Church Leadership (MACL)

MACL 404   Survey of Historical Theology   3 Units

An introduction to historical theology and a survey of the development of the theological formulations of the church. Special emphasis will be placed on “challenges to orthodoxy” laid upon the church at various times, and the role such events played in the church’s confessional responses. These will be examined to enhance understanding of the church’s theological and doctrinal tasks today.

MACL 410   Lutheran Confessions   3 Units

A study of the Augsburg Confession, The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Luther’s Large and Small Catechisms, The Smalcald Articles, The Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope and the Formula of Concord in terms of their historical setting and their theological content. Explores the relationship of the Confessions to Scripture, and the confessional application of their teaching in the 21st century context.

MACL 411   Creeds and Confessions   3 Units

A study of major confessions of the Christian Church. This course centers on the Ecumenical Creeds and the Book of Concord. Other confessional documents are considered in relationship to these confessional statements. The historical setting and theological content of these documents will be explored along with their contemporary use and application.

MACL 428   Seminar in Biblical Theology and Exegesis   3 Units

A seminar covering the Canon and Inspiration of Scripture, as well as major themes which run through the Old and New Testaments. Appropriate exegetical methods for interpreting various literary genres within the Bible will also be engaged.

MACL 429   Biblical Theology and Exegesis   3 Units

This course will study the Lutheran understanding of the nature of Scripture followed by an examination of its major themes with an emphasis on interpretive principles (e.g., Law and Gospel) for use in congregational ministry.

MACL 465   Christianity, Ethics, and Contemporary Culture   3 Units

An exploration of morality and ethics in the light of Scriptural teaching concerning both creation and redemption. Seminar participants will be oriented to the main approaches, both traditional and contemporary, of non-biblical philosophical ethics and will study how Christian faith interacts with these approaches. The significance for ethics of the Lutheran Confessional distinction between God’s left and right hand rule will be explored in depth. Seminar participants will pursue a research project in ethics.

MACL 473   Systematic Doctrinal Theology   3 Units

Instructor and students will pursue graduate-level study of systematic doctrinal theology in biblical perspective. The course surveys the loci, i.e. the topics, of doctrinal theology. In the process we will consider the nature and task of theological reflection; the responsibilities and qualities of a theologian; and such key topics in theological reflection as the Person and Work of Christ, Justification, Law and Gospel, the Trinity, Creation, the Word of God, the Last Things, Christian Vocation, and the life of the Christian Church. Special attention will be given to recognizing and characterizing the church-related context in which and for which theology is undertaken. Our exciting and demanding task is to focus in every class session on theology that will serve the Church, the Body of Christ.