Gospel of John Presentation

During Weeks 3-7 each of you will have an opportunity to make a written presentation to the rest of the class. You will also lead an asynchronous online audio and/or video discussion on that topic throughout the rest of that week. Depending on the size of the class and the number of presentations, these discussions may replace some of the usual forum discussions. During the first week of the course, you will choose one topic from the list below. Your presentation will be due on Saturday at 11:59 PM of the week before you choose.

1. Key words (or forms of the word):

  • glory
  • judge
  • light
  • send
  • truth
  • tesitmony

2. How one of these groups progressed in their opinion of Jesus:

  • religious leaders
  • crowds
  • disciples

3. References to the Old Testament:

  • direct quotations
  • references to Moses
  • "Greater than..."

4. Statements by Jesus:

  • "I am..."
  • His prayers
  • His predictions about His death

5. The development of one of these characters:

  • John the Baptist
  • Peter
  • John
  • Judas
  • Jesus as the Christ
  • Jesus as the Son of God

6. "Problem" passages in the Gospel:

  • Does John 7:53-8:11 belong in the Gospel of John?
  • What are the implications of John 20:23 and the forgiveness of sins?
  • Should foot-washing (John 13) be a regular observance in the church like the Lord's Table?

What should I include?

  1. Your topic's relationship to the purpose of the Gospel (15%)
  2. Your topic's contribution to theology (15%)
  3. Your topic's ramifications in your personal life (15%) (This section may be in first person.)

How do I lead the discussion?

  1. Include two open-ended discussion questions at the end of your presentation document (similar to those in the regular forums) that will challenge your classmates to think critically and to interact with your presentation (5%).
  2. Once the professor has added your document to the Discussion, add each of your questions there by voice or video.
  3. Facilitate the discussion forum on your topic, keeping the discussion moving by responding to your classmates' comments and questions, encouraging application, analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation of your content, and summarizing the discussions at the end of the week. (10%).
    • Facilitation Skills - Ask questions and use strategies that draw out knowledge, offer correction and guidance when necessary.
    • Organization - Use a clear and logical sequence.
    • Originality - Visual and written aids are interesting, innovative/creative, and helpful.
    • Engagement - Generate a high degree of student interest, respectful and inclusive, encourage all students to participate.
    • Discussion - Discussion is focused and relevant, and applications and implications are clear and accurate.
    • See the attached resources for specific guidance in leading a discussion:
    • Discussion as a Way of Teaching

      Student Comments: Moving from Participation to Contribution

What sources should I use for my research?

Although most of the conclusions in your presentation should be based on your personal observations and inductive study of the Scriptures, you should use scholarly sources to document your findings. Scholarly sources include the textbooks, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, atlases, word study tools, Logos resources, etc. Print and digital sources are both acceptable as long as they are products of scholarly research and are appropriate for a graduate level paper. In other words, your friend's blog doesn't count! So your presentation should also include these elements:

What else will you be looking for?

  1. Graduate level standard English with good organization, form, punctuation, and spelling (10%)
  2. 2,000-3,000 words (no longer, no shorter, not including Works Cited), double-spaced, 10 pt. Times New Roman font, 1 in. margins (10%)
  3. APA format, including proper bibliographic information (5%)

    APA Research Paper Example
    It is not necessary to include an abstract for such a short paper.
  4. Evidence of effort and quality work (5%)

Where do I sign up?

Submit your choice here. First come, first served!

Submit your assignment by the Saturday at 11:59 PM before the week you chose to make your presentation.

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