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BIBE 501 CONTEMPORARY AND PENTECOSTAL APPROACHES TO BIBLICAL TEXTS
PROFESSOR: DR. RIKU P. TUPPURAINEN
INTENSIVE MODULE: DECEMBER 11 - 14, 2017
Course Description

This advanced hermeneutics course focuses on three areas. It begins with a brief discussion of the discipline itself and basic exegetical steps for sound interpretation of the Scripture before moving to discussion about contemporary issues in hermeneutics such as theological and philosophical challenges. The discussion also includes the overview of the classic methodologies, such as the historical-grammatical method and form and redaction criticism, before moving on to modern hermeneutical approaches.

Secondly, the course presents new research and interpretative methodologies that have transformed classical biblical studies and the view of "text" and "reader" over the last thirty years, focusing on disciplines such as rhetorical, canonical and new literary criticisms, postmodern approaches such as reader-response and resistant readings, structuralist and deconstructive readings as well as social-scientific and socio-rhetorical criticisms. The final part of the course discusses Pentecostal issues in biblical hermeneutics, especially the role of the Holy Spirit in the interpretative process, and current trends in Pentecostal hermeneutics of community.

This course brings awareness of various approaches to the biblical text, including awareness of the possible interpretative outcomes when these approaches are applied to the biblical text. It also helps students to recognize the challenges that are present in every reading model, including contemporary Pentecostal trends in interpretation. The course has practical implications for students as they can apply this knowledge to biblical interpretation, theological discussions, and sermon building.

Dr. Riku P. Tuppurainen

Dr. Riku P. Tuppurainen serves as the Dean of Graduate Studies at Summit Pacific College -School of Graduate Studies. He has a wide range of teaching experience and is currently also serving as a lead pastor in an ethnic, urban church in Vancouver. He has a strong academic background as he has served as a lecturer for a decade at Continental Theological Seminary in Belgium where he also functioned as the Dean of Graduate Studies for several years. Besides his teaching experience in Europe, he has been teaching in West Africa and South East Asia, the most recently in Nepal. He has published peer reviewed articles in academic journals from the area of hermeneutics and New Testament biblical studies.

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THEO 504 CANADIAN PENTECOSTAL HISTORY
PROFESSOR: DR. MICHAEL WILKINSON
INTENSIVE MODULE: JANUARY 15-18

This course is an in-depth study on the Pentecostal Movement in Canada. By using a combination of sociological, cultural and historical analyses, the course will examine the origins, development, growth, impact, and global expansion of Pentecostal / Charismatic movements in Canada. Specific attention will be given to the role of revivals, institutional development, theological trends, renewal among historic Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, and impact upon evangelicalism. The course brings understanding not only to the Pentecostal movement's past but also its current state within Canadian context.

Dr. Michael Wilkinson

Michael Wilkinson, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at Trinity Western University. He is also the Director of the Religion in Canada Institute and Coordinator of the Canadian Pentecostal Research Network and recently served as the President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. His research interests are in the sociological study of religion with particular attention given to Pentecostal Studies. He has published numerous articles and books including Canadian Pentecostalism: Transition and Transformation (2009), Catch the Fire: Soaking Prayer and Charismatic Renewal (2014) and A Culture of Faith: Evangelical Congregations in Canada (2015).

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THEO 505 PENTECOSTAL PREACHING IN POST-CHRISTIAN CULTURE
PROFESSOR: DR. MICK NELSON
INTENSIVE MODULE: BLOCK 1 - FEBRUARY 1 - 2; BLOCK 2 - MARCH 1 - 2, 2018

This course on homiletics explores the specific challenges and opportunities for effective preaching in the western post-Christian culture. This course discusses how the post-Christian context impacts theology and the dynamics of communication. A central theme in the course addresses how 'narrative intelligence' and the use of imagination in sermon construction and delivery impact the ability of preaching to bring about spiritual transformation for today's listener. The course answers questions like, "How does imagination influence the delivery and reception of preaching?", "How can imagination and story energize sermon development?", and "What is Pentecostal narrative-imaginative preaching?"

Various approaches to preaching are explored. The course includes both theoretical and practical elements, which offers the prospect of immediate application to one's preaching ministry.

Dr. Mick Nelson is currently the Director of Discipleship at Broadway Church in Vancouver, BC where he has served since 2009. Mick has earned degrees from the University of Manitoba (B.A.), the Lutheran Theological Seminary (M. Div.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (D. Min). He and his wife, Christine, make their home in Surrey, BC. Mick does adjunct teaching for Summit Pacific College and Master's College & Seminary. He is also an enthusiastic sailor.

Dr. Mick Nelson
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THEO 502 PENTECOSTAL PASTORAL THEOLOGY
PROFESSOR: DR. JIM LUCAS
INTENSIVE MODULE: MAY 10-12, 2018

This course deals with the theology and methodology of pastoral formation distinctively suitable to the pastoral ministry in the context of Pentecostal churches. The goal is to help to shape the student into an effective, ethical, Biblical pastor - a pastoral team member and a leader who can develop spiritual formation and leadership abilities in others. The course seeks to immerse the student in Biblical principles of pastoral ministry and allows the student to reflect upon those principles in the professional ministry within contemporary culture.

Dr. Jim Lucas has pastored for over 30 years in the Vancouver area. He currently pastors a multisite church he planted about 25 years ago in Abbotsford. He has experienced the challenges of leading a congregation through location changes, building programs, staffing restructuring and multisite paradigms. While pastoring he has also taught various courses at Summit Pacific College, Vanguard College, Tyndale Seminary and ACTS. He has also chaired the Association of Canadian Theological Schools Joint Governance Committee for several years and served as President of Canadian Pentecostal Seminary.

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THEO 503 PENTECOSTAL DISTINCTIVES: THEOLOGY OF LUKE-ACTS IN PENTECOSTAL TRADITION
PROFESSOR: DR. MARTIN MITTELSTADT
INTENSIVE MODULE: MAY 28-31, 2018

This course will trace the rise of Pentecostalism in the twentieth century, specifically the development of various distinctives that come to mark the movement. Particular attention will be given to this evolution by way of Pentecostal readings of Luke-Acts. Topics will include a short history of interpretation of Luke-Acts, hermeneutical developments, and subsequent application of core Pentecostal doctrines and ecclesial practices such as Spirit baptism and healing. Further analysis will be devoted to emerging theologies and practices based upon global readings of Luke-Acts.

Various approaches to preaching are explored. The course includes both theoretical and practical elements, which offers the prospect of immediate application to one's preaching ministry.

Martin Mittelstadt, PhD (Marquette University), is Professor of New Testament at Evangel University in Springfield, MO (2000). He specializes in the Gospels and Acts with particular interest in Pentecostal and Charismatic history and theology. Among his numerous publications on Luke-Acts, see his The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts: Implications for a Pentecostal Pneumatology (London: T & T Clark, 2004) and Reading Luke-Acts in the Pentecostal Tradition (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2010). Born and raised in Winnipeg, he has ten years pastoral experience. He is currently an active teacher at Evangel Temple in Springfield, MO. See also his bio page, and complete list of publications.

Dr. Martin Mittelstadt
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