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CSP130 — Introduction to Christian Spirituality (3)
An examination of the process of Christian spirituality in the life of the believer, as the process relates to the integration of faith and action. Attention is given to personal spiritual disciplines and the inner work of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life.
CSP231-Practice of Prayer (3)
- Prerequisite: CSP130
Our soul’s longing for the loving presence of God finds its rest in the context of prayer. In this place of rest, our task is to recover the centrality of prayer for the Christian life, with the objective of acquiring a practice of prayer that is organic and meaningful to our personal and vocational lives.
The Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer provide the basic text for the journey toward establishing prayer as a central orientation in the life of the believer. In addition, the works of spiritual writers from Christian tradition direct the Christian today toward the dynamics of the practice of prayer.
It is the intent of this course to draw from both the biblical text and devotional material in the pursuit of understanding prayer to the Creator God, who desires our undivided devotion, and to find a deeper understanding our ourselves and our prayerful place in the world.
CSP350 — Personal & Spiritual Development for Leaders (3)
- Prerequisite: CSP130 and HTH274
In this course, students learn about historical and current practices of 'soul care', looking at the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of a leader. Students develop a theology of work, rest and play, including the development of personal habits and skills. Students will be introduced to the process of coaching and mentoring.
This course also examines how each historian presents key figures such as prophets and kings differently, giving us insight into the original audience's perception of these important figures and how God's purposes were fulfilled throughout history. The purpose of this course is to gain an awareness of the deep theological questions asked throughout the history of Israel and draw in the rich theological themes of history into continuity with modern day living. History's lessons serve to give us courage in the present and hope in the future.