COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Fuller Bay Area in Menlo Park offers a variety of on-site, online, hybrid, and independent learning classes.

Winter 2014

LG502B: Beginning Hebrew

This two-quarter course is designed to introduce the student to the essentials of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. The student will learn to use basic lexical and exegetical tools. Time will be spent in class working through selected Old Testament texts in addition to the exercises presented in the grammar.

Full Description Instructor: Dr. John Koeker

LG512B: Beginning Greek

Greek B completes students' introduction to basic building blocks of New Testament Greek through introduction of most remaining verb forms found in the New Testament, with special focus on the aorist tense, participles, nonindicative moods, and -mi verbs, and further enriching their vocabulary.

Full Description | Instructor: Dr. John Koeker

NE506: New Testament Exegesis: 1 Peter (Greek text)

This course is an exegetical study of the background and setting of I Peter, including critical questions of authorship, date, recipients, occasion, and sources. Special attention will be paid to the use of the Old Testament in 1 Peter, to the catechetical patterns, and to the key theological themes.

Full Description | Instructor: Peter Rodgers

NS563: Race and Christian Identity

This course develops a biblically based, theological approach to identity by exploring the relationship between racial identity, ethnic identity and Christian identity. Lectures and discussions about NT texts and works about ethnic and racial identity help students understand the biblical world-view and modern and post-modern trends on the subject of racial and ethnic identity. Students will be exposed to several biblical, theological, and theoretical approaches that will be used to construct a uniquely Christian posture about race issues in society. Classes include lectures and discussion of relevant texts and student-lead seminars on Christian identity ethics.

Full Description | Instructor: Love Sechrest

OT502: Hebrew Prophets

This course will commence with an overview of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings, highlighting descriptions of Israel's leaders and the distinct role played by prophets in these narratives. The course will then move to the texts of Hosea-Malachi, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, emphasizing the developing prophetic genre and analyzing various literary features and social themes. Lectures and discussions will join these socio-historical understandings of the prophetic voice with its theological application to today's readers/hearers of the biblical text.

Full Description | Instructor: Dale Loepp

ET501: Etica Cristiana

The course presents Christian ethics as a discourse of the collective and personal formation of Jesus' disciples by the guiding light of Scripture (with emphasis on peacemaking, truth-telling, economic faithfulness, sexual integrity, and prayer). Special attention will be paid to the colonial shape of the modern world and its import for Christian ethics, especially in the Latino context. The course will specifically address matters such as the place and function of Scripture, Christian understandings of social responsibility, the development of Christian virtue, the church's relation to other Abrahamic communities as well as to the rest of the world, and casuistry of various kinds.

Full Description | Instructor: Tommy Givens

ST502: Systematic Theology 2: Christology and Soteriology

This course provides a theological understanding of fundamental Christian beliefs concerning the person and work of Christ and of the Holy Spirit. The course will explore topics such as salvation, atonement, election and healing and the interrelated nature of these and other doctrines associated with Christology and Pneumatology. We will examine their historical and biblical foundations and how they developed within the greater Christian tradition, and then situate these doctrines in contemporary discussions, including present day intercultural and ecumenical perspectives.

Full Description | Instructor: Marèque Ireland

TC516: Theology, Worship, and Art

This course is an introduction to Christian reflection and practice in the visual arts. The major emphases will be (1) the actual practice of viewing and making art in the context of prayer and meditation, focusing on art and character; (2) the historical and theological context of art and faith; and (3) the role of the arts in the wider community and in worship. By lectures, discussions, art projects and museum visits, students will engage with significant examples of art as a way of developing a critical appreciation and a Christian appropriation of this dimension of life-with respect to its value for worship and witness.

Full Description | Instructor: William Dyrness

CN520: Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral counseling as a specialized ministry within the field of pastoral care will be explored in preparing persons who plan to do pastoral counseling and pastoral psychology. A survey of counseling theory and skills, with attention to particular ministry issues, will be incorporated into a practical format for pastoral caregiving settings.

Full Description | Instructor: William Roozeboom

PM520: Church Management

This course explores the dynamics of leading and managing a missional congregation in light of its environmental opportunities. The systemic nature of mission, vision, structure, and interpersonal relationships are considered in light of best practices in team formation, conflict management, strategic planning, and legal and financial stewardship.

Full Description | Roger Heuser

MC500: Church and Mission in Global Perspective

This course serves as a broad introduction to the Church and churches in historical and contemporary contexts. Students will explore a broad variety of ecclesiological formations, exploring the nature of churches, their liturgies, communal life, and their mission in the world. In this course, students will begin to compare and contrast the historical and contemporary church with their own particular tradition.

Full Description | Instructor: Michael McNichols

Spring 2014

LG512C: Beginning Greek

This course is the third quarter of Fuller's introductory Greek sequence. Students will read Greek texts from across the New Testament, increasing their skills in reading and translating.

Full Description | Instructor: Dr John Koeker

NE567: Mark (English Text)

A detailed study of Mark's Gospel based on the English text. Attention is focused primarily on discerning both the original message of the book and its abiding message for the Church in other ages and other cultures.

Full Description | Instructor: J.R. Daniel Kirk

NT500: New Testament Introduction

New Testament Introduction orients students to the literature of the New Testament in its various literary, historical, and theological contexts, and to New Testament interpretation in service of Christian practice.

Full Description | Instructor: Renee Dutter Miller

OT500: Writings as Introduction to the Old Testament

This course offers an inductive introduction to the Old Testament through the lens of its latest canonical portion, the Writings. Close attention will be given to the Psalms, the Wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes), the Festival books (Ruth, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Esther), and the historical books of Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah and discussions will center on the content, interpretive issues, and theological perspectives of these books. From these varied works, examples of literary, historical, and theological connections will be traced to the rest of the canon, "the Law and the Prophets."

Full Description | Instructor: Brad Kelle

OT507: Old Testament Exegesis: Psalms (Hebrew text)

A study of the Hebrew text of the book of Psalms. Attention will be given to particular Psalms that display a range of types (laments, thanksgiving, etc.), social and historical influences, literary features, and theological themes. The course will also give attention to how translation from the Hebrew enhances the use of the Psalms for worship, prayer, and formation.

Full Description | Instructor: Anthony Petrotta.

CH504: HIstoria de la Iglesia Moderna [Fuller Live! - Vea nota]

This course introduces the more significant themes and events in the life of the church, in Europe, Africa, Asia, and especially the Americas, from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Beginning with the years following the Reformation, students will survey the growth and contribution of the church through various methodological lenses including theological and sociological approaches.

Full Description | Instructor: Emilio A. Núñez.

ET513: Perspectives on Social Ethics

This course will examine the relationship between the church and state in contemporary culture. We will explore different approaches to evangelical engagement in public policy issues including human sexuality, war and peace, the environment, human rights and justice. The emphasis of this course will be to develop an approach to political engagement that reflects the Scriptural emphasis on being a distinct community of faith as well as an ability to communicate about those issues in a public square.

Full Description | Instructor: Ron Sanders

ST503: Systematic Theology 3: Ecclesiology and Eschatology

This course explores Christian beliefs about two major Christian doctrines: ecclesiology and eschatology. Topics include: the nature and life of the church of the church, including its ministry and mission and sacraments. We will also examine different approaches to the parousia, death, resurrection, new creation, judgment, millennium, heaven and hell. While we will explore contemporary evangelical theologies, students will also engage with other Christian traditions and intercultural perspectives.

Full Description | Marèque Steele Ireland

PM507: The Equipping Pastor

In a world that is rapidly changing and the church declining in size and influence, it has become critically important for pastors to become effective in equipping the people of God to do the work of ministry beyond the walls of the church between Sundays as well as inside the church on Sundays. This course will examine theologically and practically the role of the pastor, historical and contemporary models of pastoral leadership, the clash of cultures between the church & world, the nature of personal & organizational change, and mission strategy. In addition, this course will explore the difficulties of doing ministry in our contemporary society and church including the legal mandatory reporting laws on abuse.

Full Description | Instructor: Randy Young

PR500: Homiletics

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theology of preaching and to the art and craft of sermon writing and presentation. It will provide the student with the opportunity to study such matters as the calling and character of the preacher, the significance of preaching, and the principles of sermon preparation. It will help the student develop skills in preparing for the task of preaching, the development of expository sermons, and the actual event of preaching itself.

Full Description | Instructor: R. Kevin Murphy

PR525: Foundations of Biblical Preaching

A homiletics course for those in the MA programs who also feel called to preach. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theology of preaching and to the art and craft of sermon writing and presentation. It will provide the student with the opportunity to study such matters as the calling and character of the preacher, the significance of preaching, and the principles of sermon preparation. It will help the student develop skills in preparing for the task of preaching and for the development of expository sermons. This course will include a practicum component.

Full Description | Instructor: R. Kevin Murphy

YF521: Youth and Family Ministry in a Culture of Digital Relationships

This course provides a background to the psychosocial, technological and spiritual reasons for the almost universal adoption of the Internet and social media among adolescents. The course will provide an understanding of adolescent social media use, theological implications for youth and family ministry and historical and contextual responses of the Church to mediated communication. This course is designed to help the student think theologically about social media concerns and practices of youth, families and Christian communities, providing practical tools to enable the student to design a theologically informed social media strategy in a local ministry context.

Full Description | Instructor: Bradley Howell

Summer 2014

CH506: American Church History

An introduction to the most important themes and movements in American church history from the Puritans to the present.

Full Description | Instructor: R Johnson

PH512: Christianity and Western Thought

Coming Soon!

EV525: Contemporary Culture and Evangelism

Coming Soon!

PR511: Preaching Practicum

This course is designed to offer additional practical experience in sermon preparation and preaching. The class will be limited to nine students. Each student is expected to prepare and present two sermons: one on a text from the OT and the other on a Gospel text. Sermons are to be original work not previously presented for credit in homiletics or other speech and preaching classes. Each sermon will be evaluated and discussed by class members in an informal environment under the direction of the instructor. All sermons will be video-recorded.

Full Description | Instructor: Randy Young

PR517: Preaching for Occasional Services

Coming Soon!

OT500: Los Escritos como introduccion al Antiguo Testamento

Coming Soon!

Fall 2014

LG520A - Beginning Hebrew

This two-quarter course is designed to introduce the student to the essentials of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. The student will learn to use basic lexical and exegetical tools. Time will be spent in class working through selected Old Testament texts in addition to the exercises presented in the grammar.

Full Description | Instructor: J. Koeker

LG510: Greek Tools for Biblical Interpretation

This course provides an introduction to and practice in the use of exegetical Greek for ministry. It emphasizes an inductive approach to working with the Greek New Testament and important linguistic matters that influence understanding New Testament texts. The course stresses the use of standard tools for Greek study (including software) instead of extensive memorization of forms and vocabulary in order to focus on the practical use of the Greek New Testament.

Full Description | Instructor: John Koeker

BI500: Interpretive Practices

This course introduces interpretive approaches and practices for students of the Bible. Students will consider the aims and assumptions of biblical interpretation, become familiar with major resources for study of the Bible, interpret a variety of biblical texts in both testaments, and reflect upon the manner in which the varied contexts (e.g., social, cultural, theological) of the biblical world and contemporary readers inform interpretation.

Full Description | Instructor: J. R. Daniel Kirk

BI500: Practicas de Interpretacion (Fuller Live!)

This course, offered in Spanish, introduces interpretive approaches and practices for students of the Bible. Students will consider the aims and assumptions of biblical interpretation, become familiar with major resources for study of the Bible, interpret a variety of biblical texts in both testaments, and reflect upon the manner in which the varied contexts (e.g., social, cultural, theological) of the biblical world and contemporary readers inform interpretation.

Full Description | Instructor: Steve Young

NS500: New Testament 1: Gospels and Acts

This course constitutes an introduction to the nature, structure, and message of the New Testament Gospels and Acts in their historical, literary, and canonical contexts.

Full Description | Instructor: J. R. Daniel Kirk

ET520: Biblical and Practical Peacemaking

The prophet Isaiah anticipates a coming ruler who will reign over the world with justice and righteousness as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). The New Testament identifies this ruler as Jesus, God with us, the Messiah who will guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:79). This course will explore what it means to be peacemakers in an increasingly pluralistic and polarized world. We will compare broad streams of the current ethical paradigms of just war theory, nonviolence, and the developing paradigm of just peacemaking. We will study how to make practical application of following the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures in international relations, church conflicts, and contentious social issues.

Full Description | Instructor: Ron Sanders

TC591: Theology and the Arts Capstone Cohort (Fuller Live!)

The master’s project is an integrative and culminating portion of the MA-WTA, MA-WMM, and MAT-TA degree programs. It provides students the opportunity to carefully and reflectively integrate their course work with their particular areas of artistic, ministerial, and/or cultural interest. The incorporation of applied fine and worship arts, course work, research, spirituality, and theological reflection lead to the development of a summative thesis or project (which will be undertaken in the Winter quarter).

Full Description | Instructor: Maria Fee

CN557: Pastoral Care and Addictions (Fuller Live!)

This course explores all aspects of pastoral care for people struggling with addictions. In addition to providing theological and biblical perspectives on the addictive process, this class will help participants develop the understanding and skills needed by pastors and others who seek to help families impacted by addiction.

Full Description | Instructor: Shannae Anderson

CO500: Communication

This course helps students further develop their skills in oral presentation. This course will cover the theory and practice of key elements of communication events and how contextual factors influence the communication moment. The course provides a foundation for further study to those called into preaching ministries and essential skills for students who intend to serve in other roles.

Full Description | Instructor: Dr. Abraham Ruelas

IS502: The Practices of Christian Community

This is an integrative course that explores the identity and practices of Christian community as a people called, gathered, and sent by God. Together, professor and students study and enact historic Christian disciplines necessitated by this distinctive identity (e.g., hospitality, prayer, promise-keeping, Scripture reading, reconciliation, and testimony).

Full Description | Instructor: Susan S. Phillips

MD575: Childhood in Global Perspective: Foundations for Mission with Children at Risk (Fuller Live!)

This course is a survey of the recent interdisciplinary field of Childhood Studies as a source of greater understanding for mission and ministry. It presents ways to integrate insights from theology, history, sociology, and cross-cultural psychology in order to consider specific topics in ministry with children such as spiritual development, the relationship between globalization and children/youth, children’s rights, and the more extreme challenges that some children and youth face globally.

Full Description | Instructor: David H. Scott

Winter 2015

LG502B - Beginning Hebrew

This two-quarter course is designed to introduce the student to the essentials of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. The student will learn to use basic lexical and exegetical tools. Time will be spent in class working through selected Old Testament texts in addition to the exercises presented in the grammar.

Full Description | Instructor: John D. Koeker

NE506 - New Testament Exegesis: Mark (Greek Text)

This course is an exegetical study of the book of Mark that seeks to deepen students’ familiarity with the Gospel, introduce them to interpretive possibilities, and hone their Greek exegetical skills.

Full Description | Instructor: Daniel Kirk

NS501 -New Testament 2: Romans - Revelation

This course constitutes an introduction to the nature, structure, and message of the New Testament letters and the Apocalypse of John in their historical, literary, and canonical contexts.

Full Description | Instructor: J. R. Daniel Kirk

HT502 - Church's Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in its Historical Development

HT502 is a survey largely of medieval and Reformation history and theology that focuses especially on the doctrines that received their crucial shape for Protestant Christians during this period. Among these are the doctrine of the church (including the authority and office of the ministry, sacraments, the place of councils, and the role of the laity), the doctrine of scripture (including the place of tradition), theological anthropology (including human nature as created and fallen, and original sin), and the doctrine of the Christian life (including the entire order of salvation—election, calling, faith, justification, sanctification, and final glory). Key figures to be studied include Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin.

Full Description | Instructor: Richard O. Johnson

HT503 - El Entendimiento de Iglesia, Humanidad y Vida Cristiana en la Reflexion Teologica de la Iglesia

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: Oscar Garcia-Johnson

TH550 - World Religions in Christian Perspective

This course has two main aims. The first is to provide an overview of several of the world's major religions-typically Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and, time permitting, Sikhism -focusing on their emergence and history, core beliefs and practices, religious texts and interpretations, as well as contemporary influences and expressions. Second, this course introduces various approaches on how Christianity relates to other religions, technically known as the "theology of religions." Towards these aims, the course critically discusses Catholic and Protestant as well as Evangelical approaches towards other religions as well engaging in some comparative theology. The course touches briefly on the implications for and nature of interfaith dialogue.

Full Description | Instructor: Marèque Ireland

IS500 - The Touchstone Course

This course focuses on vocation. It teaches students the meaning of vocation and then invites them to plan a course of study that will prepare them for that calling. The course will also address issues that regularly arise as students investigate vocation (e.g. finances).

Full Description | Instructor: Randy Young

IS502 - Practica de Comunidad Cristiana

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: J. Ramirez-Johnson

LD500 - Leadership

The course teaches students to engage organizational change in congregations and other organizations. The course will specifically address ways to engage the context within which the organization exists.

Full Description | Instructor: Susan Maros

SP500 - Spiritual Traditions and Pracitices

Spiritual practices emerge out of spiritual traditions which, in turn, often emerge from the life and experience of spiritual pioneers. In this course we will examine several taxonomies of spiritual traditions. We will then explore the lives of a number of spiritual pioneers in the contemplative tradition from the 3rd to 16th centuries (Antony & the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Patrick of Ireland, Benedict of Nursia, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and St. John of the Cross) and the spiritual traditions they founded (or influenced). Within these various traditions, spiritual practices will be examined and often experienced with an eye to their use in the lives of disciples of Jesus and in the church today. In addition, these traditions will be set in conversation with contemporary spiritual traditions from the worldwide church. All this will be set in the context of the broad sweep of the history and theology of Christian spirituality.

Full Description | Instructor: Michael G. Bischof

YF500 - Foundation of Youth Ministry

This course provides the foundational concepts and best practices to prepare the student for ministry to the young in both a church and non-church setting in any context. The course will provide a basic understanding of adolescent development, contemporary culture, and historical and contextual models of youth ministry thinking and practice. The course is designed to help the student to think and respond theologically to the needs and expectations of the young and their families in a church or organization, and provides practical tools enabling the student to design a theologically sound youth ministry program suitable in any context.

Full Description | Instructor: Chapman Clark

MH506 - The Making of Global Christianity

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: SW Sunquist

Spring 2015

OT506 - Old Testament Exegesis: Eighth-Century Prophets (Hebrew text)

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: D. Loepp

CH500 - Early Church History

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: R.O. Johnson

ET501 - Christian Ethics

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: R.S. Sanders

HT504 - Modern Theology in a Global Context

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: A.E. Nigh

TC530 - Theology and Film (Fuller Live!)

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: R.K. Johnson

PM504 - Pastoral Care

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: R.S. Young

PM504 - Cuidado Pastoral (Fuller Live!)

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: P. Anabalon

PR500 - Homiletics

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: R.K. Murphy

PR525 - Foundations of Biblical Preaching

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: R.K. Murphy

IS503 - The Practice of Mission (Fuller Live!)

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: J.F. Martinez

MT501 - Doing Theology in Global Contexts

TBD

Full Description | Instructor: A. Young

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