Interterm courses at AMBS

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Hybrid Courses — Interterm 2016

Hybrid courses begin December 14 and end March 4.
They meet on campus January 11-16, 2016, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

Greek Exegesis: The Parables  BIB612H

Three hours – Mary Schertz
A study of the parables of Matthew, Mark, and Luke that will (1) increase skills in exegesis, (2) provide a set of notes for use in ministry, and (3) develop an understanding of the function of the parables in the gospels. Those interested in imaginative language and the questions of how stories invite Christian conversion and growth will want to take this course.

Isaiah  BIB533H

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.

History of Christian Spirituality  HTE605H

Three hours – Lois Barrett
An introduction to the Christian experience of God through representative figures and movements, in private devotion and public worship, from the post-apostolic era to the present. The focus will be primarily on the churches of the West. Themes covered will include prayer, contemplation, confession, and discipleship. Movements covered include monasticism, late medieval women’s writings, and pietism.

Cultural Hermeneutics  CHM610H

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.

Spirituality, Pastoral Care, and Healing  CHM638H

Two hours – Tilda Norberg
This course considers spirituality, pastoral counseling, and the church’s ministry of healing as disciplines of pastoral care. It examines and correlates the focus and function of spiritual formation with that of pastoral care and counseling, and explores their place in the church’s concern for healing. Particular attention is given to prayer and rituals related to healing in the church.

Campus Courses — Interterm 2016

Campus courses meet January 4 through 22.

Ethics for Organizations  HTE542

Three hours — Malinda Berry


Strategic Peacebuilding  HTE545

Three hours — Janna Hunter-Bowman

Touring Egypt: History, Culture and Theology

Three hours — Safwat Marzouk
This traveling course will take the students on a tour along the Nile where Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, Islamic, and contemporary cultures interweave to create a complex socioreligious fabric. The primary goals will include 1) exploring the role Egypt played in different biblical traditions; 2) history of Christianity and Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in Egypt; 3) the church’s witness in light of contemporary sociopolitical challenges. The course will involve orientation work prior to the trip to Egypt, a two-week trip to Egypt, and a time for reflection after returning to AMBS. The rich encounters with Egypt’s history and the inspiring relations with contemporary communities will transform the way you think about the Bible, theology, and the church’s witness. And yes, we will also visit the pyramids and ride on camels! Download a flier for more details.

AMBS-Kansas Center Courses — Interterm 2016

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Mennonite Polity Colloquium  GP:CHM536

One hour — TBA
This colloquium focuses on the structure, organizations, governance, foundational documents, vision and goals, decision-making processes, leadership, and identity markers of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. Special attention will be given to the integration process (1995–2001) and recent developments, as well as to the relationship of area conferences and churches to the denominations.