What to expect:

Missiological Theology introduces the student to pivotal Christian doctrines as a missiological framework within which to engage the working intellectual assumptions of contemporary culture. In addition to investigating several models for Christian engagement with culture, the course encourages the positive formation of a biblically informed worldview as a foundation for creative interaction with current issues.

  • Come to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the crucial significance of certain central doctrines of the Christian faith for life and thought.

  • Develop a method for moving from Christian theology to cultural engagement.

  • Gain a sense of the cultural milieu of society as related to secularization, postmodernism and religious pluralism and of how Christian theology helps to engage the milieu.

  • Come to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the historical development of doctrine in the early years of the church and its significance in contemporary culture.

  • Develop the intellectual habits and practical virtues corresponding to our Christian faith.

Enroll Now for Pre-Live Classroom Assignments

This class will meet live on Zoom once a week beginning October 5. Pre-live class assignments are required.

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What's inside the course:

  1. 1
    • Welcome to this Ephesiology Master Class

    • How to use the course player

    • Introduction to Missiological Theology

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Zoom Registration

    • Before we begin...

  2. 2
    • Instructions

    • Syllabus and Student Assignments

    • Rubric for Asynchronous Discussion Participation

    • Writing a Seminary Paper

    • Required Textbooks and Articles

    • Course Bibliography

    • Resources for Academic Research

    • Writing & Style Guides

  3. 3
    • What to expect in this session

    • A Little Exercise for Young Theologians

    • Our Boundaries

    • Doing Theology in Community

    • Excursus: Why Words are Important

    • Remnant and the New Dark Age

    • Notes Submission

  4. 4
    • What to expect in this session

    • From Christendom to Post-Christendom

    • Worldview: Understanding a Concept

    • Is there a biblical worldview?

    • Discussion

    • Conversion and Worldview Transformation

    • Depolarizing?

    • Resource: Hofstede Insights

    • Ultimate Questions

    • Toward a Biblically Informed Worldview

    • Excursus: The Changing American Worldview

    • Fragmentation of Christianity

    • Bounded and Centered Sets

    • Christianity and Religious Pluralism

    • Excursus: Views of Five World Religions

    • Discussion

    • Notes Submission

  5. 5
    • What to expect in this session

    • Live Zoom Classroom - October 5

    • Vincent of Lerins

    • The Ontology of Missiological Theology

    • The Apostles Creed

    • What Unites Us

    • Our Theological Goal

    • Excursus: Hans Urs von Balthasar

    • The Source of Theology

    • Resource: The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts

    • Interpretative Methods

    • Theology and Culture - Exercise

    • Theological Methods

    • Excursus: Michael F. Bird on Biblicism

    • Excursus: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Bible Interpretation

    • Excursus on African Christianity - Thomas C. Oden

    • Assignment: The Theologizer

    • Determining Orthodoxy

    • Toward a Missiological Theology Method

    • Toward a Missiological Theology Method

    • Notes Submission

  6. 6
    • What to expect in this session

    • Theological Unity in the Early Church

    • Historic Views of God

    • Classical, Free Will, and Open Theism

    • Excursus: What do you believe about God?

    • Toward a Compelling Portrait of God

    • Missiological Theism

    • Missiology in Tension

    • Live Zoom Classroom - October 12

    • Discussion on Movemental Theocentrism

    • Notes Submission

  7. 7
    • What to expect in this session

    • Toward a Compelling View of God

    • Jesus Among the Gods - Michael F. Bird

    • Excursus: Atonement Theories

    • Christological Heresies

    • Christology of the Apostolic Fathers

    • Missiological Christology

    • Critique of "He Gets Us"

    • Discussion: "He Gets Us"

    • Live Zoom Classroom - October 19

    • Assignment: Theological Seminar

    • Notes Subscription

  8. 8
    • What to expect in this session

    • Spirit Christology - Myk Habets

    • Jesus and the Holy Spirit

    • The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

    • Live Zoom Classroom - October 26

    • Reflection on the Holy Spirit

    • Notes Submission

  9. 9
    • What to expect in this session

    • Excursus: Socrates' Life and Methods

    • Views of the Image of God and Fall of Humanity

    • Excursus: Tim Keller - Human Condition

    • Logos Spermatikos

    • Paul's Natural Revelation

    • Theology of Religions in a Globalizing World

    • Toward a Biblical Understanding of Finishing the Task

    • Notes Submission

  10. 10
    • What to expect in this session

    • Missiological Theology: Pulling it All Together

    • From the Ancient to the Contemporary

    • Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Ethics

    • Assignment: Engagement Seminar

    • Notes Submission

  11. 11
    • What to expect in this session

    • State of Theology

    • Understanding Critical Social Theories

    • Josh Packard and the Spirituality of Generation Z

    • Critical Theory and Critical Legal Studies

    • Critical Race Theory

    • Issues with Critical Social Theories

    • Racism

    • AI, Spirituality, and Human Flourishing

  12. 12
    • Final Reflections

    • Class Survey

    • Before you go...

    • Want to go further? Here's what's next.

  13. 13
    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons

    • Annotated Bibliography

    • Integrative Essay

Meet Dr. Michael Cooper

Professor of Missiological Theology

Michael T. Cooper

Dr. Cooper earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies with a focus on religious movements and a minor in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently serves as a missiologist for a missions agency where he focuses on missiological research and equipping missionaries for effective cultural engagement. He has thirty years of missions experience, including ten years as a pioneer church planter in Romania after the fall of communism and has equipped church planters and leaders in Africa, Europe, North America, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He is a guest faculty at Torch Trinity Graduate University, adjunct faculty at Mission India Theological Seminary, Asia Graduate School of Theology Nepal, and Ebenezer Bible College in Katmandu, and affiliate faculty at Kairos University. He has written and contributed to more than 30 books and academic articles and has presented conference lectures at the London School of Economics, University of Bordeaux, Loyola University, Baylor University, and many others. His recent book, Ephesiology: A Study of the Ephesian Movement is a best seller at William Carey Publishing.

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