Jesus established his church, and pronounced that the gates of hell will not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18) In case anyone needs to be reminded, this is not a statement about the defensive strength of the church Christ is building, but rather a statement reflecting that the church will grow and prevail. Gates are portals […]
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In this course, we will seek to place the Gospel of Mark in its historical, cultural, and literary contexts. We will examine closely the various portraits of Jesus that Mark highlights and focus on a careful literary and theological study of the book with the goal of understanding the text and applying it to the present context.
What does it mean to be a community of disciples engaging the mission of the church in the world? Why are Mennonite Brethren so specific about what it means to live as disciples? This workshop will focus on the key missional elements of discipleship as articulated in the Mennonite Brethren Confession of Faith, drawing upon the principle of letting biblical conceptual language shape the theological reflection of the believing community in discerning ethical and missional outcomes.
This workshop explores a selection of current theological issues. We will reflect briefly on principles that help us engage theological problems effectively, and on the landscape of contemporary Christian theological debate. We will then examine several major issues that are especially relevant today.
Using professionally developed video content, Dr. Gloria Woodland will present a basic understanding of end-of-life care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Participants will increase their awareness of patient, family, and healthcare worker perspectives and build skills for coming alongside pastorally.
The course seeks to lay biblical, theological and historical foundations for Christian understandings of culture, while also facilitating practical exploration of specific spheres of Christian involvement in culture. It will also aid students in understanding the ongoing relationship between Christianity and culture, and how cultural awareness along with critical skills for critiquing culture from a Christian perspective enhances ministry and leadership effectiveness both in the church and within society at large.