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The Certificate in Christian Faith and Life

The Certificate in Christian Faith and Life does not require an undergraduate degree. The courses can be taken for interest or credit. Instructors are Knox College Faculty and graduate students as well as others drawn from the TST and PCC.

The Certificate requires one to complete four basic courses in the areas of Bible, Theology, History and Lay Ministry and four elective courses in various areas of theological inquiry.

The certificate courses are all taught by distance education.


Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim
Dates: September 14th – October 19th

Details: Someone we love dies of a horrible disease. Terrorists murder hundreds of people. A tornado destroys homes, businesses and many including children are killed. Has God stopped paying attention? Why does God who “sees this little sparrow fall”, allow evil to take place? These and other heart wrenching questions are an inevitable part of our faith journey as Christians.

Traditionally, Christians have looked to the doctrine of Providence – which states that God cares fir and governs all events – for understanding and consolation in the light of unspeakable challenges.

This course examines some of the central tenets of this doctrine with openness toward contemporary views.

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim completed both the M.Div. and the Th.D. degree at the Knox College, Toronto. For the latter degree, his thesis was entitled, The Significance of the Trinitarian Koinonia for a Contemporary Ecclesiology: The Contributions of Miroslav Volf and John Zizioulas. No stranger to the teaching ministry, Dong-Ha has taught various courses at several seminaries; most notably, Tyndale University College, and Knox College. He currently serves as the minister of Word & Sacrament at the First Presbyterian Church, Brandon, Manitoba.

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Instructor: Dr. Laura Alary
Dates: October 26th – November 30th

Details: The study of the scriptures has long been central to the life of the people of God. The Israelites were instructed to write the Torah upon their doorposts and gates, and to bind it to their bodies (Deut 11:18) so that as they went about their daily affairs their minds would continually be directed toward God and the transforming word of God.

Christians too have made the proclamation, interpretation, and study of the bible integral to the life of faithful discipleship. But why? What is the purpose or goal of Bible study within the community of faith? How is this different from studying the Bible in other settings? How should we study the bible in the church? Are there methods of reading which are better suited than others to helping the church hear a living word from God in the scriptures?

In this course we will ponder these questions and attempt to answer them with help from the Bible itself, the history of interpretation, recent reflections by biblical scholars, and our own observations and experience. More importantly, perhaps, we will practice becoming more observant, careful and confident readers of biblical texts.

Instructor: Laura Alary is a teacher, preacher, writer, workshop leader and storyteller. She has degrees in Classics (Hons. B.A., Dalhousie), Theology (M.Div., Knox) and New Testament (Ph.D., University of St. Michael’s College). Currently she is the Christian Education Coordinator at Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church and a denominational trainer for the programme Children and Worship. When she is not teaching, she writes picture books (including Is That Story True?) and spends as much time as possible with her own three children.

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