ID Title Professor
BSG 5501 COL
Engaging Texts & Contexts
M: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Byron
Engaging Texts & Contexts Download Syllabus Monday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to a three-fold framework for biblical interpretation involving the investigation of the "world in front of the text" (between the text's composition and us as readers), the "world within the text" (the close reading of the text itself), and the "world behind the text" (the environment and situation that contributes to the occasion and shaping of the text, and therefore its contextual interpretation). The applicability of this model also to the literature and contexts of other curricular areas will also be demonstrated.

John Byron, PhD jbyron@ashland.edu 419-289-5722
CTH 5520 COL
Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God
T: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Swope
Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God Download Syllabus Tuesday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This course addresses the traditional topics of systematic theology as a narrative of salvation history. It is designed to equip students with a comprehensive and coherent theological framework for engaging in life and ministry in light of the present and future reign of God.

John Swope, PhD jswope@ashland.edu 419-289-5772
HOM 5511 COL
Proclaiming the Word of God
M: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Thompson
Proclaiming the Word of God Download Syllabus Monday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This is the foundational course on preaching. It is concerned with both the construction and delivery of sermons. It involves the important relationship that preaching has with exegesis, theology, and hermeneutics. Special attention is given to the practice of expository preaching as well as the formation of a spiritual life necessary to vitalize and sustain preaching throughout one's ministry. The creative dimensions of sermon-making such as rhetorical device and illustration will receive attention. Each student will preach in this course.

Michael B. Thompson mthomps5@ashland.edu 419-289-5707
MSS 5501 COL
Kingdom Mission in a Global Community
Th: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Payne
Kingdom Mission in a Global Community Download Syllabus Thursday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This course presents the mission of God (mission Dei) and lays biblical, theological, and practical foundations for its conceptualization. It also exposes students to the worldwide context as it explores issues related to Christian missions, the intersection of Christianity and world religions, and the global church.

William P. Payne, PhD wpayne@ashland.edu 419-289-5865
PCC 5530 COL
Pastoral Counseling & Care
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Thompson
Pastoral Counseling & Care Download Syllabus Dates: September 15/16; October 6/7; November 10/11
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the historic practices of pastoral care and counseling as set forth both in scripture and in church history. Pastoral care will be viewed as involving interactions with individuals and groups of people needing pastoral care; equipping the people of Christ to care for one another; and helping the local church embrace its responsibility to the surrounding community and the wider world. This course will also explore preliminary intervention in pastoral counseling, helping students to practice basic counseling skills and mobilize lay people in the local church to engage in a broad range of care giving ministries. (Ministry Cohort Course)

Michael B. Thompson mthomps5@ashland.edu 419-289-5707
SPF 5541 COL
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Buckwell
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines Download Syllabus Dates: September 8/9; October 6/7; November 3/4
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Columbus
2 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation, drawing upon the models of Dallas Willard and Robert Mulholland. It explores spiritual growth as directed by the Holy Spirit through classical disciplines, both personal and communal, of the Christian tradition. Students will have the opportunity to practice particular spiritual disciplines for growth in personal and social holiness. Students have the option of taking this course for a grade or as pass/fail. Students must make this determination at the beginning of the course and may not change after the course has begun.

Brenda Buckwell, Obl. OSB brenda@livingstreamsflowingwater.com 614-517-8115