Interterm course descriptions at AMBS
Hybrid courses begin December 16 and end March 1.
They meet on campus January 13-18.
Cultural Hermeneutics (Hybrid) CHM610H
Biennial — Three hours — Andy Brubacher Kaethler
A missional church needs to be able to read and interpret the cultural contexts in which it lives and shares the Gospel message. This course will place cultural hermeneutics in context with, but distinct from, biblical and theological hermeneutics. It will focus primarily on late-modern and postmodern Western culture with special attention to themes such as spectacle and desire, but in doing so will draw on some early church and non-Western resources.
Isaiah (Hybrid) BIB533H
Biennial — Three hours — Ben Ollenburger
The English text of the entire book will be read and studied with a view to its theological coherence and its relation to both diverse historical circumstances and the rest of Scripture. Individual texts will be studied in detail, with an interpretive approach appropriate to both theological reflection and preaching. Particular attention will be given to Isaiah’s creative use of Zion as a symbol of judgment, hope, and transformation.
Campus courses meet January 6 through 24.
Christian Theology 2 HTE528
Annual — Three hours — Gayle Gerber Koontz
The course will examine how Christians have understood the experience and role of the Holy Spirit in relation to tradition; the nature, purpose, and practices of the church inducing a missional understanding of the church in relation to the world, and eschatology—convictions about the destiny of human life and the world in which it is embedded. Prerequisite: Christian Theology 1 or equivalent.
Christian Spirituality for Peace- and Justice-making HTE652
Biennial — Three hours — Ted Koontz
Cross-listed with CHM508
This course assumes an intrinsic and positive relationship between spirituality and active peacemaking. This relationship will be explored through encounters with people who have connected spirituality with social engagement, through theological reflection and discussion, and through the practice of spiritual disciplines.
Celebrating the Christian Year CHM514
Biennial — Two hours — Allan Rudy-Froese
With the story of Jesus as the center of the Christian year, this course explores ways in which congregational worship can more fully express and celebrate the good news of our faith. A particular focus is the seasons of Advent–Christmas–Epiphany, Lent and Holy Week, and Easter to Pentecost. Along with elements of worship such as Scripture, prayer, and preaching, the role of the arts in worship is emphasized.
Theological Education and Formation INT500
One-half hour — Faculty
Students who plan to apply for admissions to the MDiv degree program and advancement to candidacy in MA programs are required to enroll in this seminar. The course introduces students to the theological and spiritual formation aspects of the AMBS curriculum and the educational community.