Greetings! My name is Steve Sherman. I will be facilitating the discussion in this thread which is being sponsored by the Faculty Advisory Board (FAB). This discussion is presented as a part of the Faculty Training & Development Faculty Culture Initiative and will take place over four consecutive weeks, beginning Monday, July 30, 2018.
Are you looking to learn more about the Christian Worldview? If so, this Forum is designed for you. The primary objective of this discussion forum is threefold: (1) to increase participants’ awareness of the topic (understanding more about the Christian Worldview), (2) to support a collaborative environment (guided discussion with shared participation), and (3) to allow for a variety of ideas to be discussed (participants expressing their own ideas regarding Christian Worldview topics). Technically speaking, this discussion is not a "how-to" workshop on implementing the Christian Worldview in classroom contexts, but rather is focused on gaining better understanding of the Christian Worldview. Of course, this is not to say that application of the CWV in the classroom is irrelevant! But we should recognize that for each College within the University, there will be different forms of engagement, integration, and discussion of the CWV as it specifically applies to programs and curriculum, individual courses, and particular assignments. One substantial benefit and blessing of the Christian Worldview is the diversity of potential applications by thoughtfully, creatively, and prayerfully utilizing effective methods and presentations!
For each week of the discussion, links will be provided for you to access expert resources for understanding the Christian Worldview. You will have access to two GCU filmed and produced videos (from AY 2017-18) that feature College of Theology faculty—dean, professors, and instructors, both ground and online—sharing their understanding of the Christian Worldview from their particular areas of expertise, which also reflect diverse departments, denominations, and educational experiences. For virtually all of the topics, you may select one or both video formats available for viewing: (1) live recordings of One Foundation Lunch N’ Learn presentations, or (2) multi-person collage-style interviews. Videos range in length from about 15 to 30 minutes. We hope these resources encourage and broaden your understanding of the Christian Worldview!
In addition, a few discussion questions are presented each week on the topics covered. I recommend using these for further discussion in the forum or at least to reflect on for your own understanding and Christian formation.
For the first week, beginning July 30, please click the links below to view the CWV-101FS videos, and then respond in the forum (if desired) to one or both of the prompts below:
Topics: Introduction & Overview
· What is central to GCU’s basic strategy of faith integration?
· How is “worldview” defined within this workshop?
For the second week of our Discussion Forum, beginning August 6, please click the links below to view the CWV-101FS videos, and then respond in the forum (if desired) to one or more of the prompts below:
Topics: Creation & The Fall
· What should reverent awe (fear) and genuine knowledge of God lead to?
· According to the biblical narrative, what does God create the world as?
· What was the result of the fall into sin?
· What is idolatry?
For the third week of our Discussion Forum, beginning August 13, please click the links below to view the CWV-101FS videos, and then respond in the forum (if desired) to one or more of the prompts below:
Topics: Jesus Christ & Rescue, Redemption, and Renewal
· What are the attributes of Jesus according to the Bible?
· What was the focus of Jesus teaching as recorded in the Gospels?
· Following creation and the fall, what is the third act of the biblical narrative?
· What does God require of human beings who desire forgiveness for their sin, true wisdom, a changed life, and a restored relationship with Him?
For the fourth (and final) week of our Discussion Forum, beginning August 20, please click the links below to view the CWV-101FS videos, and then respond in the forum (if desired) to one or more of the prompts below:
Topics: The Kingdom of God & The Christian Life
Jesus' message of the Kingdom of God involved a call and an invitation to a different life. What does this involve?
The wisdom of God’s kingdom is often perceived as foolishness to the world. Why is that?
In the Bible, what did Jesus call those who followed him and patterned their lives after his life?
Many think of faith as affirming, but Christian faith also requires the denial of something if one is to truly follow Jesus. What does Jesus call his followers to deny?