What is the core of Christian faith? Is it reasonable for modern people? In ten inspiring lessons, the well-known biblical scholar and Anglican bishop N. T. Wright offers a fresh presentation of the timeless truths of Christianity. Lessons expand on the themes of Wright’s acclaimed book Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense and are appropriate for established believers and seekers alike. Learners will also need a copy of the book Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense.
Lessons include multiple streaming video segments. Students will be assigned daily readings, reflection questions and activities, and are expected to contribute regularly to online discussion forums with the instructor and other learners.
- Introduction to Simply Christian
- Justice & Spirituality
- Relationships & Beauty
- The Holy Spirit
- Worship & Prayer
- Church & New Creation
2.2 CEUs are available.
Past Students Said…
“I was introduced to one of the finest books on Christianity I have ever read. Well written and insightful.”
“This was a very in-depth class and it caused me to consider things I never examined before; I will need to go back and re-read the book as there is a lot of content discussed in the chapters.”
“The reading selection provided a good framework to explore the topic.”
About the Instructor
Melody Cole is a first-time book author whose goal is to use her creativity wisely through writing, public speaking, and art. As a speaker on disability (specifically her own) and touch, she is open and honest about her life and is not afraid to have conversation about life’s sensitive topics. She is a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Hutchinson, Kansas, and spends her spare time reading, writing, coloring, and keeping up with her “fur teen,” Earl of Whiskers.
About the Program Director
Michael Beardslee began working for the Institute for Discipleship and BeADisciple in early 2016, developing and facilitating courses for the new Wesley Lay Academy. This was a natural transition for him: He had been the Institute for Discipleship’s Visiting Scholar Southwestern College, then continued the work he began with BeADisciple.
Michael is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary (intercultural studies), working under Pentecostal theologian Amos Yong. His doctoral research concerns the way Christians from different cultural locations relate to one another in a globalized Christianity. His writing was featured most recently in “Breaking the Marriage Idol: Reconstructing Our Cultural and Spiritual Norms” (IVP, 2018), and in the Religion and Theology Journal (Brill, 2017).
In additional to his doctoral studies Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Friends University, an M.A. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a Th.M. in systematic theology from Trinity International University.