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God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church

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Christians today wring their hands over the church's declining influence even as they become stuck in defending and protecting its traditions. Is there a way through this dilemma?

Elaine A. Heath has reached back to Paul's letter to the Galatians to chart a new path for the modern church. Though she is among the most innovative thinkers and prophetic voices in Christianity today, Heath found herself identifying with today's traditionalists as she encountered Paul's wisdom, and she came to a stunning realization: Her own vision of God may yet have been too small.

Let Heath be your guide through Paul's letter as she looks for the great tradition behind our traditions. Allow her to teach you how Galatians can inspire you to move with Christ to the margin of society, where God's kingdom flourishes. You too just might find God unbound.

This seven session eCourse includes:

  • all essential reading from Elaine's book, God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church.
  • Weekly videos (2-5 minutes each) of Elaine introducing each chapter.
  • A series of personal reflection questions.
  • A place to share comments and thoughts with others who are participating in this eCourse.

Praise for God Unbound:

"Rarely do we find so many critical issues about the future of faith addressed so concisely as in God Unbound. And to think that this is coming from the dean of one of our great schools of theology--how hopeful! Elaine Heath grounds her message in one of the core texts that leveraged the Protestant Reformation, inviting us to move with the spirit into the new Reformation now so clearly unfolding." --Paul Nixon, coauthor, Weird Church: Welcome to the Twenty-First Century.


Your Instructor


Elaine A. Heath
Elaine A. Heath

Elaine A. Heath is the dean of Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, she has served as a pastor in local churches as well as in academia. Elaine is the cofounder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, a nonprofit that administers a national network of regional hubs of missional learning communities including new monastic houses, social enterprise, missionary repurposed church spaces, and training programs in missional theology, spiritual formation, and leadership development for a missional church.


Course Content


  One: Loving the Tradition behind the Tradition
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  Two: Opening Ourselves to God
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  Three: Authority, Discernment, Call
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  Four: When Systems Change
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  Five: Responding to Anxiety in the System
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  Six: Guided by the Spirit
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  Seven: Fulfilling the Law of Christ
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  Epilogue: A Letter to the Church
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  Notes
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The eCourse starts when you are ready to begin and will remain open indefinitely. It’s self-paced, so you can decide when to start and when to finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like—across any devices you own. We’ll give you plenty of notice should we need to close the eCourse.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We don’t want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days, and we will give you a full refund.
Who sponsors these online courses?
These online courses are brought to you by The Upper Room.

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