Course Descriptions

Winter 2014

LG502b: Beginning Hebrew B
Taught by Renee Williams

The student will be prepared to do basic exegetical work-translating and analyzing the Hebrew text and interacting with commentaries-in subsequent classes and in preparation for preaching and teaching.

LG512b: Beginning Greek B
Taught by Renee Williams

The student will be prepared to do basic exegetical work-translating and analyzing the Greek text and interacting with commentaries-in subsequent classes and in preparation for preaching and teaching.

NE506: New Testament Exegesis of the Gospel of John (Greek Text)
Taught by Blaine Charette

New Testament exegesis is concerned with the careful application of the principles of biblical interpretation to the Greek text of a New Testament document. This exegetical analysis of the Gospel of John will give close attention to its historical and literary contexts, its grammatical and thematic structures and its theological and pastoral significance.

OT502: Hebrew Prophets
Taught by Pam Scalise

A study of the content and literary qualities of the Former and Latter Prophets in light of their historical background and their developing theology (Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi).

CH502: Medieval and Reformation Church History
Taught by Charlie Scalise

If you'd like to know why Catholics think the Mass is so important, why medieval Christian mystics are still popular today, why St. Francis of Assisi appears in Northwest gardens, and how Protestantism was born, this is the course for you.

CH557: Classics of Christian Spirituality
Taught by Charlie Scalise

This reading seminar involves students in spiritual reading, historical study, and critical interpretation of diverse classics of Christian spirituality across major historical periods of the Christian movement. Emphasis will be placed upon a blend of spiritual and critical understanding of the common readings and student-chosen spiritual classics. Attention will also be given to the disciplines of regular spiritual reading of Scripture and individual retreat in the history of the church.

ST502: Systematic Theology 2: Christology, Soteriology and Pneumatology
Taught by Darren Sumner

This course introduces students to the central Christian doctrines of the person and work of Jesus Christ and from a biblical, historical, and systematic perspective. Topics include the doctrine of divine election, the covenant of grace, the incarnation, the two natures of Christ, and the mediation of Christ, as well as the doctrines of sin, atonement, regeneration, repentance, faith, justification, sanctification, and the Holy Spirit. This will include not only christological, but also pneumatological and trinitarian perspectives on the reconciling work of God. We will consider the biblical basis and historical development of these doctrines, as well as their systematic inter-relatedness and their place in contemporary contextual and ecumenical conversations.

TC522b: Theology and Pacific Northwest Culture
Taught by Matthew Kaemingk

This course will introduce students to a range of theological understandings of how Christians should understand, connect with, and engage culture. The course will give special attention to the challenges and opportunities for the Christian faith in the culture of the Pacific Northwest.

MR549: Evangelicals and Interfaith Dialogue
Taught by Cory Willson and Doug McConnell

This course will expose students to both the theoretical and practical components of Evangelical approaches to interfaith dialogue, primarily focusing on Islam, Judaism, and Mormonism. As Christian mission continues to be challenged and reshaped by globalization, increasing migration, pluralism, and polarizing conflict based on religious and cultural identity, interfaith dialogue provides the mutual opportunity to develop relationship, understanding, and cooperation across cultural and religious lines while remaining consistent with a Biblical framework for witness. This course explores the necessary theological and missiological foundations for dialogue and develops critical reflections for praxis through student participation in interfaith dialogue. The course will culminate in a final paper in which students will reflect on the implications of course material for their current and future vocational contexts within the church and in society.

Spring 2014

LG512c: Beginning Greek C
Taught by Renee Williams

The student will be prepared to do basic exegetical work-translating and analyzing the Greek text and interacting with commentaries-in subsequent classes and in preparation for preaching and teaching.

NE567: Gospel of Mark (English Text)
Taught by Rich Erickson

Take a look at the opening verse of Mark's Gospel.

It's the title Mark gave it (whoever Mark was!). The title we have in our Bibles was added long afterwards, not by the author himself.

But just look at what he says in that title. What we have in his book, the whole story, from John's appearance at the Jordan to the women fleeing from the empty tomb-all of it!-is what Mark calls "the beginning of the gospel of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God."

If the whole story is just the "beginning," then what's the sequel? As Jesus says in another Gospel, "come and see."

CH506: Medieval and Reformation Church History
Taught by Charlie Scalise

Do you live in North America? Would you like to be knowledgeable or ignorant of the American experiment in voluntary religion? Enough said!

ST503: Systematic Theology 3: Ecclesiology and Eschatology
Taught by Darren Sumner

Martin Luther famously called the church "a creature of the divine Word." What does it mean to say that the Word of God created and sustains the church? In this course we will explore the theological nature of the church and her mission in the world, including the real variety of answers given by different Christian traditions to the question "What makes the church?"

Our theological and historical exploration will also include the much-debated sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper, as well as beliefs about heaven, hell, universalism, and our final hope that lies only in Jesus Christ.

TC518: Calling: The History, Theology and Experience of Christian Vocation
Taught by Eric Jacobsen

Vocation is not just about finding a job, it's about hearing God's voice. We don't just consider vocation once in our early years and then move on to other concerns. Figuring out what God is calling us to do and be is a discipleship skill that we employ throughout our lives. In this class, we will be exploring, honing, and utilizing tools for discerning our unique vocation.

PR500: Homiletics
Taught by Mark Abbott

Introduction to Homiletics will respond to questions of what is, why, and how to preach. The course will address issues of how to have something to say and how to say it well. Not merely theory, each student will prepare and deliver two sermons.

YF504: Intro to Family Ministry
Taught by Chap Clark

Dr. Chap Clark's Introduction to Family Ministry (YF504) is one of the most important classes Fuller offers. In a day of churches segregating individuals and families by ages and stages in life, we've lost a sense of being an intergenerational worshiping community. Dr. Clark spends the quarter addressing the dangers of this way of separating people based on external factors and proposes an alternative form of ministry where pastors help churches become a "family of families." Looking at a theology of family, marriage, divorce, and parenting sets the foundation for the second part of the quarter--understanding how to implement a model of ministry that takes seriously the call to be one community.

MH526: Christianity in China, Korea and Japan
Taught by Scott Sunquist

Christianity is growing rapidly in most regions of Asia, declining in the West, and yet many Asians are migrating to the West. In this course we look at why the church is growing so rapidly in China and is strong in Korea, but is so weak in Japan. Then we look at why this is important for American Christians, especially Asian Americans.

Summer 2014

Links to ECDs (e.g. NT500) will work as ECDs are posted in the coming weeks

NE567: 1 & 2 Corinthians (English Text)
Taught by Jim Davis

The Corinthian Epistles are formative documents for Christian faith, life, and proclamation. Familiarity with their background, contents, and theology provides a crucial foundation for accurate and relevant interpretation and application in teaching preaching, and pastoral ministry.

NS531: Pauline Theology
Taught by Blaine Charette

The apostle Paul can be a polarizing figure - to some he is a repressed misogynist, to others he is the fourth person of the Trinity. What is certain, is that his letters shape the way we understand our faith. Whatever you may think of Paul this course will give you the opportunity to explore his thought in a comprehensive way resulting in a better understanding of his significant theological contribution to Christian belief and practice.

PH512: Christianity and Western Thought
Taught by Forrest Baird

An introductory survey of the ideas and movements which have helped to shape Western Civilization and of the interaction of those ideas and movements with the Christian Church. Major contributions to the development of theological concepts will be examined from Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas through Descartes. Modern philosophies which decisively influence contemporary theology will be introduced beginning with Kant and extending through present day issues.

CO500: Communication
Taught by Jon Peterson

This course is designed to develop skills in preparation and delivery of oral communication. It will examine issues of organization, style, audience, and delivery. The emphasis is on combining classical elements of communication theory with personal strengths. Though it provides a foundation for preaching courses it is appropriate for students who see themselves as called to other tracks.

DP507: Presbyterian Distinctives
Taught by Bryan Burton

This course is designed to give students preparing for ordination and service in the PCUSA (and to a lesser degree those in other Reformed traditions/denominations) an introduction to the theology, polity and worship of the PCUSA as contained in its Constitution and grounded in the Reformed theological tradition. The Essential Tenets of the Reformed Faith is the foundation upon which worship, ministry and mission are ordered. Our polity is what enables, equips, and encourages the Church to order its worship, ministry and mission. This course will guide students preparing for the PCUSA¹s Ordination exams in Theology, Polity and Worship, as well as give students a deeper awareness, knowledge and direction of the PCUSA.

SP500: Spiritual Traditions and Practices
Taught by John Bangs

Did you know that early in Christian history the term theology referred to loving encounter with God through prayer, and the reflection and formation that came out of that encounter, rather than to the articulation of systematic propositional truths about God? St. Bonaventure, a thirteenth-century Franciscan philosopher and theologian, proposed that true theology could be understood using the image of a ladder. In Bonaventure's ladder, one upright is composed of the traditionally academic tools of study like reading, research, and observation. The other is made up of spiritual graces like devotion, wonder, joy, and humility. The rungs of the ladder, the part that allows us to climb it, are made up of "prayer through Christ crucified."
This class will attempt to utilize Bonaventure's ladder as a method of exploring and worshiping God, blending inquiry and discussion with experience and experiment, as a way of learning more about God and about ourselves in God.
The class will culminate with a silent six-hour retreat at an offsite location. It should prove to be refreshing and inspiring, a welcome interlude in the midst of a long course of academic study.

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