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Well, I finished up teaching and grading my Life of Jesus course at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary sometime in January. I really enjoyed the community of learners and the course content. In particular the class discussions were a blast. Since then I have been working full-time to finish up the last set of edits on my doctoral thesis. I’m nearly done with the thesis and am hoping to submit it and send it to the printer sometime in mid-April.

I just found out that I’ll be teaching a course this summer quite related to my thesis topic, namely Christian Ethics and Moral Formation. The course will be at Gordon Conwell’s Boston Campus (CUME) for the Full Summer 2014 session. It is called ET/NT543 – New Testament & Christian Ethics, and it is a new offering for the seminary. It can fulfill a Christian Ethics requirement, or a New Testament elective requirement.

It meets in four mega sessions from 9am-4:30pm [no worries, we will have a perpetual flow of coffee and ample breaks] on Saturday May 31st, June 7th, June 14th, and June 21st. Here is the course syllabus.

Spread the word to interested folks, ministers, theological students in the Boston area! I’m not sure how the seminary admits/handles non-matriculated students but if you are not a GCTS student and were interested in auditing, taking the course for transfer credit at another seminary, etc you could contact the GCTS Boston Campus registration office to get more info (http://www.gordonconwell.edu/boston/current/Registration-Office.cfm).

Here is a snippet from the course description:

This course will examine the ethical content of the New Testament (i) in comparison with the Greco-Roman schools of ethical thought in antiquity, (ii) in comparison and concert with the ethical teachings of the Old Testament and Jewish thinkers, (iii) in conversation with contemporary schools of ethical thought, and (iv) in order to apply the ethics of Jesus, Paul, the New Testament, and the canonical breadth of Holy Scripture to our actions, decisions, communities, and the pursuit of character which is in conformity with the image of the Triune God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through seeking to embody the lifestyle, ethic, love and faithfulness of Jesus Christ in our own lives and decisions. Thus, the course is both a study of the New Testament in its ancient ethical context, and a pursuit of the application and practice of the ethics of Holy Scripture in our own contemporary ecclesial, familial, and everyday contexts.

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