Seasonal Course Offerings and Knox Travel Information
A REFRESHING TIME TO FOCUS ON YOUR MINISTRY
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PASTORS AND DOCTOR OF MINISTRY STUDENTS
Study under our world-class faculty in these one-week intensive sessions and experience time away to pray, study, and focus on the future of your ministry.
Master-level students can gain permission to participate in Doctor of Ministry courses with written permission from the vice president of academic affairs.
To optimize a student’s course experience and success, Knox recommends that all students register for master- and doctoral-level classes at least one month in advance. Students will then receive the syllabus that outlines reading requirements and course expectations. There is a substantial amount of pre-course reading and preparation for these one-week intensive courses so it is suggested that a student register as early as possible.
Winter 2015 Course Offerings
DM838 Epistle to the Romans: Exegesis and Theology
3 credits • January 5 – January 9 • Fort Lauderdale, FL
A study of Paul’s letter to the Romans focused on its literary and canonical argument, engaging the history of interpretation, and considering its theological and pastoral implications. As we engage the text we will encounter a number of major issues in theology and ministry: the person and work of Christ, the meaning and content of God’s righteousness and grace, the definition of and distinction between law and gospel, the world as created and fallen, the relationship between faith, freedom and obedience, and a Christological reading of the Old Testament. Taught by Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh.
DM826 The Theology of Cranmer and the Book of Common Prayer (1549 & 1552)
3 credits • January 12 – January 16 • Fort Lauderdale, FL
This course will uncover the core of the English Reformation by exploring the thought of one of its central figures, Thomas Cranmer. In addition the 1549 &1552 prayer books, Cranmer also edited, oversaw, and authored homilies, articles of religion, extensive theological notebooks and more. Listening to these texts, with the expert guidance of Dr. Null, students hear the voice of the early English Reformation: a consistent yet broad Protestantism, expressed in an ancient yet “reformed” liturgy (and in a common yet beautiful English). This class will explore Cranmer’s theology, see how it is articulated in the Book of Common Prayer, and begin to understand the English Reformation, not as a middle way between Rome and the Reformation, but as a Reformation shaped with ears open to both the developing Reformed and Lutheran traditions on the European Continent. Taught by Dr. Ashley Null.
ONLINE DM872 The Epistle to the Hebrews: Exegesis and Theology
3 credits • January 12 – March 8 • ONLINE
A study of the Epistle to the Hebrews that focuses on its literary and canonical argument, drawing on the history of interpretation and considering its implications for Christian doctrine and ministry. In so doing, we consider a number of major issues in theology and ministry: the work of Christ, the relation of the Old and New Covenants, the objective and subjective aspects of the Christian life, suffering and perseverance, assurance, and the nature of faith. Taught by Dr. Michael Allen.
Spring 2015 Course Offerings
Master and Doctoral Level
DM918 Christ-Centered Preaching
3 credits • March 9 – 12 (*Note: four-day course) • Fort Lauderdale, FL
Moving from theory to practice, this course teaches the student how to read hearers, how to show the relevance of the text to them, how to structure a sermon or lesson for maximum effectiveness, what style to strive for, how best to illustrate, and how to tell Scriptural stories effectively. Taught by Dr. Bryan Chapell.
*This one-week intensive is for DMin students only.
*Master-level students can take AT502 Introduction to Homiletics with Dr. Chapell starting March 9, 2015, through Knox Online. See the schedule here.
ONLINE DM926 Using the History of Exegesis: Reading the Bible with the Dead
3 credits • March 9 -May 3 • ONLINE
We do not read the Bible alone. We read within the “communion of saints” and are reliant upon the Holy Spirit’s illumination of this biblical text throughout the centuries and around the globe. In this course, students learn how to make use of the exegetical resources frawn from church history. We familiarize ourselves with the interpretive work of the patristics, medieval, and Reformation eras, so that we can employ not only contemporary but also classical voices in our ongoing conversations about the Bible. We learn how to glean the strengths of the history of exegesis, while doing so critically and faithfully. Taught by Dr. Gerald Bray.
ONLINE DM936 The Book of Job: Exegesis and Theology
3 credits • March 9 – May 3 • ONLINE
Can God be trusted in the midst of our suffering? Although the book of Job offers its own response to this question, many in our day remain deeply dissatisfied with that response. While the reasons for this dissatisfaction are many, they are often linked to the assumption that the book was written to answer the question “why do the righteous suffer?” In its confrontation and engagement with the mystery of suffering in Job’s life, the book does not provide an answer to this question, but instead encourages its readers to find rest in the wisdom of God in the midst of suffering by raising the question “where shall wisdom be found?” This course seeks to introduce students to a ruled reading of the book of Job in light of its theological context, literary structure, and verbal profile. A critical discussion of the history of Job’s interpretation, both premodern (Gregory, Maimonides, Aquinas, Calvin) and modern (Kafka, Jung), will also form an essential part of the course. Various exegetical and historical issues raised by the book will be discussed, not merely for their own sake, but specifically with a view toward promoting a deeper understanding of the character of Job as Christian scripture. To that end, the book’s outlook on a number of theological and literary issues will be canvassed, for example, the contribution made by wisdom, providence and figuration for assessing Job’s message, as well as the literary and theological significance of conflict and reversal. Taught by Dr. Don Collett.
DM863 God at Work: The Reformation and Vocation
3 credits • March 16-20 • Fort Lauderdale, FL
Work is a hot topic. From blog posts and podcasts devoted to “work-life balance” and job satisfaction to the development of work place ethics, we are obsessed with work, especially inside the church, which is preoccupied with how our professional careers connect to God and His work. As the Internet and other media technologies change the very nature and meaning of work, a recovery of the Reformation understanding of vocation can offer important insights for making our way through an increasingly complex world in which “home,” “office,” “work,” and “leisure” are undergoing radical revision. But the Reformation understanding of vocation is not limited to work, to our jobs, our careers; it addresses how we understand our roles in the church, family, and community, encompassing all that we do and for whom we do it. This course will explore how all that we do has its origin in freedom, but not a freedom which we generate, but which we receive from God, through Christ, a freedom that is a call, to which we respond, in faith. Taught by Dr. Dan Siedell.
AT608 Ministry and the Church
3 credits • March 9 – 13 • Fort Lauderdale, FL
This class will explore the foundations of ministry in the church. Beginning with the call to ministry, the class will explore what gospel-centered ministry looks like in a post-Christian world. It will include discussion on the importance and development of a well-thought-out philosophy of ministry and resources on how to effectively minister in the stream of the Great Tradition. Taught by Dr. Steve Brown.
3 credits • March 16-19 (*Note: four-day course) • Fort Lauderdale, FL
This class is designed to motivate and equip pastors and worship leaders to develop worship ministries in the church that are biblical, God glorifying, full of reverence and joy, and formational in the life of God’s people, transforming them into people of gospel experience, action and mission. Students will gain a theological and biblical foundation for worship, as well as practical helps in planning and leading worship services that are excellent in quality, contextually relevant, transformational and balanced in joy and reverence. Taught by Dr. Bryan Chapell.
Summer 2015 Course Offerings
DM916 Scripture and Doctrine
3 credits • June 22-26 • Fort Lauderdale, FL
Doctrine begins and ends with scriptural interpretation. By working with and testing this basic thesis this course will commend an account of the relationship between scripture and doctrine in which doctrine is understood as a reading of scripture and as that which enables us to read scripture well. To consider this reciprocal relationship—theology flows from scripture and returns us to scripture as better readers—this course will explore the character and content of the Bible, the relationship between the Old and New Testament, the process and history of interpretation, and a number of case studies demonstrating the biblical basis for doctrinal formulations and, conversely, how doctrinal formulations can aid biblical interpretation. Throughout, attention will be given to the effectiveness and creativity of God’s word, indicating that ultimately it is not we who interpret scripture, but God who interprets us through his word. Taught by Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh.
DM868 Deuteronomy: Theology and Exegesis
3 credits • June 29 – July 3 • Fort Lauderdale, FL
A study of Deuteronomy that focuses on its literary and canonical argument, drawing on the history of interpretation and considering its implications for Christian doctrine and ministry. In so doing, we consider a number of major issues in theology and ministry: the people of God and the place (kingdom) of God, the importance of remembrance in the life of faith, the relation of the Old and New Covenants, the objective and subjective aspects of the Christian life, worship, social ethics, Christian formation, and the relationship of faith and obedience. Taught by Dr. Michael Allen.