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Cambridge Summer School

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Westminster College

Madingley Road

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CB3 0AA

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Covenant Theological Seminary is again partnering with Christian Heritage (Cambridge), and now also the Chalmers Institute (St. Andrews), to deliver a week-long Summer School focusing on the nature of God and humanity (theology track) and contemporary challenges to Christianity (apologetics track). Our speakers will challenge us to gain a deeper understanding of who God is, what he has called us to do as his people, and how to engage our neighbors with his life-giving message. All of this comes with the Summer School distinctive: learning in fellowship with instructors who embody what they teach and students who walk away transformed.

We'd love to have you join us. There are three easy steps to registration. You''ll just need to decide:

1. Which track you'd like to study

2. If you want lodging

3. How you'd prefer to pay.




1. Two tracks to choose from


Course #1: Theology Track

I will be your God

Who is God? Who are we as his creatures? How are we to read the Bible to answer these questions? The long tradition of theology’s dependence upon philosophical ways of knowing and speaking has made theological reflection on God, God’s relation to the world, and what it means to be a human being, more difficult than it needs to be, certainly more difficult than the Word of God intends it to be. While not dismissive of philosophical discourse, this course will answer the above-named questions under the assumption of sola scriptura, understood in terms of the biblical narrative of God’s covenantal character, action, and relating to his creation as the regulative principle for all theological reflection. As both God’s identity and the nature of human beings are narratively rendered in Scripture, we will take the Bible’s own storied pedagogy as our primary way of understanding who God is, who we are as his creatures, and how he calls us to bear his image into the world.

Instructors

An adult convert to the Christian faith, Dr. Michael Williams was a professor of theology at Dordt College for six years before joining Covenant Seminary’s faculty in 1996. He has a strong reputation for his work in biblical and systematic theology, and brings his experience as a youth pastor to bear on his teaching. He has written particularly in the areas of the nature of theology and theological method, and history. His publications include This World Is Not My Home: The Origins and Development of Dispensationalism, Why I Am Not an Arminian (with colleague Robert A. Peterson), and Far as the Curse is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption. He and his wife, Jackie, have two sons.

Dr. Mark Stirling is the leader of the European Disciple-Making Leaders Network. He is a former medical doctor who pioneered work amongst university students with the Navigators in Edinburgh from 1998 to 2004. In 2007 he completed an MA in Exegetical Theology at Covenant Seminary in St Louis and in 2011 gained a PhD in Biblical Studies from St Andrews University, his thesis examining issues of discipleship and maturity in Ephesians. He, his wife Jenny, and their four children now live in St Andrews, Scotland. Mark currently pastors a new church (Cornerstone St Andrews) and is the director of The Chalmers Institute, a learning community that exists to resource and equip men and women to exercise faithful biblical leadership in the church and in society.


Course #2: Apologetics Track

Contemporary Challenges to Christianity

Above all religions, Christianity is the most controversial because it claims that God can be known as He is, that He entered the human sphere as a real human person, and that one cannot earn one’s way to God. These claims must be either true or false. This course takes the objections to these claims seriously and examines them in detail. Although the distinctions are not always clear, the challenges fall into three classes: philosophical (the possibility of knowing what cannot be perceived by the senses, the problem of faith and knowledge, the problem of evil and suffering, and the possibility of skepticism); scientific (evolution and creation, the brain and the mind, and materialism); and cultural (Christianity impedes moral progress, religion has caused more suffering than atheism, Christianity is incompatible with human happiness). This course will rely on both classical and contemporary, but most of the emphasis will be on the New Atheism. Although this course will examine many complex issues, every effort will be made to make it understandable to those without philosophical or scientific training. Finally, this course is meant to be engaging on both an intellectual and emotional level, and there will be the opportunity for discussion at every point of the course.

Instructors

Greg Jesson's long journey from Los Angeles to Iowa has taken him from UCLA and USC, to L'Abri in Switzerland, and to the University of Iowa. He has published articles on the nature of thought and knowledge, philosophy of mathematics, and the portrayal of love and sex in modern film. He has taught at several colleges, and lectured widely in America and Europe. He has done the Veritas Forum at Stanford University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has also spoken at the Pentagon. The title of his lecture was "The Barbarians are Inside the Gate: Relativism Undermining Character and Leadership."

Andrew Fellows was appointed pastor of a church in Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1988 and served there for seven years. In 1995 his family moved to the English branch of L’Abri Fellowship, where they lived and worked for 21 years. From 2011 to 2016 Andrew was the Chairman of L’Abri international. He has recently relocated to Cambridge to take up the role of Director of Christian Heritage. He has a special interest in encouraging followers of Christ to develop the life of the mind so it includes the whole gospel to the whole world with all of its implications. Andrew is married to Helen. They have four children.




2. Ticket Type

Early registration 10% discount ends March 15!

There are a few options when it comes to registration. The following categories will help you navigate them.


Two ticket types to choose from

1. Course Only: this option includes lunch and dinner each day, though lodging is on your own.

2. Course + Housing: this option provides lodging and all meals.


Three groups of ticket buyers

1. First-time attendees: Welcome to your first course with Cambridge Summer School! We're glad to have you join us!

2. Returning Attendees: Welcome back! Since you have been with us before we are glad to provide you with a returning attendee discount.

3. Students: As always we are glad to provide a university student discount.




3. Two ways to pay

This year we are offering two different ways to pay.

1. Check or Cash: Please still register for a "free" ticket here so that we know to expect you. However your registration won't be finalized until we receive your payment in the mail (payments must be received no later than 20 June, 2018). (If you are registering before Mar 15 please take 10% off the ticket price in your check!)

Please make checks payable to "The Chlamers Institute" and mail to:

Simon Hettle

attn: Cambridge Summer School

15 Hamilton Crescent

Bearsden

Glasgow G61 3JP

Scotland

UK


2. Credit Card: You can pay instantly online here (please note that credit card service fees will apply).




Questions?

We're here to help! Just email Simon at simon.hettle@covenantseminary.edu.

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