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The Shape of the Course

Syllabus, course, vision, tasks, reading, workbook tips

Skim Rules of the Game, A Few (Strong) Suggestions on Essay Writing, and Pointers for Presentations


The Paradigm: Life from the Father, Death in the Son, Resurrection by the Spirit

begin Shermer part I Barth forewords, begin Wilson
1/13 Discussion: The Challenge of Theology in Modernity
Leader: Telford Work

Newbigin preface and chs 1-3

The Otherness of God Exodus 3
1/17 Creation as Trust Genesis 1:1-2:25, Psalm 104
  Barth chs 1-2

Complete entrance examinations (hold on to these until the end of the course)

1/18 Add/drop deadline
1/18 Creation as Trust (continued), including Humanity in God's Image   Barth chs 3-4

Begin your theology-in-life log in your workbook

Find a mentor by today, and begin your workbook's mentoring section


What Is Sin?

Genesis 3:1-6:5, Romans 1:18-2:16, 5:12-14, Dalrymple "The Frivolity of Evil", Work "God in the Ashes"
finish Shermer part I Barth chs 5-7
  Memorize the Ten Commandments (helpful heuristic here; h/t student Jimmy Wittrock)

Discussion: Tradition

Leader: _____________________

Newbigin chs 4-6
begin Barron  
1/27 Depravity: What Can We Do About Sin?


Barth chs 8-9

Your observations on a chapter are due

Children of Pelagius: Election

Romans 8-11 (cf. Isaiah 19:9-14), Ephesians 1:1-14
  Work "Annunciation as Election", finish Wilson

Discussion: Exposing the Paradigm: The Story of God

Leader: _____________________

Newbigin chs 7-9

  Work "Witness to the Signs", begin Jenson
2/1-3 God, With, Us: Incarnation

Luke 1, Work "Just You Wait", Work "Jesus Was (Un)Expected"

  Barth chs 10-12

Discussion: Secularity



Work "What Have the Galapagos to Do with Jerusalem?"

review Shermer part I or Wilson

Response to Shermer or Wilson due

Loving Jesus the Wrong Way: How Christological Heresies Hurt

Luke 2:1-20, John 1:1-18, Romans 5:12-21, 1 Corinthians 15, Hebrews 2:5-18, 4:14-16, Work "One of Us" pp 2-17, 37-44, Work "Taking Jesus Personally" pp 45-54, 61-68

  Barth chs 13-14
Note in your workbook the theological issue you will investigate for that later assignment

God's Anointed: Jesus' Relationship with the Holy Spirit, and Ours

Matthew 3, Mark 1:1-11, Luke 3:1-22, John 1:19-51, Work "Jesus' New Relationship"

finish Barron  

The Threeness of God

Luke 3:1-22, John 14-17

Memorize the Lord's Prayer by today


The Threeness of God (continued)

begin Keller

finish Jenson

Reminder: by the first midterm, add notes from a conversation with your mentor
2/24 Jesus Saves, But How?

Work "Why the Cross?", Work "The Nonviolent Atonement"

  Barth chs 15-17
Description due of heresies' distortions of Christian prayer
2/27 Midterm 1 (review guide)
2/29 Jesus Saves, But How? (continued): The Priestly Office

Numbers 8:5-22, Hebrews 9:1-10:25


begin Volf
Can God Really Suffer? The Powerful Weakness of the Cross Mark 14:1-15:47, 1 Corinthians 1:8-2:16
Peer review a fellow student's workbook by today

Disclosing the Paradigm: Easter Changes Everything

Matthew 28:1-15, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-49, John 20:1-21:23
  Barth chs 18-19
3/5 Jesus Saves, But How? (continued): The Royal Office

1 Samuel 8:1-22, Matthew 27:11-44, Work "King of the World"

finish Keller  

Judgment as a Form of Salvation


Work "Advent's Answer to the Problem of Evil", Matthew 24:1-25:46, 1 Peter 3:8-5:11, 2 Peter 3
begin Shermer part II Barth ch 20
Report due on your theological issue

Discussion: Mission

Leader: _____________________

Newbigin chs 10-14

Jesus Saves, But How? (continued): The Prophetic Office

Work "God's Anointed" 28-39, 39-47, Jeremiah 1:4-10, Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Acts 3:18-26

"Christology from Behind": The Myth of Objectivity and the Privilege of Discipleship

Matthew 4:1-11, John 3:14-21, Mark 8:31-38, Luke 9:28-36, Work "Crunch Time"
3/21 Until I Come: Eschatology between Ascension and Return Work "Pop Goes the Bubble", Acts 10:44-48, 1 Corinthians 14

A Pentecost-al Introduction to the Holy Spirit

Work, "The Churches' Life, Separation, and Hope in the Spirit"
  Barth ch 21
Signs of the End: Apocalyptic Eschatology

Work "Once Upon a Tribulation", Revelation 20:1-22:5, 2 Thessalonians 2

3/21 Deadline to withdraw or change to pass/fail
3/23 Ecclesiology: Who Cares? Work "Get Real", Jeremiah 3:1-4:4, Romans 11, Hebrews 3:7-4:13

Discussion: Scripture



review Keller or Volf

finish Shermer finish Volf


Discussion: World and Church

Leader: _____________________

Newbigin chs 15-20
Reminder: mid-way through, report on your conversation regarding a course book

What Makes a Church? Dead Ends

Psalm 24, Acts 8:14-17, 1 Thessalonians 1, Revelation 2-3
begin Wright Barth ch 22
Memorize the Apostles' Creed by today
3/31 Spring Sing: budget your time wisely

What Makes a Church? (continued): Open Lanes

  begin Barron Strangest Way
Note the uncoming assignment to analyze a Holy Week worship service you attend
4/4 Midterm 2 (I will try to move this from 3/30)

What Makes a Church? (continued)


Word and Sacraments: Practicing Salvation

Mark 4:10-20, Acts 8:26-40, Romans 10:8-17, 2 Timothy 3, Titus 1:1-9
Analysis due of a Holy Week service
4/16 Baptism: Here Comes the Bride Luke 3:21-22, Mark 10:33-45, Romans 6:1-4, Galatians 3:27-29, 1 Peter 3:18-22
  Barth ch 23
4/18 Communion: Sharing Salvation 1 Corinthians 11, Work "What's the Connection?"
4/20 From Jesus to Scripture: How Christ Instituted the Bible Psalm 19, Matthew 5:17-48, Luke 4:14-22
Reflection due on the shape of theology
4/23-25 Holiness: Signs of the Order of Salvation Work "Reordering Salvation", Psalm 15, Isaiah 57:14-21, Matthew 18
finish Wright Barth ch 24, finish Barron Strangest Way
Finish workbooks, concluding both your theology-in-life log and your mentoring report
never Scripture (and?) Tradition  

One True Church?

Work "I Belong to the One True Church", John 17:20-23, 1 Corinthians 1:1-17
Worship as the Shape of the Christian Life Psalm 66, 84, 149, 150, Work "Is Required Worship Unspiritual?"
Uses and Abuses of Spiritual Gifts Acts 10:44-48, 1 Corinthians 14
The Wholeness of the Church Romans 12, Luke 6:17-38, Acts 4:32-37, Work "Rock of Aged"
Apostolicity: Structures of the Missionary Church Acts 6:1-7, Acts 15, Acts 20:25-32, 1 Timothy, Work "My Enemy, Myself"

Final exam, 12-2 p.m.

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