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All Lectures will be conducted at:
Pacific Time: 4:30–5:30pm
Mountain Time: 5:30–6:30pm
Central Time: 6:30–7:30pm
Eastern Time: 7:30–8:30pm
Wednesday, February 22, 2017:
“Prayer in the New Testament”
Lecturers: Patrick Lapp and Jonathan Armstrong
In this first class period, we will introduce the spiritual discipline of prayer as the proper beginning point for theological study. “Theology” means “God-speech,” and we must learn to talk with God before we can learn to speak properly about God. This session looks into Jesus’ prayer life and his seven prayers recorded in the Gospels.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017:
“Prayer in the Old Testament”
Lecturers: Jacob Hede and Nick Athineos
When did God’s covenant people begin practicing prayer? For the Old Testament saints who did not know the presence of the Holy Spirit in the same intimate way that Christians do today, what did prayer mean? We will explore the Old Testament teachings on prayer, especially focusing on the Psalms.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017:
“Lectio Divina: Praying through Scripture”
Lecturers: Matthew Dereck and Patrick Müller
In this third class session, we will devote the entire period to prayer. The time of prayer will be preceded by a brief explanation of the traditional method of Lectio Divina or praying through Scripture, and we will pray through Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14–21 and a selection from the Psalms.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017:
“Prayer and the History of Revival”
Lecturers: Cameron Myers and Jonathan Armstrong
It is often said that every major revival began with prayer, but can we demonstrate this claim to be true? What role did prayer play in the First and Second Great Awakenings, the ministry of Billy Graham, or the modern missions movement?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017:
“The Liturgy of the Hours”
Lecturers: Matthew Dereck and Jacob Grubb
The Liturgy of the Hours was already practiced by ancient Christians in the early centuries and fully developed by the monastic tradition in the Middle Ages. Beginning with “Lauds” in the morning and concluding with “Compline” at night, the wisdom of this carefully ordered, reflective tradition of prayer can be brought into our modern lives.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017:
“Evensong in the Anglican Tradition”
Lecturers: Jacob Grubb and Jacob Hede
In this session, we will pray through a liturgical service in the Anglican tradition. There will be a brief explanation of the various elements of the service, and all will be provided with a handout with the readings for the service.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017:
“Patterns of Prayer”
Lecturers: Cameron Myers and Patrick Lapp
Through the ages, many outlines of prayer have come and gone, but a handful have stood the test of time. We will look at the pattern provided by Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer, Martin Luther’s and John Calvin’s advice on prayer, and ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication).
Wednesday, April 19, 2017:
“Classics on Prayers”
Lecturers: Patrick Müller and Jacob Grubb
There is a library of spiritual classics on the subject of prayer! More than a “recommended reading list,” this session will take you into the stories and teachings of the authors of some of the best-known authors on prayer: John Hyde (Praying Hyde), the “Unknown Christian” (The Kneeling Christian), and Brother Lawrence (The Practice of the Presence of God).
Wednesday, April 26, 2017:
Lecturers: Jonathan Armstrong and Nick Athineos
We will conclude our seminar on prayer with a prayer service in the Taizé tradition. This simple, open style of prayer has attracted hundreds of thousands of European young people in recent decades.