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Mobile Ed: PC201 Pastoral Ethics (6 hour course - audio)

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In this course Dr. Daniel Doriani looks at Christian ethics through the lens of the Ten Commandments. He shows how each of the ethical principles interacts with the rest of the Bible and affects our lives today. Doriani also examines the history and purpose of Christian ethics and surveys other religions and their ethical systems.

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Course Outline

Unit 1: Pastoral Ethics

  • The Purpose of Ethics
  • The Goal of Ethics
  • Hermeneutics and Ethics
  • Ethical Transformation
  • Using the Sermon Starter Guide
  • The Role of the Teacher
  • Creating a List of Memory Verses
  • Biblical Ethics
  • Ethics Beyond Law
  • Four Ethical Questions

Unit 2: The First Commandment

  • The First Commandment
  • A Survey of Ethical Claims in World Religions
  • Looking Up Words in a Dictionary or Encyclopedia
  • Contemporary Ethical Positions
  • Ethical Motivation
  • The Centrality of Obedience

Unit 3: The Second Commandment

  • The Second Commandment
  • God-Given Images

Unit 4: The Third Commandment

  • The Third Commandment
  • Researching Biblical Names
  • The Name of God
  • Identifying the Names of God in the Bible
  • More Names of God
  • Misusing the Name of God
  • Bearing the Name of God

Unit 5: The Fourth Commandment

  • The Fourth Commandment
  • Analyzing Parallel Accounts of the Ten Commandments
  • A Theology of Rest
  • Rest through a Theological Paradigm
  • Practicing Sabbath

Unit 6: The Fifth Commandment

  • The Fifth Commandment
  • Honoring Parents through Life
  • Honoring God-Ordained Authority
  • An Obligation to Disobey
  • Government Allegiance

Unit 7: The Sixth Commandment

  • The Sixth Commandment
  • Protecting Life
  • Being Our Brother’s Keeper
  • New Testament Perspectives
  • Application and Discernment
  • Abortion and the Sixth Commandment
  • Finding Ancient Near Eastern Parallels to Biblical Material
  • Becoming Ethical Neighbors

Unit 8: The Seventh Commandment

  • The Seventh Commandment
  • Marriage in Culture
  • Sexual Ethics
  • Desire and Faithfulness
  • Marriage as Covenant
  • The Unity of Marriage
  • Locating Verses Where God Is Called a “Helper”
  • Challenges to Marriage
  • Love and Marriage
  • Distinguishing the Different Greek Terms for Love
  • Agape in Marriage
  • Finding Verses Where God Expresses Agapao Love
  • Three Loves in Marriage
  • The Love of Christ and Marriage

Unit 9: The Eighth Commandment

  • The Eighth Commandment
  • Theft and Restitution
  • Types of Thievery
  • Property and Possessions

Unit 10: The Ninth Commandment

  • The Ninth Commandment
  • Sins of Speech
  • Speaking the Truth

Unit 11: The Tenth Commandment

  • The Tenth Commandment
  • Covetousness
  • The Heart of the Ten Commandments

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Daniel M. Doriani

Dr. Dan Doriani, vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Seminary, has extensive teaching and pastoral experience.

He served as assistant professor of biblical studies at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania for five years, as solo pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Cumberland, Maryland for five years, as well as a variety of associate pastor, interim pastor, and stated supply roles. He has been involved in several planning and study committees at the presbytery level in both the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). He was also chair of the PCA’s Theological Examining Committee from 1999 to 2000.

He has authored several books, including Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible(P&R, 1996), Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application (P&R, 2001), The Life of a God-Made Man (Crossway, 2001), and commentaries on Matthew and 1 Peter in P&R Publishing’s Reformed Expository Commentaries series.

Dr. Doriani and his wife, Debbie, live in Chesterfield, Missouri, and have three grown daughters.