Christian Life Formation courses are one-credit explorations in Bible, theology, ancient and contemporary Christianity, relationships, spiritual disciplines and contemporary culture. With instructors from diverse disciplines and flexible formats such as reading groups, weekend retreats and field trips, each course is creative space where mentoring relationships form and where students have powerful experiences that affect their lives for decades to come.

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CLF Courses Fall 2014 


CT 101 Foundations of the Christian Life  | Mr. Jonathan Doran
Thursdays 11-11:50 am; $75
For incoming students

A fundamental study of Christianity within a small group experience led by upperclassmen and faculty/staff for new students. These conversation groups will consider subjects like God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, praryer, the church, and fellowship. Groups will use Francis Chan's BASIC video series.
 

CT 203 Applied Christian Leadership  | Dr. Scott Jones and Mr. Tim Shetter
Oct 1-3; $195
Instructor approval required

Designed for students in active leadership to explore the idea and implications of Christian leadership from a biblical and experiential perspective. Attention will be given to nuturing leadership that seeks kingdom flourishing. This course includes a national conference.
Course fee includes conference registration, transportation, and hotel. Meals will be the students' responsisibility. Course is repeatable.
 
CT 205 The Gospel in Cultural Life  | Mr. Samuel Spatola
Offered exclusively through the Italy Abroad Semesterprogram
Students will explore the relevance of the Gospel to culture through a consideration of cultural realities in Italy. students will investigate the spiritual, cultural, and social opportunities, challenges, and needs present in modern day Italy. They will reflect on the dual nature of Italy arising from the tension between what some have called "the dark heart of Italy" as well as "la dolce vita" (the sweet life). Methods of instruction will include readings, discussion groups, leftures, field trips, and interviews.

CT 209 ST: Prayer and the LIfe of the Believer |  TBD
Thursdays 11-11:50 am
What does scripture have to say about our prayers? How does prayer move a sovereign God to act? What is the nature of prayer? Does prayer change the person? How should we expect to hear God's responses to our prayers? This course will focus on scripture relvant to the topic, the actual practice of prayer, and on building a practical discipline of prayer in our lives.

CT 290 ST: Christians in the City |  Mr. Jason Glen with host Jeff Shinabarger
Dates TBA; $195
Cities play a unique role throughout scripture and the mission of God as places of culture, commerece, and communities. Prophets are sent to cities throughout scripture, and Jesus goes to the city of Jerusalem for his final week. Today, Christians occupy key roles in the city as they seek to obey God's mission in a variety of ways This course consists of a required field experience in Atlanta, and will focus on the creative ways in which God is moving through His people in the city.
Course fee includes retreat costs, transportation, and hotel. Meals will be the students' responsisbility. Retreat location: Plywood People, Atlanta.
 
CT 301 Readings in Classic Christian Spirituality | Mr. Ben Norquist
Tuessdays 11-11:50 am
An examination of various authors and literary works that have proven historically significant in shpaing the spiritual theology and practice of the church and the Christian. This year we will be reading selection from Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica and Augustine's City of God. The format for this course will be small group reading circles.
 
CT 305 Incarnational Living in Local Community |  Mr. Bruce morgan and Mr. Ben Norquist
Sep  24-27; $195
This course develops a theology for understanding how the good news is uniquely incarnated in a local community through the winsome activity of the Church. Special attention is given to how the life of Christ provides a model for how we should relate to our locality, whether that's our city, our neighborhood, our town, or our block. Emphasis will be placed on developing a practical method for discovering and participating in local movements of the Gospel. This course consists of a required conference on September 24-27.
Course fee includes conference registration, transportation, and hotel. Meals will be the students' responsisibility.
 
CT 401 Contemporary Issues: Faith and Finances | Dr. Phil Lestmann
Thursdays 11-11:50
What is the meaning of stewardship as Chistians? How should we approach the use of our money as followers of Jesus? What do Jesus' parables about money of have to teach us today? This course will be an introduction to Biblical principles for personal financial management and will deal with practical issues such as managing debt, spending responsibly, strategies for saving, and how giving as a spiritual discipline can produce joy.

CT 402 Senior Capstone: Worldview and Life | Dr. Paul Boling
Tuesdays 11-11:50 am
In this capstone course, seniors will spend time preparing for life after college.  These preparations are designed to help soon-to-be graduates navigate unexpected life complexities associated with life-after-college, complexities surrounding areas like family, church life, singleness and marriage, sexuality, debt, establishing a home, graduate school, jobs, and citizenship.  Students will apply the progress and learning made during their Bryan years to the development of personal plans for their future.

 

CLF Courses Spring 2014 


CT 102 Foundations of the Church  | Dr. Scott Jones
Tuesdays/Thursdays 11-11:50 am; ends March 4
What is the Church? Is it relevant for today? Do I have to be part of a local Church to be a Christian? My friends pray together, eat together and live together – does this count as Church? This course is a biblical and historical examination of the purpose of the Church as the Body of Christ in God’s plan for the world. Students will explore the mission of the local Church, the place of the Christian within the Church, and its relevance for today.
 

CT 205 The Gospel in Cultural Life  | Mr. Samuel Spatola
Offered exclusively through the Italy Abroad Semester program
Students will explore the relevance of the Gospel to culture through a consideration of cultural realities in Italy. Students will investigate the spiritual, cultural and social opportunities, challenges and needs present in modern day Italy. They will reflect on the dual nature of Italy arising from the tension between what some have called “the dark heart of Italy” as well as “la dolce vita” (the sweet life). Methods of instruction will include readings, discussion groups, lectures, field trips and interviews. Offered as part of the Italy semester. 
 
CT 290 ST: Corinthians: The Courage, Wisdom, and Holiness of Manhood  | Mr. Jonathan Doran
March 21-23; $135
For men only
This retreat-format course for men will explore themes in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and how they are applicable to the spiritual growth of men. The course will be held at Camp Wesley Woods in the Smokey Mountains and students will be joined by professor Jonathan Doran and guest teachers David Wiley (Brainerd Baptist Church), Chad Holtz (Mtn. View UMC).
 
CT 291 ST: The Gospel and the Glory of God |  Dr. Scott Jones
April 8-10; $195
While many view the Good News of Jesus as foolishness, the Gospel scriptures themselves and the lives of Christians throughout history tell the story of its great power and attractive beauty.  This intensive-format course will explore the centrality of the Gospel message to life, in confrontation to both an apathetic culture and the doubts and weaknesses present in our own lives.  This course will take place at the Unashamed Conference at the KFC Center in Louisville, Kentucky on April 8 through 10.
 
CT 292 ST: Making Disciples: Evangelism and Discipleship in the Christian Life | Mr. Jonathan Doran 
Tuesdays 11-11:50 am
Have you ever felt uncomfortable when talking about the Christian faith? Not sure what to say? What does it mean to "Go and make disciples? How are evangelism and discipleship similar and different? This course is designed to explore and discuss the significance of evangelism and discipleship within the Christian's life. You will learn how to share your faith with confidence and compassion as well as discipling others in the Word. 
  
CT 302 Readings in Contemporary Christian Spirituality - with a Focus on Technology and Society | Mr. Jason Glen
Thursdays 11-11:50 am
In an age of technological progress, who are we? What are we becoming? In this class we will explore the complexities of translating a biblical view of the image of God in a cultural context that increasingly drives us to find fulfillment online and in our interaction with digital technology. We will explore how technology and online social platforms are affecting our sexual, physical, social, religious, and spiritual identity. All the while, we will seek to discern a way forward that honors our identity in Christ.
 
CT 304 Life in Intentional Christian Community |  Dr. Matt Benson
Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm and March 5-16; $1800
By invitation only
This field-based course is designed to explore the unique expressions and ideologies of international Christian communities such as L’Abri. Special attention will be given to lived values that equip believers to live more faithfully and holistically.  This course is by application and involves a field experience at an intentional Christian community.
 
CT 306 Social Justice and the Gospel |  Mr. Ben Norquist
April 3-5 in Washington D.C.; $195
Students will explore the intersection between social justice and faithful belief and action by considering the unique Christian calling to "care for the least of these."  They will deepen their understanding of poverty and injustice, while beginning to construct a personal approach to addressing these wrongs.  This conference-format course takes place the IJM Global Prayer Gathering in Washington D.C. 

CT 390 ST: Redemptive Cultural Analysis | Dr. Matt Benson with Marsh Moyle
January 24-26; $135
What is the Christian’s role in culture?  Do cultures as well as people image God?  Do some cultures image God more than others?  What are things that help us perceive God through culture and what inhibits us from doing so?  How might we live redemptively within culture?  Why does this stuff even matter?  These and a host of other questions will be what we will spend our time discussing with cultural expert, Marsh Moyle.

CT 391 Ethnicity, Diversity and the Cross |  Mr. Bruce Morgan
Spring Break, March 8-15; $325 
What does it mean to be a member of the dominant ethnic group in a multi-ethnic society?  Is life lived differently if you are a member of a sub-dominant ethnic group?  How are followers of Christ to obey His command to love neighbors with very different backgrounds?  And what does the life and death of Christ have to do with diversity? This class will explore the glories and obstacles within multi-ethnic communities, push us to understand how cultural roots affect all of us, and introduce us to local people who are living and thriving in diverse communities.

CT 402 Senior Capstone: Worldview and Life
In this capstone course, seniors will spend time preparing for life after college.  These preparations are designed to help soon-to-be graduates navigate unexpected life complexities associated with life-after-college, complexities surrounding areas like family, church life, singleness and marriage, sexuality, debt, establishing a home, graduate school, jobs, and citizenship.  Students will apply the progress and learning made during their Bryan years to the development of personal plans for their future.