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Course Offerings

Church History for the Contemporary Church

January 6, 2020 - April 6, 2020

7:00 pm est

Instructor:  Rev. Dr. Tim Diebel

Through weekly readings, facilitated online discussions, partnered learning and independent inquiry, students will seek to better understand the church of today by learning of the church's struggles, conflicts, debates and growth through the centuries.

While we are less likely to burn at the stake those with whom we disagree, it is surprising to discover how present and active are those ancient heresies, theological controversies and conflicts.

The course is divided into two semesters - one that traces our story from the Early Church through the Reformation; and the second, from the Reformation to the Present.

Part 1 of this course will begin on Monday evening, January 6, at 7:00 pm eastern time, utilizing the online platform Zoom, continuing weekly through April 6.

Textbook for Part 1: (Click the book title to order on online) 

The Story of Christianity, Revised edition, vol. 1 by Justo L. Gonzalez.  HarperCollins:  2010

Intro to the Old Testament

Starting January 14, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Instructor:  Rev. Dr. Kenneth Wilbur

This course will be a brisk walk through the Old Testament but it is hoped that students will gain a greater appreciation of these texts.  Proposed class topics during the 10-week course are:

1-4   The story of Israel's history

5-6   Literary forms:  prose and poetry

7       Scholarly approaches - Source Criticism and the

         Deuteronomic History

8       Priests and the Law

9       Prophets

10     Wisdom