The Bible in the MDIV Curriculum

When the MDIV curriculum was designed, we had the crazy idea to integrate “foundational” disciplines like the Bible, theology, and church history into the warp and woof of the praxis courses, like threads woven throughout a tapestry.  The idea was that we would cover much of the same material as traditional seminary courses, but we would do it in a way that brought out the direct relevance of these disciplines for the church today.

Two and a half years later, all six core praxis courses are out, and we are in a position to show you systematically what a person will have studied by the time they are done with the MDIV.  This is the first of three posts I’ll be making over the next three months or so, mapping out the specific “foundational” assignments in the curriculum.

In addition, of course, there is a series of assignments in each of these courses that lets the student pick his or her own biblical passages to study.  So a student will look at much more than these passages.  All in all, about a third of each praxis course is foundational.

Hermeneutics

  • The Authority of Scripture (Proclamation)
  • Missional Hermeneutic (Missional Church)
  • Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible (Proclamation)
  • Following a Train of Thought (Proclamation)
  • The Bible in Spiritual Formation (Congregational Formation)

The Law

  • The Bible and Sexuality (Congregational Relationships)
  • OT Mentoring Relationships (Congregational Formation)

The Prophets

  • OT Mentoring Relationships (Congregational Formation)
  • Prophecy in the Old Testament (Proclamation)
  • The Prophets and Social Justice (Missional Church)

The Writings

  • Music in Worship (Worship)
  • The Bible and Sexuality (Congregational Relationships)

The Gospels

  • Jesus’ Relationships (Congregational Relationships)
  • Jesus as Peacemaker (Congregational Relationships)
  • Great Commission (Missional Church)
  • Who is my neighbor? (Missional Church)
  • Conversion in the New Testament (Missional Church)
  • The Bible and Sexuality (Congregational Relationships)
  • New Testament Discipline and Restoration (Congregational Relationships)

Acts

  • The Kerygma in Acts (Proclamation)
  • Expansion of the Gospel in Acts (Missional Church)
  • Conversion in the New Testament (Missional Church)
  • Baptism in the New Testament (Worship)
  • Leadership in the Early Church (Leadership)
  • Leadership and the Gentile Mission (Leadership)
  • Relationships in the Early Church (Congregational Relationships)

Paul’s Letters

  • Conversion in the New Testament (Missional Church)
  • Baptism in the New Testament (Worship)
  • Leadership and the Gentile Mission (Leadership)
  • The Bible and Finances (Leadership)
  • Worship at Corinth (Worship)
  • The Plural “You’s” of the New Testament (Congregational Formation)
  • Christian Maturity (Congregational Formation)
  • Relationships in the Early Church (Congregational Relationships)
  • The Bible and Sexuality (Congregational Relationships)
  • New Testament Discipline and Restoration (Congregational Relationships)

Hebrews, General Letters, and Revelation

  • Gathering Together (Worship)
  • The Bible and Sexuality (Congregational Relationships)