Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Theology Around the Table


One of the new traditions I am trying to establish in my seminary classes is having one class session per semester at my house around the dinner table. This seems to be a well-received and popular tradition among the students. In fact, we had some students from my previous classes that asked if they could come to the discussion class at my house! Last Wednesday we continued the tradition as the New Testament Survey class met for dinner at our house. So, with giant slabs of take-and-bake pizza and buckets of chicken in front of us we discussed how the Gospel writers developed what would become the high Christology of the New Testament through the story of how Jesus interacted with those around him, including the Father and Spirit, the disciples, and the crowds. The discussion was wide-ranging and enthusiastic with everyone contributing. It seems that everyone is more comfortable to share their thoughts in this type of environment. Right now, with small classes, it is easy for us to do this kind of teaching. Maybe as the seminary grows I will just need to get a bigger table.

5 comments:

Jen said...

Thanks for this!

HLodge said...

emergent movement within bible school?

Brad Boydston said...

After you're gone some of the students will publish the class notes as Owen's Table Talks.

Dave Owen said...

Ha, the only thing emergent in my class is my belly after two pieces of that Mama Tita's Pizza. Table Talk huh? So it might be a good thing to look more like Martin Luther.

joyh said...

I'd definitely want to join this group. "One thinks better with a full stomach", heard the saying somewhere and I agree to it.