Archive for January, 2014

Concerning the Future of Theological Education: Disciplinary Integration in Curriculum

Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Antipas Harris

futureoftheologicaleducation“Practical” Theology as a discipline emerged, in part, as a result of critical concerns that “Systematic” and “Historical” Theology had distinguished themselves as academic disciplines with less and less concern for issues in everyday Christian practice. Stated differently, there was a need for a more serious engagement with matters that face the church and Christians’ everyday life.

In the late 1900s, the emergence of practical theology as a discipline seemed necessary. The theological methodologies within other academic approaches to theology seemed to work well within the academy for those traditional purposes of theological education at the time. Yet, as the 1994 Murdock Charitable Trust Report alarmed the need for changes in theological education. Partly, the report pointed towards the need for a greater connection between the theological academy, the local churches, and the everyday Christian life. The current theological education at the time had become an ivy tower of its own. The necessary relationship between the theological institution, including theological curriculum, and the church, including the everyday life of believers, seemed lacking. Read the rest of this entry »

Donald Bowdle: The Beauty of a Life Well Lived

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 by Dale M. Coulter

Don_BowdleI had heard stories about Don Bowdle before I ever encountered him. His classroom was the proving ground for many a religion major at Lee University. Don saw it as a duty to Christ to help his students prepare fully for the challenges of future ministry. This translated into classes that were extremely demanding, but very rewarding if the student put in the work. Along with hundreds of other students over the course of fifty years, I received the benefit of his wisdom, his tough classroom demeanor, and, most of all, his remarkable demonstration of a Spirit-filled life.

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