The Setting of Our Salvation, from 'Our Father' to 'Amen'

Date Topic Reading (required/recommended)
PRAY LIKE THIS: Why Are We Making You Take Christian Doctrine?
9/4 What Is Theology, and What Does It Have to Do with Basketball? Syllabus, Rules of the Game, A Few (Strong) Suggestions on Essay Writing, Peer Review Guidelines (Peer Review FAQs are optional), BCW: Hinlicky
The Shape of the Course
9/6 What Do You Know? Guthrie preface and ch 1, Luther introduction and preface, BCW: Woiwode, Deut. 6
OUR FATHER in Heaven: The Doctrine of God
9/9 Not What You Think: The Otherness of God Guthrie chs 3-4 and 6, Luther First Commandment and First Petition, Ex. 3
GIVE US TODAY Our Daily Bread: The Doctrine of Creation
9/11 Reflection on Postmodernity Due
(peer-reviewed by 9/13)
McLaren chs 1-5, Luther Small Catechism
  Creation and Its Competitors Guthrie ch 8, Luther First Article, Gen. 1, Ps. 104, John 1:1-5
9/13 God Rested, Then Got Back to Work: Providence as Continuing Creation McLaren chs 6-7, Guthrie pp 166-173, BCW: Crouch, Luther Second Commandment and Fourth Petition and Grace at Meals, Luke 11:1-13
YOUR KINGDOM COME: The Doctrine of Humanity
9/16 What Is the Image of God? Guthrie ch 10, Luther Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Commandments, Luther Lord's Prayer introduction, BCW: Hansen, Gen. 2
FORGIVE US OUR SINS ... and Deliver Us From Evil: Moral Evil and the Doctrine of Sin
9/18 What Is Sin, and What Can We Do About It? Guthrie ch 11, BCW: Jacobs, Gen. 3, Rom. 1:18-2:16, 5:12-14
9/20 Depravity: Pelagius versus Augustine Luther Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Commandments, BCW: Jones

The Story of Our Salvation, from Advent to Advent

ADVENT: Keeping the Father's Promise
9/23 The Reason for the Season: Introduction to Christology through the Liturgical Year Howard ch 9, Luther Second Article
Advent (part 1): It Didn't Start with Jesus McLaren chs 8-10, BCW: Lienhard, Luke 1, Work "Advent (I)"
ANNUNCIATION: The Fulfillment Begins
9/25 Reflection on Confessions Due
(peer-reviewed by 9/27)
Augustine Confessions bks 1-2 and 8
Children of Pelagius: A History of the Doctrine of Election Guthrie ch 7, Work "Annunciation as Election", Luther Third Petition, BCW: Meilaender, Rom. 8-11 (cf. Isa. 19:9-14), Eph. 1:1-14
CHRISTMAS: Incarnation
9/27 God, With, Us: Incarnation in Three Soundbites Guthrie pp 229-243, Luke 2:1-20, John 1:1-18, Rom. 5:12-21, 1 Cor. 15, Heb. 2:5-18, 4:14-16
Jesus' Divinity and Humanity: Nicea
SYNAXIS: The Virgin Birth and Its Christological Significance
9/30 Jesus' Personal Unity: Chalcedon Guthrie pp 243-249
10/2 Loving Jesus the Wrong Way: Four Heresies and How They Hurt Us
10/4 Exam 1 (Trinity, Creation, Sin, Election, Incarnation)
THEOPHANY/EPIPHANY: The Significance of Jesus' Baptism
10/7 God's Anointed: Jesus' New Relationship with the Holy Spirit, and Ours BCW: Sawyer, Matt. 3, Mark 1:1-11, Luke 3:1-22, John 1:19-51
  The Threeness of God Guthrie ch 5
10/9 Two Models of God Luke 3:1-22, John 17
10/11 Three Mistakes and Their Costs  
10/14 What Is a Person?  
ORDINARY: The Kingdom of God Is at Hand
10/16 Reflection on the Lord's Prayer Due
(peer-reviewed by 10/18)
Matt. 6:5-18, McLaren ch 13 (after chs 11-12 below)
Signs and Wonders (part 1): Christ the Anointed Prophet Luther Conclusion to the Ten Commandments, Jer. 1:4-10, Deut. 18:15-19, Acts 3:18-26
10/18 Signs and Wonders (part 2): Christ the Anointed Priest McLaren chs 11-12, Luther Sixth Petition, Numbers 8:5-22, Heb. 9:1-10:25
10/21 Signs and Wonders (part 3): Christ the Anointed King Luther Second Petition, BCW: Price, 1 Sam. 8:1-22, Matt. 27:11-44
LENT: The Cross Before Me
  "Christology from Behind": The Myth of Objectivity and the Privilege of Discipleship Luther Amen, BCW: Covington, Matt. 4:1-11, John 3:14-21, Mark 8:31-38, Luke 9:28-36, 1 Cor. 10:1-13, Phil. 3:8-16, Heb. 3:7-5:10, 12:1-13, 1 Pet. 1, Rom. 12:1-8, Eph. 2:1-10
10/23 Jesus Saves, But How? A Few Visions of Atonement Guthrie ch 13, BCW: Ward, Luther Seventh Petition, Work "The Nonviolent Atonement"
HOLY SATURDAY: The End of the Old Age
10/25 Can God Really Suffer? The Powerful Weakness of the Cross BCW: Lundin, Mark 14:1-15:47, 1 Cor. 1:8-2:16
EASTER: Resurrection, the Beginning of the New Creation
10/28 Easter Changes Everything Guthrie ch 14, BCW: Neuhaus, Matt. 28:1-15, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-49, John 20:1-21:23, 1 Thess. 4:13-5:11
ASCENSION: The Exaltation and Session of Jesus
11/1 Reflection on the Resurrection Due (peer-reviewed by 11/4)
Eschatology: The "World" between Ascension and Return BCW: Yancey, Acts 1:1-11
PENTECOST: Pouring Out the Spirit
  A Pentecost-al Introduction to the Holy Spirit Guthrie pp 291-298, Work "Gusty Winds, or a Jet Stream?" Joel, Acts 2
ADVENT: "I'll Be Back"
11/4 Judgment as a Form of Salvation Guthrie ch 19, Matt. 24:1-25:46, 1 Pet. 3:8-5:11
  Advent (part 2): Why the Wait? Guthrie pp 173-191, Work "Advent's Answer to the Problem of Evil"
11/6 Apocalypse When? McLaren ch 14, Work "Once Upon a Tribulation" Rev. 20:1-22:5, 2 Thess. 2, 2 Pet. 3
11/8 Exam 2 (Christology, Soteriology)

The Shape of Our Salvation, from Procession to Benediction

PROCESSION: The Making of the Church
11/11 Ecclesiology: Who Cares? Guthrie ch 18, Howard ch 1, BCW: Erikson
The Gathering Gathering Deut. 5-8, Jer. 3:1-4:4, Rom. 11, Heb. 3:7-4:13
11/13 Reflection on Hope or Ministry Due (peer-reviewed by 11/15)
What Makes a Church? Dead Ends and Live Options Howard ch 2, Luther Third Article, BCW: Bottum, Ps. 24, Acts 8:14-17, 1 Thess. 1, Rev. 2-3
One True Church? Work "I Belong to the One True Church" John 17, 1 Cor. 1:1-17
PRAISE, TONGUES: The Adoration of the Church
11/15 Worship as the Shape of the Christian Life Guthrie pp 302-313, Howard ch 3, BCW: McDermott, Luther Third Commandment and Devotions, Ps. 66, 84, 149, 150
Uses and Abuses of Spiritual Gifts Guthrie pp 302-313, Acts 10:44-48, 1 Cor. 14
GREETING and MINISTRY: The Leadership of the Church
11/18 Apostolicity: Structures of the Missionary Church McLaren chs 15-16, BCW: Douglas, Luther Fourth Commandment, Acts 6:1-7, Acts 15, Acts 20:25-32, 1 Tim.
OFFERING, HEALING: The Catholicity of the Church
11/20 Holiness: Signs of the Order of Salvation Guthrie chs 16-17, Luther Fifth Petition and Confession, BCW: Fox-Genovese, Work "Reordering Salvation" Ps. 15, Isa. 57:14-21, Matt. 18, John 14:23-27
11/22 The Wholeness of the Church Howard chs 4-5, lecture notes
  Liberation Theology: More Evangelical Than You Think "Romero" study guide, Rom. 12, Luke 6:17-38, Acts 4:32-37
WORD and SACRAMENTS: The Constitutive Practices of the Church
11/25 Reflection on a Hymn Due
(peer-reviewed by 11/27)
Howard ch 8
  Liberation Theology part 2  
11/27 Word and Sacraments: Practicing Salvation Howard ch 6, BCW: Hinlicky, Mark 4:10-20, Acts 8:26-40, Rom. 10:8-17, 1 Cor. 1-4, 2 Tim. 3, Titus 1:1-9
12/2 From Jesus to Scripture: How Christ Instituted the Bible Guthrie ch 2, BCW: Ericson, Ps. 19, Matt. 5:17-48, Luke 4:14-22
12/4 Extra-Credit Reflection on the Shape of Theology Due (peer-reviewed by 12/6)
Baptism: Here Comes the Bride Luther Baptism (and Infant Baptism), BCW: Ward, Luke 3:21-22, Mark 10:33-45, Rom. 6:1-4, Gal. 3:27-29, 1 Pet. 3:18-22
12/6 Communion: Sharing Salvation Howard chs 7 and 10 and postscript, Luther The Sacrament of the Altar and Conclusion, BCW: Owens, 1 Cor. 11
BENEDICTION: The End of the Church
  Go Where? The Church in the World BCW: Carter, Work "Veggie Ethics: What America's Favorite Vegetables Say About Evangelicalism" Rom. 13, Rev. 13, Rev. 18-19, 21
§2: 12/9
§1: 12/11
Final Exam (7:30-9:30 a.m.); Peer-Reviewed Reflection on Sacraments Due

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