Week 1: June 4-8, 2018
Listening and Trusting (DMIN)
The Rev. Dr. Jack Gabig
This orientation course will integrate theology, spirituality, and missiology, and give attention to the practical application of the coursework to the needs and ministerial context of the individual student. The course will also serve to build up a community of learning among the students of the entering DMin class.
Extensive translation work in various genres of the Old Testament 79 Course Information including historical narrative, prophetic speech, and poetry. Students are taught how to use the standard reference grammars and advanced lexicons. The course is designed to prepare students for further exegetical work in the Old Testament. (Prerequisites: BL630 or BL631 and BL632)
This intermediate course in New Testament exegesis offers students the opportunity to increase their skills in reading, interpreting and applying the text of the Greek New Testament. The course includes focus on selected features of New Testament Greek, introduction to exegetical skills and extensive practice exegeting actual passages. (Prerequisite: BL650 or BL651 and BL652)
A theological examination of the nature of humanity with special reference to the significance of the person and work of Jesus Christ for understanding what it means to be a human person. Close attention is given to the nature of human persons, the body-soul dynamic, gender and sexuality, issues having to do with embodied existence, and the image of God. This course will guide students through the most challenging issues facing anyone who wants to deal with the subject of theological anthropology and what this means for ministry and mission in today’s world.
Week 2: June 11-15, 2018
This course is a study of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians that focuses on its literary and canonical argument, engages the history of interpretation, and considers its theological and pastoral implications. As we study the text we will encounter a number of major issues in theology and ministry: the person and work of Christ, the meaning and content of God’s righteousness and grace, the definition of and distinction between law and gospel, the relationship between faith, freedom, and obedience, and a Christological reading of the Old Testament. All in all, we will focus on how to read this letter as an apostolic witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Foundations of Adolescent Ministry
The Rev. Dr. Steven Tighe
Reaching adolescents with the Gospel is crucial to the future of the Church. At the same time, adolescents are notoriously hard to connect with and program for. This course will examine the cultural, missiological, and biological issues that make adolescents such a challenge for the church as well as the tools and principles of effective student ministry. This course is designed for future clergy who will need to understand, implement and oversee programs for teenagers, as well as those who aspire to church youth ministry.
The mandate to forgive and be reconciled is at the heart of biblical Christianity. Yet in our own lives and in our churches, we have an almost universal sense of a “gap” between our teaching and our lived experience of forgiveness and reconciliation. This class will consider forgiveness, repentance, and reconciliation in light of four theological strands: biblical theology (Scripture), pastoral theology, liturgy, and church history. This is a credit class for Master’s, STM and DMin students.
This class will explore characteristic aspects of the Reformed Tradition and how that tradition differs from alternative positions. The class will trace the historical development of Reformed thought, identifying its major contributors, and the distinctive way this approach tackles significant theological issues. The Reformed understanding of Scripture, Theology Proper, Soteriology, and Ecclesiology will be examined primarily via the historic Reformed Confessions and primary source authors.
This course sets out the essentials of evangelical theology and applies them to Christian ministry in contemporary pluralistic society. It addresses the supreme authority of the Bible, the unique person and work of Jesus Christ, the lordship of the Holy Spirit, the importance of personal conversion and therefore the priority of evangelism, and the vital role of the Church. It also defends these positions from secular critics, both modern and post-modern. (DMin only)