PM 530 100: Listening with Jesus in a Pluralistic Society

  • Start date: June 22, 2021

Sharing the good news of Jesus is challenging in today’s pluralistic and contentious world. This experiential class will empower you to convey love and empathy through non-anxious listening, resulting in true reconciliation and sturdy friendship bridges.

For more information, please see Dr. Alexander’s blog post about the course.

Class session dates: June 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10.

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Anne Alexander
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FM 740 105: Spiritual Discernment for Individuals and Groups

  • Start date: June 7, 2021

A study of historical and practical approaches to Christian spiritual discernment for personal and group decision-making. Consideration of the definition, aim, models, and practices for discernment from the broad Christian tradition. Exploration of factors bearing on discernment including Scripture, theology, tradition, community, science, nature, experience, personal history, memory, reason, intuition, imagination, physical body, desires, spiritual affections, virtue, and spiritual practices. Special attention to holistic, integrative discernment approaches, Ignatian discernment, desire, community, and questions of vocational integrity.

For more information, please see Dr. Spychalla’s blog post about the course.

Class session dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 19, 26; Aug 2 (no class July 12)

  • Time: Monday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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PM 615 100: Christian Civic Engagement and Witness

  • Start date: January 25, 2021

This class is intended to coincide with the 2020 Presidential Election. The course will enable the student to understand biblical foundations of government and better understand historic and cultural trends in 21st century American society upon government. The purpose is to help the individual to make informed decisions concerning election year issues and create an environment for positive Christian witness. Attention will be given to the social processes that have shaped our culture, the relationship between the Church (and individuals) and the State, and the Church’s prophetic call to bring about reconciliation and transformation.

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  • Time: Monday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Mike McQueen
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PM 760 600: On Mission: Across the Street and Around the World

  • Start date: August 26, 2020

Expressing God’s love well is a learned skill. We’re told that to understand others’ lives and truly convey love to them, we should walk a mile in their shoes. How can we “do unto others as we would have them do unto us” in our increasingly multicultural world? We’ll gain insight as we read about missionary lives, watch films about other cultures, explore the lives of those who have experienced them, and discuss the challenges of living ‘on mission’ wherever God takes us. This class will be stretching and fun!

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  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Anne Alexander
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PM 605 105: Forgiveness and Reconciliation

  • Start date: June 3, 2020

This course provides an overview of multiple perspectives on forgiveness and reconciliation, including research and writings from the fields of psychology and theology.

  • Dates: June 3 - August 19
    Time: Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online class
    Instructor: Daniel Green
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PM 610 100: Creation Care and the Gospel

  • Start date: June 4, 2020

A study of biblical theology for creation care. Consideration of biblical teaching on the natural world, human vocation, God’s mission of redemption and restoration, the future of the world, making disciples of all nations, and ethics of loving God and neighbor. Special attention to the role and praxis of creation care within Christian mission.

  • Dates: June 4 - July 30
    Time: Thursday, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Online class
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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PM 554 100: World Christian Movement: A Gateway to Mission

A survey of the global cause of Christ in Christian missions. Biblical, theological, and historical foundations for missions, crucial issues of cross-cultural ministry, recent developments in methods, application in the local church, and future trends. Consideration of personal relational evangelism. This course will use selected materials from Perspectives on the World Christian Movement courses of the U.S. Center for World Mission.

  • Time: Monday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Mike McQueen
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BI 740 350: What is the Gospel?

  • Start date: June 4, 2019

Join us in reflecting on the Biblical Theology of the gospel.

  • Time: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Grace Community Church
    Instructor:Peter Spychalla
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FM 740 100: Reading and Praying Scripture for Spiritual Transformation

  • Start date: August 24, 2021

Philosophy and technique in reading and praying Scripture for spiritual transformation rather than reading merely for information.  Approaches and skills for meditating on Scripture, praying Scripture, applying Scripture, and encountering God through the reading and praying of the Scripture.  Historic traditions and contemporary practice of lectio divina (spiritual reading of scripture).

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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FM 501 100: Ministry and Evangelism in Cultural Context

  • Start date: January 25, 2021

A critical analysis of the contemporary social and cultural context from a biblically informed perspective, focusing on God’s mission (missio Dei) in the world. Attention will be given to the social processes that have shaped our culture, to understanding the relationship between church and society, the relationship between the individual believer and those who do not believe, and to the churches’ prophetic call to produce reconciliation and transformation. Consideration of the implications of postmodernism and a pluralistic society.

  • Time:Monday, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Michael McQueen
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