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July 2018 Intensive Unit

July 2018 Intensive Unit

TOPIC: The Psalter (English) (OT426i/626i)
WHAT: A semester length unit covered in one week of lectures, with pre-reading/assignments completed at home
WHEN: 8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday 9 - Friday 13 July 2018 (during NSW school holidays)
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132
WHO: Ideal for people who can't attend weekly lectures, or live at a distance from Sydney
LECTURERS: Dr Kit Barker and Dr Geoff Harper
PREREQUISITE: Old Testament Prophets and Writings (OT302/502)
ENROL BY: Friday 8 June 2018

We live in beautiful but broken world, a world full of blessing and loss. In every circumstance, we are called to trust in a God who is sovereign and good, a God who has promised to save and protect his people. How do we respond when our prayers to God go unanswered? How do we live faithfully before God in times of blessing and in times of loss?

The psalms reflect the confidence of faith and the struggle with doubt. In them we find the right words for any and every circumstance. In them we learn how to faithfully live before God.

In this unit we will explore how God speaks to us through individual psalms and the collection of the Psalter. We will think theologically and pastorally about how the psalms should be applied in our own lives and in various expressions of corporate worship.

More information on this intensive unit


INTENSIVE MODE STUDY PROGRAM

For those in busy full-time employment or at a distance from metropolitan areas, or in rural Australia, SMBC offers a flexible, comprehensive, intensive mode study program. Our Intensives students include: christian workers and teachers, mums and retirees, business people and trades people.

Effectively it is study at home with a week at SMBC for face-to-face teaching. This offers the best of both worlds, with pre-reading and assignments done at home in your own time (with e-library access) and a focused week of teaching and study with your lecturer, plus interaction with fellow students. Exams take place several weeks after the intensive. For those living outside of Sydney, it is possible to do your exams near home with an approved supervisor.

We are just a phone call away if you would like to chat with us about our intensive study options. Please contact us on 02 9747 4780 or email.


What our students like about intensive mode study:

"As a full-time worker, it enables me to take a week out to focus on study and finish my degree in a reasonable time-frame. We get the benefit of teaching from SMBC’s quality lecturers without the dilution of online study and to experience a study community face-to-face."

"I found the pre-reading really beneficial because it allowed me to engage with and reflect on the course content before coming to class. Intensive mode study helps me to think about the content in a deeper way."

"Being able to attend lectures without being tired after work and being able to saturate yourself with the content to the exclusion of other commitments."

"It's been the perfect way for me to balance work and study and get the most out of the lectures."

"Great to be able to have the lectures condensed into one week as I work and have young children (my husband has taken the week off work). Great to have a small group with informal, non-threatening discussion. Hope to do lots of the Biblical Theology subjects this way."

"I've really enjoyed the smaller group (as compared to the weekly, semester long lectures) because it's fostered lots of conversation between everyone. It feels more like a Bible study or tutorial than a lecture, but has been just as informative."

"I like this method of study. It was the ability to complete a whole course eg Graduate Diploma of Divinity, over time in this intensive mode that made me do what I had thought of doing ages ago."

"Staff are supportive and understand the needs of students who require study via intensive mode."

"As a student that lives in Port Macquarie, the intensive mode works great. It allows me to study in community and discuss, instead of doing it all online."

"It's great to think deeply about one subject and a great way to build relationships with other part-time students."


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