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«2015 – 2016 CALVIN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Academic Catalog 3233 Burton Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Phone 800.388.6034 | Fax 616.957.6101 © ...»

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672 Church and Mission in the An integrative course that enables the student to demonstrate an understanding of the Five Marks of Mission by applying them in two case 21st Century studies; investigate historical factors and new directions for mission in and from five continents; and discuss issues in church and mission such as migration, Islam, and translation and orality, in global/local contexts in the 21st century.

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683 Human Suffering and Pastoral Engages the spiritual struggle to embrace the realities of human suffering and the loving nature of God through a variety of theological Care perspectives from classical and popular texts.

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684 Pastoral Care As Dying and Introduces the classical understanding of pastoral care, guides students in engaging in pastoral care as soul care and nurturing of disciples, Rising with Christ addresses care of people in crisis situations, and presents creative ways to encourage individual and communal practice of spiritual disciplines.

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690 Theology and Practice of Studies the theology and practice of pastoral ministry to creatively and critically engaging changing views of the church and its ministry in Pastoral Ministry contemporary culture, and enhance the practice of pastoral ministry.

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712 Theological Education as Introduces all parts of seminary life as interrelated and formative for ministry, and examines the process of spiritual formation by illustrating Formation for Ministry habits developed through theological education and how they are critical for ministry.

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717 Digital Bible Tools Provides instruction in the use of electronic Bible tools.

718 Christian Engagement with Introduces the global engagement of the Christian faith with major world religions, worldviews, and forms of spirituality, framed by a biblicalWorld Religions Reformed theology and philosophy of religion that examines religious experience, tradition and practice in the light of general and scriptural revelation, and a commitment to the universal common humanity of God’s image bearers.

731 Foundations in Ministry: Introduces the biblical and sociological principles that guide organization and management of ministries and examines equipping others for Fostering Intergenerational ministry; exploring how people, communities and organizations change; the dynamics of staff ministry; the life-cycle of ministry; spiritual Communities assessment of the ministry setting; and leadership that encourages a healthy intergenerational environment.

732 Capstone (M.A.): Integrative Reviews seminary studies to see how each area of study contributes to an integrated theological vision for ministry, and develops an eProject portfolio to document student learning.

751 Mentoring Groups: Faith Story Assists students in sharing faith stories and provides opportunity to help each other cultivate a healthy rhythm of life to sustain them in and Spiritual Disciplines ministry. In mentoring groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.

752 Mentoring Groups (M.Div.): Focusing on area 2 of the curriculum—maturing in pastoral identity–students reflect on the intersection of their call to ministry and personal Person and interpersonal strengths and weaknesses with ministry practices. In mentoring groups, students and a faculty mentor help one another to be formed for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.

753 Mentoring Groups (M.Div.): Focusing on area 3 of the curriculum—discerning and engaging ministry contexts—students reflect on their cross-cultural internship Context experiences. In mentoring groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.

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755 Mentoring Groups (M.Div.): Focusing on area 4 of the curriculum—forming communities of disciples—students reflect on their congregation-based internship and serviceGoal I learning experiences. In mentoring groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual

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756 Mentoring Groups (M.Div.): Focusing on area 4 of the curriculum—forming communities of disciples–-students reflect on their congregation-based internship and serviceGoal II learning experiences. In mentoring groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.

760 Internship (M.Div.): Cross- Explores the contextual nature of ministry in a 5 week (200 hour) cross-cultural internship, usually completed in the summer after the first year Cultural of seminary.

761 Pastoral Ministry Internship Provides a leadership experience with a congregation for deepening pastoral identity and developing ministry practices in a 10 week (400 hour) internship, usually completed in the summer after the second year of seminary.

765 MTS Mentored Ministry Group With 766, this two-part, year-long course promotes a firm foundation of personal piety for seminary and post-seminary life through study and development of the spiritual disciplines and theological reflection on students’ faith, calling, and vocation. Particular focus will be given to integration and real-world application of seminary education.





766 MTS Mentored Ministry Group With 765, this two-part, year-long course promotes a firm foundation of personal piety for seminary and post-seminary life through study and development of the spiritual disciplines and theological reflection on students’ faith, calling, and vocation. Particular focus will be given to integration and real-world application of seminary education.

767 MTS Mentored Ministry With 768, this two-part, year-long course integrates lessons in personal piety, theology, and vocation through guided review of seminary core Group, Year Two courses and extended discussion is preparation for post-seminary ministry and the oral comprehensive exam. Particular focus will be given to strengthening the vital connection between theological concepts and the Biblical text and the real world application of seminary education.

768 MTS Mentored Ministry Group With 767, this two-part, year-long course integrates lessons in personal piety, theology, and vocation through guided review of seminary core courses and extended discussion is preparation for post-seminary ministry and the oral comprehensive exam. Particular focus will be given to strengthening the vital connection between theological concepts and the Biblical text and the real world application of seminary education.

771 Capstone (M.Div.): Integrative Prepares students for ordination exams and equips them to integrate wisdom, practices and insights from each area of the seminary Seminar curriculum through case studies from ministry settings.

775 Leadership in Ministry 773 Christian Reformed Church Prepares students for effective leadership and ministry in the CRC by introducing principles and structures of CRC polity and exploring case Polity studies in church governance and administration, with reference to Church Order and the Synodical Regulations

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781 Mentoring Groups (M.A.): Students develop and demonstrate a capacity to reflect on and discern ministry contexts and the ways in which theology and practices are Context shaped by and respond to their historical and cultural contexts.

782 Mentoring Groups (M.A.): Students develop in the practice of theological reflection together and demonstrate the capacity to integrate biblical, theological, and pastoral Message reflection with all ministry practices.

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809 Seminar in OT Biblical Studies selected exegetical, biblical-theological, hermeneutical or linguistic issues arising out of scholarly studies of the Old and New Theology Testaments such as issues. Specific topics announced by the Biblical Department.

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813 Comparative Semitic Equips students with fundamental tools and skills to undertake fruitful research in Semitic languages by introducing them to general Semitic Grammar phonology, morphology, and syntax in the light of historical and comparative linguistics.

814 Ancient Near Eastern and Examines Sumerian, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Hittite legal materials, in translation, with a view toward how specific laws of these cultures Biblical Law compare with analogous biblical laws from sociological and theological perspectives.

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816 The Ugaritic Language Introduces the study of Ugaritic, including noun formation, verbal system, syntax, and the reading of Ugaritic texts in transliteration.

826 Readings in Biblical Theology This course introduces students to the biblical theology of the desert with a focus on its theological function and purpose in the Pentateuch.

and Habit of Desert The goal is to develop an awareness of the desert as the fundamental geography of the people of God of the Old and New Testaments.

827 Readings in the Biblical This course examines the biblical theological theme of divine presence as developed in Genesis through Kings, with forays into other OT Theology of Presence literature and also the NT. Readings include Samuel Terrien’s, The Elusive Presence.

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846 Puritanism and Orthodoxy Examines post-Reformation theological developments, emphasizing English Puritanism and the scholastic systems of Calvinism and Lutheranism in the late sixteenth and seventeenth Century.

847 The Life and Thought of Studies the thought of Augustine as related to his life and work, emphasizing the place of Augustine in the development of Christian doctrine.

Augustine 848 The Divine Decrees in 16th An examination of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Reformed doctrine of the divine decree of predestination and providence as and 17th Century Reformed developed in the thought of such writers as John Calvin, Theodore Beza, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Zacharias Ursinus, Amandus Polanus, John Thought Owen, and Francis Turretin.

849 The Reformed Dogmatics of 1st of a sequence covering the Reformed theology in Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics. Topics: metaphysical foundations of theology Herman Bavinck I including the relation of Christian truth to universal human experience, doctrines of God, creation, humanity, and Christ 850 The Reformed Dogmatics of 2nd of a sequence covering the Reformed theology in Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics. Topics: metaphysical foundations of theology Herman Bavinck II including the relation of Christian truth to universal human experience, doctrines of God, creation, humanity, and Christ.

851 Theology of John Calvin An introduction to the thought of John Calvin and his influence on the Reformed tradition. The primary emphasis is on the reading and analysis of designated topics in Calvin's Institutes with selections from his other writings.

852 Medieval Theology A study of major themes in Christian doctrine and philosophy as developed by the great medieval doctors from the twelfth to the fourteenth century, with special attention to thinkers such as Anselm, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Siger of Brabant, Scotus, and Occam.

853 Learning Preaching Through After identifying biblical essentials for sermon development, the course will analyze how those essential have shaped sermons in a variety of Preaching History styles from scripture to the present.

855 Readings in Bavinck's Volumes 1 and 2 of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics serve as the basis for a series of assignments in reading and analysis. Students Reformed Dogmatics 1 will practice discerning the main thesis of a chapter, determining how Bavinck constructs his argument for the main and subordinate themes,

and reflect on how the chapter fits in the larger context and structure of Bavinck’s thought.

867 Theology of Jonathan Introduces the life, thought, and significance of America’s greatest theologian, with special attention to Edwards’s formative role in shaping a Edwards distinctive American theology and spirituality.

868 Theology of Dutch Neo- Examines key themes in the theology and ethics of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck, and considers their nineteenth-century Calvinism background and influence on subsequent twentieth-century Reformed theology in the Netherlands and North America.

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870 The Thought of Aquinas Considers Thomas Aquinas’ theology, philosophy and ethics as presented in sections of Summa Theologica; including topics of revelation and reason, God’s nature and relation to creation, human nature, knowledge, law and the virtues, sin, salvation, and final blessedness.

871 The Biblical Theology of Studies the divine presence in the Primary History (Genesis-Kings), and its relationship to wisdom literature and the theology of the covenant.

Presence 872 Theology of Worship and the Studies Reformed theological writings on corporate worship and the sacraments and examines how their enduring themes are reflected in Sacraments worship practices today.

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873 Ecumenical Creeds and Introduction to the Apostle's, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds with attention to the purpose and structure of creeds in history. An examination Reformed Confessions of the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Contemporary Testimony and the Belhar Confession.

874 History of Christian Worship Studies Christian worship practices in each major period in church history.

875 Theological Biographies Studies important theologians in the Christian tradition through the best available biographies and selective primary readings.

880 Readings in Church and This course is a close study of selected classical texts in the history of Christian social ethics for the apostolic era to the present.



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