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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 8465 01THEOLOGICAL HERMENEUTICS Summer Term 2018-2019

A course in philosophical, theological and missional hermeneutics focusing on the interpretation of Scripture in relationship to diverse situations and horizons. Various traditional and contemporary hermeneutical theories, including those originating in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia will be explored.

ST 1448 01FORGIVENESS RECONCILIATION HEALING Spring Semester 2018-2019

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. PRE-REQUISITE: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically

ST 0440 01THE TRIUNE GOD AND THE WORLD January Term 2018-2019

This course provides a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith in the Triune God, drawing upon biblical, theological, confessional and contemporary resources. Together we will cultivate theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Prerequisite: SG 0401 Thinking Theologically Confessing Publicly Equivalency: ST0415 or ST0425 or ST0435 ST Core Course

SG 0401 33THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2018-2019

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 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. NOTE: FALL 2018 PILOT - MUST REGISTER FOR ONE EXTENDED SESSION (E1 OR E2) FOLLOWING AUGUST INTENSIVE PORTION.

SG 0401 33 E1 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2018-2019

EXT SESSION FOR SG0401-33 - RESIDENTIAL

SG 0401 33 E2 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2018-2019

EXTENDED SESSION 2 - SG0401-33 - ONLINE

SG 0401 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Summer Term 2017-2018

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 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 1435 01THE TRIUNE GOD - HOLY SPIRIT Spring Semester 2017-2018

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. This class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry. Focus: The Holy Spirit PREREQUISITE: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically

SG 0401 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2017-2018

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 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 0401 02 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2017-2018

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 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 1448 50FORGIVENESS RECONCILIATION HEALING Fall Semester 2017-2018

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. PRE-REQUISITE: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically

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.

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