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The Robert Laidlaw Lecture - March 10-11, 2015 - with the Rev. Dr. Darrell Guder - Taking the Form of a Servant - Polity for the Missional Church - Knox College

March 10-11, 2015
Tuesday – 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. &  3:30 to 5 p.m.

Beginning with the apostolic mission in the first century, the Christian church has always been involved in organizing itself.  The realities of leadership, decision-making, discipline, and accountability have always required that the church develop and practice polities.  Over the centuries of western Christendom, the polities of the church have often been a dominant if not divisive issue.  Polities have become powerfully political realities.  As western Christendom declines, polity concerns assert themselves in diverse and unsettling ways.  How, in the rapidly changing context of western Christianity, should the church’s missional vocation translate into polities that truly serve that calling?  How do we deal with the inherited benefits and problems of the church’s institutional forms?  What might a “missional polity” look like for the church sent into the contemporary cultural context?

Darrell L. Guder is Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary where he also served as Dean of Academic Affairs from 2005 to 2010.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and has received honorary Doctorates of Divinity from Whitworth University and Jamestown College.  He was Professor of Mission and Evangelism at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1991-1997) and Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Theological Seminary (1997-2001).

He has published numerous articles, especially in the field of missional theology and has lectured at numerous theological institutions in the United States.  He most recently addressed the Conference on Mission of the Church of Denmark (June 2006) and the Geelong Ecumenical Conference on Mission in Australia (July 2006),

Dr. Guder was the McClure Lecturer on Mission at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in the fall of 2011.  He has been active in the Gospel and Our Culture Network, focusing on the missional challenges to the churches in the cultures dominated by the earlier paradigms of Christendom

Register now for Winter 2015 Lay Education Courses

The Ewart Centre for Lay Education is offering two courses this winter for those pursuing their Certificate in Christian Faith and Life.

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The Rev. Tim Purvis
Dates: January 19 -  February 23,  2015

Details: Welcome to this online course on the Gospel According to Luke.  Many are familiar with Luke’s version of the nativity story through Sunday School Christmas pageants and Linus’ famous recitation in A Charlie Brown Christmas (“An there were in the same country shepherds.)  Luke’s Gospel also contains some of the most famous and beloved parables, like the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.  In this course we will take a closer look at these and other passages in light of Luke’s particular theological interests and thematic emphases.

The course will emphasize close reading of the text, comparison with Luke’s known sources (Mark and Q), and attention to both the immediate context (the material before and after a passage) and overall context (the position of a passage within Luke’s Gospel as a whole) as clues to understanding and interpreting the text as Scripture for the church.  The key question is “so what?”  What does this mean for us as Christians and how does it connect to our daily living?

Instructor: Tim  is currently the minister at Westview Presbyterian Church in Toronto.  He has a lifelong interest in New Testament studies.  His Th.M. thesis was in the area of New Testament textual criticism, in particular the methodology used to reconstruct the original text of New Testament from the  thousands of differing manuscript copies.


Instructor: Dr. Brian Irwin
Dates: March 16 – April 20,  2015

Details: This online course uses the book of Amos as a means of introducing the covenantal values that lay beneath Israel’s approach to social justice.  Students will reflect on the Church’s call to social justice and the way in which this can be realized in the lives of individuals and congregations.  Additional emphasis will be placed on the content and shape of the book of Amos and the task of interpreting it as Scripture of the Church.

Instructor: Brian is Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures at Knox College.  He enjoys assisting students achieve a better understanding of the culture and setting of the Bible, and helping them acquire the tools to exegete and apply it in a responsible and life-changing way.  Dr. Irwin is frequently invited as a guest lecturer and preacher in a variety of denominational settings. He is an active member of Glenbrook Presbyterian Church, Mississauga.


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