Thursday, February 15, 2007

Theology of Persecution and Discipleship Course at Toronto Baptist Seminary This June

I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching at Toronto Baptist Seminary this June for the first time. Last August I was scheduled to teach there but ended up being hospitalized at the last minute. I was very disappointed by this setback, but the seminary has graciously invited me back and so from June 4-8, 2007 (8:30 - 4:30 p.m.), I will teach "MISS 323 - A Biblical Theology of Persecution & Discipleship" as a 3 credit hour course.

The focus of this course is an examination of the biblical teaching on persecution as a central aspect of Christian discipleship, providing a biblical foundation from which to articulate an understanding of God's perspective on these issues and to evaluate historical and contemporary perspectives. I take the students from Genesis to Revelation with the goal of training cross-bearing disciples for the 21st century. This course (or elements of it) has been taught in countries around the world including Sri Lanka, India, Sudan, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom and the United States. It has become clear to me that this was basic teaching for 1st century believers and is just as relevant for anyone who wants to be involved in fulfilling the purposes of God in the world today.

It's not too soon to start planning for the summer. If you are interested in taking this course for either credit or audit, I would encourage you to call the Registrar's office at Toronto Baptist Seminary at (416) 925-3263 or email

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