The average pastor faces the challenge of aiding his or her congregation to develop a lifestyle and worldview that is consonant with being a disciple of Jesus. It is all too easy, given the pervasive impact of contemporary culture and the lack of time in the lives of most adults, for Christian believers to remain relatively unformed spiritually. In this course the question of adult formation will be addressed by exploring the ways in which culture shapes the agenda, felt-needs, and aspirations of contemporary adults and so defines the issues with which people struggle (exegesis of culture). The focus of the course is on the Bible and how to teach it in ways that bring about transformation in the lives of adults seeking to follow Jesus. The pattern for growth is taken from classical descriptions of the spiritual journey, and culture is understood to be that which shapes us and which raises issues in our lives to which we must respond.
What Others Have Thought:
"This course helped me personally, but I will also be able to bring what I learned to my congregation and deepen their spiritual life."
"Dr. Peace challenged me to move from information to transformation."
students will do a written project which will be detailed in the reading list for the course.
Sample Readings From This Course May Include:
Brueggemann, Walter. Interpretation and Obedience: From Faithful Reading to Faithful Living. Augsburg Press, 1991.
Ford, Kevin. Jesus for a New Generation. InterVarsity Press, 1995.
Henderson, David. Culture Shift. Baker Books, 1998.
Peace, Richard. Contemplative Bible Reading: Experiencing God Through Scripture. NavPress, 1998.
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