Missional Preaching

Niagara School for Missional Leadership

How do we connect God’s mission, and therefore the mission of the church, with the culture in which we live and speak in ways that help people make sense of their lives and their purpose through the lens of the Gospel? How can our words as preachers help others follow Jesus’ Way of Love more …
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Reading Poetry Devotionally: How Poems Nurture Our Spiritual Lives

Yale Divinity School

The poet Dana Gioia once asked in a book of this title, “Can Poetry Matter?” That question of course begs another question: matter in what ways? We may read poetry for any number of reasons, but this class considers how poetry nurtures, and enriches, our spiritual lives. By our close reading of poems together from …
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Christian Poetics

Regent College

Christian Poetics is an exploration of literary aesthetics, delving into what defines the nature and quality of literature. While this is primarily a course in literary criticism, students of art, literature, and culture will delight in discovering the interplay between form and function in the works of classical and Christian thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, …
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Reading & Preaching Biblical Poetry

Regent College

Dive into Scripture and explore its rich poetic depths. Develop comfort and insight around biblical poetry, familiarizing yourself with its conventions, common idioms, and literary devices. Deepen your confidence in drawing on biblical poetry for ministry, learning to effectively incorporate it into your preaching. Together we will explore biblical metaphor, imagery, and other forms of …
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Reading the Times: Christian Responses to the News of the Day

Regent College

What role should the news play in the life of a disciple of Christ? This may seem like a contemporary concern, one made acute by political polarization, social media, and ubiquitous screens. And indeed we are living through a time when technological and cultural forces are causing drastic upheavals in the news industry. This course …
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The Holy Spirit & the Arts

Regent College

For centuries many have perceived a strong bond between the work of the Spirit and artistic creativity. Talk of inspiration, spirituality, and the life of the spirit abounds when the arts are in view. This course asks why this might be so. What is it about the arts that lends themselves so easily to “spirit-talk”, …
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Reading as a Spiritual Practice

Regent College

How we read may matter as much as what we read. What can we learn from the tradition about how to read the Bible spiritually? In this course, we will look in particular at Dorothy L. Sayers’s way of reading. Raised by an Anglican priest, Sayers was well-versed in the tradition’s way of reading Scripture. …
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Fall Writing Retreat With Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Sorrento Centre

Internationally bestselling author and two-time Giller Prize finalist Gail Anderson-Dargatz hosts this week-long fall writing retreat at the Sorrento Center. It’s a perfect writing getaway for both Shuswap-Thompson-Okanagan writers and those who are visiting the beautiful landscape found in so much of Gail’s writing. Writers will enjoy five morning master classes with Gail, each on …
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Academy for Biblical Storytelling

Network of Biblical Storytellers International (USA)

Performance and Teaching The NBSI Academy for Biblical Storytelling (ABS) provides you with support and training in both the performance and teaching of biblical stories. ABS encourages you to find your individual style as well as appreciate the stories in the form they’ve been “traditioned” to us. The ultimate goal is to send you out …
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