This online teaching series with Carey’s new Old Testament lecturer: Dr Michael Rhodes is based on the book he co-authored with Robby Holt and Brian Fikkert in 2018: Practicing the King’s Economy : Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give.
About the book:
The church in the West is rediscovering the fact that God cares deeply for the poor. More and more, churches and individual Christians are looking for ways to practice economic discipleship, but it’s hard to make progress when we are blind to our own entanglement in our culture’s idolatrous economic beliefs and practices.
Practicing the King’s Economy cuts through much confusion and invites Christians to take their place within the biblical story of the “King Jesus Economy.” Through eye-opening true stories of economic discipleship in action, and with a solid exploration of six key biblical themes, the authors offer practical ways for God’s people to earn, invest, spend, compensate, save, share, and give in ways that embody God’s love and provision for the world.
In this online teaching series, there are 4 one-hour webinars each a month apart, with a reading plan after each webinar that follows through the book (participants need to arrange their own copy of the book, eg: from The Book Depository). In the book are various practices to put into action, and participants will be encouraged to go out and try one of these practices in the month between webinars. In the third week after each webinar Michael will have ‘office hours’ on Zoom for 45-minutes for any participants who would like to discuss the content and share experiences of the practice tried with Michael and each other.
Cost $100, sign up here: Register for Economic Discipleship
Explore Theology and Psychology as we look at the Good News of Jesus Christ calling us into an abundant life (John 10:10). What does theology have to say about flourishing? How might the psychological sciences contribute to that conversation?
While theology has wrestled for centuries with what it means to be human, the behavioural sciences are yielding more and more explanatory data that enhances how this works in daily life. Put differently, theology can provide a metanarrative for human flourishing, but psychology offers mechanisms at work within the human person, surrounding the person, and in broader cultures that contribute to this flourishing.
For instance, one strong theological story is that God made humans to need relationships: relationship with Godself, with other humans, with non-human creatures and with the rest of creation. However, these relationships form developmentally. Psychology can help unpack that development and how relationships can be robustly formed, as well as what can sidetrack their development.
In 2020 Carey received funding from Fuller Theological Seminary’s TheoPsych project. This initiative seeks to bring theology and psychology into conversation, especially on the question of what it means to be human. This funding allows Carey’s Dr Christa McKirland to participate in research in this area, and to then integrate this into course content, and ongoing learning and development resources for church leaders: including this 2-part webinar series.
This online teaching series contains two 60-minute webinars including space for Q&A, five weeks apart, and includes some additional material to engage with between webinars (readings etc). These webinars will be the first public resource coming out of this research, and will be geared toward pastoral leaders and how the they might help people in their churches thrive.
Cost $50: Register for Human Flourishing
Sponsorship is also available to anyone who’s financial situation would prevent them from accessing this online teaching resource: please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before registering for this event online.