pre-DMin 297 New Normal for Philippine Evangelical Churches: A Framework and Meaning-Making Building

Course Level:

South East Asian Theological Schools, Inc. pre-DMin 297 New Normal for Philippine Evangelical Churches: A Framework and Meaning-Making Building
Jonathan Exiomo, D.Th., Ph.D. 6 Units [9 hours online class]
Classes will be held June 8, 10, 12, & 22, 24, 26, 2020, 8:00-9:30AM Manila Time

Course Description:

This is a course on Christian Worldview Foundation required by the “New Normal”. Along with the concept of “New Normal” is the nature of constant and change and their relationship with each other. The course is a comprehensive Evangelical affirmations on what is normative, situational, and existential angles of our humanity. Because part of our being human is the capacity to engage in conversation specifically in public square through social media with different people, there is a need to understand and clarify our commitments to who God is to us. They may be enumerated as follows: the dual reality as Creator-creature, TriPersonality, and the nature of Lordship as control, authority and presence in relation with suffering and the presence of evil.

Learning Outcomes:

After successfully completing this module, the students will:
▪ articulate philosophical and biblical-theological foundations concerning theodicy;
▪ identify elements of metaphysics, epistemology, value theory and how the three are related to one another in our actual life and living;
▪ discern important philosophical and theological variables that influence personal and communal dialogue; and
▪ critique existing contextually irrelevant worldviews that are being used in their specific communities.
▪ critically elucidate the fundamental concepts of “normative”, “situational”, and “existential” in evaluating our practice in doing theology and our theological dogmas.

▪ analyze circumstances that require specific actions and programs leading to valid theology;
▪ evaluate the operative presuppositions of particular traditions concerning their view of suffering, evil, and engagement.
▪ effectively utilize Scriptural truths in developing a sound philosophy and theology of theodicy in the pluralistic and multi-cultural age.
▪ correlate the biblical metaphysics, epistemology, and value theory of 2 circles, rectangle, and triangle with Asian metaphysical, moral, and spiritual world views.
▪ analyze the dynamic equivalence of the dominant features of Grudem, Erickson, Migliore, Vanhoozer, Thorsen and the Filipino theologians’ views of our journey in this present situation.

▪ demonstrate the transformed life in the light of the Scripture and their theological tradition;
▪ become a model to others in being agents of “new normal”; and
▪ grow in the knowledge and grace of the God who sustains.
▪ demonstrate life as a journey of being through constant triangular conversation with divine presence, other human selves, and natural order.
▪ exemplify Christian commitment as catalyst of change in fulfilling God’s purposes in/through us and to be agents of reconciliation within our sphere of influence.
▪ participate in God’s redemptive work as conduit of divine unconditional love in interpersonal engagements.

Learning Tasks (Assignments):

CHALLENGE [ 2 pages]
# Enumerate the principles of biblical Metaphysics, biblical epistemology, and value theories (1 page, 12 font, single space).
# Why are the above principles important in the Age of “New Normal” as we engage in conversation with people in the “public square and as we reflect on loving God with all our mind, in addition to loving Him with all our heart and soul?” (1/2 page)
How will you appropriate the above principles in your engagements through your conversation in social media or in your task of doing theology today? (1/2 page

Learning Activities:

As time permits, we will seek to investigate some or all of the following:

As appropriate, class sessions will include some or all of the following:

Learning Resources:

Mutual Commitments:

Because this class is a pre-D.Min. class, the primary responsibilities lie on you, the student, in learning. This class is also conducted in a modular format, which means that many of the activities will need to be done by you outside of class. Having said that, I am fully committed to helping you on your journey towards being the minister of the gospel that you would like to be! Here is what I am expecting from you and what you can expect from me as we journey together.

What I expect from you as an emerging leader in the service of Christ:

1. I expect you to be diligent in preparing thoroughly for each session.
2. I expect you to submit work on time, or, if this is not possible, to request an extension adequately in advance of the deadline.
3. I expect you to participate fully and constructively in all course activities and discussions.
4. I expect you to show respect towards other students, being sensitive to national, cultural, gender and other individual differences, and listening courteously when others speak in class.
5. I expect you to provide accurate and constructive feedback on the course content and methodology that will help me as I teach this course and when I teach this material again in the future.

My commitments to you are:

1. I will prepare carefully for each class session.
2. I will encourage reciprocity and cooperation among you as a class of emerging leaders.
3. I will emphasize time on task, making the best use of the available time to promote quality learning.
4. I will promote active learning, respecting diverse talents and learning styles.
5. I will provide adequate opportunity outside of the class session times for you to discuss the course material with me.
6. I will do my best to provide prompt feedback on your work.

Online Class Requirements:

Because this in an online class, students will have some extra steps to follow in completing the requirements.
• Zoom app. The zoom app can be downloaded for free from It is available for computers, tablets, and phones.
• Classes will be held June 8, 10, 12, & 22, 24, 26, 2020, 8:00-9:30AM Manila Time because this is the most convenient time for both the teacher and the students.
• Assignments must be submitted via email to [ASSIGNMENT EMAIL ADDRESS].

Contact Information:

I am available most times via email or social media to work with you. We can also set up an appointment to get together and discuss any issues or questions you may have. You can contact me via email at [PROFESSOR EMAIL ADDRESS ETC].