BIBLICAL EXEGESIS

 This course comprised of 12 -week online sessions designed to introduce and discuss the theory and practice of two of the Critical Historical Method. It encourages critical use of the perspectives, tools and methods of biblical scholarship. The goal of all biblical exegesis is to draw out what the text meant for its original audience, in its original historical setting in hopes of providing a contextual hermeneutic for today’s proclaiming of the “Good News for God’s people.” Toward this end, each session will focus on an aspect of the exegetical method and complete their work with a piece of proclamation, anchored in exegesis.

 

After the course the students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the tasks and methods involved in biblical interpretation, acquiring the skills needed in biblical exegesis. They will also cultivate a greater understanding for both the theoretical methods of biblical interpretation, as well as the hermeneutical proximity found in the writings of the Early Church Fathers. 

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Biblical Exegesis

SACRAMENTAL & LITURGICAL THEOLOGY

This 12-week online course will introduce students to the liturgical and sacramental life of sacred Christian worship through its historical, philosophical and theological developments. Attention will be given to the development of corporate worship through prayer books, liturgical calendars and theological constructs. Students will be exposed to various renewal movements surrounding the liturgical and sacramental theology of the church along with their key characters and events. In particular the sacrament of the Eucharist as an act of praise and thanksgiving, along with Baptism will be surveyed as the outlined in the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order documents.

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INTRODUCTION TO PALEO-ORTHODOXY

 

This course is normally a 12-week online course which introduces students to the twenty-first century Protestant theological movement. We are now offering a special 6-week intensive version of this course at a reduced price.  The course focuses on the recovery of classical consensual Christian orthodoxy. From a theological framework, students will examine how the classical consensual method of interpreting Scripture acts as a corrective to modernity’s historical critical method. From a religious educational framework, students will explore both the various ecclesiological forms within Paleo-Orthodoxy along with the sociological process for how each form develops and hands on Christian Orthodox truth to its adherents.    

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HISTORIC CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP & THE DEVELOPMENT OF ORDINATION

This course is a 12-week course which covers the biblical, theological, historical and philosophical foundations of organic and institutional Christian ministry. In particular, it will give emphasis to the nature and call of the offices of Deacon, Priest and Bishop. These offices will be explored within the realms of ecclesiology and Christology ultimately discovering both the function and presence of Christian ministry and leadership within an ancient/future perspective. Students will survey the diverse ancient models of leadership in hopes of constructing an effective postmodern leadership philosophy along with examining religious ways of developing strong sense for an emotional and spiritual self-care.

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CHURCH RENEWAL & MISSIOLOGY

 This 12-week online course will introduce students to the historical leading of the Spirit within movements particular recognized within the Christian tradition as “Renewal.” Students will survey the various Spirit lead ecclesiological developments beginning from the first century to John Wesley identifying events, character and dates that correspond to each. This course will also explore how “Renewal Movements,” within the Christian traditions have impacted the church’s missiological understanding and practice.

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