Fall 2012 Term
Preaching – The privilege, pain and promise of preaching Christ
Faculty Fellow: Rev. Johan Hinderlie
Tutor: Aaron Pederson
The purpose of this course is to help the student fulfill the calling to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ using our Lutheran theological understanding. In Luke 4:43 Jesus says, “I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns too, for that is what I sent to do.” In John 20 he commissions his disciples to do the same, “as the Father has sent me so I send you.” (This is immediately followed by his admonition to forgive sins.) It is a privilege to be called to be preachers. But there is pain in this calling which cannot be avoided. However, the promise given by God to His messengers is ours as well and we will claim it as we proclaim Christ crucified.
Prof. Mark Pierson
How Scripture is interpreted will affect someone’s entire theology; yet one’s theological commitments are often what determine how Scripture is understood. It is therefore necessary to be informed of the relation between one’s presuppositions and one’s interpretive principles. This course will consist of two parts. First, students will cover a historical survey of hermeneutics. Beginning with the Reformation era, students will trace the development of hermeneutics through the Enlightenment and Modernity, culminating in the new interpretative strategies of Postmodernity. The benefits and challenges which these approaches pose for the church will especially be considered. Second, students will further develop a Christ-centered understanding of the biblical text. Issues such as genre, how the NT authors used the OT, the role of extra-canonical texts, and the value of certain methods of higher criticism will be covered. The goal of this course is to aid the students in their exegesis of the Scriptures for preaching and teaching, and to avoid unfaithful and deleterious approaches to the text.
Lutheran Confessions I (Readings Course)
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 (Reading Course)
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.