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With multiple online course sessions offered annually at the master’s level and online-enhanced doctoral courses, you can make consistent and manageable strides toward your degree-earning goals! See what courses will be offered in upcoming sessions at both levels of seminary learning.

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Master’s Degrees

Summer 2021 Sessions
Session A: May 10–July 2

Exposition of Daniel/Revelation [BI501; 3 credits]
Dr. Ken Pyne
The books of Daniel and Revelation will be surveyed for their historical and prophetic significance. Prophetic issues that coalesce between these premier OT and NT statements concerning the eschaton will be given special attention. The specialized aspects of literary genre and hermeneutics that affect the interpretation of these books will be surveyed. The variety of interpretive approaches to the Book of Revelation will be highlighted.

World Ministry and the Local Church [MI815; 3 credits]
Dr. Kenneth Davis
A biblical study of the role and responsibilities of a local church to minister in a global community of churches. Special emphasis will be given to the development of a model of ministry that facilitates the development of partnership with other churches on a global scale. Various models of communication, ministry, financial resources and social justice will be examined and compared to the biblical mandates for ministry.

Greek Exegetical Methods [NT506; 3 credits]
Dr. Wayne Slusser
Greek Exegetical Methods builds upon the skills learned in Elements of Greek. This course cultivates exegetical skills by developing a methodological context, which presents the questions necessary for a valid analysis. An investigation of New Testament literary structures, genre, the nature of word studies, textual criticism, and a variety of other New Testament hermeneutical issues provide procedures for a synthetic and analytical evaluation of the biblical text. Prerequisite: NT504.

Hebrew Exegesis [OT600; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
This course consists of an introduction to Hebrew syntax and development of a method of exegesis aimed at enriching one’s exposition of the Old Testament. Prerequisite: OT503.

God’s Plan for the Ages [TH531; 3 credits]
Dr. Ken Gardoski
The leading premises of amillennial and covenant theology are examined in order to contrast them with dispensational premillennialism. The logical and biblical extension of dispensationalism into premillennialism is demonstrated.

Twentieth Century Apologists [TH822; 3 credits]
David Gunn
This course is designed to expose students to the epistemology and strategies for doing apologetics found in selected apologists from the twentieth century, an era which saw a major resurgence in evangelical apologetics. The full range of apologetic options during this time will be explored, although special attention will be paid to Francis Schaeffer and C. S. Lewis. An effort will be made not to overlap with the introductory course on apologetics.

Fall 2021 Sessions
Session A: August 16–October 8

Principles of Bible Interpretation [BI604; 3 credits]
Dr. Kenneth Pyne
This course is designed to expose the student to the historical background and development of hermeneutical principle. A particular emphasis will be given to help the student develop the biblical principles and patterns that are necessary for a proper foundation for interpreting the Scriptures.

Studies in Minor Prophets [BI802; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
Selected minor prophets will be studied in light of their historical background and the manner in which their content and structure develop theological emphasis. Attention will also be given to the question of the appropriate use of the minor prophets in preaching.

Foundations for Missional Church Planting [MI803; 3 credits]
Dr. Kenneth Davis
This course will examine the biblical philosophy, practical urgency, and general techniques of starting new churches to reach the unreached of our world. The abundant opportunities for church planting both in North America and abroad are seen. Successful contemporary church planting models are compared. Much attention is given to understanding key principles for planting biblically based yet culturally relevant churches which can significantly impact a community. An essential introductory course for all pastors and missionaries.

Exegesis of Philippians [NT812; 3 credits]
Dr. Wayne Slusser
An exegetical study of this epistle is based upon the Greek text in order to discover and define the meaning of Paul’s communication to this church; attention is given to the letter’s literary structure, theological content and practical value. Special consideration is given to the relational, intentional and developmental aspects of the gospel of Christ for the believer’s life. Prerequisite: NT506.

Exegesis in Isaiah [OT801; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
This course is an exegesis of prophetic literature with special attention given to Isaiah 40-55. The student is guided in developing his skills for expounding Old Testament texts.

Training Ministries of the Church [PT500; 3 credits]
Dr. Dann Austin
This course addresses the need for pastors and missionaries to think through, prayerfully select and know how to implement a comprehensive philosophy of training in the church. Emphasis will be placed on both the motives and methods of practical programs and the methods for teaching children, youth and adults to reproduce faith in life and practice.

Contemporary Cultural Engagement [PT609; 3 credits]
Dr. Kenneth Davis
This course examines the complexities our modern world raises with controversial cultural and moral questions that Christians are often not equipped to tackle. It explores challenging cultural issues in light of Scripture and a Christian worldview with the goal of helping church leaders respond effectively. Among the issues to be addressed are: options for Christian cultural engagement; abortion and euthanasia; gender and sexuality (homosexuality, LGBT, etc.); ethnicity, racism and human trafficking; immigration and caring for the stranger in the land; poverty and materialism; stewardship of the environment; as well as politics, religious liberty, and global persecution. Attention is given to how the church and Christians can address these issues in secular, pluralistic and often post-Christian contexts. The capstone of the course is an overview of how Christian leaders should do “cultural exegesis” as well as “critical contextualization” for Christian ministry purposes.

Foundations of the Christian Faith [TH500; 3 credits]
Dr. Ken Gardoski

This course presents an introduction to four areas. First, the correct scope and method of doing theology is presented, including the definitions of Biblical and Systematic Theology. Second, the study of Bibliology is covered, including a review of the doctrine of various aspects of revelation, the nature of the Bible as to its inspiration, inerrancy, authority and clarity, and special issues such as canonicity and illumination. Third, the doctrine of God is surveyed, including God’s attributes, acts in history and triune identity. Fourth, a brief introduction is given to the field of apologetics.

Studies in Evidential Apologetics [TH528; 3 credits]
David Gunn
This course provides an overview of evidentialism within apologetics to feature the purpose and limitation of evidences used to sustain a gospel truth claim. Special attention is provided to how authors of Scripture used historical, experiential and literacy evidence(s) to provide justification for their truth claims.

Session A-B: August 23–December 3

Elements of Greek – 1 [NT502; 3 credits]
Dr. Wayne Slusser
This course is a two-semester, introductory course covering the basic aspects of New Testament Greek grammar. The course is designed to prepare the student to read the Greek New Testament through a mastery of Greek vocabulary, grammar and syntax.

Elements of Hebrew – 1 [OT502; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
This course examines the basic principles of the sounds, forms, vocabulary and grammar of biblical Hebrew. Selected passages from the Hebrew Bible are translated and analyzed.

Session B: October 18–December 10

Exposition of Acts [BI806; 3 credits]
Dr. Kenneth Pyne
The Book of Acts will be examined from the standpoint of the development of its historical argument. The student will engage in careful analysis of the book’s structure and content as well as the place of the book in the canon. The special relationship between the Book of Acts and the historical background of the New Testament epistles will be examined. Students will enhance their appreciation of the book/s relevance for preaching and teaching.

Communicating the New Testament [GM612; 3 credits]
Dr. Wayne Slusser
This course is designed to assist the student with the development and delivery of an expositional teaching of various New Testament literary genres. Attention is given to the organization, explanation and application of the biblical context. A major component of the course involves the student implementing stages of the hermeneutical task such as: reading, diagramming, outlining, exegeting and preparing manuscripts in order to communicate the meaning and significance of different types of New Testament texts. The goal is to deepen one’s exposition of the books of the New Testament.

Preparations for Missional Church Planting [MI804; 3 credits]
Dr. Kenneth Davis
This course is designed to guide men in discovering their personal role in church planting. The student will study topics such as the divine call, necessary qualifications, characteristics of the successful church planting couple, family concerns, personal finances and avoiding burnout. The student will also study methodological subjects such as recruiting a launch team, selecting suitable sites for church planting, using demographics, determining the best sponsorship or funding options and preparing for spiritual warfare.

Introduction to Old Testament & OT Literature [OT500; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
Selected representative types of Old Testament literature will be examined from the perspective of their characteristics and hermeneutical issues peculiar to each. Concern will be shown for Hebrew thought-patterns and historical/cultural context as important ingredients in a sound exposition of each. Selected critical problems of the Old Testament text will be studied.

Pastoral Ministry Skills [PT510; 3 credits]
Dr. Kenneth Pyne
Challenges students to develop culturally relevant practical skills necessary for effective pastoral ministry. The course focus is on the pastor’s personal and family life, his biblical priorities and responsibilities. Topics include: pastoral care; officiating at baptisms, communion, weddings, funerals and other occasions; working with church staff; overseeing corporate finances, church administration and leadership development; ministerial ethics; and other vital shepherding and equipping duties.

Preaching the New Testament [PT612; 3 credits]
Dr. Wayne Slusser
This course is designed to assist the student with the development and delivery of an expositional teaching of various New Testament literary genres. Attention is given to the organization, explanation and application of the biblical context. A major component of the course involves the student implementing stages of the hermeneutical task such as: reading, diagramming, outlining, exegeting and preparing manuscripts in order to communicate the meaning and significance of different types of New Testament texts. The goal is to deepen one’s exposition of the books of the New Testament.

The Theology & Practice of Family [PT800; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
The student will study the Biblical principles of spiritual activities in the home. It includes a study of roles and relationships in the family, establishing values, raising children to love and serve God and the relationship between husband and wife. Wives may attend with husbands on a non-credit basis.

Apologists in the Early Church [TH723; 3 credits]
David Gunn
This course is designed to expose students to the apologetic methods and arguments used by the early Church Fathers to defend the Christian faith. The English translation of the original writings of selected and significant Church Fathers will be examined and discussed. An attempt will be made to present a variety of issues that the Church Fathers felt compelled to address. Application will be made to contemporary culture as the appropriateness of the ancient arguments is validated or invalidated for use today.

Introduction to Apologetics [TH809; 3 credits]
Dr. Ken Gardoski
This course examines the biblical and philosophical basis for making a rational defense of the Christian faith. The apologetic approach of a number of apologists in the history of the church and in contemporary times will be studied in the light of biblical teaching. The course is designed to assist the student to express effectively the basis for his faith in an intellectually congruent manner. The intersection of the apologetic task with fields such as ethics, science, history and archaeology will also be examined.

Doctoral Degrees

Summer 2021 Sessions
Session A: May 10–July 2

Personal Spiritual Development from the Psalms [D843; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
The Book of Psalms has warmed people’s hearts for centuries. This course will not only enhance the student’s own spiritual walk with God but will also provide ways to utilize the teaching in Psalms in producing spiritual growth in others. Selected Psalms will be examined in depth with a view toward reproducing spiritual truths in the lives of a congregation.

Exposition of Wisdom Literature [D875; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
The exposition of the Wisdom Literature of the OT is an exegetical and theological study of the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job and Song of Songs. This course investigates the meaning, authorial intent, original purpose and significance of these biblical poems for a contemporary audience. The goal is to deepen one’s exposition of each of these unique books of the Old Testament

Fall 2021 Sessions
Session A: August 16–October 8

The Culture of the Middle East in Bible Times [BI9; 3 credits]
Dr. Alan Ingalls
This course provides a thorough investigation of the practices of everyday life in the ancient world of the Bible, including the first century. These background studies will aid the student by being applied to specific biblical texts in both the Old and New Testaments and by providing help in understanding the Middle Eastern mind.

The Culture of the Middle East in Bible Times [D801; 3 credits]
Dr. Alan Ingalls
This course is designed to assist the preacher or teacher in studying and preparing sermons and lessons that reflect knowledge in the literal thoughts and intents of the Scripture writer. Themes, resource tools and processes are discussed which will enable the student to understand the context and thinking of Bible characters and writers, thus allowing sermons and lessons to be more true to the historical context of the passage.

 

Session A-B: August 23–December 3

Analysis of Old Testament Books [BI2; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
This course is an in-depth survey of the Old Testament in which the student prepares a detailed analytical outline of each of the Old Testament books with a brief survey of its historical setting.

Analysis of Old Testament Books [D871; 3 credits]
Dr. Mark McGinniss
This course facilitates the preparation of each OT book for analyses that are sensitive to the genres, Hebraic structural conventions and rhetorical conventions of the Old Testament as well as the historical, cultural and geographical settings of the individual Old Testament books.

Session B: October 18–December 10

Exposition of the Gospels [D874; 3 credits]
Dr. Wayne Slusser
The exposition of the Gospels is an exegetical and theological study of the first four books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This course investigates the meaning, authorial intent, original purpose and significance of these divine books for a contemporary audience. The goal of the course is to deepen one’s exposition of each of these unique books of the New Testament as they tell the story of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 

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Master’s Degrees

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May 10, 2021
August 16, 2021
August 23, 2021
October 18, 2021
January 10, 2022
January 17, 2022
March 7, 2022

 

Doctoral Degrees

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May 10, 2021
August 16, 2021
August 23, 2021
October 18, 2021
January 10, 2022
January 17, 2022
March 7, 2022

 

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