This fall, I will be teaching an introductory course on Christian Spirituality at UNBC. Here is some information about the course, taken from the syllabus:
“Description and Scope – Christian spirituality is a popular concept that stems from ancient roots. This introductory course will invite students to explore the nature of their own spiritual formation as well as introduce beliefs and practices of formation and community from Christian traditions of spirituality, from a Christian perspective. Participants will discover and participate in a variety of Christian spiritual practices that encourage a Biblical and holistic approach to life.
Objectives – Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Articulate a Biblical theology of personal spiritual growth.
- Thoughtfully answer the question, “What does it mean to live a Christian life?”.
- Describe and evaluate the various principles, methods and teachings used to help people grow spiritually, in light of the Old and New Testaments.
- Explore and practice the Biblical, theological and historical elements of Christian spirituality.”
In addition to the Bible, the textbooks that we use throughout the course are:
- Foster, Richard J., and James Bryan Smith. Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups. Rev. and expanded ed. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005.
- Scorgie, Glen G. A Little Guide to Christian Spirituality: Three Dimensions of a Life Lived with God. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2007.
- Sittser, Gerald Lawson. Water from a Deep Well: Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2007.