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The Certificate in the Art of Theology pushes students beyond a “Sunday-School” understanding of God and His Word. It pushes past the regurgitation of memorized doctrines, the hoarding of answers to everyone’s questions. Instead, it focuses on a real sincere engagement of the issues, an engagement that is relevant for today and faithful to the intent of the God’s Word. It is an engagement that is more bent on searching for better questions than settling for simple solutions. It is an art, not a science.
Come and join the search this Fall.
(THS 671 – God Who Creates, Sustains & Redeems)
A study of the Bible’s story of creation, fall, and redemption. This course begins with the existence and nature of God, especially focusing on God’s action in creation and providence. Discussion then moves to the nature of human beings as creatures and sinners, culminating in a consideration of the person of God the Redeemer.
(THS 672 – Redemption Applied & Consummated)
A study which continues to unfold the Bible’s story of creation, fall, and redemption. Special attention will be given to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ as well as the person and work of the Holy Spirit and the application of Christ’s work to the believer by the Holy Spirit. The course concludes with a study of last things in relation to individuals and future things.
(THS 571 – Believers Church Theology)
This course introduces the student to Believers’ Church theology. It begins with a study of the nature and necessity of doing theology in the contemporary world with primary attention given to the authority of God’s self-disclosure in Scripture, as well as discussions regarding hermeneutical issues from within a Believers’ Church perspective. The subject matter then concludes with a consideration of the nature, ministry, and mission of the church in the world.
(THS 680 – Christianity and Culture)
This course is designed to help students understand the ongoing relationship between Christianity and culture, and how cultural awareness along with critical skills for critiquing culture from a Christian perspective enhances ministry and leadership effectiveness both in the church and within society at large. The course seeks to lay biblical, theological and historical foundations for Christian understandings of culture, while also facilitating practical exploration of specific spheres of Christian involvement in culture.
Director | Brian Cooper
Brian has been married to Connie since 1994, and they have three children: Lauren (deceased), Nicole (age 10), and Austin (age 8). His hobbies are roasting and brewing coffee, mechanical pocket watches, and fountain pens. For exercise, he enjoys cycling, exercising on his cross-country ski trainer, and playing softball and hockey. Brian is also a bit of a car nut and backyard mechanic.
Every Christian is a theologian. Brian’s passion is to help believers do theology well and to understand how to engage cultural issues, theological and historical texts, and Scripture deeply in order to meaningfully bring Kingdom values to bear on their context and impact their world for Jesus Christ.