New Testament Studies - From Christopher's Teachings
This papers come from a variety of papers and lectures that Christopher has presented. Ideal for further study .
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
New Class Notes - A Class on Calling
This past Fall I taught a new class at First Presbyterian of Colorado Springs. For the first time in my life I taught on “Calling.” As I studied I found that callings in the Bible can fall into five different types:
1) General Calling to all of God’s People of Transformation
2) General Calling to all of God’s People of Being a Blessing
3) Specific Callings of religious vocation, or serving to and for the people of God
4) Specific Callings of a short-term nature
5) Specific Callings to the world and life beyond “church”
These notes are different than my previous ones. They are more interactive and less didactic. Hope they are blessing to you.
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Monday, July 30, 2007
An Old Paper - The Kingdom of God
Back in 1998 I decided to do what essentially became my Master’s thesis. Thanks to the guidance of Dr. Darrell Guder, who is a brilliant missional theologian, I wrote the following paper focused on a) understanding what we mean by the Kingdom of God b) seeing if that is the correct template to understand success for our mission’s projects and c) which authors get closest to the Kingdom in their mission theology.
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Monday, January 15, 2007
New Class - The Letters of John
This winter at First Presbyterian Church (Colorado Springs, CO) I am teaching a class on the letters of John, with obvious focus on 1 John. Last week was the first night of class, with class continuing until the beginning of Lent. Below find all the handouts and other materials from the class.
Week 1 - 1 John 1 - Handout Letters_of_John_-_Week_1.doc
Week 2 - 1 John 2 - Handout Letters_of_John_-_Week_2.doc
Week 3 - 1 John 3 - Handout Letters_of_John_-_Week_3.doc
Week 4 - 1 John 4 - Handout Letters_of_John_-_Week_4.doc
Week 5 - 1 John 5
Week 6 - The rest of John’s letters and his theology
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Wednesday, May 03, 2006
The Book of Galatians
Well, just finished up my last handout for my class on Galatians. I have fallen in love with the book, which happens everytime I teach on one of the books of the Bible.
Now I know why Martin Luther called Galatians “my own book.” This little (it takes less than 15 minutes to read) book tucked in after the New Testament behemoths Acts, Romans and 1&2 Corinthians has a lot tucked into it. There is more on the meaning of the cross, the balance between law and Cross, and the role of the Spirit in this little Epistle than you shake the proverbial stick at. Hope you find my handout useful!
Week 1 - Galatians 1 to 2:10 Galatians_Week_1.doc
Week 2 - Galatians 2:11 to 3:29 Galatians_Week_2.doc
Week 3 - Galatians 4:1 to 5:15 Galatians_Week_3.doc
Week 4 - Galatians 5:16 to 6:18 Galatians_Week_4.doc
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Teaching on Theological Issues - Tackling Tough Question
In January 2006 Quinn Fox (PhD from Vanderbilt and our Pastor of Adult Ed) and I taught a little course on some of the touch questions of our faith. The following are the handouts from that class:
You may not find these answers to be helpful, or correct, but here is Quinn and my take on:
Week 1 - The Trinity week1_-_The_Trinity.pdfweek1_-_The_Trinity.pdf
Week 2 - Outline on Election, PreDestination and Free Will (Quinn’s notes) week2_-_Predestination.pdf
Week 3 - The Problem of Evil week3_-_The_Problem_of_Evil.pdf
Week 4 - Angels, Deamons and the Relgion vs. Scienceweek4_-_Angels_Deamons_and_Other.pdf
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Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Notes on A Fresh Perspective on Paul
My latest class at First Presbyterian Church was on Paul. Bishop Dr. Tom Wright, the greatest living New Testament theologian, just published a new volume called, “Fresh Perspectives on Paul.” Using some of his ideas and some of my own, I taught five weeks on the topic.
Week 1 is Paul and Egalitarian Humanity
Week 2 is Paul and a new understanding of God
Week 3 is Paul and Creation and Covenant
Week 4 is Paul and Life after Life after Death (the topic of Bishop Wright’s Didsbury Lectures in 2005)
Week 5 is Paul and LALAD Week2
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Monday, April 18, 2005
Becoming Truly Human - Springs 2005 GTW Handouts
On the following pages you will find handouts from my class I am teaching at First Presbyterian Church (Colorado Springs) at the Wednesday night teaching program.
The following documents are my handouts from the appropriate weeks of the topics I have
covered in the class: Becoming Truly Human: Transformation into Christlikeness. This is a smaller presentation of the material that forms the backbone of my PhD thesis,
Becoming Truly Human: Sanctification and the Relational God in the work of Wolfhart Pannenberg. Please contact me if you have any questions
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Tuesday, February 01, 2005
The Parables of Jesus
I taught the following course at First Presbyterian Church during their evening educational program called Getting Together Wednesdays (GTW) during November of 2004. This course covered the parables of Jesus in the four Gospels. However, what is covered in this course is not just limited to the traditional spoken parables.
Week 1 focused on the four gospels and their differences and similiarities. In each of the four gospels, I focused on parables that were unique to each gospel and in general, ones that are not normally focused on (including what I called enacted pararbles - actions of Jesus that serve as parables - ways of communicating deeper truth).
Week 2 - The Parables of the Gospel of Matthew
Week 3 - The Parables of the Gospel of Mark
Week 4 - The Parables of the Gosepl of John
Week 5 - The Parables of the Surprising Kingdom of God in the Gospel of Luke
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Friday, November 19, 2004
Theology of the Gospel of Luke
The following is a paper that I wrote for my Gospel class in Seminary. When reading the Gospel of Luke, I think you have to come to it with the idea
that the Gospel of God is an upside down reality.
This paper is a companion to the presentation handout on the parable of the Gospel of Luke.
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