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Professor G. Edward Wishart
Email: ewishart70@gmail.com
Pauline Spiritual Formation
Syllabus and Assignments

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce, to explore, and to experience the Theology and Practice, and Living of Spiritual Formation, which leads to the Heart, to Love, to Connection, to Intimacy, and to the Presence of the Eternal Community.

Course Procedure

Course content consists of:

Videos:

  • Introduction of the teacher
  • Summary of the syllabus
  • Twelve lessons, each with one or two 30-40 minute lectures

Textbooks:

  • The Bible
  • The Course Notes

Coursework:

Read one of these five books; or, if you cannot find one of these five, one you can find of your choice, see below**  (f) –

  1. Miller, Calvin. Into the Depths of God: Where Eyes See the Invisible, Ears Here the Inaudible, and Minds Conceive the Inconceivable. Bethany House Publishers. Minneapolis, 2000. ISBN 0-7642-2172-8
  2. Yaconelli, Michael. Messy Spirituality: God’s Annoying Love for Imperfect People. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, 2002. ISBN 0-310-23533-2.
  3. Miller, Calvin. The Path of Celtic Prayer: An Ancient Way to Everyday Joy. InterVarsity Books. Downers Grove, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8308-3504-1.
  4. Reeves, Rodney. Spirituality According to Paul: Imitating the Apostle of Christ. InterVarsity Academics. Downers Grove, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8308-3946-9.
  5. Strom, Mark. Reframing Paul: Conversations in Grace and Community. InterVarsity Press. Downers Grove, 2000. ISBN 0-8308-1570-8
  6. **Your option, if none of the above is available, find a Spiritual Formation book to read. You may need to have assistance from Dr. Mario Indino.
  • From the bibliography above, prepare a critical review for the book chosen (see the addendum page 87 of the course notes). The review should be about 3 pages long.
  • Keep a weekly Spiritual Formation Journal. Preferably, write in this journal a day or two after the lecture.  Give yourself some time for reflection. Close your entry with a written prayer. After the journal is complete, write a 4 page summary on the experience of the journaling, and summit to the professor. (see p. 4 – the nows)
  • Prepare detailed outlines for a sermon series, or teaching lessons on Pauline Spiritual Formation. Prepare 5 detailed sermon outlines; or, 5 detailed teaching lessons.  (see p. 4)
  • Develop a church lesson series on Pauline Spiritual Formation for an Adult Class. Develop a 1 page lesson plan for 10 – 12 lessons. You will end up with 10, or 11, or 12 single pages of lesson plans. (see p. 4)
  • Watch and listen to YouTube videos, and listen to the music, also found on YouTube, and write a ½ to 1 page reflection on each piece.
  • An exam will be taken after Lesson Eleven. The exam will help in the grading procees.
  • You grade depends on the completion of #’s 2 – 6 above.  Be careful to study and to listen and to write well; your grade depends on learning well.

I fully recognize there is much subjectivity to this course – that will be taken into consideration.  Please enjoy the JOURNEY!

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