Fall 2011 Term

Fall Term Course Offerings, Fall 2011
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Lutheran Polity and Confessions Course I

Cost: $600.00
Duration: 12 weeks beginning October 10 – First Lecture October 14
Faculty Fellow: Dr. James A. Nestingen
Tutor: Prof. Scott L. Keith
This course explores the Lutheran confessional documents included in the Lutheran Book of Concord as true witnesses to the Word of God and a guide for the faith and life of the Church. From their contents, (Confessions I: the Ecumenical Creeds, Augsburg Confession, Apology, Small and Large Catechism, Smalcald Articles, and Articles on the Power and Primacy of the Pope) the course will define and describe the main themes of Lutheran theology and faith. First-hand reading of the documents and learning about their history, context, and content will give students an appreciation of the historical foundations of Lutheran theology as well as perspectives for critical reflection on the role of the Confessions in the Church of today.

Motifs of Lutheran Thought I

Cost: $600.00
Duration: 12 weeks beginning October 10 – First Lecture October 14
Faculty Fellow: Dr. James A. Nestingen
Tutor: Prof. Scott L. Keith
In this course, you will begin a study of theology that will be life-long, giving you a strong foundation that not only will nurture your own spiritual development, but also enable you to meet the challenges of a faith active in love. A strong grasp of Systematic Theology will facilitate your ability to be faithful to God’s word in both speech and action, proclaim the gospel in your preaching and teaching, and provide faithful public leadership in your ministry. Motifs I will cover: (1) the hidden and revealed God; (2) Creation; (3) Law and Gospel; and (4) the Theology of the Cross.

Rhetoric and Proclamation

Cost: $600.00
Duration: 12 weeks beginning October 10 – First Lecture October 14
Tutor: Rev. Christopher J. Hull
The pastor is the steward of the means of grace at the congregation to which he is called. He is the Shepherd of the congregation who proclaims the Gospel in order that all who hear may receive the forgiveness of their sin. Because preaching is vital for the life of the church one must understand the theology of proclamation. This class does not concern itself with the art form of preaching or rhetoric, but rather it will center on the actual theology of proclamation. This course will cover who the preacher is, the condition of the hearer, and the actual theology of the Word that is proclaimed. By reviewing the works of Luther, Walther, Wingren, and Forde, this class will assert the importance of knowing what it means to preach the gospel for the forgiveness of sin.

Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians Using the Inductive Method

Cost: $600.00
Duration: 12 weeks beginning October 10 – First Lecture October 14
Tutor: Prof. Mark Pierson
The Inductive Method encourages those who study the Scriptures to inhale what the Scriptures exhale. It is a method of learning from the text that allows the text to speak for itself in order to teach us – as free as possible from our preconceived notions – what the Scriptures themselves have to say about doctrine, theology, and life. Inductive Bible study is learning how to exegete (draw out) – as in extracting the information – what the Scriptures are actually saying in an objective and systematic way. This method gives students the tools and skills necessary to observe a particular portion of Scripture and dig out the meaning, and then apply it as well as preach and teach it. Thus, Inductive Bible Study enhances the exegesis (explanation and interpretation) process by enabling one to read the Bible for more impact, value, and significance. In practice, students will first examine the ideas and words of the text; this then leads to examining the meanings and interpretations, and then to the conclusions and applications.

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