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The Certificate in Christian Faith and Life

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.


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.

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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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