Dr. Steve Tracy takes team to Africa

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Dr. Steve Tracy takes team to Africa

Mending the Soul

Dr. Steve Tracy, Professor of Theology and Ethics, and his wife, Celestia will be taking a team to Africa this April for their Trauma and Abuse training conferences. The trip will consist of five training conferences during which African pastors and caretakers will be trained in trauma healing so that they, and those they serve, can heal from the atrocities of the recent past. In fact, this spring will mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, making trauma a very real and impactful experience for many Africans. Dr. Tracy recently came across the following sentiments in a compelling book by a French journalist, who conducted interviews with Rwandan genocide survivors in Bugesera,

“Before the war, I was fond of school, and had decided to turn away from village life. If the genocide had not overrun us, I might have passed the national exam. I would have gotten my law degree and worn a lawyer’s robes in a private practice in Kigali. But now I am twenty-five. I see only obstacles in my life, marshlands around my memories, and the hoe reaching its handle out to me. I no longer know where to turn to find a husband…I have forgotten the fantasy of love. I see no one anymore who could provide me with tenderness.”

 

“The genocide pushes into isolation those it could not push into death. Some people have lost their taste for kindness. The woman who has given birth and seen her children killed, the man who has built his house and watched it burn, how can you imagine then getting up empty handed each morning from now on?”

 

Dr. Tracy notes, “When I read painful accounts like these, I’m reminded of the words the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from a Nazi prison cell shortly before his death, ‘only the suffering God can help.’ Apart from Christ, our suffering Savior, we would have little to offer these brothers and sisters—praise God we are able to bring the hope of Christ who understands pain, abuse, and evil because he experienced it fully from the very ones he came to save.”

 

It is the Tracys’ desire to bring this hope to the wounded that has kept them diligently working on their newest resource, By His Wounds.  Currently there are no other resources quite like this available to the African people and the Tracys are very excited to see its completion, “God has been providing, like morning manna, the provision and help we’ve needed to complete the book and resource, By His Wounds—Mending the Soul for East Africa in time for our Spring Conferences. For the last several months, we’ve had trainers, international partners, translators, professional artists, and editors call or email and offer their assistance in order to complete the project! God’s provided just what we needed right when we needed it!” The materials will be translated into French, Swahili, and Kinyarwanda and distributed at all five conferences.

The ministry team will consist of seven members, including: Steve and Celestia Tracy; Nora Poling; Pastor Christopher Coffman; Shanell Bender; Nicole Larson; and Dr. Karen Fancher, a Multnomah Biblical Seminary professor and Dean of Students, who did her doctoral research on trauma in South Sudan. They will be presenting a biblical and theological framework for healing ministry using the By His Wounds materials. The trip will begin in Juba, Sudan with a training conference for ALARM (African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries) leaders. This will be followed by a 4-day Mending the Soul Training for the 27 staff, interns, and volunteers at A Perfect Injustice in Kampala, Uganda. This ministry to street boys was founded by the Tracy’s daughter, Abby and is now overseen by Abby and her Ugandan husband, David Kakeeto. Following this conference, the team will travel to Kigali, Rwanda for a 3-day MTS Intensive Healing conference. This will be for African New Life faculty and staff members. There will also be a 3-day training for the women in Esther House, an African New Life home for collegiate girls attending school on scholarships. Finally, they will head to Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a follow-up conference with the caregivers and counselors who were trained last year at the Princess Lost & Found Congo conferences. They will specifically work with the chaplains at Gratia Counseling Centers, a counseling ministry begun by Daphrose Muteho in North Kivu. The counseling centers serve over 10,000 youth a year, leading many to Christ and counseling and discipling youth and families. They deal with juvenile prostitution, abuse, suicide, and other issues every day and see many amazing miracles.

As they prepare for this trip and the several trainings, the Tracys’ prayer is for the “leaders who will be participating in the conferences—that their hearts will be prepared and made ready by the Spirit for the healing work that’s most needed. That these trauma intensives will be both a significant part of their own personal healing but also equip them for the teaching/caregiving they offer to others. ”

 

 

 

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Join us for our first Pastor Praxis event at Phoenix Seminary. The goal of this event is to provide practical resources for all pastors. The event is FREE and we encourage you to take this opportunity to bring your pastoral team with you. You will enjoy a free lunch, obtain practical resources for pastoral excellence and be able to network with pastors here in the Valley of the Sun.

Please register with the form below by Friday, May 9, 2014, to ensure we have plenty of food for all attendees. All pastors are welcome to attend.

Details:

 

When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (11am – 1pm) – Free Lunch Provided

 

Where: Phoenix Seminary (4222 E. Thomas Road, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85018)

 

Meet our Speaker:

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Charles ‘Chip’ Moody, STM, DMin

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Communication
Vice President and Dean of Students

 

Dr. Moody (DMin-Western; STM-Yale) is passionate about quality preaching to feed the flock of God. He has been a practitioner of the craft for over thirty-five years in church pastorates and as a U.S. Navy chaplain. Mentoring young pastors and ministering to pastors in crisis remains a big part of his ministry, and his passion for expository preaching is well-known among students. He has taught homiletics, speech and rhetoric for Mid-Atlantic Christian University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Arizona Christian University and is a member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. Dr. Moody has been teaching homiletics and applied ministry for Phoenix Seminary since 2006. Dr. Moody and his wife, Gina, enjoy a legacy of three grown children and several grandchildren and attend Valley View Bible Church where he serves as elder.

 

 

 

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2014 Phoenix Seminary Spring Chapel

hoenix Seminary biannual chapel events are a powerful statement of the Seminary community in worship. Students and spouses from all our constituent denominations and churches praise our Lord with one voice and one purpose—to give glory to our King. Our Spring Chapel was held on the campus of Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, AZ.   Opening with scripture and prayer by host, Dr. Chip Moody, Dean of Students, it featured a seminary update by Phoenix Seminary President Dr. Darryl DelHousaye, followed by a Bible-intensive message by CBC pastor Dr. Tim Savage from the New Testament epistle to the Ephesians. The music provided  by the CBC contemporary worship team was worshipful and reflected the majestic work of God in and through Christ and his cross.  The highlight of our Spring Chapels is always the Lord’s Supper celebrated as one unified community of faith. At this recent chapel event we celebrated the Eucharist in the manner of the Anglican traditional liturgy by one of our Episcopal students, Rev. Matt Marino. Refreshments following worship was the venue for fellowship and reconnecting, sometimes with students or faculty we don’t see much on this semester’s schedule. Our thanks to all who helped us: the pastor and worship staff of CBC, those who assisted in the Lord’s Supper, the hand that helped set up and clean up before and after, and a special thanks to Ms. Tiina Mitchell, Associate Dean of Students, who plans and organizes our chapel events

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Dr. Wayne Grudem Named Among Top 100 Remarkable Professors

Theology and Biblical Studies Research Professor, Dr. Wayne Grudem, was recently named as one of the top notable Professors and Scholars in the country by TheologyDegreesOnline.com.  The article, “100 Top Remarkable Professors and Scholars Theology Students Should Know About” was posted on February 12, 2014 and lists top Theology professors in different regions across the country. The professors were selected by the editorial team at TheologyDegreesonline.com based in part, on nominations and recommendations received from the professors’ peers as well as the reputation, volume, and in some cases, unique perspective of their work and publications. Editor Mary Thompson noted, “We hope that [our readers] will find inspiration and motivation in the careers of the remarkable scholars included in this article. We think these scholars set an excellent example for the next generation of theologians.”

According to the group’s website, TheologyDegreesOnline.com  “aims to provide prospective students with a single online resource for finding information about theology and various degrees offered in this field.” Their main readers are current and soon-to-be students in theology programs, many of whom hope to become professors eventually.

The full text can be found here:

http://theologydegreesonline.com/remarkable-professors-scholars/

 

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Phoenix Seminary hosts Dr. Eckhard Schnabel

Schnabel_EckhardThis past January, Phoenix Seminary was delighted to host Dr. Eckhard Schnabel, the Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, for a week-long intensive course on “Mission in the New Testament.” Based on Dr. Schnabel’s research, the course looked to the book of Acts to provide an introduction to the missionary activity of the early church in the first century. Dr. Schnabel’s personal missionary experiences in Latin America, the Philippines and Southeast Asia also provided rich insights for the students. In addition, Dr. Schnabel stimulated several of the faculty and teaching assistants with an informal discussion about his current research on the trials of Jesus for a forthcoming book. Some of the faculty noted they were inspired by Dr. Schnabel’s commitment to excellent teaching and a reminder that this flows out of continued commitment to excellent research and scholarship.

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Phoenix Seminary’s President’s Forum

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My Story @ Phoenix Seminary

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Your story matters.

 

In fact, your story matters so much that Phoenix Seminary is giving you a bit of an incentive just for sharing your story: the chance to win one of two iPad Air tablets. These are brand-new 128GB iPad Air tablets (Gray, Retina Display, Wifi, laser-etched with the Phoenix Seminary logo).

 

What is this all about?

 

If you are a current Phoenix Seminary student or graduate we want to hear how God has impacted you through your experience at Phoenix Seminary. Our leadership will evaluate the entries and select the two most compelling stories. The iPad Airs will be awarded to the two individuals whose stories best reflect growth in the following areas:

 

  • Theological Understanding
  • Character Development
  • Ministry Skill

 

Our hope in doing this is to learn more about you, our students and alumni, and also to share your story with others so that they can learn about the Kingdom impact of Phoenix Seminary. Will you help us?

 

How to tell us your story?

 

In your 2 minute video story please be sure to tell us:

1)  Your name

2)  Are you a current student or alumni?

3)  What’s your degree program?

4)  Your story

 

RECORD your video via your smartphone, tablet or computer. Please make sure your video is no longer than TWO MINUTES.

 

 

EMAIL your video to Nate Bradley (nbradley@ps.edu) or Steve Johnson (sjohnson@ps.edu).

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UPLOAD your video to our Dropbox folder at: www.dropbox.com/sh/jgaaxrma3uoeyll/c5hwyOpiuY

 

By submitting your video story, you are granting permission for Phoenix Seminary to use your video, name, and program for the purposes of marketing and advancing Phoenix Seminary.

When is the deadline?

 

11:59PM on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Late entries will be not be eligible to win the iPad Air.

 

Please direct all questions to Nate Bradley (nbradley@ps.edu or 602.429.4912) or Steve Johnson (sjohnson@ps.edu or 602.429.4975).

 

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“Let’s Talk Bible” Audio Files

Welcome to “Let’s Talk Bible with Dr. D!”

 

As an added enhancement, we are making all of the “Let’s Talk Bible with Dr. D!” lessons available for download in audio (MP3) format. You can download these files and listen to them on any MP3 player. New lessons will automatically be added to this list as they are recorded. The video versions are still available at the published Vimeo site.

NOTE: PASSWORD IS NOT REQUIRED TO DOWNLOAD THESE AUDIO FILES

Proverbs Lesson 1: Wisdom

Proverbs Lesson 2: Conflict

Proverbs Lesson 3: Prayer

Proverbs Lesson 4: Giving

Proverbs Lesson 5: Fear

Proverbs Lesson 6: Anger

Proverbs Lesson 7: Legacy

Proverbs Lesson 8: Friendship

Proverbs Lesson 9: Purity

Proverbs Lesson 10: Honesty

Proverbs Lesson 11: The Home

Proverbs Lesson 12: Laziness

Proverbs Lesson 13: Kids

Proverbs Lesson 14: The Poor

Proverbs Lesson 15: Living in the Present

Proverbs Lesson 16: Humility

Proverbs Lesson 17: Prudence 

Proverbs Lesson 18: Alcohol

 

 

 

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CHIEF – Phoenix Seminary Partnership

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Course Descriptions:

BL 571 - 1 & 2 Peter

Description:

Carefully examines the theological and practical teachings of these letters, particularly the important themes of persevering in suffering and doing right in the face of evil.

[2 hours. Instructor: Chay. Frequency: Rare. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Fred W. Chay, D.Min., Ph.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Rare
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 571 - 1 & 2 Peter Syllabus
Notes:

BL 572 - 1, 2 & 3 John

Description:

A verse-by-verse study of John’s epistles. The primary emphases of the course are the marks of healthy Christian fellowship. Detailed consideration of the structure and theology of the books are a significant part of the course. Principles are given for personal application in believers’ lives today.

[2 hours. Instructor: Chay. Frequency: Rare. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Fred W. Chay, D.Min., Ph.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Rare
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 572 - 1, 2 & 3 John Syllabus
Notes:

BL 579 - Revelation

Description:

A study of this exciting book with an emphasis on holy living in light of the return of the Messiah. The prophetic culmination of history and planet Earth will be seen. Methods of interpretation, problem passages, and fulfillment of the biblical covenants will be examined.

[2 hours. Instructor: Chay. Frequency: Rare. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Fred W. Chay, D.Min., Ph.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Rare
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 579 - Revelation Syllabus
Notes:

BL 580 - Biblical Literature Individualized Study

Description:

A unique course designed by a faculty advisor and student to develop competence in the area of Biblical Literature.

 [1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Any Semester. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: 3.4 GPA and approved Academic Petition. Notes: May be repeated for credit as BL 581 when section content differs.]

Instructor: (Varies)
Hours: 1-4
Frequency: Any Semester
Prerequisite(s): 3.4 GPA & Academic Petition
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 580 - Biblical Literature Individualized Study Syllabus
Notes:

An individualized study is a unique course which is designed by a faculty advisor and student which permits M.Div., M.A.B.L., and Diploma students to pursue personalized studies to build competence in their area of ministry interest. To be eligible for approval, an individualized study must:

1. Not replicate a course normally offered in the regular curriculum;
2. Have the support of the faculty member who would potentially supervise the study;
3. Pursue defined objectives which are clearly set forth in a course syllabus (created by the student and faculty advisor prior to registration);
4 .Be undertaken by a degree student maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4.
 
Academic Petitions for individualized study should be submitted to the Director of Academic Services no later than four weeks prior to the Registration deadline.

Formerly coded a BI 580.

BL 582 - Biblical Geography

Description:

Designed to give the student an in-depth understanding of the geography of Israel, archaeology and key events of biblical history. Emphasizes the importance that geography has placed in the events of the biblical texts and the modern dilemma which has occurred over the land of Israel.

[2 hours. Instructor: Wegner. Frequency: Every Spring. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Paul D. Wegner, Ph.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Occasional Springs
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 582 - Biblical Geography Syllabus
Notes: Formerly coded as BI 582.

BL 585 - Developing a Biblical Theology of the Church

Description:

An inductive, exegetical study of the various churches of the New Testament, such as the Palestinian and Roman churches, as well as the house churches of the Pauline mission. You will be given an opportunity to evaluate your own church tradition from a biblical perspective and develop a personal theology of the church.

[2 hours. Instructor: J. DelHousaye. Frequency: Rare. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: John C. DelHousaye, Ph.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Rare
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 585 - Developing a Biblical Theology of the Church Syllabus
Notes:

BL 586 - Jewish Literature at the Time of Jesus: Introduction & Comparison with the New Testament

Description:

This course introduces writings that were important to various Jewish groups but were not included in either the Old or New Testament. We will read excerpts from the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic Literature, Philo and Josephus. We will discuss their continuity and discontinuity with the teaching of Jesus and His apostles. Special attention will be given to those ideas that continue to separate Christianity and Judaism today.

[2 hours. Instructor: J. DelHousaye. Frequency: Rare. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: John C. DelHousaye, Ph.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Rare
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 586 - Jewish Literature at the Time of Jesus: Introduction & Comparison with the New Testament Syllabus
Notes:

BL 590 - The Apostolic Fathers

Description:

This course is an introduction to the earliest Christian writings outside of the New Testament. Through them, we shall explore the joys and challenges of the first followers of Jesus, who attempted to remain true to the teachings of the apostles. Attention will be given to the origin of the church in Syria, Rome, and Asia Minor.

[2 hours. Instructor: J. DelHousaye. Frequency: Occasional. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: John C. DelHousaye, Ph.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Occasional
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 590 - The Apostolic Fathers Syllabus
Notes:

BL 595 - Selected Topics in Biblical Literature

Description:

An occasional Biblical Literature elective offered as the need and opportunity arise. Course content is dependent on the expertise of available faculty (resident, adjunct, and visiting), current issues of academic and practical importance, and overall balance in regard to recent course offerings.

[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Occasional. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None. Notes: May be repeated for credit when section content differs. Past topics include: “Galatians, Martin Luther, and The New Perspective on Paul and Justification.”]

Instructor: (Varies)
Hours: 1-4
Frequency: Occasional
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: BL 595 - Selected Topics in Biblical Literature Syllabus
Notes: Formerly coded as BI 595.

CD 501 - Living in God’s Presence

Description:

This course challenges you to explore the process and blessing of living in God’s presence. The Christian life is viewed through the lens of God’s transforming grace and unchanging truth. You will discover practical ways to enrich your relationship with the Lord.

[2 hours. Instructor: Wakefield. Frequency: Every Spring. Required within the first 30 hours for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Norman G. Wakefield, Ed.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Every Spring
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: within the first 30 hours for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: CD 501 - Living in God’s Presence Syllabus
Notes: