Miracles, the Resurrection, and Christian Ministry – APOL 810

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines the apologetic value of the miraculous, giving special emphasis to the resurrection of Jesus, as it bears on a Christian theology and the life and mission of the Church. (Available to DMIN students only).

Prerequisites

Admission to the DMIN Program and DMIN 810

Rationale

The resurrection of Jesus Christ stands at the heart and center of the Christian proclamation of the gospel and is thus organically connected to various Christian doctrines and life practices. Given the prominent place of the resurrection in the Christian world-and-life-view, it is all the more imperative that those seeking to carry out the Church’s mission engage various contemporary challenges and objections to the miraculous, while also seeking to integrate the resurrection into their daily lives and practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define “miracle,” as received from the biblical witness and Christians tradition, in light of the ongoing analytic and philosophical discussion and debate on the nature of the miraculous.
  2. Critically evaluate naturalistic a priori objections to miraculous claims in general, and a posteriori objections to the resurrection of Jesus in particular.
  3. Defend major components of the “minimal facts” historical argument for Jesus’ resurrection.
  4. Integrate key aspects of the resurrection of Jesus with major theological doctrines of the Christian faith, further developing a Christian world-and-life-view.
  5. Explore and implement the practical ramifications of the resurrection of Jesus as it bears on the life and mission of the Church.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 8001000 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student must reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 300400 words.

Critical Reading Journal Analyses (8)

The students will provide a weekly journal entry critically engaging the course reading for the week. Each journal entry will answer specific questions provided by the prompt. Each journal entry will be between 500800 words.

Sermon Series Overview and Outline

The student will prepare a teaching/sermon series consisting of 46 sermons/lessons that covers central issues related to miracles and the resurrection. The assignment must include a 250500 word introduction summarizing the implementation of the series into a local church, as well as a Scope and Sequence chart to outline the series schedule, provide titles of each lesson/sermon, and offer key passages for each. The student will also provide a 1-page sermon/lesson plan for each sermon/lesson included in the series.

Resurrection, Theology, and Practice Paper

The student will write a 3,0003,750 words research-based paper in Turabian format that places emphasis on the integration of the resurrection with a specific area of Christian theology/doctrine or practice. Students will be provided a list of specific areas of focus. The paper must include at least 10 scholarly references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Presentation Discussion Board Forum

Using Kaltura or another approved video capture software, students will prepare a 58 minute presentation that summarizes the finding of their Resurrection, Theology, and Practice Paper from the previous module/week. The presentation can be either a video or screen capture presentation and will be submitted in a discussion board forum. In addition to the presentation, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200300 words.