This is the first of two courses examining the history of the Christian church.  Beginning with the Acts of the Apostles, this course provides a detailed study of key figures and their role in the development of Christian orthodoxy with specific attention paid to various issues including: orthodoxy and heresy; the social, political and theological context of the early church; doctrinal developments such as that of the Trinity and Christology; and church practice.  Students gain familiarity with these eras through a combination of video lectures, historical surveys and primary source texts from a wide array of early church fathers

This course explores the founding and re-founding of the American Republic. Consideration is also given to the divergent European visions that have challenged the Republic up to the present time. There will be directed readings of The Federalist Papers of Madison, Hamilton, and Jay; the speeches of Lincoln; The Gay Science, Beyond Good and Evil, Genealogy of Morals, and Twilight of the Idols of Nietzsche; and the Brothers Karamazov of Dostoevsky.

A survey of God’s saving self-revelation in Jesus Christ through the New Testament Epistles and Revelation. The course will emphasize biblical content, knowledge of the historical and religious contexts of the New Testament, and acquaintance with the basic concepts of New Testament theology.

This course examines the life and work of C.S. Lewis as a catalyst for deepening and enhancing Christian ministry in engagement with our culture. The goal is not only a better knowledge of C.S. Lewis and his influence, but also to use Lewis as a test case for better declaring and demonstrating the gospel of Jesus Christ. Readings will cover Lewis’s life story, his apologetic works, his devotional literature, occasional essays and addresses, as well as his fiction. Topics of discussion will include evangelism, apologetics, preaching and communication, cultural engagement, and the use of the imagination.

This course will explore the theology and philosophy of Christian worship, particularly from a Reformational perspective, with an eye toward practical implications for worship in the twenty-first century. Its aim is to provide existing and future pastors, worship leaders, and other church leaders with the necessary foundational anchors for future biblical reflection and application in their own local worship context.


This course is based on a D.Min. residential course at Knox Theological Seminary that was taught by Terry Gyger.  Terry Gyger is the Founder of Redeemer City to City and the Executive Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He has planted churches in Miami, Atlanta, and Cambridge, as was the Coordinator of Missions to North America in the PCA. Rev. Gyger is also the Founder and Director of Men in Action. This course blends these valuable life experiences with a study of the biblical and contextual principles that guide the planting of gospel churches in urban centers. The principle aim of this course is to engender deep theological reflection, sensitive cultural exegesis and examine practical applications of church planting so that the churches we plant will enable cities to flourish under the gospel.

Scripture is central to ministry, and yet questions concerning the formation of the canon of scripture and its legitimacy are becoming more and more common. As Christians who are called to declare and demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is imperative that we understand how the church received the various texts of scripture in the first place. This course examines the history and theology behind the early stages of the development of the canon of scripture by means of a detailed study of the formation of the canon (especially the NT texts) within the context of the development of orthodoxy in the early church. Central focal points of this course include key texts, figures, historical events, and the role each played in the discussions and development of textual authority. Specific attention is paid to the issues of textual and manuscript concerns and questions, orthodoxy and heresy, extra-canonical literature, and questions of inter-textual compatibility and biblical interpretation. The aim of this course is to provide students with an informed perspective from which they may engage in ministerial and cultural questions about the history, theology, and authority of scripture. In addition to course lectures students will engage with historical surveys, and primary source texts from an array of early ‘orthodox’ and ‘heretical’ writers.

 

This course is divided into two parts, each occupying 4 Modules. Part 1 will look at modern estimations of the formation of the canon and competing documents that were not included. Part 2 will look at the integrity, formation, and manuscript issues relating to the canon in the early church.