Last week I got to participate in (as far as we know) the first-ever prototype college class that is interactive and absolutely free. Moody has given my son permission to share his lecture series, “Christianity and Western Culture II” with anyone who has time and would appreciate the opportunity for free theological training, beginning on March 5, 2013 with a lecture on John Calvin and continuing on through the spring with such topics as the English reformation and counter reformation, “Great Awakenings,” “Modernist Controversy,” “Missions Movement,” “20th Century Evangelicalism,” “Pentecostalism,” and “World Christianity.” I realize this might not work for many of you who have day jobs or are homeschooling small children, but it might be perfect for some of you, your teenaged kids, or for friends you might know. Jon’s dream has been to make quality theological education available to everybody, even those in foreign countries or who cannot afford to pay for a college education but would love the training…including missionaries or believers around the world. I am praying that it fills a real need, and that Moody will continue to allow this wonderful ministry free.
Many of you know my son, but for those of you who don’t, here’s a quick version: Jonathan J. Armstrong is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the Chicago area (M.A., 2001) and Fordham University in New York (Ph.D., 2006). He has served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany and has lectured at Wycliffe Hall as a full member of the theology faculty of the University of Oxford. Jonathan now serves as an Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Moody Bible Institute‒Spokane. Jonathan’s passion is to serve the church by providing theological education for pastors and laypeople throughout the global evangelical community.
I believe Jon has a very unique background by being brought up in a conservative, evangelical home with continued training at Fordham (Catholic), in Germany (Lutherans), and England (evangelical Anglicans). He’s traveled to Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe sharing the gospel and teaching church leaders, and Jon truly has a heart to see the Church united through Christ and the orthodox (as in straight and true) teachings of the Bible. I loved his lecture on Martin Luther and the Reformation and am looking forward to hearing him again. Please help me spread the word to anyone who might be interested, even friends in other countries around the globe who have internet access! Thanks, and I hope to “meet” you in class this spring!
Broadcasted Classes Have Arrived!
I’ve dreamed of facilitating an interactive broadcasted class for over a year now, and this semester the dream has finally become a reality. I am pleased to announce that we are now broadcasting lectures in the “Christianity and Western Culture II” class at Moody Bible Institute‒Spokane. The broadcasted lectures are interactive, publicly accessible, and absolutely free!
To learn more about this project or for an information sheet containing step-by-step instructions on how to join these live lectures, please visit www.aqueductproject.org
I’ll see you in class!
“For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tiding of good things’…so then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:13-17
PS—BTW, just as a fun aside, Jon’s wife is from Germany, and so their baby, Amelie, is being taught both German and English in their home. Last week for her first birthday, we skyped with them and discovered that Amelie is very precocious: She was toddling around with a book in her hand chanting both “No, no, no!” and “Nein, nein, nein!”