Reflection on Humanity in Scripture

Time to see whether or how this material works together to shed light on our whole semester's topic.

Imagine that you have been chosen to preach at your church on the Sunday after finals. Since you are brimming with theological-anthropological knowledge and since reading Dallas Willard has warmed your heart (will, spirit) for renovation, you discern God's call to spead the gospel's vision of humanity in God's Kingdom. Besides, maybe Telford will give you some credit for it. At least a fist-bump, anyway.

Or maybe you just need more sleep. Anyway, that's what you decide to do.

Choose one Old Testament passage and one New Testament passage that testify to what it means to be human. (Don't choose 'easy ones', for instance Genesis 1 or 2-3, or you'll get an 'easy' grade.) Unpack the explicit and/or implicit vision(s) of humanity there, supplementing your exegesis with other biblical texts as appropriate and with insights from our various readings. Ponder carefully which combination of passages will present the most appropriate picture for your specific church context.

Do you want to emphasize gender? cultural forms of life? will? relationships to God, one another, the Tao, the self? That's up to you and your ecclesial context; feel free to let me know what informs your judgments.

The explication itself is the assignment, not your sermon. But make sure, with due scholarly and prayerful diligence, that after the service Bruce Fisk could approach you with a smile of satisfaction and say, "right sermon, right texts."

Please keep your paper 4-5 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. This one does not need to be peer reviewed, though you are of course always free to do so on your own.

Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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