What I am Teaching in Spring 2010

Classes begin for me today, with the following lineup:

Pauline Spirituality for Church and Ministry, a course I first taught at Duke last spring. We will read some recent works on Paul’s spirituality, pastoral vision, ecclesiology, and counter-imperial theology:
—Michael J. Gorman, Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross
—Kent E. Brower and Andy Johnson, eds. Holiness and Ecclesiology in the New Testament
—James W. Thompson, Pastoral Ministry According to Paul: A Biblical Vision
—Richard A. Horsley, Paul and the Roman Imperial Order
—some articles by Kathy Grieb, Morna Hooker, and Beverly Gaventa

In addition, students will be doing some practical case studies and panel presentations on the intersection of these topics in Paul and in the life of the church.

The Book of Revelation and its Interpreters, which I have taught numerous times here and also taught at Duke last year. I only have three students, so it will be a small seminar, but very interesting: two of them are advanced students from Africa. Focusing on the text with them will help me finalize by little book on Revelation. The students will read the fantastic commentary by Mitchell Reddish and the fine theology of Revelation by Richard Bauckham.

The Cities of Paul and John, my bi-annual study tour to Turkey and Greece. We have 24 people going in February, and it is always a wonderful experience. (See the link to the right.) Reading includes parts of my Apostle of the Crucified Lord, the little commentary on Revelation by Gonzalez and Gonzalez, and the superb guide to biblical sites in Greece and Turkey by Mitch Reddish and Clyde Fant.

7 Responses to “What I am Teaching in Spring 2010”

  1. Mike Bird says:

    Michael, I’d happily come to Greece and Turkey with you as your personal porter. I’ve love to visit Colossae, though I’d need a shovel so someone can finally start digging it up!

  2. MJG says:

    Do come, Mike! You can see ruins jutting out from the side of the tell. Two years ago we climbed it is 6 inches of snow, and the leader started a snowball fight.

    More seriously, you really should consider going on a “fam” (familiarization) trip with the travel company I consult for (Illume) or just lead a trip with them. Email me if you are interested.

  3. Frank says:

    Any other texts for the Revelation course or are those the only two?

  4. MDM says:

    Do not quote me, however, I have heard that Christianity practice has of late been shifting out of the West into regions like that of Africa (where Christian scholarship/systematics is yet to follow, still remaining strong in the West). Indeed, some have claimed the West (ie. America) is now post-Christian… (certainly up for debate).

    Tabling discourse with advanced students from Africa must then be quite an opportunity for you, on many levels…

    Paul rethought in the matrix of 1st century thought is an interesting topic. I am chomping at the bit in anticipation of attending the Wheaton Theology Conference: Jesus, Paul and the People of God.

    I will be on the lookout for your blurbs concerning the progress of this class…


  5. MJG says:


    They will also be reading drafts of my forthcoming book and some articles. They will be doing a detailed exegetical notebook, working carefully with the text.


    We have a good number of African students in our post-master’s program, and that is always fun and enlightening. I spent 2-1/2 weeks in Cameroon last year teaching—and learning!

  6. sean leroy says:

    Thanks for this little update…curious…are those articles you referenced on Pauline Spirituality avail online or something?
    Also, good reminder on our brothers and sisters in Africa…for a variety of reasons we (Americans) have a lot to learn from them!

  7. MJG says:


    Kathy Grieb’s article on Pauline vocation is online (it was published in Interpretation), but I think you need a subscription, or at least a trial subscription.

    And yes, a lot to learn…

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