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BIBE 501 CONTEMPORARY AND PENTECOSTAL APPROACHES TO BIBLICAL TEXTS
PROFESSOR: DR. RIKU P. TUPPURAINEN
INTENSIVE MODULE: SEPTEMBER 18 - 22, 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 615/RELG 625 PENTECOSTALISLM AND PNEUMATOLOGY IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
PROFESSOR: DR. VELI-MATTI Kärkkäinen
INTENSIVE MODULE: OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 2, 2017

The purpose of this course is to investigate global Pentecostalism through the lens of its pneumatology, by putting it in a sympathetic and critical dialogue with traditional and most current developments and themes in the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Alongside the most distinctive Pentecostal beliefs in Spirit-baptism, healing, exorcism, and missionary enthusiasm, the Spirit's role in creation (including scientific accounts), cosmos, society, and among religions will be analyzed and discussed.

The nature of the course is dialogical: along with the instructor's lectures and critical written assignments, the students should be prepared to give [joint-]presentations on given topics that focus on comparing and contrasting Pentecostal and other accounts of the Spirit. Hence, a successful completion of the course requires a careful reading of assigned texts which, then, will be critically engaged and discussed in the classroom.

Dr. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen joined the Fuller faculty as associate professor of systematic theology in 2000 and was named full professor in 2003. He also holds a teaching position at the University of Helsinki as Docent of Ecumenics. Prior to coming to Fuller, Kärkkäinen served as president and professor at IsoKirja College in Keuruu, Finland. He has taught and lived with his family on three continents: Europe, Asia (Thailand), and North America (USA). He has also lectured and served as visiting professor in various schools around the world.

A prolific writer, Kärkkäinen has authored or edited about twenty books in English (and seven in his native language, Finnish), including The Trinity: Global Perspectives (2007), One With God: Salvation as Deification and Justification (2004), and Trinity and Religious Pluralism: The Doctrine of the Trinity in Christian Theology of Religions (2004), as well as more than 150 articles that have appeared in international scholarly journals. He is also the editor of the Global Dictionary of Theology (with William Dyrness, 2008), The Spirit in the World: Emerging Pentecostal Theologies in Global Contexts (2009), and Holy Spirit and Salvation: The Sources of Christian Theology (2010). Currently he is finishing a five-volume series covering all topics of systematic theology titled A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, published by Eerdmans (2013-2017); the first volume is Christ and Reconciliation (2013), the second, Trinity and Revelation (2014), and the third, Creation and Humanity (2015). Kärkkäinen is member of several editorial boards, including the Strategic Initiatives in Systematic Theology series by InterVarsity Press, the Studies in Systematic Theology series by E.J. Brill (Leiden, Netherlands), and is a reviewer for the International Journal of Systematic Theology.

He has participated in a number of working groups of the World Council of Churches, most recently on "Christian Self-Understanding and Religious Plurality," and has participated in numerous international theological, missiological, and interfaith consultations, including Edinburgh 2010 and the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches (Athens, 2005). For years he served as an external examiner for Wales University.

Dr. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
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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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