WTC Theology: Week 9: The Marketplace (@WTCTheology)

Session 9.1: Does our Daily Work matter to God? (Chris Gillies – a business man interested in Christian living/daily work) Think back to Week 1 (God is at work with us) How did God create us to work, and how did the Fall interrupt that pattern? How can an integrated worldview change our view of work? How change our workplaces today? Genesis 2:1-2 (7th day rested from work). The word used is ‘malacca’[?!] meaning work/employment, Continue Reading →

WTC Theology: Week 8: A Broken World (@WTCTheology)

Thoughts from the videos from Week 8: Session 8.1: Introduction to Social Justice (Bob Ekblad) What is the Biblical basis for social justice and advocacy, and what does that look like in contemporary life? Child soldiers, slaves, prostitutes, trafficking, etc. are huge issues. Death penalty in US, homeless, prisoners, asylum seekers etc. need advocacy Biblical Basis? Gen 1:27-28 (in God’s image) Gen 1/Ps 8 (All creation EXCEPT HUMANS under human dominion) Gen 1:1-2 (God present Continue Reading →

WTC Theology: Week 7: Creeds (@WTCTheology)

Once again, these are my notes from the videos (not any readings) – and you can join the latest one by checking out OpenWTC. Session 7.1: The Context of the Creeds (Lucy Peppiat) How did colleges/councils seek to conceptualise faith for their time(s). 4th/5th Centuries – lots of debate over nature of Trinity/Christ (against many ideas that were plausible but wrong), as the Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean world sought to understand how Jesus had challenged much of their Continue Reading →

WTC Theology: Week 6: The Early Church (@WTCTheology)

I didn’t get as far as the readings from week 6 onwards, but I finished watching all the videos (you can join in when the material is available via OpenWTC). Session 6.1: Why Study Theology? (Lucy Peppiat) God is creating a people and place for his presence, so creation can embrace his presence – this is what it means to become fully human. So how is this depicted in the Bible, and in the early Continue Reading →

WTC Theology: Week 5: The Holy Spirit (@WTCTheology)

  Luke 4:16-21 John 16:7-15 Acts 1:4-5 Rom 12:3-8 1 Cor 12:27-13:1 Gal 5:22-25 “The term pneumatology comes from two Greek words, namely, pneuma meaning “wind,” “breath,” or “spirit” (used of the Holy Spirit) and logos meaning “word,” “matter,” or “thing.” As it is used in Christian systematic theology, “pneumatology” refers to the study of the biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Generally this includes such topics as the personality of the Spirit, the deity Continue Reading →

WTC MOOC Week 4: Jesus  (@WTCTheology)

This week we’ll explore the story of Jesus Christ as revealed in the four Gospels, beginning with the testimony of face-to-face encounters with him. John 20:11-18, 21:15-17 Matt 5:1-12 John 8:1-11 Bauckham Jesus favoured indirect communication – appealing to the imagination/provoke thought. Asking questions without giving answers., using a range of styles (metaphors, similes, analogies, stories that mean what they say). Also indirect communication via actions, and not just words, including symbolism in meals, action, Continue Reading →

Completing #CORPUSMOOC

During interactions with JISC and ALT in particular, MOOC’s have been hot news for quite some time. MOOC is an acronym for ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ – freely available to all. They don’t have the best reputation for completion rates, which has opened up a number of discussions at JISC/ALT events as to whether completion, and particularly full completion, of a MOOC is the point of these things. In 2012, JISC ran a session ‘What Continue Reading →

#CORPUSMOOC: Week 8: A Swearing Extravaganza

This week looking at ‘swearing’ as it is used within language .. so there’s a disclaimer, some of the comments: The use of ‘bad language’ seems to me to be very cultural specific. For example, young people seems to use it more often than old people. And I see variation of what’s considered as ‘bad language’ between registers and dialects. For example, the same person would never use bad language at work but he probably Continue Reading →