Church History for the Contemporary Church,
September 8, 2020 - November 10, 2020
Tuesday's, 7:00 pm est
Professor: Rev. Dr. Tim Diebel
William Faulkner famously observed that, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." Indeed, the church continues to engage, manifest and struggle with the questions and challenges of every generation: what does it mean and look like to follow Jesus?
In this second semester of "Church History for the Contemporary Church," students will pick up the church's story with the Reformation and follow it up to the present. Developed around weekly readings, facilitated online discussions in our Zoom classroom, partnered learning and independent inquiry, the course intends to equip students with knowledge, understanding and insight from the past in order to more seriously engage the church of today.
Class sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm eastern time, September 8 - November 10.
Text for the class will be, The Story of Christianity, vol. 2: The Reformation to the Present Day, by Justo L. Conzalez, 2nd edition, 2010.
DIscovering Your Own Authentic Preaching
Style and Voice
September 10 - November 12
Thursday's, 7:00 pm est
Professor: Rev. Dr. William Lee
In the musical DreamGirls, the character Deena Jones, played by
Beyonce Knowles sung these words from the song Listen:
I don't know where I belong Now I am done believing you
But I'll be moving on You don't know not what I am feeling
If you don't, if you won't I'm more than what you've made
Listen to the song here in I followed the voice you think
my heart you gave to me
A melody I start, but I will complete But now I got to find my own,
It is the intent of this course to help each of you to realize that your preaching style and voice are sui generis (one of a kind, distinct). We, like Deena in DreamGirls, may be following the voice that others have given to us. Many of us over the years have knowingly and unknowingly borrowed someone else's style and preaching voice.
We will examine the classic preaching styles (expository, textual, topical, narrative through selected readings and listening to those considered to be "masters" in the field. It is my hope after these ten weeks together we can sign, "but now I got to find my own, my own."
Class sessions will be held Thursday's at 7:00 pm eastern time, September 10 - November 12