Spiritual Formation Course in Grande Prairie
Taylor Seminary is pleased to announce that a modular course will be offered in Grande Prairie, AB over three weekends in the New Year. Dr. Allan Effa will teach a course on Spiritual Formation; this course may be taken for graduate credit through Taylor Seminary or for undergraduate credit through Taylor College (ask for details). This course may also be audited for those who would appreciate learning, but do not need/want academic credit.
This course is part of an ongoing initiative of Taylor Seminary to make theological education more widely available. Numerous courses are being offered in one-week or weekend modular formats; a number of courses are being offered in a modular format in various western Canadian cities, and numerous online courses are attracting students from around the world.
Read more about the course below, and be sure to contact us right away to register your interest in the course and to explore what steps might be needed for registration. Applications will be accepted up to the start of the course date, but early registrations are very helpful and greatly appreciated.
PT 540 Spiritual Formation (3 credits)
Spiritual formation is all about the ways the Holy Spirit works in our lives to conform or transform us toward Christlikeness. We will learn from biblical and historical examples and explore a number of practices together in this three credit course.
This modular course will be offered in Grande Prairie over three weekends in Winter 2011 for graduate credit through Taylor Seminary, or for undergraduate credit (as REL 262 Christian Spirituality) through Taylor College.
Professor: Dr. Allan Effa
Location: Christian Fellowship Assembly, Grande Prairie, AB
Dates: January 21-22, February 25-26, March 18-19, 2011
(Classes will run on Fridays 6:30–9:30 PM and on Saturdays 8:30 AM–4:30 PM)
Remember, applications are welcome at any time, however early applications for courses and programs are often helpful and are greatly encouraged; call or write today.
onWORD Conference at Taylor
THE PRAYERS OF ST. PAUL
NOV. 12-13, 2010
The apostle Paul often began his letters with eloquent prayers that contain vital concepts for anyone interested in authentic, dissident discipleship. At Taylor’s onWORD Bible conference, Dr. Gary Nelson will share insights from a lifetime of study and pastoral leadership in a series of talks called ‘And this is my Prayer for You... Sorting out what Really Matters for the Church.’
Paul's prayers to the emerging church in the first century provide a window into the challenges for the church and for followers of Jesus in the 21st Century as well. What really matters? How do we find the foundations that effectively and deeply ground us in the possibilities of a faith that is dissident and alive? Paul prays for the things that really matter – and we should too!
This conference will also include a number of workshops and breakout sessions where scholars and Bible teachers will help us journey through scripture.
Join us for onWORD: the conference, a journey through scripture – an exploration of Biblical proportions!
Conference Schedule at a Glance
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
General Session #1 (Stencel Hall)
Speaker: Dr. Gary Nelson
Join us for refreshments following this opening session.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13
10:00 PM - 11:30 AM
General Session #2 (Stencel Hall)
Speaker: Dr. Gary Nelson
Workshops: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Session A – The Excellency of Christ (Dr. Jeffrey McPherson)
The soaring language of the first chapter of Colossians is among the greatest expressions of the work of Christ. It provides a profound understanding of who Christ is in relation to the world and, as such, merits closer examination. Dr. Jeff McPherson, visiting scholar at Taylor Seminary, will lead this discussion.
Session B – 'Helping Johnny Read' –
Thoughts on Biblical Literacy (Dr. Jerry Shepherd)
Dr. Jerry Shepherd, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Taylor, has spent much of his adult life reading, studying and teaching the Bible -- in English and in Hebrew. Lately, he's been giving a lot of thought to the challenge of 'Biblical illiteracy' -- a general lack of knowledge of the people, places and stories of scripture. Join him for a lively discussion of some of the ways we can foster general familiarity with the Bible.
Workshops: 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Session C – Praying the Psalms (Len Thompson)
Join Len Thompson of Urban Sanctuary (also an adjunct professor at Taylor Seminary) as he leads you through an experience of scripture as prayer. Through teaching, reading aloud, writing and prayer, students at this session will have the opportunity to experience the Psalms in a new way.
Session D – Living into the Good News
(Bishop Jane Alexander)
Bishop Jane Alexander of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton will discuss the Good News. She will speak from Luke 4:16-21, in which Jesus reads a passage from Isaiah then declares "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
General Session #3 (Stencel Hall)
Speaker: Dr. Gary Nelson
5:30 PM – Conference Ends
WHAT: onWORD Bible Conference
WHEN: November 12 - 13, 2010
WHERE: Stencel Hall, Taylor College and Seminary
(11525 - 23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB)
COST: free, but you must register; pre-register online now in 60 seconds or less - click here.
Movie Night - Nov. 5
‘The Trial’ – Canadian Film Premiere
“...a tragic story of pain, suffering and loss ultimately giving way to hope and rediscovery. This story shines on film.”
-Noel T. Manning (Cinemascene)
“...a beautiful and moving film...”
-S. David Acuff (Wired4Film)
The Taylor Seminary Students’ Association is pleased to present the Canadian premiere of director Gary Wheeler’s latest film. The Trial, based on a Robert Whitlow novel, has been in limited theatrical release in the United States, earning rave reviews. In advance of its DVD release on November 9, the TSSA welcomes you to join us for a special movie event, featuring a Q & A with Brad Mix, one of the executive producers of the film.
Following the death of his wife and sons, small-town lawyer "Mac" McClain (Matthew Modine) has lost the will to live, but he sets aside despair to defend young Pete Thomason (Randy Wayne) in a high-stakes case involving first-degree murder. In this courtroom drama that finds Pete accused of killing his girlfriend, unyielding prosecutor Joe Whetstone (Bob Gunton) seeks the death penalty, and McClain pursues redemption for the boy and for himself.
Join us for this exceptional new film, and stay for a discussion of Christian films, led by Tim Willson. Admission is free, brought to you by the students of Taylor Seminary.
Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Stencel Hall at Taylor (11525 - 23 Avenue, Edmonton AB)
**DVD Release for THE TRIAL: November 9, 2010
To inquire about screenings in your church, contact Crown Entertainment: 1 (800) 661-9467, ext. 307
Purity Works - Conference
The E P Wahl Centre at Taylor is pleased to announce that best-selling children's author Jennie Bishop will speak at a unique parenting conference on October 30, 2010. Purity Works will focus on helping parents shepherd their children through a challenging cultural landscape. In advertising, television programs, books, music and in school yards everywhere, children are presented with ideas that conflict with what they are taught at home. Jennie's message is based on a simple idea -- that God's gifts to us are best enjoyed when they are preserved for their best and highest use.
Purity Works is a conference that introduces the concept of “planned purity” and the “five doors of the heart.” Jennie explains how to build purity into family life, which begins as we learn to guard our hearts via the five senses. A child is taught to guard the “inner being” by critically evaluating what he/she takes in via the senses. This biblical understanding and practice of purity, based on Proverbs 4:20-27, builds the foundation for children to embrace sexual purity outwardly as they grow.
This conference is directed at families and those who work with children, but is also appropriate and helpful for young men and women aged 12 and above.
What: Planned Purity, a conference for moms and dads
Who: Jennie Bishop, best-selling author, founder of Purity Works
When: October 30, 2010, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Taylor College and Seminary (11525 - 23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB)
Cost: $30 per person ($50 per couple)
About Jennie Bishop
Jennie Bishop is a best-selling children’s author of numerous books, including The Princess and the Kiss . That book was written after Jennie asked God to help her find an age-appropriate way to teach young children about purity. The unexpected grassroots response to The Princess and The Kiss catapulted Bishop into a speaking and conference ministry known as Purity Works to bring the message of biblical purity to children and parents alike; it has since been followed by a similar book for boys, The Squire and the Scroll. She lives in Florida with her husband, Randy (a worship pastor), and their two daughters.
Check out this short video introduction to Purity Works (clicking the image below will play the video on Youtube):
Other books by Jennie Bishop