Dr. Christian Overman's
distance-learning course, Increase
Meaning: A Wholistic Approach to Christian Education,
may be taken for 5 graduate-level university credits
(quarter, not semester) through Seattle Pacific University, or without college
credit directly through Worldview Matters.
Objectives and Anticipated Outcomes:
1. Learners will make relevant connections between
academic subjects and the “bigger picture” of a biblical
worldview, thus enabling students to grasp a higher sense
of meaning and purpose in all academic learning.
2. Learners will provide students with practical
tools that will enable them to connect their own daily
activities and academic learning with the “bigger picture”
of a biblical worldview, both in and out of the classroom
3. Learners will
distinguish the biblical worldview from other views of
reality, gaining insights and discernment, and pass on
this skill to students.
4. Learners will
equip students to engage in the Cultural Mandate of Gen.
1:26-28, and assist students in making intentional
connections between all academic knowledge and that
5. Learners will to
include “Theology of Work” within their standard school
curriculum, with age-appropriate instruction.
6. Learners will
show evidence of thinking
"contextually" according to a biblical worldview—and
training students to do the same.
a) View twelve lectures online (recorded for viewing
at the student’s convenience).
b) Read the following books and articles:
Assumptions That Affect Our Lives, by Christian Overman;
LifeWork, by Darrow L. Miller;
“Calvin and Geneva: Nation-Building Missions”,
by Thomas A. Bloomer, and
“A Church Without A View: Jonathan Edwards And Our Current
Lifeview Discipleship Crisis,”
by David Scott.
c) Write four “reflection and response” papers (one
for each of the books/articles listed above), identifying
aspects of the book/article that were especially
d) Submit the following evidences of understanding
analytical concepts taught in this course: a
comparative worldview analysis of a film or TV program
using the “Truth and Baloney Detector” introduced in this
course; a document that determines alignment between
the learner’s work as an educator and the bigger picture
of a biblical worldview, using the “DADI Plan” template
introduced in this course.
e) Participate in the following: teach a group of students, peers, or
parents of students how to use the “Truth and Baloney
Detector;” teach a lesson that makes relevant connections between academic subject
matter and the “bigger picture” of a biblical worldview; teach a lesson on how to make ntentional
alignments between the biblical worldview and either
academic or non-academic activities; teach a group of
students, peers, or parents a lesson that incorporates
concepts of theology of work; complete a short vocation-related
Bible study on the topic of “education or a vocation of choice.