Christian Ethics

Vancouver School Of Theology

When we encounter our own lives and the lives of others, several questions about responsibility and requirement are raised. Such questions often demand not only careful discernment but also decisive action. Yet many often wonder whether certain actions are right or wrong, just or unjust, good or evil. Others are restrained from action, debilitated by …
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Indigenous Theologies & Epistemologies

Vancouver School Of Theology

This course is an exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. The course foci include Indigenous identity, Indigenous ways of teaching, ceremony, and their implication for the practice of theological reflection. The course focuses primarily upon Indigenous groups from North America and Hawaii, through dialogue, media, and assigned reading. Students will complete weekly assignments …
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Rethinking Preaching Conference 2024: Crossing Boundaries Toward Healing

Emmanuel College

Though preaching is one of the oldest Christian practices and has been a staple of worship for millennia, it is constantly in the process of change. Indeed, like the proverbial river that cannot be stepped into twice because the flow of the water is constantly remaking it, it is not possible to preach the same …
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Preaching Parables

Vancouver School Of Theology

Parables can be challenging for preachers and yet they comprise about 1/3 of Jesus’ teaching. How does one bring a fresh word that maintains continuity to this difficult and well-trod territory? This course explores biblical parables and their use in the preaching of Jesus with a focus on contemporary homiletical application. This is an upper-level preaching …
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North American Church History

Vancouver School Of Theology

This course will explore the history of Christian churches in Canada and the United States. The written histories of the churches will be studied in dialogue with the social context of such histories and the reflections of both church and context in popular culture. The course will examine not only the writings and work of …
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Conversations with a Garden: Discovering Earth’s Timeless Lessons for Wise Living

Do we really need much more than this? To honor the dawn. To visit a garden. To talk to a friend. To contemplate a cloud. To cherish a meal. To bow our heads before the mystery of the day. Are these not enough? ~ Kent Nerburn How might we adjust the pace of our lives …
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Vancouver School Of Theology

The purpose of this course is: to introduce students to the major themes of Pauline theologies represented by New Testament texts and, where appropriate, other New Testament and extra‑canonical literature;  To situate these theologies in the social matrix of antiquity and to identify the interaction of theology and culture implicit in these theologies;  To assess …
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Practicing Evangelism in a Post-Christendom World

Vancouver School Of Theology

This course is designed for students approaching ministry in pastoral and public contexts.  Located in the field of Mission Studies, this course will attend specifically to contemporary issues in evangelism, by analyzing and studying the history, practice, and effectiveness of how Christians share the gospel in the world, with a particular emphasis upon the Canadian …
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Hebrew Bible II

Vancouver School Of Theology

This course is Part Two of a year-long sequence in interpretation of the Hebrew Bible. In the Fall semester we read the Pentateuch, the Historical Books, and Psalms. In the Spring semester we focus on Prophets and the remaining books of the Writings. Class periods will be divided into three sections: lecture, discussion and skills …
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