boston Charlotte Jacksonville. We will study the historical, theological and political contexts within which Radical Islamic movements have arisen. The role of the state, Islamic law, political ideology, and methods of interpretation will be investigated. This course will ask the question whether Radical Islam can function peacefully in modern, global, civil society.

To give us a view from other Muslim perspectives we will also study contemporary hermeneutic theories of liberal Muslim scholars. This should help us to understand how Radical Islamic movements have constructed their interpretations of Islam. We will examine their histories, beliefs, rites, and impacts upon various cultures and societies in Asia and other parts of the world. Efforts will be made to develop a Christian response to the traditions and appropriate missiological thinking and strategies. Some of the topics covered in this course are apocalyptic views of history in Islam and Christianity, the theological nature of Islam, Islam in the West, the relationship between Islam and the State, the influence of Radical Islam, Contextualization and Insider Movements, the status and role of women in contemporary Islamic societies, movements within Islam, theological misunderstandings, approaches to Muslims, dialogue between civilizations, and how modern Islamic societies are responding to secularization and pluralism.

Combining theory and praxis, it explores key spiritual dynamics, equipping for ministry to those seeking a deeper life with Christ. It seeks to explore Christian missions from historical and missiological perspectives, and identify the different mission patterns or paradigms characteristic of different eras and regions. In this course, after surveying the global outreach and existence of churches in the ancient and medieval times, we will focus on modern worldwide missionary movement since the 19th Century and rise of the churches in the global south and east in the 20th Century.

We will examine the characteristics of the rising churches in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and evaluate their profound implications and impacts on the global Christian community, and reflect on how we in the West respond and relate to these churches in the non western world.

Please contact Division Chair. This course on Reformation Era Spirituality will highlight the distinctive contributions of the Reformers over against the background of the dominating medieval spirituality to which it is an answer and the context of ongoing competing spiritualities of the time. To do so, the student will read widely in primary resources from Luther, Calvin, the Anabaptists and St. Ignatius of Loyola. It will challenge you to think biblically about spiritual awakening and to prepare for spiritual renewal.

Grounded within the Black Christian Experience and sustained by the Black Church, the Civil Rights Movement continued generations of fighting against social injustice, economic despair and political oppression. Further, we will explore the impact and influence of these prophets beyond the United States and beyond the 20th century movements such as BringBackOurGirls, BLM and others.

Attention is given to the biblical bases for, and historic practice of, catechesis, with the aim of encouraging contemporary applications of this ministry. Old fault lines became new partnerships between, for example, Puritanism and Pietism. Many of these changes were sped up by the democratic spirit of America, the rise of revivalism, and the breakdown of older establishment models of church government.

What arose was a new brand of Evangelicalism, that still retained the essential qualities of Protestantism. Issues looked at include: slavery, revival, the rise of new denominations e. Methodists, Baptists , and the theological struggles to define this new evangelical faith. This course presents his life, writings, and theology through lecture and class presentations. The course deals with theoretical assumptions and practical aspects. Research and clinical practice are drawn and integrated into the concrete applications of cognitive psychology.

Emphasis will be placed on providing clinical interventions in disaster, crisis, and traumatic situations. Special attention will be given to counselor self care as a prevention measure against vicarious traumatization; emphasis on wellness; suicide prevention, stress management and psychological first aid.

The course focuses on helping students refine their pastoral care to such women. The emphasis is on helping the student develop understanding and skills needed to help suicidal individuals, individuals who have attempted suicide and their family members, and the family members and a faith community following a suicide death. Special emphasis will also be on the importance of self care for the professional caregiver.

Specific aspects of suicide prevention that will be emphasized will include the unique role of pastoral caregivers in suicide prevention and the development of a theology of suicide. The course will address etiology, assessment and models of treatment, with an emphasis on Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing. The approach and model is a comprehensive one, including: physical, emotional, cognitive, relational, and spiritual factors.

The method of instruction is an interactive, adult learning model. Learning to develop appropriate intervention strategies in working with children in the context of the family. Emphases are placed the collection and analysis of data, factors that influence validity and reliability, and the specific skills associated with administering and interpreting tests for personal characteristics. Prerequisites: CO and CO A variety of evaluation instruments will be studied and utilized as the application component of this course.

This course is designed to take a holistic approach to counseling older persons. Specifically we will study the ways in which biological, psychological, sociological, economic, and spiritual interact in the lives of this population. The special needs, developmental issues and potentialities of adults are considered, with a view to helping them toward genuine Christian maturity. Students will be challenged to consider how the cultural realities of both the teacher and the learner affect the various aspects of teaching decisions and strategies.

Consideration is given to the development of educational strategies for the local urban church. Typically taught in Boston. The course will examine: 1 the foundations of Christian Ethics, especially in Holy Scripture; 2 the contexts of contemporary ethical issues; 3 the methods of moral discernment and decision making; and 4 the relationship of Christian ethics to that of the surrounding culture and society. It is partly about faithfully, effectively responding to ethical problems that arise in the workplace; it is mostly about proactively building mission driven, value embedded, principle guided ethically healthier individuals and organizations.

How do biblical stewardship, honesty, truthfulness, diligence, creativity, and redemption play out constructively in this arena? ET meets in New York City. What biblical themes and insights will salt these arenas and activities? ET meets in Seattle. We will visit multinational manufacturing and farming along with newer micro enterprise development projects. How can the transnational Body of Christ contribute to a positive globalization?

ET meets in Honduras. How can we lead our churches and Christian institutions and what can we do in the workplace itself, in companies and organizations, Christian and otherwise, to bear witness in word and deed to the Word of God for our work? To what role and strategy is God calling each of us?

Among the issues to be addressed are: a theology of sexuality, premarital sex, homosexuality, reproductive technologies, abortion, stem cell research, genetic engineering, treatment termination, and euthanasia. Attention is given to how the Church and Christians can address these issues in secular, pluralistic contexts. Includes content and communication of the gospel within cultural context at home and abroad. Preparation in class, followed by community experience.

Prayer is primary throughout.

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While the birth stage and growth stages review lots of attention, it is common for most congregations to go through a plateau, and then into a decline. At those points the congregation need special leadership to be helped back toward vitality. This course examines both the reasons for decline and malaise in congregations, and poses solutions to get those congregations back on track. This course is an intersection of ecclesiology, evangelism, leadership, preaching, sociology, and pastoral ministry. Assigned passages reflect a variety of authors and literary styles. Some attention to grammatical analysis, but emphasis on reading and translation.

Not for students whose degrees require GL and GL Emphasis on grammatical analysis, not full exegesis, of passages. Intermediate Greek strongly recommended. Independent study, any session by petition. Language reading may be undertaken at either the beginning or the advanced level. Special emphasis on Septuagint studies and Semitic background of New Testament.

Offered at the ThM level. This course seeks to construct an ecclesial and pastoral theology in conversation with the historic reformed tradition together with its practical relevance to contemporary issues and ministry. Reflection on a biblical survey of conflict scenarios will be provided as well as discussion of a variety of effective biblical and ineffective unbiblical conflict styles. Students will craft their own strategies for creating a culture of peace in their contexts, acquiring skills in conflict prevention and management, with the goal of interpersonal and group reconciliation.

Ministerial identity and foundational pastoral tasks are discussed. Emphasizes practical aspects of pastoral ministry. No prerequisites, but familiarity with exegetical method and systematic theology are presumed. By means of the mentoring relationship with the approved pastor or qualified staff member and the various experiences provided within the church, students will be able to test their vocational commitments, broaden their empirical and experiential knowledge, develop ministry skills, nurture personal identity, enhance self directed learning, and engage in spiritual formation.

Each MM unit is one credit hour. The focus of this first unit is on Vocational Formation. Students will reflect on their sense of calling and to what they may be called. There will be an optional theological integration seminar as part of this course. Focus will be on how the sense of call has been shaped by 4 field units. There will be attention to the skills and written pieces necessary for the search for a call. May focus on the distinctive themes of various New Testament authors or on a specific author or theme. A practical foundation for dealing with people in difficult circumstances.

Exemplary women and couples in the New Testament will be studied. Tolkien from a biblical and theological perspective. Special attention is given to the life setting at Thessalonica as well as to the theological motifs of the letters. In depth interpretation may be limited to one of the three letters. Presents a realistic, workable method for doing exegesis and homiletics in the busy world of active ministry. Prepare biblical, clear, edifying, and even creative sermons in 10 12 hours.

Learning experiences include reading, discussion, lecture, exegesis, practice preaching, watching sermons, and self critique. Designed for Th. M level and third year M. Div students. Not for students whose degrees require OL and OL By the end of the course, students should have developed competence in addressing complex grammatical issues in the text.


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  • Throughout the course emphasis is placed on building skills to assess the import of a particular grammatical inquiry in the exegetical process. Students will master a basic list of Neo Assyrian signs and the elements of Old Babylonian vocabulary and grammar. Emphasis upon benefits of this study for interpretation of Old Testament.

    Designed and recommended for those who have not had a systematic survey of the Old Testament, enabling them to proceed with seminary level studies. The emphasis will be on the interpretation of these texts within their Old Testament context. Historical geography and biblical archaeology are primary emphases, though some traditional sites are included in itinerary. Students are exposed both to the general characteristics and applicability of interpretation of various individual books. Special emphasis: signs and wonders.

    In addition to building upon methodology learned in OT and level exegesis, the course emphasizes a particular theme in biblical theology e. Taught partly in pro seminar format. Appropriate for those planning on advanced formal Old Testament study. Relevant points of connection with biblical events and peoples will be highlighted with a view to situate the biblical text within its larger socio historical and theological framework for the period under consideration. PC is 3 semester hours. PC is 3 or 6 semester hours. Lectures and exercises cover a stage by stage explanation of how preachers think as they prepare to preach.

    Students will be actively involved in the exegesis, the homiletical considerations, and the preaching of sermons. Sams Visiting Professor of Preaching course is taught by a renowned homilitician recognized for contributing to the field and to the life of the local church. The holder changes from year to year. See announcements from the Registration Office. Students will obtain theoretical and practical methods to begin exploring a number of sub cultures that exist within congregations e. This course takes content and form seriously.

    Appreciation of rhetorical theory as a tool for analyzing and improving preaching. Students assess their own ethos and preach persuasive messages. Consideration of the ethics of persuasive preaching. Lectures, reading, discussion, and exercises. Lectures, reading, and exercises will comprise the course. Prerequisite: PR PR is advised but not required.

    The goal is to better understand the theory and practice of homiletics and to improve our own preaching. Not for students who have taken RL or RL Our three step approach will be: 1 clarification, 2 conceptualization, and 3 confrontation. Course includes graphic presentations, biblical, psycho social and ethical principles leading to challenging discussions.

    While working though various definitions and theories of justice, additional engagement with relevant media supports an intentional consideration of the dynamics of forgiveness and reconciliation. Topics include: the biblical basis for missions, the relationship of social action to evangelism, mission and development, and the relation of Christianity to other religions. Focus is on the development of Protestant theology in the context of modern European thought and culture; including Protestant Orthodoxy, Deism, Protestant Liberalism, and Neo Orthodoxy.

    How does sin affect human thought and behavior? What difference does or should the Holy Spirit have upon the same? Issues of church state relations, ecumenical concerns, biblical and liturgical renewal, and missions and evangelism will be given special attention. Thinking biblically about discipleship in the marketplace. The bulk of the class will be dedicated to guided discussions of select readings. Within the United States, Black Music has spanned from the moans, groans, cries and guttural utterances of the first displaced Africans to expressions of justice, liberty and equality rich with social commentary, political critique, economic commentary and cultural expressions in all subsequent formulations.

    Often missing from the discussion and analysis is the revelation of a theology of Black Music. This course will explore the expressions of Black Music through a theological and biblical lens. Instructional methods will include readings, lecture, discussion, and audiovisual media. Attention will be given to the relationship between the doctrines of the Holy Spirit and Trinitarian theology, and to the implications of this study for ministry in the church and personal spirituality.

    Prerequisite: TH or TH The lenses through which this course will be examined include the history, sociology, theology, and globalization of Pentecostalism. Different mission theologies and approaches in Chinese context will be discussed and presented as a case study for the Christian movement in East Asia. Efforts will be made to highlight the dynamics and characters of Christianity in China today, their implications for global Christian movement, and the relevant missionary strategies.

    Models of holistic missionary practice, transformative engagement of the church es , faith based diplomacy and the ministry of reconciliation will be proposed and examined. Major topics include contextualization, church planting, Islamic theology, various methods and strategies of approaches to Muslims, apologetics, and principles of witness.

    Roughly 2 billion people in our world today live in 5, people groups where the church is not yet established. Pioneer church planting among these unreached people groups remains an urgent task and formidable challenge.


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