Vision and Goals

I believe God sees this course as a fellowship. We are a team brought together for a season of growth through mutual training, challenge, equipping, and discipline. All these serve the ends that every participant gain an opportunity to join the ongoing conversation that is formal Christian theology and attain new and lasting appreciation for disciplined thinking in the Christian tradition, and that every participating follower of Jesus gain new and lasting skill in the Church's practices of theological reflection as they serve the goals of the Kingdom of God. More specifically, the course intends its participants:

  • To gain an understanding of the historical teachings and practices of Christian traditions.
  • To learn the social and ideological contexts of those teachings and practices.
  • To appreciate the variety, stability, and core consistency of Christian traditions.
  • To weigh the visions of various Christian communities of what constitutes the one true Church of Jesus Christ.
  • To strengthen our academic discipline, particularly regarding good writing, listening, and critical reading.
  • To become actively and personally engaged with the discipline of faithful Christian theological enquiry.

I describe the general goals of all my courses in my rules of the game.

Rules of the Game
A Few (Strong) Suggestions on Essay Writing
Pointers for Presentations
Peer Review Guidelines
Review Form (PDF)