Barth Reading Group (Myk Habets)

It has been said that to do theology today one most go through Barth. Karl Barth (1886-1968) is universally recognised as one of, if not the most significant theologian of the twentieth century, and possibly the most influential since Luther and Calvin. Most famous for his 14 volume, 6-million-word Church Dogmatics, Barth is a colossus. But who has the time to read it all and the tools to comprehend it even if they did!

This option offers an eleven-month reading group in which selections from across the Dogmatics will be read and interacted with, all in an accessible way. With pithy readings and short interactions, a year with Barth could open windows on ministry and mission for all participants. A firm commitment to the reading group is essential to the success of this LLL option.

Using a Facebook closed group as the platform for the Barth Reading Group, participants will read on average 20 pages of selections from Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics over a fortnight (in total that’s around 400 pages out of 8,500 pages in the CD). For each fortnight’s reading participants will:

  1. comment on any of the ideas mentioned in the readings,
  2. make one observation on the readings from your own context,
  3. and make an application, if relevant, to your own ministry context.

In the first few weeks, as you begin:

Email the facilitator: Myk Habets to introduce yourself: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coach/Supervisor

At the start of this eleven-month option, you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the eleven months, meeting at least once every two months. This person should be someone accessible to your local context, able to meet physically or online with you regularly over this time. They need to be willing and able to walk alongside you during the eleven months. The objective is for your coach to meet with you and help you to assess your current ministry practice and develop your learning experience into new or altered patterns of ministry practice in your own context. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the twelve months, which will involve five or six meetings with you of about an hour in length.

Ask your coach to assist you to identify and implement appropriate changes in your personal life and/or pastoral ministry – you might bring a different topic or area from the readings each time you meet, as well as your responses to the five questions on the Reflection Guide - which you could work through before each of your coaching sessions to become the basis of discussion.

Reading Schedule:

Readings refer to Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, 14 volumes. New Edition. London; Oxford; New York: Continuum/T&T Clark International, 2004, followed by volume number, and page number. I.e. CD IV/1, 260 = Church Dogmatics, volume 4, part 1, page 260. Readings will be provided.

 

Date

Reading

No of Pages

1

5 January 2017

CD I/1:

Preface, xi-xvii

88-94

111-120

23

2

19 January 2017

CD I/2:

457-465

473-476

481-486

19

3

2 February 2017

CD II/1:

3-10

31-38

15

4

16 February 2017

CD II/1:

351-363

440-447

633-638

27

5

3 March 2017

CD II/2:

94-99

103-106

115-117

120-127

21

6

17 March 2017

CD II/2:

306-325

19

7

31 March 2017

CD III/1:

3-22

20

8

14 April 2017

CD III/1:

63-65

80-84

90-94

330-334

344-350

25

9

28 April 2017

CD III/2:

55-61

203-214

19

10

12 May 2017

CD III/2:

437-456

20

11

26 May 2017

CD III/3:

33-40

239-246

16

12

9 June 2017

CD III/3:

369-373

477-486

15

13

23 June 2017

CD III/4:

47-58

163-172

22

14

7 July 2017

CD III/4:

450-470

79-92

35

15

21 July 2017

CD IV/1:

92-122

32

16

4 August 2017

CD IV/1:

122-154

34

17

18 August 2017

CD IV/2:

156-166

264-274

22

18

1 September 2017

CD IV/2:

403-409

499-511

20

19

15 September 2017

CD IV/3.1:

48-64

261-274

31

20

29 September 2017

CD IV/3.2:

490-504

16

21

13 October 2017

CD IV/4:

vii-xii

3-23

27

22

27 October 2017

CD IV/4:

68-90

23

 


Facilitator: Dr Myk Habets

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Myk lectures at Carey Baptist College in Systematic Theology, Hermeneutics and Ethics, and has lectured in theology and ethics at the University of Otago, BCNZ (now Laidlaw College), and Pathways College. Along with lecturing, Myk and his wife Odele are regular preachers of the Gospel, and provide leadership at their local church.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the facilitator of this Barth Reading Group option if you have specific questions about this option.

Email Andrea or Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning or Baptist Leaders' Registration.

PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.

COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.

[updated 28 February 2017]

Event Properties

Event Date 01-01-2018
Event End Date 31-10-2018
Registration Start Date 01-11-2017
Cut off date 01-02-2018
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