Why study biblical languages?

Revd Dr Jim West reviews The Rewards of Learning Greek and Hebrew: Discovering the Richness of the Bible in Its Original Languages by Professors Catherine L. McDowell and Philip H. Towner.

Ming Hua offers courses in both biblical Hebrew and ancient Greek, giving students the opportunity to learn how to read the Bible in its original languages. But learning a new language is a lot of work, and students could be forgiven for asking themselves if it is worth the effort.

This book aims to open students’ eyes to the riches that await those who do learn Hebrew or Greek. Designed for people who have never studied the biblical languages, it contains a number of case studies that demonstrate the kind of accuracy and insight that await those who gain proficiency in them.

McDowell is up first, presenting arguments as to why students of the Bible ought to be students of Hebrew. She illustrates her basic premise, namely that Hebrew matters, by means of examination of the story of Adam, the fall, and the tale of the Garden of Eden. 

She next turns to the structure of the Hebrew sentence as imperative for interpretive clarity, Hebrew euphemisms and idioms, sarcasm and insults (my favourite chapter!), puns, and allusions, none of which are apparent in English, and all of which are on display in Hebrew.

Once ample reason is supplied to encourage students to learn Hebrew, McDowell hands duties off to Towner, who takes in tow justifications for the acquisition and use of Greek by readers of the New Testament.  Here the presentation is broad and wide, and it includes a plea for the Septuagint, the importance of Greek for our understanding of the culture of the New Testament world, the abiding reality of ambiguity even when the biblical languages are in hand, and even a treatment of ‘the Poetics of Divine Wrath’. Who doesn’t love a good discussion of wrath?

A very concise remark by Towner sums up nicely the substance of the book: “The Greek reader comes closer to being a part of an insider audience.” (p. 117) That, mutatis mutandis, is also true of readers of Hebrew for the Old Testament. Those who can use the languages with facility and growing expertise become, increasingly over time, more and more familiar with the Bible. What, frankly, could be better than that?

The book also includes a bibliography, an appendix of resources for further study, and an index of scripture references. Each chapter is prefaced by a scholarly quote and concluded with a student quote. Concerning the appendix of resources for further study, not only are books and such listed, but there are a number of resources that have QR codes provided so that they can be accessed online.  I think this a delightful idea, so long as those sites don’t go silent in a short period of time. There is nothing quite as dismaying as visiting a website only to discover that it hasn’t been updated since 2018.

Overall, the volume is wise and prudent, and readers will gain much from it. Hopefully, appetites will be whet for the study and acquisition of Hebrew and Greek (though there is no section devoted to Aramaic, which, as you’ll know, is also a biblical language).  It is an easy read in that users ought to be able to get through it in a few days of intermittent enjoyment, or a Saturday if they are industrious and hearty. However long it may take to read, it will draw those who do into an authentic desire to take the plunge and learn the biblical languages.

神學文憑課程

明華神學院文憑課程本年度第三學期會在復活節後開始,除開設導論科目以外,如果您有興趣知道關於教會的七件事,或想一起研讀詩篇,又想探討基督教婚姻等,那就不容錯過了!我們歡迎您報讀或旁聽以下科目,一起進入神學之旅。

2021-2022年度第三學期文憑科目:

聖經研習導論 (DCS003)

讓學員從當代不同的釋經進路,更全面認識如何從文本中去理解當中的意義,為未來在聖經研究的學習打好基礎。

講師:劉榮佳牧師

日期:10/5, 17/5, 24/5, 31/5(二)

時間:晚上7:00 – 9:00

形式:ZOOM

實踐神學導論 (DCS005)

這科目是讓學員將信仰不單在頭腦上認知,並轉化在生活中實踐出來。作為信徒又如何在所屬牧區/傳道區履行『如此信.如此行』。

講師:潘靄君牧師

日期:4/5, 11/5, 18/5, 25/5(三)

時間:晚上7:00 – 9:00

形式:ZOOM

公宗硏習

HKSKH Essentials – 你不能不知關於教會的七件事 (DAN007)

以輕鬆方式簡介關於聖公會你不能不知的七件事。從英國教會改革,到節期顏色,至如何在學校舉行開學崇拜,你想要知道的,和你一起探討!

講師:潘正行牧師、張文偉會吏

日期:7/6, 14/6, 21/6, 28/6, 5/7, 12/7, 19/7 (二)

時間:晚上7:00 – 9:00

形式:ZOOM

聖經硏習

詩篇導論與選讀 (DBS009)

《詩篇》是編在希伯來聖經的《聖卷》部份。當中部份內容,不論基督徒群體或非基督徒群體,也屬於比較熟悉的。《詩篇》的內容豐富真摯,題材多樣,有讚美、有哀歌、有訓誨、有懺罪。而且,《詩篇》在猶太信仰或基督徒的崇拜生活中,亦有重要的角色。

本科目分為兩部份:

第一部份,屬於導論:從成書、編輯及分類角度認識《詩篇》

第二部份,賞析部份:嘗試從經文文本研讀,亦分享部份節期中所選讀的詩篇。

講師:陳榮豐牧師

日期:12/5, 19/5, 26/5, 2/6, 9/6, 16/6, 23/6, 30/6(四)

時間:晚上7:00 – 9:00

形式:ZOOM

教會歷史

教會與社會文化的發展歷史 (DCH002)

研究教會和社會文化發展的緊密關係。我們會對歷史、神學、思想史和哲學史的研究給予同等的重視,使學生能夠發展批判技能,以分析不斷變化的思想,習俗和知識傳統。

講師:李安業牧師

日期:16/5, 23/5, 30/5, 6/6, 20/6, 27/6 (一)

時間:晚上7:00 – 9:00

形式:ZOOM

實踐神學

婚姻之路 (DPT010)

香港聖公會一向重視婚姻及家庭牧養工作,因時代的轉變,婚姻和家庭都發生不少變化。香港聖公會牧養專責委員會編寫『婚姻之路』牧養手冊,目的是重新肯定基督教婚姻的意義,並讓信徒能從中檢視『婚姻之路』。

講師:葉翠芬博士

日期:1/6, 8/6, 15/6, 22/6, 29/6, 13/7(三)

時間:晚上7:00 – 9:00

形式:ZOOM

有關修讀CPE的一點分享

按照安排,今年暑期我將會修讀CPE課程。當然是有一些目標期望在課程中達到,但事實上我更期待的是這些目標以外的發現。相對於理論和技巧的學習,CPE更像是一次生命發現和重整的旅程。在這旅程中會與什麼人相遇,又或是會經驗什麼事情,這一切都在未知之中。未知可以帶來緊張甚或恐懼,但同樣可以帶來驚喜和突破。八年前第一次讀CPE正值剛剛成家之時,在理當邁向成熟的自己內心發現了一個還沒好好照顧的小孩子。如今正值不惑之年,又會發現一些什麼呢?按原來的計劃我應該在去年暑期已完成CPE,但卻在年頭患了一場大病需要休養生息而推遲了計劃。如今又正面對嚴重的疫情,到暑期會是怎樣的情況又有誰可以預測?

人生原本就是充滿未知的變數。打亂了計劃的生活可以算是意外,但亦可算是日常。要努力計劃人生,又要處變不驚兼靈活變通,生活在變幻之中,實在好不累人。心很累,也許正是我們大部分人的共同感受。奮力裝備自己來開拓前程,努力工作養家,又要盡心維繫各種關係,這樣追趕生活已經好不容易了。誰知一場社會動盪,震動了我們所熟知的生活。接著還來了一場全球疫症,使我們內內外外的世界都天翻地覆。要在這樣一個混亂的世代中去關懷疲累、驚惶、甚至絕望的心靈,我又能夠做怎樣的準備呢?

耶穌復活後向門徒顯現,曾三次問彼得「你愛我麼?」亦三次差遣彼得餵養祂的羊。當彼得承接這牧養教會的重責時,耶穌並沒有給他傳授什麼秘技錦囊。但這三問「你愛我麼?」卻是要重整彼得破裂扭曲的生命,重新較正他事奉的路向。CPE課程對神學生來說是否必需?則見仁見智。然而生命發現和重整過程,卻是任何一個立志接受牧養使命之人的必經路程。因此我正期待著上主給我的三問,好預備自己來承接上主給我的召命。

Learning from Experience

Dr Matthew Jones reflects on teaching the Doctor of Educational Ministry programme offered in partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary.

What can I learn from what I have just experienced or attempted? These words form part of the ethos and overall focus of the exciting Doctor of Educational Ministry programme currently taught at Ming Hua in partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary. This particular study, which brings another new and thoughtful dimension to Ming Hua’s theological offerings, gives students the opportunity to learn from their own backgrounds and expertise in the fields of Christian education, ministry, and leadership in educational contexts. 

Crucially, students are not only encouraged to reflect on their practical experience, but also on how a combination of their own experience, learning and the insights of others can lead to ongoing practical application in a range of backgrounds, contexts and educational settings. A key part of the programme is the action-reflection model of learning, within which students reflect on their own actions in real life situations and strive to learn from them to be better or more informed practitioners when encountering similar situations in the future.

I am privileged to be teaching the Case Study component of the programme, within which students select a case study, based upon an actual event in their experience. They write about it and reflect upon it, and then, in discussion groups, seek to reflect on the case further with others, by asking the question “What can I learn from this?” This kind of learning process recognises that the students at Ming Hua are actually experts, with a wealth of valuable experience, and together they can help each other to utilise that expertise and experience. In other words, the learning here is lateral and shared, with students (and staff) learning from each other, through empowering discussion and deep reflection gained together. Already from my short time teaching the programme, I have learnt a great deal from the experiences and situations of the students who bring a great depth of life and learning to the table. 

While there is, of course, still a place for more traditional Bachelor and Master level degrees and subjects in theology at any theological college, the D.Ed.Min programme provides an exciting avenue for students who already have established careers in various fields to utilise and learn from those very experiences, and, in turn, empower the learning of others within the programme and beyond. It also provides a way for Ming Hua to benefit from the wisdom and experience of its students as we all seek to learn and live together in our various and, at times, complex Christian contexts. 

This is a truly empowering experience for all involved and I would strongly recommend the D.Ed.Min to anyone working as administrators, educators, chaplains and regional leaders in the field of Christian education, ministry or other related areas, who wants to learn and benefit from their own practical experience and that of others. It is well worth having a look at what this programme can offer as it is another way Ming Hua, in partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary, is offering quality theological education and programmes of immediate and lasting benefit to the people and the churches that the College continues to serve in Hong Kong, Macau and beyond.  

For more information on the Doctor of Educational Ministry programme please get in touch:

Phone         (852) 2521 7708
Email           admission@minghua.edu.hk
Messenger  http://m.me/hkskhminghua
Whatsapp   9530 7241

在疫情中反思復活節

我們能夠想象一個沒有復活節的復活節嗎?或者說,對教友們來說:一個沒有復活節崇拜的復活節,我們還能夠切實地經歷耶穌基督的復活大能嗎?

長達兩年多的疫情使我們的生活發生了翻天覆地的變化,我們似乎也在經歷一個漫長的大齋期。特別今年年初以來,情況的急轉直下,是疫情以來的最差點。有人經歷感染、有人甚至經歷親友離世,更普遍地,我們都正在經歷生活的被迫停頓。我們正如以色列人一樣,流落在一個不知幾時才能離開、看到出路的茫茫曠野。

然而,曠野帶給我們的,除了無奈、沉悶甚至苦痛以外,同時也帶來磨煉與淨化。一直以來我們所倚靠的各種系統:經濟、政治、醫療、宗教,某程度上都被上帝取走了,我們除了不斷尋找方法解決問題、不停製造活動來填補這種真空帶來的無力感以外,我們有靜下來注視、接受、擁抱這個帶來苦痛但卻也帶來煉淨的曠野嗎?耶穌的復活前,經歷的是痛苦的十架,在十架上,他經驗的是肉體精神上的痛苦、敵人的嘲笑、親友的無能為力、以及對死亡即將來臨的恐懼,即使他深信有復活,但他也如同我們每一個人,在面對未知的黑暗時,他也一樣呼喊:「我的上帝,為何離棄我?!」在這個絕望的呼喊裡,基督與當前受苦的全人類站在了一起。

復活,是一個我們不能掌握、不能想象、不能促成的上帝作為;復活是舊有生活的重現嗎?是「回復正常」嗎?還是我們的生命在經歷漫長曠野的煉淨、甚至經歷各種形式的死亡後,上帝的聖靈使我們轉化成一個我們從來未曾想象過的形態呢?

在黑暗的墓穴裡,沒有慶典、沒有詩歌、沒有陪伴,但基督復活了!

Waiting with Christ

How may the Church leave Covid behind as Easter approaches, Principal Prof Gareth Jones asks.

These days are some of the worst I remember in 14 years in Hong Kong. Omicron rages. People sicken and die. Thousands are quarantined. Shops and restaurants close down. Families leave. Nobody arrives. All is dark: the wet season arrives early and long. Our churches are closed by Covid-19.

Where is God in the midst of all this silence? With friends we may joke that God is on Zoom, like everyone else; but nobody laughs any more. We pray to The Lord in our hearts. We raise our eyes to each other in our social distancing. We send WhatsApp and Facebook messages of faith and practice to our groups and families, keeping our devotions as alive as we possibly can.

Nothing feels the same anymore, though. Christianity is a religion that lives and rises with a young man, Jesus of Nazareth, and we share together his companionship in our worship, our Eucharists, our feeding spiritually upon his Body and Blood. And this companionship is what we miss most in these days: being together with Jesus, our Jesus, our Lord and our Saviour. Where is Jesus of Nazareth in the midst of all this silence?

This Lent we have heard a Gospel reading that seems to me to address this question. You will all know it as the story of the young woman caught in the act of adultery: Pharisees and scribes drag her off to the Temple, where Jesus is teaching, and thrust her before him, naked and vulnerable. Teacher, the Law of Moses says the punishment for adultery is death by stoning. Now, what do you say?

It is one of the most dramatic, famous moments in the Bible, as the mob and the woman wait to hear her fate. What does Jesus do in these terrible moments of life and death?

He writes on the ground, doodling shapes and figures. Then he declares, ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’. Then he writes on the ground again. Commanding the silence as one by one the crowd leaves, abandoning their anger to Jesus’ love.

I have thought and written about this passage so many times in the more than 40 years I have been studying theology, and I think I’m getting better at understanding what Jesus is doing here in the Temple: he’s waiting and, more importantly, making us wait. Waiting for what?

Waiting to reveal his glory. Jesus is stilling the storm once more, feeding the five thousand, healing the blind and the crippled, praying in the Garden, dying on the Cross and rising in Glory. Jesus is being Jesus, making us wait as he doodles shapes and figures.

I feel very strongly that right now, as we wait in these awful dark days in Hong Kong, we are waiting with Jesus as he writes on our ground, doodling shapes and figures in the midst of our lives. We are waiting for the veil to lift, for Christ to reveal his glory. We are waiting to begin again the mission of the Church. Waiting to gather once more around The Lord’s Body. Waiting to walk humbly with Christ in mercy and justice, companions in Eden. Waiting to become, again, who we always should be: Jesus’s disciples in this city of ours.

This Lent everything begins to feel different to me, much more than Lent last year or in 2020. It feels as though we are restless once again, though the nights are dark before the dawn. It feels as though The Spirit is moving across Hong Kong, bringing endless possibilities of new and eternal light. We are watching Jesus write upon the ground, breathless in the last seconds before he speaks to us; before he calls us once more to the great works of the Church.

Doubtless you will all be reading Lent books, praying your devotions, following services on Zoom during this season of preparation. Please God we may be able to gather together again in time for Holy Week and Easter.

But whenever we do gather again – and it will be soon! – remember that we are flocking back to our Bishops, priests, deacons, to each other, to become once again what we were always meant to be. To become again the Church, our Church, our Body and our Life. We have been waiting, listening, waiting, for so long. Now comes the time to act – the time of Jubilee for our Church in Hong Kong.

Reprobation and God’s Sovereignty

Revd Dr Jim West reviews Reprobation and God’s Sovereignty: Recovering a Biblical Doctrine by Peter Sammons.

This should be fun! But, alas, it isn’t.

In promotional material for the book, we are told: “The doctrine of reprobation – that is, the eternal, unconditional decree of God for the non-elect – is frequently misconstrued in both pastoral and theological literature. In Reprobation and God’s Sovereignty, Peter Sammons reintroduces this oft-misunderstood doctrine, revealing its relationship to divine sovereignty. With Romans 9 as a guiding text, Sammons presents a thoroughly researched defense of reprobation as an essential part in a Reformed theology that magnifies God and encourages believers to trust in him.”

The great St. Tertullian once remarked: “Philosophers are the Patriarchs of heretics.” With good reason. There is a massive difference between theology and philosophy. When theology tries to be a philosophy, it abandons its ground. And when philosophy tries to be theology, it wears wax wings and flies directly into the sun. The two disciplines simply have nothing in common. Philosophy is the attempt to understand reality from below, from the point of view of a man or a woman. Theology is revelation, is based in Scripture, and is unwilling to speak declaratively where Scripture is silent.

Theologians who fail to grasp the difference between philosophy and theology tend to attempt to blend the two. Theology is clothed by them in the garb of philosopher, and the terminology of philosophy is adopted. Philosophy and theology are wed, and what they produce together is a monstrosity. This attempted blending is a grand mistake, because the children produced by this monstrous marriage are gross and deformed and resemble neither theology nor philosophy.

That is, regrettably, exactly what Sammons has done. He has fused theology with philosophy and the result is a grotesquery.

He begins: “The Lordship of God is a very muddy issue for a lot of believers” (p. 19). No, it isn’t. People know what Lordship is. They, by and large, simply have no interest in abiding by it. This has nothing to do with a failure to understand it. Indeed, they understand it quite well.

But then Sammons asserts: “For most people terms like ‘decree’, ‘sovereignty’, ‘omnipotence’, ‘providence’, and ‘predestination’ are all sort of catch-all terms that really are saying the same thing” (p. 19). And so, the beast is born. Terms occurring nowhere in Scripture are foisted to the fore and discussed as though they did, along with ones which actually do. Philosophy and theology are already thrust together, and the thesis of the work is made clear: we can and should use philosophy to clarify theology; use humankind’s ideas to clarify divine Revelation. Reaching towards Heaven and pulling down theology to become the servant of human notions, a tower of Babel is built, and Sammons climbs it to its very peak.

Sammons’ chief error is his attempt to explain God’s freedom from the point of view of human actions. That’s like trying to explain the sun from the point of view of a firefly. One, reading Sammons’ work, can only speak one word: No!

There is a grand difference between revelation and reason. They need not be foes; but reason is required to know its place. Luther is worth referencing here, when he suggests that though reason has its place, separated from divine revelation, it is a ‘whore’ who bewitches its victims and leads them away from God and into the murky darkness of pagan philosophy.

Luther is right. Make no mistake, reason apart from faith really is a tempting harlot, leading her victims astray, to death. Similarly, philosophy parading as theology is a harlot in disguise. It can be safely ignored, as can all of its failed attempts to explain God and his free acts.

聖壇花藝之聖週及救主復活日

從棕枝主日開始直到復活節前夕,在教堂傳統稱之為聖週,會眾有沒有留意聖週之聖壇花藝的改變,亦有沒有因聖壇花藝讓您更投入在整個聖週當中。讓我們今次從聖週開始走到教會年曆的高峰救主復活日。是次講座將會與香港聖公會禮儀專責委員會合辦,歡迎對聖壇花藝有興趣人士參加。

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聖週花藝的特色

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臨床牧靈教育課程(CPE)及 督導級培訓課程(SIT)

「臨床牧靈教育」(Clinical Pastoral Education,簡稱CPE) 乃一門神學及牧靈關懷處於困境人士的專業訓練課程,採用「行動、反省、再行動」的臨床學習模式,以發展學員的教牧形象及教牧關顧能力。課程期間學員會到指派的醫院,為病人、病者家屬及醫療團隊提供心靈關顧服務;在特別情況下,學員或會被指派到教會、堂區、學校、監獄、院舍或關愛服務中心為有需要人士提供牧靈關顧服務。

課程最重視的是「建立關係」,因為「治療」只有在愛與信任的氛圍中才能奏效。學員在CPE導師指導下,並在彼此信任、互相承擔的境況中,學習有關牧靈關顧的知識和技巧。故此,參與此項課程的學員必須抱持開放的學習態度,願意檢視自我內在的真實關係、心態、價值觀及對生命、痛苦、死亡的承擔。

完成4個單元課程的學員,具道學碩士或相同學歷,若有志從事臨床牧靈督導,得其教學督導推薦,可申請報讀受訓督導課程,經考核後,可接受「督導級培訓」(Supervisor In Training,簡稱SIT)。

2022年度課程

課程編號001400小時CPE夏季全日制課程

日期:            2022年6月23日至8月31日(逢星期四及五)

時間:            小組時段 – 星期四上午十時至星期五下午六時

(實習 – 逢星期一至星期三,每周最少24小時)

截止報名:    2022年4月30日

課程編號002400小時CPE在職延伸課程

日期:            2022年9月4日至2023年6月5日(每月第一個星期日及一)

時間:            小組時段 – 星期日下午四時至星期一中午十二時

(實習 – 每周最少7.5小時)

截止報名:    2022年6月30日

課程編號003:督導級培訓(SIT)課程

此課程為有志從事臨床牧靈督導人士而設。

有興趣者,請直接與教學督導聯絡。

學 費:CPE – HK$13,000 | SIT – HK$16,000(包括宿營費)

教學督導:杜敏萍博士(Patty)

上課地點:香港聖公會靜修院(長洲明暉路16號)

實習地點:所服事堂會、醫院、老人院或東區醫院

人 數:各3至5人(面試甄選) 查詢/報名:(852) 2521 7708 / admission

What’s On Offer?

From Theological Ethics to Paul and his Letters, here is a full list of all the subjects on offer at Ming Hua for the BTh and MTh programmes in the new semester starting on 28th February.

Bachelor of Theology

Biblical Studies:

Introduction to Old Testament Studies (THL105)

This exciting subject offers an introduction to the Old Testament from the Pentateuch right through to the Minor Prophets. The approach is thematic in focus and includes creation, sin, covenant, people of God, temple and priests, kingship, the prophetic office, exile, war, land and identity, women and eschatology.  Students will not only be taught the basic scholarly tools and critical methods needed to study scripture, but will also learn how to engage with these Old Testament themes that arguably still remain relevant today. 

Lecturer: Dr Stephen Lim

Day & Time: Mondays, 7pm – 9:15pm

Paul and His Letters (THL203)

The Letters of Saint Paul contain some of the most famous passages of the New Testament and have had a significant impact on shaping the Church as we know it. This subject explores these letters, along with Acts of the Apostles, in more depth, looking at Paul’s biography, his theology and the situations to which his letters were responding.

Lecturer: Revd Ross Royden

Day & Time: Mondays, 10am – 12.15pm

Biblical Hebrew 2 (THL241)

This subject is a must for students who want to further their knowledge of the language in which the Old Testament was written. Building on the skills obtained in Biblical Hebrew 1, students will develop further proficiency in the language, looking at grammatical, linguistic and literary elements of Biblical Hebrew. They will also have the opportunity to translate extensive texts from the Old Testament. Completion of Biblical Hebrew 1 (THL102/MHL102) is a prerequisite for this course.

Lecturer: Dr Stephen Lim

Day & Time: Thursday, 7pm – 9.15pm

The Prophetic Literature (THL308)

The prophetic literature was written thousands of years ago, but it still resonates with us. This subject explores the major theological and ethical themes of the prophetic literature in the Old Testament. Students will examine the writings’ historical, social, political and religious contexts, and look at how these influence their interpretation. They will also explore what relevance these writings have for Christians today. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their exegetical and interpretive skills when exploring the texts.

Lecturer: Revd Canon Dr Eric Chong

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 7pm – 9.30pm

Church History:

The European Reformations (THL132)

The reformations in 16th and 17th century Europe have left legacies that are still seen in the Church today. This fascinating subject explores this period of upheaval, looking at reform movements within Roman Catholicism, the radical reformations, inquisitions and the plight of religious minorities during this period. Particular attention is paid to the social context in which the reformations took place, touching on issues such as gender and moral discipline.

Lecturer: Revd Dr Jim West

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 7pm – 9.15pm

Global Christianity Since 1700 (THL330)

This fascinating subject explores the expansion and development of Christianity as a world religion between 1700 and the present day. Looking at European colonisation and the emergence of the modern missionary movement, it examines themes such as the inculturation of Christianity, dialogue with other faiths, poverty and demands for social justice, and the rise of fundamentalism and Pentecostal movements from historical, theological and sociological perspectives.

Lecturer: Revd Prof Philip Wickeri

Day & Time: Thursdays, 2pm – 4.15pm

Practical Theology:

Christian Ministry (THL218)

The Church engages in a wide range of ministries both within the Church and in the wider community. This interesting subject explores the practice and theory of Christian ministry, for both lay people and those who are ordained. It incorporates a number of contemporary issues, including cultural context, heightened public standards, issues of justice and the status of the Church in society.

Lecturer: Revd Dr Chun-wai Lam

Day & Time: Tuesday, 7pm – 9.15pm

Systematic Theology:

Introduction to Christian Theology (THL111)

This interesting subject offers students an introduction to Christian theology, covering areas as diverse as the meaning of revelation, the Triune God, and humanity and sin. Alongside helping students develop the skills they need for theological reasoning, it will also look at the role played by scripture and tradition in Christian thought, and the significance of context in shaping theological reflection.

Lecturer: Dr Matthew Jones

Day & Time: Thursdays, 7pm – 9.15pm

Being the Church (THL113)

The Church has a central place in Christian faith as the people of God are called out for life, ministry and mission. This subject explores the theological and scriptural basis for ‘being the Church’ and its implications for Christian living in the contemporary world. Topics explored include the traditional ‘marks’ of the Church, its unity and diversity in the ecumenical context, and contemporary critiques of church life and practice. A central focus throughout will be the perennial challenge for Christians in all times and all places to ‘be the church’ and what that means in a complex and ever-changing world.

Lecturer: Dr Matthew Jones

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 7pm – 9:15pm

Theological Ethics (THL326)

This interesting subject looks at how Christians define what is right and what is wrong. Students will explore the theology, philosophy, Biblical texts and traditions behind Christian ethics in both historical and contemporary contexts. They will then use this knowledge to consider a range of ethical issues in areas such as politics, economics, war, the environment, medicine and sexuality.

Lecturer: Revd Prof John Kater 

Day & Time: Thursday, 7.30pm – 9.45pm

Master of Theology

Seminar in Biblical and Theological Interpretation (THL535): Reading the Bible in the Third World

The Bible is now read and understood in a global village featuring many cultural perspectives and voices. In light of this diversity, how does one negotiate an appropriate way (or ways) to read the Bible? This subject looks at the intersection of the Bible and contexts that privilege Third World experiences in a bid to decolonise and diversify biblical hermeneutics, particularly in African, Asian, Pacific, and Latin American contexts. As a result, students will not only understand better how different sociohistorical locations create different conditions of possibility for meaning, but they will also be immersed in an environment that encourages the cultivation of critical self-reflexivity and exchange so as to expand their interpretive horizons.

Lecturer: Dr Stephen Lim

Day & Time: Mondays, 7pm – 9:15pm

Classic Texts in Christian Theology (THL545)

Students taking this subject will have the opportunity to study at an advanced level some of the key texts that have helped to shape systematic theology and Church tradition. They will focus on the historical and theological context of the texts, as well as looking at their reception and influence on later Christian thought. Students will be encouraged to reflect deeply on the coherence, diversity, and continuing tensions within the Christian theological tradition.

Lecturer: Dr Rowena Chen

Day & Time: Mondays, 7pm – 9.15pm

Due to the current Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong, all lectures will be conducted by Zoom.

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