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Theology Department

The theology curriculum aims to enhance and continually deepen: scriptural knowledge, theological connections and practical application. The primary focus of all theology classes is the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and our salvation by grace through faith with each class studying different aspects of the Christian faith. Our curriculum begins with focus on strengthening the students’ knowledge and understanding of the people, events, and historical and cultural context of the Bible as narrative of God interacting with His people. This foundation is then strengthened as the curriculum shifts toward a focus on making theological connections between the Biblical narrative and the theological reality of God’s continuous work of salvation, not only in the Old and New Testament, but also throughout the entire history of the Church. Finally, our curriculum turns focus on helping the students form a Christian worldview, and to apply Christian truths to the various spiritual and vocational challenges that arise in the world.

Department News

Senior Ethics Class Presentations

Seniors in Ethics class are currently studying the theology of vocation, and recently, they had some visitors. The goal is for students to hear from different adults about the daily callings of God.  Students have studied at length the doctrine of vocation. One conclusion is that, unlike pre-Reformation thinking, our calling to serve God is not restricted to being a pastor or church worker.

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Jacob's Well Part 1: Faithfully and Joyfully

This article will be somewhat different in the report December’s partnership with Jacob’s Well. It will be a bit of a devotion first, followed by images from Part One of our service in the community.

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Courses Offered

Israel and the Covenant

Course Number: 
9210/9211
Instructors: 
Mr. Jeff Schoettlin

This course focuses on Israel as the “chosen nation,” the covenant agreement made between God and Israel, and the ultimate fulfillment of the covenant through the person and work of Jesus Christ. It studies the origin and history of Israel, the prophetic promise of the Messiah, and the fulfillment of those prophecies through Christ. The class covers various Old Testament and New Testament books, with a focus on how these books consistently illustrate God’s work of salvation.

Christ and the Church

Course Number: 
9220/9221
Instructors: 
Mr. Nathan Bassett

This course focuses on Christ as the foundation of the Church, and follows the growth of the Church from the time of the Apostles to the present day. It studies how God acted directly in history to bring about our salvation, the problems and issues faced by the Church, and how these relate to problems and issues faced by the Church today. The class covers topics such as the life of Christ, the Acts of the Apostles, the Church in the Roman Empire, the Medieval Church and the Reformation, and Christian persecution.

Christian Apologetics

Course Number: 
9230/9231
Instructors: 
Mr. Jeff Schoettlin

This course focuses on the basic teachings of the Christian Church, with emphasis on how to articulate and defend Christian doctrine to the world. Students will learn the basic Christian doctrine that unites the whole Christian Church, as well as the specific doctrinal viewpoint of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and its corresponding Scriptural basis. Additionally, students will explore a number of different world religions and worldviews, and compare the teachings of these religions to the Christian faith.

 

Christian Ethics

Course Number: 
9240/9241

This course focuses on the various aspects of the Christian life, and stresses the application of Christian teachings in the students’ lives, decisions, and relationships. Students will explore a number of different issues faced by the Christian in the present day, and learn how Biblical lessons and truths relate to these issues. The class will cover such topics as the place of good works in the Christian life, gender and relationships, religion and politics, Christianity and culture, and spiritual gifts.

The Life of Christ (Religion 7)

Course Number: 
j790
Instructors: 
Mr. Lyle Ziems

The 7th grade theology class focuses on the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students will explore the narratives of Christ’s birth, Jesus’ life and ministry, the call of the Disciples, and Christ’s death and resurrection. The class will focus on understanding the context of Jesus’ life and ministry within its historical setting, and connecting the lessons of the Gospels to the lives of modern Christians.

 

Old Testament Characters (Religion 6)

Course Number: 
j690
Instructors: 
Mr. Sean Wieting

The 6th grade theology class focuses on characters and lessons from the Old Testament. Students will explore the narratives of a number of different Old Testament characters, such as Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, and Solomon, and consider how God was working in their lives, and how the examples and lessons of these characters can be applied to the life of the Christian in the present day.

Independent reading in christian thought

Course Number: 
9334
Instructors: 
Mr. Jeff Schoettlin

Senior students may take this course in addition to the standard/required courses. 

Students will focus on a specific area of Christian thought that holds particular interest and significance. Students will then do focused reading and research of historical and modern Christian thought related to that area.