Thursday, December 22, 2005

Prayer Class

I’ve recently registered for a class on the theology and ministry of prayer with Dr. Bingham Hunter at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

He writes in our course summary, “Evidently, much that passes for prayer and spirituality in our day is mindless, manipulative, and unbiblical. Consequently, the course presupposes that an orthodox Christian theology of prayer must be grounded on Scripture, specifically in theology proper, the Doctrine of God. We will consider various contemporary approaches to the ministry of prayer in the local church. We will also reflect on the challenges to a biblical worldview and distinctively-Christian spirituality posed by life in a post-modern society.

We will require each student to: (1) Develop a distinctively biblically-grounded theology of prayer; (2) Reflect on its implications for his or her philosophy of ministry; and (3) Produce a ministry action plan intended to produce specific outcomes related to prayer in his or her ministry context.”

Sounds good to me! Hot Orthodoxy in action!

I have to read several books for this class, some I’ve read before, others are new to me:

Arnold, Clinton E. Three Crucial Questions About Spiritual Warfare. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1997.

Foster, Richard J. Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins, 1992.

Grudem, Wayne. Chapter 16: God’s Providence; Chapter 17: Miracles; and Chapter 18B: Prayer; in Systematic Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994. Pages 315-354; 355-375; and 376-96.

Hunter, W. Bingham. The God Who Hears. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1986.

Kamstra, Douglas A. The Praying Church Handbook. Grand Rapids: Faith Alive/CRC Publications, 2001.

Piper, John. A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1997. [This one is available to read online for free!]

Tozer, Aiden. W. The Pursuit of God. Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1998.

I’m going to start with Tozer. When I get some good quotes, I’ll post them up here on the blog.

I’d appreciate prayer as I undertake this new class. I think it’s going to be really good for me.