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Date Posted:30/06/2009 11:44 AMCopy HTML

I'd like to recommend a distance ed. theology course run by Tyndale College for all those who want to get a firm grasp of the bible, Christian doctrine, and the "t" word (theology) while studying at home with great flexibility. There's also training in practical stuff such as pastoralia, preaching, missions and counselling.

Ian's recommended it from time to time, but one might perhaps think he's unduly biased since he's on the staff. I've just completed the first - introductory - unit and last weekend met some of the senior staff at their annual conference / residential school. The lecturers are A-grade, the teaching material is solid (university level) and their assignment of a one-on-one tutor for each student is fantastic (especially for those who are less "academic"). It's non-denominational with staff from a range of traditions including anglican, presbyterian, baptist, salvationist, church of Christ and uniting church. The staff have long professional histories with some of the better known tertiary institutions such as Moore College and the University of Melbourne and also have experience in the "practical" aspects of Christianity such as pastoral and missionary work.

For those who have vowed to "never shop retail" it's worth noting that the course is provided basically below cost as a "ministry" by experienced university-level staff yet the quality of the course has been endorsed as matching a BTh.

I highly recommend you check out their website: http://www.tyndalecollege.org.au/



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The following book on the historical context of the NT is available at the moment from Koorong @ $7.95 for hardcover.

Tenney M (2006) New Testament times. 364pp + bibliography and index (Baker Publishing Group: Grand Rapids) - previously published by Eerdmans

Respected author, modern layout, helpful and attractive graphics; classed as "helpful backgrond reading" for Tyndale's unit: Intro to the NT.

It seems like a great value for money aid to the "meant" part of "the hermeneutical cycle" for the NT.
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Hi.

I had a look at the website because I'm thinking of starting some proper study. Your recommendation is over a year old and I'd like to know if you would still recommend Tyndale College as a good place?

Thanks.

Interested
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Hi.

I had a look at the website because I'm thinking of starting some proper study. Your recommendation is over a year old and I'd like to know if you would still recommend Tyndale College as a good place?

Thanks.

Interested

I highly recommend Tyndale College if you have the brains for it, I had a go but not "educated" enough. Ian ('Didakiton' Please Consider site) is a tutor there; which of course means it is one of the best in the world. :lol:

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Further to that, now I get a lot out of biblicaltraining.org but it is 'American'. Ian made that comment to me once but I don’t know what difference it makes. I believe there are Australian sites that do the same thing but you have to pay a small fee, but this one satisfies my needs along with the study books that Ian has recommended. But again, do ‘Tyndale’ if it is within your grasp.

 

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Date Posted:28/06/2010 10:25 AMCopy HTML

Yes, I still recommend it as a good place. I'm starting my 4th unit there now. An anecdote about rigour: one of the faculty lectured koine Greek at a Greek Orthodox seminary before she retired from Maquarie Uni. (Yep. She's not Greek Orth. and she's a she!)

It's not accredited by Aus. authorities to issue degrees. Hence the unusually named qualifications it does award. If you're concerned about that, they have an accord with the South African Theological Seminary such that 3 yrs equivalent full time study at Tyndale is given credit for 3 yrs of their bachelor's degree, and you can then enrol in their 4th yr to get a qualification which is recognised back here.
This round about stuff is required because of administrative issues such as the need for full time staff and an established library, which doesn't suit the way this college is run. Also the government specifies the subjects to be studied in a way incompatible with the objectives of the Tyndale Board. The director is more than willing to talk about this stuff, so phone/email him at the advertised number/address if you have any questions.

As a practical indication of the course's recognition, one of my fellow students had the course recognised by the Queensland Baptist Union and only has to do a short standard denominational bridging course to receive ordination in that denomination.

I can't do a thorough compare and contrast with other theological schools, but if rigour, distance and part-time education are important factors, I'm not sure you could do better for an Australian school. You could certainly do worse than dip your toe in the water, contact the college and try a couple of units.

 

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Date Posted:28/06/2010 11:46 AMCopy HTML

Hi.

Thank you for getting back to me. I'm not really interested in earning another university degree, my interest is in studying to learn more about the bible and Christian doctrine. (So accreditation isn't important to me.) The qualifications and experience of the Tyndale staff and the subjects that the college offers on their website are very impressive and the fact that it's all done by distance education suits my circumstances perfectly!

All I have to do is contact the College Director, Dr Powers?

Thanks again.

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Date Posted:29/06/2010 10:30 AMCopy HTML

Hi

You could just complete the application form that's available with the downloadable prospectus, but I guess it makes sense to make personal contact first. I was introduced to the course through Ian Thomason, with whom I'd been exchanging emails for most of a year before I applied to do the course. 

Dr Powers actually retired from his position as Director at the Annual Conference last weekend, although he's staying on as Dean of NT and Dean of Ethics. The numbers and addresses at the web site will take you to the office and they'll put you in contact with the new Director, though if Dr Powers happens to be in the office I'm sure he'll be happy to chat.
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