Christian Theology Class

Christian Theology

by Dr. David F. Miller  

In 1991 Dr. David F. Miller made arrangements to have his Christian Theology class recorded. Mike Mellison (’92) worked with Dr. Miller to set up a VHSS camcorder in the back of the classroom to capture what we have all come to enjoy as the most innovative class we have ever had on Christian Theology. There are 33 video lectures and a downloadable theology notebook. We have converted the theology notebook into a PDF file for anyone to download.

Product details

  • Microsoft Word : 160 pages
  • 33 Video Lectures: Each about 45 min long
  • Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Location: Corban University, Salem, OR
  • Filming Date: School Year 1991
  • Publisher : Corban University (November 14, 2020)

Series 1

Lecture 1: Introduction to Christian Theology

Lecture 2: Scripture and the sources of theology

This lecture continues the discussion of Prolegomena – introductory matters. Basic theological positions are presented. The source of theology—scripture, and the writings of various human authors over the millennia—are discussed.

Lecture 3: What is the right opinion? Orthodoxy – what is it and how was it threatened.

In the previous lecture, Dr. Miller covered the different views that exist concerning what the Word of God says.

Lecture 4: An overview of liberalism, fundamentalism and more recently new evangelicalism is presented.

An overview of liberalism, fundamentalism, and the more recent new evangelicalism, is presented. He brings us to up to date to where we are in Christendom.

Lecture 5: Demands of a Theologian

The demands of a theologian are discussed. He/she must be saved, spiritual and studious. He goes on from there to discuss illumination which encompasses spirituality and maturity.

Series 2

Lecture 6: Origination of Scripture and the Revelation of Scripture

This video begins the study of Bibliology – a discourse about the Bible. Dr. Miller covers the Origination of Scripture and the Revelation of Scripture.

Lecture 7: Progressive Revelation - When the writers of Scripture received the revelation from God, they did not get it all at one time.

Progressive Revelation: When the writers of scripture received the revelation from God, they did not get it all at one time.
Quotes: “Don’t read what you know about the New Testament into the Old Testament.” “Hindsight is always better than foresight.”

Lecture 8: Permanency of Revelation -- The New Testament (the words of Jesus and His official representatives) is complete.

  • Hebrews 1:1-2
  • Quotes: “If there is anything else added to Scripture; we’re in trouble.”
  • Fun quote: to the Moonies – “I don’t want your peanuts.” to the Mormons – “Park your bikes and come on in.”
  • #psuedepigrapha

Lecture 9: Do the 66 books of the Bible belong in the bible?

The Canonicity of scripture. Do the 66 books of the Bible belong in the bible? Are they of divine origin and authority?

Lecture 10: The inspiration of the Bible, what it is, what it means and the evidences for it.

Differentiates between the inspiration of men and the inspiration of the Bible. “The Bible is an emotional book, we are emotional people, God has emotions.”

Series 3

Lecture 11: Inerrancy of Scripture - #dalmatiantheology

“Inerrancy of Scripture” or the Outspiration of Scripture. #dalmatiantheology

Lecture 12: New Testament Textual Variance and Translation Discrepancies

Textual Variance

Lecture 13: Interpretation of Scripture

  1. Literal (normal) method
  2. Allegorical method-look behind words for hidden sense-uses of simile, personification, hyperbole, figures of speech, symbols, metaphor (I Am the door; vine, etc.)

Lecture 14: Proper Analysis of Scripture -- Inerrancy of Scripture

Proper Analysis of Scripture/Inerrancy of Scripture

  1. Taking scripture out of context (praying scripture not intended as a prayer)-new (current) attack on the church
  2. What does scripture mean to you?-bad theology, should be “what does scripture mean” period.
    • Historical analysis-history/background of passage
    • Grammatical analysis
    • Literary analysis
    • Quotes- “Can you prove anything from the Bible?”-NO
    • “Believe with all your heart”-not a pump (physical heart) but the innermost being.

Lecture 15: Interpreting scripture through Systems of Theology - Dispensational Theology and Covenant Theology

Interpreting scripture through Systems of Theology: Dispensational Theology and Covenant Theology. This course looks at the basic differences between the two and expounds on Dispensational Theology: Covenant of Grace and the Davidic and Messianic Kingdoms.

Lecture 16: Textual Criticism. Using the nursery rhyme, “Hickory Dickory Dock”

Continued lesson (part 2) on Textual Criticism. Using the nursery rhyme, “Hickory Dickory Dock”, Dr. Miller commences his lesson on bible translation. Two procedures for text analysis are Textus Receptus and Critical Text. Key Question is “What does the original say?” Includes student interaction.

Series 4

Lecture 17: Selecting and Differentiating Various Biblical Translations

Lecture 18: Methods Used in Translating Different Versions of the Bible

Examining KJV and other versions

Lecture 19: Preparing for Marriage

Lecture 20: Nature of the Trinity

Lecture 21: How is Christ God and a Human Being?

Lecture 22: Examining the Virgin Birth of Christ

Exploring the Life and Ministry of Jesus

Series 5

Lecture 23: What is Christ's Baptism All About?

Discussing how we can follow Christ in baptism?

Lecture 24: What is a Spiritual Gift?

Spiritual gifts and working with the Holy Spirit

Lecture 25: The Spiritual Gift of Pastoring

Covers various kinds of spiritual gifts presented in the Bible, but focuses in on teachers = Pastoring

Lecture 26: The Attributes of God

The Attributes of God – 1 John 1 – God is Light and its implications

Lecture 27: God Rendered Certain All Events

God Rendered Certain All Events

A difficult topic to both discuss and fully grasp or understand

“Sovereign” – God has rendered certain all things that have come to pass

“All we are is little rebels who rebelled against God, but apart from God’s grace he changed our lives and made us look at things differently.”

Lecture 28: Does God have it all Planned?

How to Find God’s Will in the Undeclared Area of Your Life - How to figure out what to do when it’s not spelled out in Scripture

Series 6

Lecture 29: What is the "the perfect" in 1 Corinthian 13:9?

What is the “the perfect” in 1 Corinthian 13:9?

1 Corinthians 13 and the “the perfect Thing” (the passage is highly debated)

Lecture 30: How do we interpret signs and wonder/ speaking in tongues?

How do we interpret signs and wonder/ speaking in tongues? Mark 16, word study. Does Mark 16 threaten our beliefs? The signs and wonders that Jesus says will follow “you” were directed at the apostles, not us. Moves then to Acts 8. Speaking in tongues was them speaking in different dialects, but when the apostles got there. Acts 11.

A word study on tongues

Lecture 31: Understanding speaking in tongues/miracles

2 passages key to understanding speaking in tongues/miracles. Deut 28 and Isaiah 28. “It’s impossible to explain everyone’s experience.” Miracles on TV. “It’s easy to be deceived.” This would be a good title for this video.

“Look to the Bible first, that’s how you develop your theology, not to your experience.”

Lecture 32: Are believers always indwelt by the Holy Spirit?

Big question: Are believers always indwelt by the Holy Spirit? Are believers always controlled by the Holy Spirit?

Romans Ch 8. Contrast between two things: spirit vs flesh. Life vs death. Are these contrasting between believers, or between believers and nonbelievers. Word study. Contrasting between believers and nonbelievers.

Found no classic zingers, or quotes.

Lecture 33: What is the revealed Will of God?

  • “Theme and lesson is “making wise choices” 1 thess 3
  • What is the revealed Will of God? How Paul determined what he should and should not do. .” Paul’s Mindset was, ‘in light of all the options, what is the best thing to do’.
  • “you can’t know 100% certainty (the will of God) “we have freedom, you can do whatever you want. However, remember we need to exercise our freedom in a responsible way.”

Lecture 34: Will of God continued

Decisions about marriage and decisions within the church, plus any other questions the students bring up. Does God have a specific will for our lives in areas not explicitly talked about in scripture?

Job 33:15. God can speak to you, or give you a feeling, or speak to you in a dream. But in light of your experiences, you have to weigh them or bring them into balance. You need to figure out what God is really telling you and what is the best decision.