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If being a Christian is about personally confessing Jesus as Lord, 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 course will focus on the key missional elements of discipleship as articulated in the MB Confession.
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.
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.