A number of queries about the assignments which should be completed by Christmas, so just a quick post to check that we’re all singing from the same hymnsheet(!).


 The student will produce a 3000 word assignment entitled: What are the Biblical Foundations of Mission? The assignment will  comprise a) a short cumulative summary of the mission emphasis from each section of the Bible; b) a critique of six modern authors on the subject and c) a section tracking one theme of missiological significance through the Bible which interacts with those authors.  NOTE: At the moment you are (1) posting short sections of your biblical reading on your website (2) reading through the course textbook

Glasser, Arthur. Announcing the Kingdom. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2003.      Five additional texts to be read in THIS orderKaiser, Walter C. Mission in the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2000.    Robert, Dana Lee. Gospel Bearers Gender Barriers. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Press, 2002. Nissen, Johannes. New Testament and Mission. New York, New York: Peter Lang, 2003.           

Newbigin, Leslie. Open Secret. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1978.

Van Engen, Chuck, Dean Gilliland, and Paul E. Pierson, Eds. The Good News of the Kingdom.  Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 1993.        

   Here’s my class schedule

1.  Course Overview  Course Materials General Introductions    The Relation of Bible and Mission  Reading:  -Bible reading of five (5) consecutive chapters in the Pentateuch  – Summation of Pentateuch reading – no more than two typed pages

2. 1. The Relation of Bible and Mission  Reading:   -Bible reading of five (5) consecutive chapters in the Historical Books  -Glasser, Announcing the Kingdom Chapter 1  -Van Engen, Relation of Bible and Mission

3. Introduction to Missiology   Reading:  -Glasser, Chapters 2 and 3 -Ladd, Methodology in Exegesis  Verkuyl, Chapter 1: Prolegomena  Due  -Summation of Historical reading – no more than two typed pages Reading:  -Bible reading of five (5) consecutive chapters in the Poetic books -Kaiser, Mission and the Old Testament -Glasser, Chapters 4 and 5  Due  – Book review of Kaiser -Summation of Poetic reading 

4.  1. The Tapestry of Scripture/Universal Motifs  2. Creation and the Fall  Reading:  -Bible reading five (5) consecutive chapters in the Major Prophets Glasser, Chapters 6 and 7  1: Due -Summation of Major Prophet reading 5.  Abraham/Centripetal and Centrifugal 2. Latin terms/the Grid/Mission and the Desert Reading:  -Robert   -Bible reading of five (5) consecutive chapters in Minor Prophets    -Glasser, Chapters 8 and 9 : Due -Robert book review    -Summation of Minor Prophet reading 6. 1. The place of the Holy/Joshua, Judges, Kings, True & False prophets  Reading:  -Bible reading of five (5) consecutive chapters in the Synoptic Gospels Glasser, Chapter 10 -Van Engen, Importance of Narrative…   Where and what are the motifs of Scripture that intersect with your call to ministry/mission?      -Old Testament review  Due -Summation of Synoptic reading 7. Faith/The Theology of the Remnant   Reading:  -Bible reading of five (5) consecutive chapters in the Gospel of John er, Chapters 11 and 12   -Nissen, New Testament and Mission   Scott, The Living God is…    -Van Engen, The New Covenant8.  -Summation of John reading       -Nissen Book Review John the Baptist more than a Prophet: Transition & Continuation       Reading:  -Bible reading Acts   -Glasser, Chapters 13 and 14   -Barth, An Exegetical Study : Due –Summation of Acts reading  The Messianic Mission       Reading:  -Bible reading from Pauline Literature  -Glasser, Chapters 15 and 16  -Newbigin, Open Secret    -Stott, The Great Commission      5: Due -Book review Newbigin     -Summation of Pauline reading  8  1. God’s Messenger – What is Mission?    2. The Three Commissions of Matthew 28       Reading:  -Five (5) consecutive chapters in General Epistles   -Glasser, Chapters 17 and 18    -Niles, The Work of the Holy Spirit   -Hiebert, Conversion, Culture… Due -Summation General Epistles reading 8. 15  1. The Missiology of John   2.  Who is a Missionary  Reading:  -Glasser, Chapters 19 and 20 -Hiebert, The Flaw of the Excluded Middle   Reading:  -Glasser, Chapters 21 and 22 9. Acts 2. The Heart of the Gospel   Reading:  -Glasser, Chapters 23 and 24  -LCWE, The Lausanne Covenant  -Newbigin, Can the West Be Converted? Due -Glasser book review  6  1.Romans/Kingdom of God and Church      Reading:  -Van Engen, Good News of…        2. Contextualization and Translation Models: Due -Van Engen book review [only one chapter]10.   Contextualization       Reading:  -Heibert, Beyond Anti-Colonialism to Globalism      -Snyder, Ten Major Trends      


 Here’s my class schedule (subject to adaptation)

1.1 The Puritan Identity: Character, Spiritual Motivations, Theological Controls, Cultural Attitudes; 1.2 The Puritan Experience:1559-17002. Puritan Theological Concerns beyond the Secular Horizon; 2.1 The Face of the Church: purity of worship, government, life2.2 The Doctrine of Grace: the Augustinian renaissance; Holy Spirit 2.3 Ethics and Spirituality: living right, from a good conscience 2.4 The Christian Sabbath: the soul’s market-day; 2.5 The Christian Pastor: preacher, teacher, physician of the soul 2.6 The Holy Commonwealth: social and political goals;2.7 God’s Plan for World History.3. The Bible in Puritan Theology 3.1The Puritan confession of biblical authority (Westminster Confession I); 3.2 The Puritan explanation of bilical authority (John Owen); 3.3 The Puritan exposition of the authoritative scriptures.4. Salvation by Grace: 4.1 Decretal Calvinism; 4.2 Beza and Perkins – the causal frame; 4.3 Post-Arminianism:Ames and Westminster – the covenantal frame; 4.4 Baxterianism – the “political” frame.5. Faith and Assurance 5.1 What is faith, and how does one get to it? Preparationism 5.2 What is assurance, and how does one get to it? The Spirit’s witnessHow does Puritan teaching on faith and assurance relate to Calvin’s?6. The Good Fight:  6.1 Regeneration and sanctification; 6.2 Vivification and mortification; 6.3 The Devil7. Conscience 7.1 The nature of conscience; 7.2 The religion of conscience8The Puritan Lifestyle) 8.1 The inward discipline: prayer and meditation; simplicity; dying well; 8.2 The outward discipline: marriage, home, family, public spirit, 9.The Christian Minister: The role and the resources

10. Worship, Fellowship, Discipline in the Church

Assessment Method: An assignment of 2000 words with a 2 hour final exam.  The assignment will be entitled:  What do you consider the most important lessons that today’s church could learn from the English Puritans?” It will comprise a) an introductory analysis of the question, b) a twelve part-outline course of study of Pilgrim’s Progress (Part 1) for an adult group and c) a concluding section summarising how they perceive what they have learned in this course will fit into the objectives they have for ministry, educational goals, or other objectives they wish to achieve in life  


 Here’s my class schedule

Syllabus/ Schedule: 1.        Introduction to the module Reading Esler, pp. 1-39, and Morgan, pp. 9-59. Identity, Social and Philosophical Theory Reading Esler, pp. 40-134, and Morgan, pp. 60-77. 2.        The Literary Frame  Rom 1:1-15; 15:14-16:27, The Character and Purposes of Romans. Reading  Esler, pp. 135-154.  Also read B. Brooten, “Paul’s Views on the Nature of Women and Female Homoeroticism,” Homosexuality and Religion and Philosophy (ed. W. Dynes and S. Donaldson; New York: London, 1992) 57-83 (copies on reserve), and M. Smith, “Ancient Bisexuality and the Interpretation of Rom 1:26-27,” JAAR 64 (1996) 223-56.3.        Looking at 1:16-32 Paul and same-sex-eroticism.  Rom 2:1-29.  Reading  Esler, pp. 155-170; Morgan, pp. 78-93. Assignment: Write an interpretive paper on Rom 3:21-31three pages maximum, double-spaced, 12 point font. 4.        Looking at 3:21-31  Reading Esler, pp. 171-194; R. Brawley, “Multivocality in Romans 4,” in Reading Israel in Romans (ed. C. Grenholm & D. Patte; Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 2000) 74-95. 5.        Looking at 4:1-25 Reading  Esler, pp. 195-221; Morgan, 94-151. 6.        Looking at 5: 1-6:23. Reading  Esler, 222-267; K. Stendahl, “The Apostle Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West,” Paul Among Jews and Gentiles, pp. 78-96 (copies on reserve).  Assignment:  write a lesson plan for a 45 minute class on Rom 7:7-25. 7.        Looking at  7:7-25, 8 . Reading Esler, pp. 268-307. 8.        Looking at 9-10. Assignment: write a sermon on Rom 11:25-32.  Reading Esler, pp. 308-338. 9.        Looking at 12. Reading Esler, 339-365;  Elsa Tamez, “God’s Election, Exclusion, and Mercy: A Bible Study of Romans 9-11,” International Review of Mission 82 (1993) 29-37 (copies on reserve) and Mark Nanos, “The Jewish Context of the Gentile Audience Addressed in Paul’s Letter to the Romans,” CBQ 61 (1999) 283-304.  

10.     Paul, the Law, and Life in the Spirit.  Final exegetical paper due 10 pages maximum, double-spaced, researched, documented. 

The students will be required to produce a 2000 word assignment and to pass a final exam. ASSIGNMENTThe assignment will be a study of Paul and Law. It will have four sections: an interpretive section on Rom 3:21-31;A lesson plan for a 45 minute class on Rom 7:7-25; a sermon on Rom 11:25-32; an exegetical  section on Rom 14. 



 The students are required to produce a 2-3000 word assignment on the de3veloping ideas about Jesus from 100-325 AD


The students are required to produce a 2-3000 word assignment on “Perfection in 1 John”. (The idea that John was countering wrong idas of perfectionism in his letter.)

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  1. tessybabie says:

    Good evening sir
    I just want to confirm my works emailed to you few days ago and if possible post a comment to me, sir.

    Please do not forget to bring my last year assignment paper when coming to London on Tuesday.
    Thanks and remain blessed in the LORD

  2. kenbaker says:

    hi tess
    works received and assignment papers packed! comments in due course

  3. Maximus says:

    I would like to see a continuation of the topic

  4. kenbaker says:

    HI Maximus
    Which topic?

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