WMN205 – A Life Worthy of the Gospel
Course Dates: August 14 – September 25, 2017
How do Christians think and act faithfully in a complex and often ambiguous world? What models from Scripture and Church history might help us to live “lives worthy of the Gospel” in the 21st century? This eloquent, challenging and inspiring six-week introduction to Christian ethics avoids pat answers and simplistic lists of do’s and don’t’s . The course includes weekly video lectures by Dr. Sondra Wheeler, professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Dr. Wheeler focuses on the formation of Christian character, citing helpful examples both from Scripture and from Church history. She concludes with a test case: the issue of money and consumption. What would Paul, Augustine, Luther and Wesley say to modern Christians about their use of resources?
1. Introduction: A Christian Way of Living?
Four Models for Christian Ethics:
2. Scripture: The Story that Forms Us
3. Augustine: Ordering Our Loves
4. Luther: The Spirit of Christian Life
5. Wesley: Transforming Grace
6. Conclusion: Learning from Our Traditions — A Test Case
1.5 CEUs are available.
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Michael was born and raised near the muddy banks of the Arkansas River in Kansas. Currently working on a PhD (Intercultural Studies) from Fuller Seminary, he has completed prior work in theology at Friends University (B.A.), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.A.), and Trinity International University (Th.M). His current research concerns Christian identity as it regards Christianity’s new, global pluralism. Michael splits his time between study, many hobbies, and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and two girls. Additionally, he serves as an Affiliate Professor with Southwestern College Professional Studies, and leads many of the Wesley Lay Academy classes on BeADisciple.