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Lois E. Malcolm

Lois E. Malcolm

Professor of Systematic Theology

  • Ph.D. (University of Chicago)
  • M.A. (Luther Seminary)
  • M.A. (University of Minnesota)

Biography

Lois Malcolm, Professor of Systematic Theology

 

Lois Malcolm holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She has taught at Luther Seminary since 1994. Malcolm grew up in the Philippines as the daughter of missionaries. Before becoming a theologian, she received a Master of Arts in applied linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She taught linguistics and English as a second language courses in the U. S. and overseas.  Her books include “Holy Spirit: Creative Power in Our Lives” (Fortress, 2009); “God;” an edited volume for “The Westminster Collection of Sources of Christian Theology” (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012); and three forthcoming books: “A Theological Commentary on Second Corinthians” for the “Belief” series (Westminster John Knox); “Sophia Cries Out in the Street: Wisdom in Christian Theology” (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press); and “Christian Understandings of God: The Historical Trajectory,” “The Fortress Historical Trajectories Series” (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press).

Courses

ST 0435 01TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-HOLY SPIRIT Summer Term 2016-2017

This course provides instruction and practice in theologically-based practical reasoning for ministerial contexts, including a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith, and cultivating theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Each class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry. Focus: The Holy Spirit

SG 0401 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Spring Semester 2016-2017

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification/sanctification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings. FULFILLS INTERP/CONFESSING REQUIREMENTS

ST 0435 01TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-HOLY SPIRIT Fall Semester 2016-2017

This course provides instruction and practice in theologically-based practical reasoning for ministerial contexts, including a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith, and cultivating theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Each class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry. Focus: The Holy Spirit

ST 0435 50TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-HOLY SPIRIT Fall Semester 2016-2017

This course provides instruction and practice in theologically-based practical reasoning for ministerial contexts, including a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith, and cultivating theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Each class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry. Focus: The Holy Spirit

ST 1448 50FORGIVENESS RECONCILIATION HEALING Fall Semester 2016-2017

This course explores how the gospel of Jesus Christ brings forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing to people wherever there is sin, conflict, and suffering. Integrating biblical and theological resources with current interdisciplinary research on forgiveness, the course helps students develop a theological framework and practices for bringing to the fore the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing in their leadership of Christian communities called to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s world.

ST 1454 01ST PAUL AS EXEGETE PHILOSOPHER AND Fall Semester 2016-2017

This course seeks to use Paul as a resource for developing a theological framework and practices for apostolic ministry in the twentieth-century. It does so by bringing together three different conversation partners: biblical scholars who are reinterpreting Paul’s theology in light of his Jewish and Hellenistic influences; philosophers who are interested in Paul’s relevance to postmodern thought; and theologians who have appropriated Paul in developing missional ecclesiologies. FALL 2016: MAY COUNT AS AN ST OR NT ELECTIVE OR PAULINE TRADITION

ST 6454 01ST PAUL AS EXEGETE PHILOSOPHER Fall Semester 2016-2017

This course seeks to use Paul as a resource for developing a theological framework and practices for apostolic ministry in the twentieth-century. It does so by bringing together three different conversation partners: biblical scholars who are reinterpreting Paul’s theology in light of his Jewish and Hellenistic influences; philosophers who are interested in Paul’s relevance to postmodern thought; and theologians who have appropriated Paul in developing missional ecclesiologies.

ST 1448 50FORGIVENESS RECONCILIATION HEALING Spring Semester 2015-2016

This course explores how the gospel of Jesus Christ brings forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing to people wherever there is sin, conflict, and suffering. Integrating biblical and theological resources with current interdisciplinary research on forgiveness, the course helps students develop a theological framework and practices for bringing to the fore the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing in their leadership of Christian communities called to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s world.

ST 1450 01SOPHIA CRIES OUT-WISDOM IN BIBLE Spring Semester 2015-2016

This course explores the figure of Wisdom in the Old and New Testaments, in the history of Christianity, and in contemporary Christian theology and practice. Focusing on deepening one’s understanding of Christ and the Triune God, and one’s self and others—including those who are of a different race, class, gender, and ethnicity—the course also attends to practices related to biblical interpretation, discipleship and spiritual formation, ethics and pastoral care, mission and apologetics, and dialogue with science and other faith traditions.

SG 0401 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2015-2016

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification/sanctification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings.

ST 0435 50TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-HOLY SPIRIT Fall Semester 2015-2016

This course provides instruction and practice in theologically-based practical reasoning for ministerial contexts, including a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith, and cultivating theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Each class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry. Focus: The Holy Spirit

CO 8000 02COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS-PHD Summer Term 2014-2015

SG 0401 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Spring Semester 2014-2015

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification/sanctification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings.

ST 0435 01TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-HOLY SPIRIT Spring Semester 2014-2015

This course provides instruction and practice in theologically-based practical reasoning for ministerial contexts, including a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith, and cultivating theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Each class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry. Focus: The Holy Spirit

ST 0425 01TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-JESUS SAVIOR January Term 2014-2015

This course provides instruction and practice in theologically-based practical reasoning for ministerial contexts, including a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith, and cultivating theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Each class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry. Focus: Jesus the Savior

SG 0401 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2014-2015

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification/sanctification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings.

SG 0601 01 C1VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR IFall Semester 2014-2015

COHORT GROUP 1 FOR SG0601-01; FOR RETURNING STUDENTS WITH MORE THAN 3 EARNED CREDITS

SG 0601 01 C2VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR IFall Semester 2014-2015

COHORT GROUP 2 FOR SG0601-01; FOR NEW STUDENTS WITH LESS THAN 3 EARNED CREDITS

ST 1448 01FORGIVENESS RECONCILIATION HEALING Fall Semester 2014-2015

This course explores how the gospel of Jesus Christ brings forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing to people wherever there is sin, conflict, and suffering. Integrating biblical and theological resources with current interdisciplinary research on forgiveness, the course helps students develop a theological framework and practices for bringing to the fore the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing in their leadership of Christian communities called to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s world.

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