It is the first and the shortest of the four Gospels, as most experts believe, and if you like getting right to the point, no other writer does it quite as well as St. Mark.
The Gospel of Mark is the account of Jesus’ life and ministry that most influenced the other three gospels. In this course we’ll learn:
Who was Mark?
To whom was Mark writing?
What are the main themes in Mark?
How should Mark be read?
This course is perfect for those who are new to the Gospel, as well as those looking for a refresher course.
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What are theological and practical roles of confirmation in the life of a young person and the Church? The way in which young people are being prepared for their life in the church apparently does not produce committed members; it has been estimated that at least 50% of those confirmed drop out of active church membership. Explore a brief history of confirmation, the faith development of adolescents, and a process for developing your own confirmation program (or using a published curriculum) that invites transformation and discipleship.
About the instructor: Sharon Ely Pearson is an editor and Christian Formation Specialist with Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI) with experience in Christian formation on the local, judicatory and church-wide level. Known for her knowledge of the variety of published curricula across the church, she has also had her hand in the birthing of several books including “Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People” (2012), “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Theologies of Confirmation for the 21st Century” (2014), “Marked for Mission: Youth in Action” (2014) and “Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: Challenging the Epidemic of Gun Violence” (2015). A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and a lifelong Episcopalian, she lives in Norwalk, Connecticut with her husband John, a 17.5 lb. cat named Shadow, and Chobe, a 2-year-old, tennis-ball-fetching, rescue black lab. They have two adult children, both teachers in the Hartford Public Schools.
The decline of Sunday School possibly creates the opportunity to go “back to the future” and create a significantly more holistic model of faith formation than the present age-segregated “drop off” model. What happens when you combine the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child in a creative caring conversation around issues of faith and life every week in church and most every night in most every home? Deuteronomy 6 (when you lie down and when you rise) combines with Acts 2 (they met in homes and in temple) in a new experiment of Cross+Generational Faith Formation with Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim.
About the instructor: Dr. Rich Melheim is an ordained Lutheran pastor with a BA in Journalism, an M.Div. in Theology, and a DMIN in Semiotics and the Future. Rich has invested his ministry in creating education systems that pull parents into the core of children, youth and family systems “every night in every home.” He is the founder and initiating force behind Faith Inkubators, FAITH5, and The Cross+Gen Movement. He is the author of two dozen books including “Let’s Kill Sunday School Volumes 1 and 2,” and “Holding Your Family Together.”
This on-demand webinar will provide participants a step-by-step process in effective grant writing and techniques for creating a narrative budget. Participants will explore religious and secular funding sources for congregational programs. Sample grants will be provided at the participants’ request.
About the instructor: The Rev. Daniel Velez Rivera is passionate about establishing faith communities with and for all people. His vocational ministry includes integrating Latinos into the Episcopal Church, church planting, and redeveloping congregations. He is the Vicar of Saint Gabriel’s ~ San Gabriel Episcopal Church, a dual language (English-Spanish), multigenerational and multiethnic congregation in Leesburg, VA (Diocese of Virginia).
The “problem of evil” is one of the oldest and most fundamental concerns of human existence. Since ancient times, questions surrounding evil have preoccupied every major religion, as well as many of history’s greatest secular thinkers, from early philosophers to contemporary social theorists.
Whether we view it in theological, philosophical, or psychological terms, evil remains both a deeply intriguing question and a crucially relevant global issue.
In the online course – Why Evil Exists – award-winning Professor Charles Mathewes of the University of Virginia offers you a richly provocative and revealing encounter with the question of human evil—a dynamic inquiry into Western civilization’s greatest thinking and insight on this critical subject.
Covering nearly 5,000 years of human history and invoking the perspectives of many of the West’s most brilliant minds, Why Evil Exists probes intimately into how human beings have conceived of evil, grappled with it, and worked to oppose it.
With Professor Mathewes’s inspired guidance, you engage with how both individual thinkers and larger trends of thought have faced evil, studying the work of major theologians, philosophers, poets, political theorists, novelists, psychologists, and journalists. 36 lectures offer you the unique chance to approach the subject of evil through numerous lenses and to refine your view of this central question of human life, giving you a broad and deep resource for your own thought and action.
The early Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth was God completely changed the course of Western civilization. In fact, without the Christian declaration of Jesus as God, Western history as we know it would have never happened.
If Jesus had not been declared God, his followers would have remained a sect within Judaism, and the massive conversion of Gentiles, the Roman adoption of Christianity, and the subsequent unfolding of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and modernity would never have taken place. For that reason, the question of how Jesus became God is one of the most significant historical questions of Western civilization.
A distinguished scholar of Christianity and New York Times best-selling author, Professor Ehrman reveals that the theological understanding of Jesus as God came about through a complex series of factors and events, each of which must be understood in order to grasp this most extraordinary and historically pivotal story.
Practical resources for media ministry or digital ministry abound, but in exploring Internet-mediated communication for ministry, we face a more fundamental question: What is the theological foundation for engaging in ministry in the digital realm? How might we articulate a solid theological foundation for ministry that serves us for proclaiming the Good News in a digital age? Dr. Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, professor of Liturgy, Catechesis, and Evangelization, discusses the use of various media in the Christian tradition for communicating faith.
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As a Lay Speaker/Servant/Leader you may find yourself the one leading prayer in worship services, as well as in other settings. It is vital then that you are knowledgeable and lead well. This course may challenge some of your assumptions, test some of your preconceived ideas, stretch your thinking and enrich your prayer life. It will, at the very least, present you with an opportunity to grow in the discipline of leading prayer. The primary objective for this course is to enable the Lay Speaker to effectively prepare and lead various prayer forms, primarily in worship settings.
This online course follows the required text, Let the Whole Church Say Amen! by Laurence Hull Stookey (Abingdon Press, 2001).
This online course addresses three areas of analysis: 1) film representations of established religions; 2) film and the construction of social values; and 3) film as contemporary “myth.” Treating films as social texts, this course asks what such representations of ourselves to ourselves suggest about culture in general.
What is religion? What is Hip Hop? Are they the same thing? Do they overlap? In this online course you’ll get a sense of how some individuals answer these questions, and you’ll get the tools you need to explore these questions for yourselves.
This online course starts with some basic assumptions, the most important being a willingness to think about Hip Hop and religion as cultures that wrestle with the huge questions of our existence: Who are we? Why are we? Where are we? You will also need to be open to the possibility of Hip Hop as a language through which these complex and religious questions are presented, explored, and interpreted.
As this course unfolds, you’ll look closely into the relationship between Hip Hop culture and religion. It explores the ways in which Hip Hop culture discusses and provides life meaning in complex ways through (1) a discussion of the history and content of rap music; (2) an examination of religion in rap music; (3) an exploration of the religious sensibilities of rap artists; and (4) a discussion of the implications of the connection between rap and religion.
All is this is accomplished through a unique mix of videos, readings, music, images, stories and behind-the scenes insider perspectives.