Course IdNameCreditsDescription
301BBiblical Hebrew I3This course begins preparing students to use biblical Hebrew in ministry by means of instruction in vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and elementary exegesis beginning with the basics of the Hebrew alphabet and pronunciation to the initial introduction to the Qal verb stem.
301DBiblical Hebrew I3This course begins preparing students to use biblical Hebrew in ministry by means of instruction in vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and elementary exegesis beginning with the basics of the Hebrew alphabet and pronunciation to the initial introduction to the Qal verb stem.
302BGreek Fundamentals I3Introduces students to fundamental elements of New Testament Greek grammar and basic function of the parts of a Greek sentence, and provides understanding of Greek morphology and its significance for exegesis.
302DGreek Fundamentals I3Introduces students to fundamental elements of New Testament Greek grammar and basic function of the parts of a Greek sentence, and provides understanding of Greek morphology and its significance for exegesis.
303BChristian Theology in Reformed Confessions3Introduces Reformed theology through a study of confessions, from the Reformation era (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort) and the more recent past (Contemporary Testimony, Belhar Confession), and through the basic elements of the Reformed worldview grounded in this confessional theology.
303BNChristian Theology in Reformed Confessions3Introduces Reformed theology through a study of confessions, from the Reformation era (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort) and the more recent past (Contemporary Testimony, Belhar Confession), and through the basic elements of the Reformed worldview grounded in this confessional theology.
303BTChristian Theology in Reformed Confessions3Introduces Reformed theology through a study of confessions, from the Reformation era (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort) and the more recent past (Contemporary Testimony, Belhar Confession), and through the basic elements of the Reformed worldview grounded in this confessional theology.
303DChristian Theology in Reformed Confessions3Introduces Reformed theology through a study of confessions, from the Reformation era (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort) and the more recent past (Contemporary Testimony, Belhar Confession), and through the basic elements of the Reformed worldview grounded in this confessional theology.
304BThe Church in Historical Context I3Surveys the story of God’s people from 100 – 1247 A.D., conversing with ancient and medieval brothers and sisters in Christ by reading and responding to their testimonies, theology and practices.
304BNThe Church in Historical Context I3Surveys the story of God’s people from 100 – 1247 A.D., conversing with ancient and medieval brothers and sisters in Christ by reading and responding to their testimonies, theology and practices.
304DThe Church in Historical Context I3Surveys the story of God’s people from 100 – 1247 A.D., conversing with ancient and medieval brothers and sisters in Christ by reading and responding to their testimonies, theology and practices.
305BThe Church in Historical Context II3Introduces the history of Christianity from the late Middle Ages to the present, with special attention to developments in North America. Focuses on how the church’s institutions, thought, and practice were shaped by and responded to their contexts in each of the eras and places under study.
305BLChurch in Historical Context II3Introduces the history of Christianity from the late Middle Ages to the present, with special attention to developments in North America. Focuses on how the church’s institutions, thought, and practice were shaped by and responded to their contexts in each of the eras and places under study.
305DThe Church in Historical Context II3Introduces the history of Christianity from the late Middle Ages to the present, with special attention to developments in North America. Focuses on how the church’s institutions, thought, and practice were shaped by and responded to their contexts in each of the eras and places under study.
306BPreaching Theory and Methods2Introduces the practice of preaching through lectures, discussions, readings and preparatory exercises; and provides a grammar for talking about sermons and an elementary approach to sermon construction. Topics include theology of preaching, technique in telling stories, writing for the ear, pastoral issues in the pulpit, use and presentation of scripture in the sermon, and how and where to find illustrations.
306BTPreaching Theory and Methods3Introduces the practice of preaching through lectures, discussions, readings and preparatory exercises; and provides a grammar for talking about sermons and an elementary approach to sermon construction. Topics include theology of preaching, technique in telling stories, writing for the ear, pastoral issues in the pulpit, use and presentation of scripture in the sermon, and how and where to find illustrations.
306DPreaching Theory and Methods2Introduces the practice of preaching through lectures, discussions, readings and preparatory exercises; and provides a grammar for talking about sermons and an elementary approach to sermon construction. Topics include theology of preaching, technique in telling stories, writing for the ear, pastoral issues in the pulpit, use and presentation of scripture in the sermon, and how and where to find illustrations.
311BIntroduction to Missional Ministry2Introduces aspects of pastoral ministry for a missional congregation.
311BNIntroduction to Missional Ministry2Introduces aspects of pastoral ministry for a missional congregation.
311BTIntroduction to Missional Ministry3Introduces aspects of pastoral ministry for a missional congregation.
311DIntroduction to Missional Ministry2Introduces aspects of pastoral ministry for a missional congregation.
312BFoundations for Pastoral Care3The foundations course in pastoral care presents the basic pastoral theology and theory of pastoral practice that undergirds good pastoral care. Pastoral care is bringing someone into an awareness of the presence of God in the midst of that person's circumstances, offering a vision of the future that is hopeful. Students will also learn how they use themselves as tools for ministry as the Holy Spirit guides them towards effective pastoral care.
312BTFoundations for Pastoral Care3The foundations course in pastoral care presents the basic pastoral theology and theory of pastoral practice that undergirds good pastoral care. Pastoral care is bringing someone into an awareness of the presence of God in the midst of that person's circumstances, offering a vision of the future that is hopeful. Students will also learn how they use themselves as tools for ministry as the Holy Spirit guides them towards effective pastoral care.
312DFoundations for Pastoral Care3The foundations course in pastoral care presents the basic pastoral theology and theory of pastoral practice that undergirds good pastoral care. Pastoral care is bringing someone into an awareness of the presence of God in the midst of that person's circumstances, offering a vision of the future that is hopeful. Students will also learn how they use themselves as tools for ministry as the Holy Spirit guides them towards effective pastoral care.
321BBiblical Hebrew II3This course continues preparing students to use biblical Hebrew in ministry by resuming the instruction in vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and exegesis that began in 301. In this course, students will learn the remaining Hebrew verb stems and continue to sharpen their exegetical skills.
321DBiblical Hebrew II3This course continues preparing students to use biblical Hebrew in ministry by resuming the instruction in vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and exegesis that began in 301. In this course, students will learn the remaining Hebrew verb stems and continue to sharpen their exegetical skills.
402BOld Testament Narrative Literature3Introduces students to Genesis through Kings, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah and Esther as Christian Scripture, by means of a close reading methodology and theological analysis applied to books and selected passages in Hebrew.
402BTOld Testament Narrative Literature3Introduces students to Genesis through Kings, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah and Esther as Christian Scripture, by means of a close reading methodology and theological analysis applied to books and selected passages in Hebrew.
402DOld Testament Narrative Literature3Introduces students to Genesis through Kings, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah and Esther as Christian Scripture, by means of a close reading methodology and theological analysis applied to books and selected passages in Hebrew.
403BThe Psalms and Wisdom Literature3Provides basic knowledge of Hebrew poetry and literary genres of the Psalms and other books of the Writings, a close reading methodology of selected passages in Hebrew, and emphasis on the psalms of prayer, lament, thanksgiving in prayer, song, preaching and pastoral care.
403BTThe Psalms and Wisdom Literature3Provides basic knowledge of Hebrew poetry and literary genres of the Psalms and other books of the Writings, a close reading methodology of selected passages in Hebrew, and emphasis on the psalms of prayer, lament, thanksgiving in prayer, song, preaching and pastoral care.
403DThe Psalms and Wisdom Literature3Provides basic knowledge of Hebrew poetry and literary genres of the Psalms and other books of the Writings, a close reading methodology of selected passages in Hebrew, and emphasis on the psalms of prayer, lament, thanksgiving in prayer, song, preaching and pastoral care.
403DTThe Psalms and Wisdom Literature3Provides basic knowledge of Hebrew poetry and literary genres of the Psalms and other books of the Writings, a close reading methodology of selected passages in Hebrew, and emphasis on the psalms of prayer, lament, thanksgiving in prayer, song, preaching and pastoral care.
404BOld Testament Prophetic Literature3Introduces the institution and nature of prophecy and an exegetical and biblical theological examination of selected prophetic passages, emphasizing the message of the prophets for the church.
404BTOld Testament Prophetic Literature3Introduces the institution and nature of prophecy and an exegetical and biblical theological examination of selected prophetic passages, emphasizing the message of the prophets for the church.
404DOld Testament Prophetic Literature3Introduces the institution and nature of prophecy and an exegetical and biblical theological examination of selected prophetic passages, emphasizing the message of the prophets for the church.
410BGreek Fundamentals II3Introduces Greek grammar, vocabulary, and syntax (building on 301) and the reading of the Greek New Testament, with emphasis on the use of Bible software as well as the exegetical application of the genitive case, adverbial participles, and conditional sentences.
410DGreek Fundamentals II3Introduces Greek grammar, vocabulary, and syntax (building on NT 301) and the reading of the Greek New Testament, with emphasis on the use of Libronix Bible software as well as the exegetical application of the genitive case, adverbial participles, and conditional sentences.
411BNew Testament Narratives3Studies the Gospels and Acts and the unique problems of having four different gospels; develops a Reformed methodology for analyzing the various approaches to the gospels; and studies specific passages in Greek.
411BTNew Testament Narratives3Studies the Gospels and Acts and the unique problems of having four different gospels; develops a Reformed methodology for analyzing the various approaches to the gospels; and studies specific passages in Greek.
411DNew Testament Narratives3Studies the Gospels and Acts and the unique problems of having four different gospels; develops a Reformed methodology for analyzing the various approaches to the gospels; and studies specific passages in Greek.
412BNew Testament Letters3Reviews the basic principles of interpreting the biblical text from a Reformed perspective, with attention given to Greek grammar, historical context, social setting, epistolary structure and theological themes of the New Testament letters and their message for the church today.
412BTNew Testament Letters3Reviews the basic principles of interpreting the biblical text from a Reformed perspective, with attention given to Greek grammar, historical context, social setting, epistolary structure and theological themes of the New Testament letters and their message for the church today.
412DNew Testament Letters3Reviews the basic principles of interpreting the biblical text from a Reformed perspective, with attention given to Greek grammar, historical context, social setting, epistolary structure and theological themes of the New Testament letters and their message for the church today.
421BSystematic Theology I3Analyzes themes in the doctrines of God, humanity, and Christ, focusing on their biblical foundations and the church’s wrestling with these themes.
421BLSystematic Theology I3Analyzes themes in the doctrines of God, humanity, and Christ, focusing on their biblical foundations and the church’s wrestling with these themes.
421DSystematic Theology I3Analyzes themes in the doctrines of God, humanity, and Christ, focusing on their biblical foundations and the church’s wrestling with these themes.
422BSystematic Theology II3Examines the work of the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the return of Christ and reign of God through studying Scripture, historical documents and contemporary thought.
422DSystematic Theology II3Examines the work of the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the return of Christ and reign of God through studying Scripture, historical documents and contemporary thought.
431BPastoral Disciplines for Counseling Ministry3Introduces effective personal and marital counseling within the limits of pastoral ministry and explores the theologies and theories of transformation that underlie these pastoral skills. Students learn beginning counseling skills and complete a practicum/case study on a field experience packet filled out prior to the class.
431BTPastoral Disciplines for Counseling Ministry3Introduces effective personal and marital counseling within the limits of pastoral ministry and explores the theologies and theories of transformation that underlie these pastoral skills. Students learn beginning counseling skills and complete a practicum/case study on a field experience packet filled out prior to the class.
431DPastoral Disciplines for Counseling Ministry3Introduces effective personal and marital counseling within the limits of pastoral ministry and explores the theologies and theories of transformation that underlie these pastoral skills. Students learn beginning counseling skills and complete a practicum/case study on a field experience packet filled out prior to the class.
433BPreaching Practicum I1Students will revise, preach, and then revise again (based on peer feedback) a sermon previously written for a second-year Bible course. The emphasis will be on helping students continually improve their preaching skills in terms of delivery and also sermon construction as they prepare for internships and future ministry contexts.
433BTPreaching Practicum I1Students will revise, preach, and then revise again (based on peer feedback) a sermon previously written for a second-year Bible course. The emphasis will be on helping students continually improve their preaching skills in terms of delivery and also sermon construction as they prepare for internships and future ministry contexts.
433DPreaching Practicum I1Students will revise, preach, and then revise again (based on peer feedback) a sermon previously written for a second-year Bible course. The emphasis will be on helping students continually improve their preaching skills in terms of delivery and also sermon construction as they prepare for internships and future ministry contexts.
434BPreaching Practicum II2This course builds on the approach to preaching taught in 306 as students write and then also present two sermons in class for peer evaluation and evaluation by the instructor. Students will preach on Epistle texts from the New Testament and will also compose a sermon that will incorporate a portion of the Reformed Confessions. Feedback will focus on sermon delivery and construction as well as on matters of exegesis and pastoral care.
434BTPreaching Practicum II3This course builds on the approach to preaching taught in 306 as students write and then also present two sermons in class for peer evaluation and evaluation by the instructor. Students will preach on Epistle texts from the New Testament and will also compose a sermon that will incorporate a portion of the Reformed Confessions. Feedback will focus on sermon delivery and construction as well as on matters of exegesis and pastoral care.
434DPreaching Practicum II2This course builds on the approach to preaching taught in 306 as students write and then also present two sermons in class for peer evaluation and evaluation by the instructor. Students will preach on Epistle texts from the New Testament and will also compose a sermon that will incorporate a portion of the Reformed Confessions. Feedback will focus on sermon delivery and construction as well as on matters of exegesis and pastoral care.
435BPreaching the Word2In this course, EPMC students will become familiar with the "Four Page" approach to homiletics. The importance of preaching anchored in the biblical text, sensitive to the needs of people, and guided by the confessions of the church will be stressed. One of the sermons required will be a doctrinally focused sermon using one of the Lord's Days of the Heidelberg Catechism.
435B1Preaching the Word2.5In this course, EPMC students will become familiar with the "Four Page" approach to homiletics. The importance of preaching anchored in the biblical text, sensitive to the needs of people, and guided by the confessions of the church will be stressed. One of the sermons required will be a doctrinally focused sermon using one of the Lord's Days of the Heidelberg Catechism.
435B3Preaching the Word3In this course, EPMC students will become familiar with the "Four Page" approach to homiletics. The importance of preaching anchored in the biblical text, sensitive to the needs of people, and guided by the confessions of the church will be stressed. One of the sermons required will be a doctrinally focused sermon using one of the Lord's Days of the Heidelberg Catechism.
440BDiscipleship and Teaching2Equips students for leadership in the teaching ministry of the church by providing biblical and theological foundations, examining methods for assessing ministry contexts, developing a teaching-learning strategy appropriate to the context, and providing opportunities to enhance instructional skills.
440BTDiscipleship and Teaching3Equips students for leadership in the teaching ministry of the church by providing biblical and theological foundations, examining methods for assessing ministry contexts, developing a teaching-learning strategy appropriate to the context, and providing opportunities to enhance instructional skills.
440DDiscipleship and Teaching2Equips students for leadership in the teaching ministry of the church by providing biblical and theological foundations, examining methods for assessing ministry contexts, developing a teaching-learning strategy appropriate to the context, and providing opportunities to enhance instructional skills.
441BEvangelism & Cross-Cultural Ministry2Introduces models of personal and congregational evangelism, models of contextual ministry, and skills necessary for cross-cultural ministry; and teaches how to write and communicate faith stories for evangelistic purposes, present the gospel individually and corporately, conduct evangelistic Bible studies, and lead a congregation to the best model(s) of outreach for its context and to church planting.
441BNEvangelism and Cross-Cultural Min2Introduces models of personal and congregational evangelism, models of contextual ministry, and skills necessary for cross-cultural ministry; and teaches how to write and communicate faith stories for evangelistic purposes, present the gospel individually and corporately, conduct evangelistic Bible studies, and lead a congregation to the best model(s) of outreach for its context and to church planting.
441DEvangelism & Cross Cultural Ministry2Introduces models of personal and congregational evangelism, models of contextual ministry, and skills necessary for cross-cultural ministry; and teaches how to write and communicate faith stories for evangelistic purposes, present the gospel individually and corporately, conduct evangelistic Bible studies, and lead a congregation to the best model(s) of outreach for its context and to church planting.
449BGospel Communication2Trains students in the art of public speaking as preparation for preaching and teaching ministries.
449BTGospel Communication3Trains students in the art of public speaking as preparation for preaching and teaching ministries.
450BApologetics2Presents a Reformed approach to the rational defense and presentation of the Christian faith and engages crucial issues in apologetics: the existence of God, the credibility of Scripture’s witness to Jesus Christ, the problem of evil, challenges based on the natural and social sciences, and religious pluralism.
450BLApologetics2Presents a Reformed approach to the rational defense and presentation of the Christian faith and engages crucial issues in apologetics: the existence of God, the credibility of Scripture’s witness to Jesus Christ, the problem of evil, challenges based on the natural and social sciences, and religious pluralism.
450BTApologetics3Presents a Reformed approach to the rational defense and presentation of the Christian faith and engages crucial issues in apologetics: the existence of God, the credibility of Scripture’s witness to Jesus Christ, the problem of evil, challenges based on the natural and social sciences, and religious pluralism.
450DApologetics2Presents a Reformed approach to the rational defense and presentation of the Christian faith and engages crucial issues in apologetics: the existence of God, the credibility of Scripture’s witness to Jesus Christ, the problem of evil, challenges based on the natural and social sciences, and religious pluralism.
451BEthics and the Christian Life3Studies Christian personal and social morality vital for being an obedient church leader and developing faithful communities of disciples.
451BNEthics and the Christian Life3Studies Christian personal and social morality vital for being an obedient church leader and developing faithful communities of disciples.
451BTEthics and the Christian Life3Studies Christian personal and social morality vital for being an obedient church leader and developing faithful communities of disciples.
451DEthics and the Christian Life3Studies Christian personal and social morality vital for being an obedient church leader and developing faithful communities of disciples.
452BForming Worshipping Communities2Introduces principles and practices of vital and faithful worship leadership, explores biblical and historical perspectives on worship practices highlighting those of the Reformed tradition, and gives students practice at several basic worship planning and leading skills.
452BTForming Worshipping Communities3Introduces principles and practices of vital and faithful worship leadership, explores biblical and historical perspectives on worship practices highlighting those of the Reformed tradition, and gives students practice at several basic worship planning and leading skills.
452DForming Worshipping Communities2Introduces principles and practices of vital and faithful worship leadership, explores biblical and historical perspectives on worship practices highlighting those of the Reformed tradition, and gives students practice at several basic worship planning and leading skills.
462BEphesians3Considers the significance of this letter to contemporary challenges for ministries of the church: civil religion; Christian life as a continuous act of worship; ethnic and cultural diversity; unity and reconciliation; the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit for servant-leadership in marriage, family, church, and work; and spiritual warfare. Based on the English text, no Greek required.
462B2Ephesians2Considers the significance of this letter to contemporary challenges for ministries of the church: civil religion; Christian life as a continuous act of worship; ethnic and cultural diversity; unity and reconciliation; the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit for servant-leadership in marriage, family, church, and work; and spiritual warfare. Based on the English text, no Greek required.
462BTEphesians3Considers the significance of this letter to contemporary challenges for ministries of the church: civil religion; Christian life as a continuous act of worship; ethnic and cultural diversity; unity and reconciliation; the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit for servant-leadership in marriage, family, church, and work; and spiritual warfare. Based on the English text, no Greek required.
462DEphesians2Considers the significance of this letter to contemporary challenges for ministries of the church: civil religion; Christian life as a continuous act of worship; ethnic and cultural diversity; unity and reconciliation; the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit for servant-leadership in marriage, family, church, and work; and spiritual warfare. Based on the English text, no Greek required.
463BShalom: Its Meaning and Significance3Provides the vision and understanding of God’s plan for creation to inspire lifestyles and ministries that conform to God´s good will for the cosmos, society, the Church, and for each person. Learning and theological reflection is done regarding sites where significant models of community transformation, social justice and care for creation are being developed in the US, Canada, and other countries.
463B2Shalom: Its Meaning and Significance2Provides the vision and understanding of God’s plan for creation to inspire lifestyles and ministries that conform to God´s good will for the cosmos, society, the Church, and for each person. Learning and theological reflection is done regarding sites where significant models of community transformation, social justice and care for creation are being developed in the US, Canada, and other countries.
463BTShalom: Its Meaning and Significance3Provides the vision and understanding of God’s plan for creation to inspire lifestyles and ministries that conform to God´s good will for the cosmos, society, the Church, and for each person. Learning and theological reflection is done regarding sites where significant models of community transformation, social justice and care for creation are being developed in the US, Canada, and other countries.
465BNew Testament Letters and their message to the church today3A review of the basic principles of interpreting the Biblical text (i.e., hermeneutics) from a Reformed perspective as they apply to the New Testament letters. Special attention is given to the Greek grammar, historical context, social setting, epistolary structure, and theological themes of the New Testament letters as well as their message for the church today.
470BApplied Music Skills for Worship Leaders1Provides one-on-one instruction in applied musical and artistic skills for worship leadership, including various approaches to equipping others in a congregational setting, and discussions of the pastoral, liturgical, and theological parameters for how particular skills best contribute to the worship life of congregations. Areas may include instrumental instruction; conducting; composition and arranging; or art and media design; students are encouraged to practice their skills in an internship, chapel, or local congregational context.
471BWritten Expression1Introduces English writing skills needed for preparing academic papers and engaging in other forms of nonfiction writing. Topics addressed include selecting a topic, engaging sources appropriately, developing a thesis and an outline, following good English style, crafting paragraphs and transitions, and avoiding plagiarism.
471BTWritten Expression1Introduces English writing skills needed for preparing academic papers and engaging in other forms of nonfiction writing. Topics addressed include selecting a topic, engaging sources appropriately, developing a thesis and an outline, following good English style, crafting paragraphs and transitions, and avoiding plagiarism.
472BChoosing Music for Worship1Resources students in developing and improving skills in choosing appropriate music for worship services.
472BTChoosing Music for Worship1Resources students in developing and improving skills in choosing appropriate music for worship services.
473BPublic Reading of Scripture1Assists students in developing and improving skills in effective public reading of Scripture passages and in the care of a one's voice over a long ministry.
473BTPublic Reading of Scripture1Assists students in developing and improving skills in effective public reading of Scripture passages and in the care of a preacher's voice over a long ministry.
475BProclaiming Texts Using the Arts1Introduces the various ways art proclaims the Word through image, architecture, and visual elements of worship. We will explore a biblical approach to the visual as integral in multi-sensory proclamation, examine historical developments, and discover how art in worship speaks theologically today.
475BTProclaiming Texts Using the Arts1Introduces the various ways art proclaims the Word through image, architecture, and visual elements of worship. We will explore a biblical approach to the visual as integral in multi-sensory proclamation, examine historical developments, and discover how art in worship speaks theologically today.
477BPlanning Intergenerational Worship1Most churches today wrestle with the issue of Intergenerational Worship. Is it possible? What methodology should be used? Which values should guide us? What are the risks of different approaches? Many are experimenting with very diverse approaches. In this course we’ll explore the issues involved, different perspectives on “intergenerational”, and participate collaboratively in efforts to design worship that will reach all generations. Our work will be built on the assumption that all generations are equally valuable, and all generations have their own unique needs in the formation of their faith.
477BTPlanning Intergenerational Worship1Most churches today wrestle with the issue of Intergenerational Worship. Is it possible? What methodology should be used? Which values should guide us? What are the risks of different approaches? Many are experimenting with very diverse approaches. In this course we’ll explore the issues involved, different perspectives on “intergenerational”, and participate collaboratively in efforts to design worship that will reach all generations. Our work will be built on the assumption that all generations are equally valuable, and all generations have their own unique needs in the formation of their faith.
478BPracticum in Teaching with Technology1Students will explore the use of various technologies that complement teaching and present several sample lessons using various technologies for critique in a collaborative learning environment.
478BTPracticum in Teaching with Technology1Students will explore the use of various technologies that complement teaching and present several sample lessons using various technologies for critique in a collaborative learning environment.
480BEssentials for Church Revitalization1This course examines the essentials of congregational revitalization. A central vision for a revitalized church from Acts 2:42-47 will be cast, followed by an examination of four critical factors in a renewal project. Skills necessary for continuing to lead change even when change creates tension will be highlighted. Several specific tools for the renewal process will also be provided.
480BTEssentials for Church Revitalization1This course examines the essentials of congregational revitalization. A central vision for a revitalized church from Acts 2:42-47 will be cast, followed by an examination of four critical factors in a renewal project. Skills necessary for continuing to lead change even when change creates tension will be highlighted. Several specific tools for the renewal process will also be provided.
481BProclamation for Church Revitalization1This course will assist students in developing the preaching practices necesary for congregational renewal. Students will present two brief sermons in class.
481BTProclamation for Church Revitalization1This course will assist students in developing the preaching practices necesary for congregational renewal. Students will present two brief sermons in class.
482BIssues in Worship and Preaching2This course will develop students' skills in navigating difficult worship or preaching issues in the church today. Topics will vary each time that the course is offered.
483BSpiritual Formation for Church Revitalization1This course will examine how making more and better disciples is linked to congregational renewal. Various assessment tools will be taught that assist pastoral leaders to identify the "discipleship temperature" of their congregation. Collaboratively, participants will design a process for deepening spiritual formation in their local contexts.
483BTSpiritual Formation for Church Revitalization1This course will examine how making more and better disciples is linked to congregational renewal. Various assessment tools will be taught that assist pastoral leaders to identify the "discipleship temperature" of their congregation. Collaboratively, participants will design a process for deepening spiritual formation in their local contexts.
484BWorship Planning1An intensive practice-based study of worship planning, coordination, and leading through regular participation in hands-on planning and review of chapels and other seminary worship events, weekly discussions, readings, and retreats.
485BChoral Music/Chapel Choir1A study of choral music in the worship of the Christian church through practical teaching, music selection, worship planning, discussion, and regular participation in the Chapel Choir.
486BLeadership for Church Revitalization1This course will provide skills and practices that are essential for the renewal leader to lead well. A broad range of leadership styles will be named with an emphasis on finding the style which best fits a particular renewal leader. Additionally, a process for identifying and developing key leaders in a renewal congregation will be discussed, with an emphasis on empowering congregational members so that volunteers remain clear and passionate about the journey toward congregational revitalization.
486BTLeadership for Church Revitalization1This course will provide skills and practices that are essential for the renewal leader to lead well. A broad range of leadership styles will be named with an emphasis on finding the style which best fits a particular renewal leader. Additionally, a process for identifying and developing key leaders in a renewal congregation will be discussed, with an emphasis on empowering congregational members so that volunteers remain clear and passionate about the journey toward congregational revitalization.
487BMobilization for Church Revitalization1This course will help participants understand the link between organizational structure and congregational revitalization. Participants will be given models for effectively organizing the work of a local congregation to enhance action-oriented outcomes. The class will include discussion about staff structure versus committee structure. Reflection will take place on the dynamics of leadership as it relates to church size and congregational history.
488BIssues in Pastoral Care and Leadership2This course will develop students' skills in navigating difficult pastoral care or leadership issues in the church today. Topics will vary each time that the course is offered.
488BTIssues in Pastoral Care and Leadership3This course will develop students' skills in navigating difficult pastoral care or leadership issues in the church today. Topics will vary each time that the course is offered.
488DIssues in Pastoral Care and Leadership2This course will develop students' skills in navigating difficult pastoral care or leadership issues in the church today. Topics will vary each time that the course is offered.
488D3Issues in Pastoral Care and Leadership3This course will develop students' skills in navigating difficult pastoral care or leadership issues in the church today. Topics will vary each time that the course is offered.
488DTIssues in Pastoral Care and Leadership3This course will develop students' skills in navigating difficult pastoral care or leadership issues in the church today. Topics will vary each time that the course is offered.
489BChurch Revitalization through Local and Global Investments1This course will examine the critical link between congregational revitalization and church planting. A multi-step process for church planting will be discussed. The role of kingdom expansion projects in the Reformed community will also be discussed with an emphasis on how kingdom expansion can work collaboratively with discipleship formation goals.
489BTChurch Revitalization through Local and Global Investments1This course will examine the critical link between congregational revitalization and church planting. A multi-step process for church planting will be discussed. The role of kingdom expansion projects in the Reformed community will also be discussed with an emphasis on how kingdom expansion can work collaboratively with discipleship formation goals.
490BHebrew Review1Offers opportunity to secure and build upon gains made in 301 in order to provide a solid foundation for using Hebrew in exegesis.
490BTHebrew Review2Offers opportunity to secure and build upon gains made in 301 in order to provide a solid foundation for using Hebrew in exegesis.
490DHebrew Review1Offers opportunity to secure and build upon gains made in 301 in order to provide a solid foundation for using Hebrew in exegesis.
491BGreek Review1This course is primarily aimed at those students who have taken Greek at another institution or who learned Greek at Calvin Seminary but are rusty because of a period of non-use of the language. Students will be introduced to the terminology and emphases of Calvin Seminary to prepare them to meet the Greek demands and requirements of the Biblical courses. We will concentrate on the uses of the genitive, adverbial participles, conditional sentences, and tenses and moods as well as teaching you how to construct a clausal outline.
491BTGreek Review1This course is primarily aimed at those students who have taken Greek at another institution or who learned Greek at Calvin Seminary but are rusty because of a period of non-use of the language. Students will be introduced to the terminology and emphases of Calvin Seminary to prepare them to meet the Greek demands and requirements of the Biblical courses. We will concentrate on the uses of the genitive, adverbial participles, conditional sentences, and tenses and moods as well as teaching you how to construct a clausal outline.
491DGreek Review1This course is primarily aimed at those students who have taken Greek at another institution or who learned Greek at Calvin Seminary but are rusty because of a period of non-use of the language. Students will be introduced to the terminology and emphases of Calvin Seminary to prepare them to meet the Greek demands and requirements of the Biblical courses. We will concentrate on the uses of the genitive, adverbial participles, conditional sentences, and tenses and moods as well as teaching you how to construct a clausal outline.
492BHebrew Review II1This course reviews key material learned in OT 401 (Hebrew Usage and Tools), including a review of the verbal system, basic syntax, and analysis of clauses.
492DHebrew Review II1This course reviews key material learned in OT 401 (Hebrew Usage and Tools), including a review of the verbal system, basic syntax, and analysis of clauses.
493BIssues in Mission1This course will develop students' skills in navigating difficult missions issues in the church today. Topics will vary each time that the course is offered.
494BPersonal Financial Stewardship in the Pastoral Vocation1In a paradigm of personal boundaries and self-care, this course invites students to reflect upon personal financial stewardship and its impact on ministry and the pastoral vocation. Through the use of scriptural, theology, and general principles of financial management, students are invited to reflect upon their personal financial profile and how it necessarily informs one's future ministry choices and vocational path. Crucial to this course then is also a critical critique of the pros and cons of full-time pastoral ministry over against a bi-vocational pastoral career path, or even a non-church based religious vocational option.
496BGreek Review II1This course is geared primarily for Calvin Seminary students who have just taken the Greek courses but need or desire more training in the significance of grammatical distinctions and the reading of the Greek New Testament text. Others who want more experience in Greek grammar and reading may also join this class.
496DGreek Review II1This course is geared primarily for Calvin Seminary students who have just taken the Greek courses but need or desire more training in the significance of grammatical distinctions and the reading of the Greek New Testament text. Others who want more experience in Greek grammar and reading may also join this class.
497BSermon Applications1This is a one hour practical course to improve making relevant and realistic applications for congregations. The focus of this course is not on explaining the meaning of a text, but on how the theme of a pericope may shape Christian living today.
497BTSermon Applications1This course is a one hour practical course to improve making relevant and realistic applications for congregations. The focus of this course is not on explaining the meaning of a text, but on how the theme of a pericope may shape Christian living today.
498BLeadership Coaching1Leadership coaching is a ministry skill which can dramatically increase productivity and teamwork. Students will learn and practice a coaching process that can be used with teammates, volunteers and others to more effectively equip people for the ministry to which God has called them. This will be a highly participatory course and students should expect to be engaged in both coaching and being coached each class.
501BThe Art of Hebrew Narrative2Develops greater proficiency in comprehending biblical Hebrew and appreciating its literary artistry and its application in Old Testament exegesis through a careful reading of the Joseph narrative.
501BTThe Art of Hebrew Narrative3Develops greater proficiency in comprehending biblical Hebrew and appreciating its literary artistry and its application in Old Testament exegesis through a careful reading of the Joseph narrative.
502BExegesis of the Pentateuch2Exercises exegetical and theological understanding of Exodus or Leviticus (in alternate years) in its larger canonical context, and its abiding address to the Church. Basic exegetical skills and knowledge of the Hebrew language and computer assisted exegetical skills are assumed.
502BTExegesis of the Pentateuch3Exercises exegetical and theological understanding of Exodus or Leviticus (in alternate years) in its larger canonical context, and its abiding address to the Church. Basic exegetical skills and knowledge of the Hebrew language and computer assisted exegetical skills are assumed.
506BPsalms2Studies selected passages from the Psalms in the Hebrew text. Exegetical studies include syntactical, form critical, prosodic, hermeneutical and biblical theological issues. Considers the history of psalmic interpretation, the literary genres and their function in the Psalter as a collection and as a basis for liturgy and biblical theology. Offer M.T.S. and Th.M. students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of the original languages and their understanding of biblical hermeneutics in resolving key exegetical issues. Offers M.Div. Students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of the original languages and understanding of biblical hermeneutics to the challenging task of communicating the message of the Psalter in an effective way in sermons.
506BTPsalms3Studies selected passages from the Psalms in the Hebrew text. Exegetical studies include syntactical, form critical, prosodic, hermeneutical and biblical theological issues. Considers the history of psalmic interpretation, the literary genres and their function in the Psalter as a collection and as a basis for liturgy and biblical theology. Offer M.T.S. and Th.M. students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of the original languages and their understanding of biblical hermeneutics in resolving key exegetical issues. Offers M.Div. Students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of the original languages and understanding of biblical hermeneutics to the challenging task of communicating the message of the Psalter in an effective way in sermons.
507BIsaiah2An exegetical study of selected passages from the Prophecy of Isaiah in the Hebrew text, including syntactical, form critical, prosodic, hermeneutical, and biblical-theological issues. The course will offer M.Div. students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of the original languages and understanding of biblical hermeneutics to the challenging task of communicating the message of Isaiah in an effective way.
507BTIsaiah3An exegetical study of selected passages from the Prophecy of Isaiah in the Hebrew text, including syntactical, form critical, prosodic, hermeneutical, and biblical-theological issues. The course will offer M.Div. students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of the original languages and understanding of biblical hermeneutics to the challenging task of communicating the message of Isaiah in an effective way.
508BJudaism in the Time of Jesus2A survey of Jewish history and literature in the Second Temple period as background for understanding the New Testament. Texts include selections from the Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
510BJob2In this course, we will study the book of Job in its historical context and for what it has to say to the church today about human suffering, the character of God, and living well in a fallen world.
510BTJob3In this course, we will study the book of Job in its historical context and for what it has to say to the church today about human suffering, the character of God, and living well in a fallen world.
511BTaste and See: A Study Tour of Biblical Lands2Come, experience the world of the Bible through explorations of the culture, geography, and history of Israel and Palestine (or surrounding lands). See for yourself the diverse array of landscapes that make up the land from Dan to Beersheva. Taste the spring waters of Mt. Hermon. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus and his disciples. Hear the cacophony of sounds and languages that comprise the cultural mosaic of the Old City of Jerusalem. Meet people who live in the land and gain insight into the region's current religious and political tensions. In this course, you will visit archaeological and sacred sites of biblical, historical, and religious significance that are sure to illuminate your reading of Scripture.
511BTTaste and See: A Study Tour of Biblical Lands3Come, experience the world of the Bible through explorations of the culture, geography, and history of Israel and Palestine (or surrounding lands). See for yourself the diverse array of landscapes that make up the land from Dan to Beersheva. Taste the spring waters of Mt. Hermon. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus and his disciples. Hear the cacophony of sounds and languages that comprise the cultural mosaic of the Old City of Jerusalem. Meet people who live in the land and gain insight into the region's current religious and political tensions. In this course, you will visit archaeological and sacred sites of biblical, historical, and religious significance that are sure to illuminate your reading of Scripture.
515BOld Testament Exegetical Elective2This course will explore an Old Testament topic. Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
517BReading the Old Testament in Church and Mission2This course reflects on the continuing relevance of the Old Testament for the testimony and mission of the Church. It will reflect on questions such as: “How can the God of the OT be the Father of Jesus Christ?”; “What about the violence committed in the conquest of the land?” “How can a religion of rules lead to love?”; “Can the OT be used to testify to the love of God in Jesus Christ?” “Why should I read the book of Joshua and Judges?”
517BTReading the Old Testament in Church and Mission3This course reflects on the continuing relevance of the Old Testament for the testimony and mission of the Church. It will reflect on questions such as: “How can the God of the OT be the Father of Jesus Christ?”; “What about the violence committed in the conquest of the land?” “How can a religion of rules lead to love?”; “Can the OT be used to testify to the love of God in Jesus Christ?” “Why should I read the book of Joshua and Judges?”
519BJeremiah and the Church2Introduces Jeremiah, the complex prophet of the New Covenant, and explores how his lengthy revelation finds its focus in Christ and continues to resonate within the church and world. This course can meet an MA O.T. requirement or serve as an exegetical elective for MDiv and MTS students.
519B3Jeremiah and the Church3Introduces Jeremiah, the complex prophet of the New Covenant, and explores how his lengthy revelation finds its focus in Christ and continues to resonate within the church and world. This course can meet an MA O.T. requirement or serve as an exegetical elective for MDiv and MTS students.
519BTJeremiah and the Church3Introduces Jeremiah, the complex prophet of the New Covenant, and explores how his lengthy revelation finds its focus in Christ and continues to resonate within the church and world. This course can meet an MA O.T. requirement or serve as an exegetical elective for MDiv and MTS students.
521BI Corinthians2Studies the historical context, social setting and epistolary structure of 1 Corinthians, emphasizing the major themes and issues of this letter and its message for the church today.
521BTI Corinthians3Studies the historical context, social setting and epistolary structure of 1 Corinthians, emphasizing the major themes and issues of this letter and its message for the church today.
522BParables2Introduces the principles and exegetical methods for interpreting the parables of Jesus and applying their meaning, significance, and relevance to contemporary preaching and teaching.
522BTParables3Introduces the principles and exegetical methods for interpreting the parables of Jesus and applying their meaning, significance, and relevance to contemporary preaching and teaching.
523BBirth and Death Narratives2Studies the passion narratives in the four gospels for use in effective preaching and liturgy during the Lenten season, and requires an exegetical sermon or lesson plan of one of the gospel’s birth narratives to prepare for the Advent season.
523BTBirth and Death Narratives3Studies the passion narratives in the four gospels for use in effective preaching and liturgy during the Lenten season, and requires an exegetical sermon or lesson plan of one of the gospel’s birth narratives to prepare for the Advent season.
525BThe Sermon on the Mount2Studies the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and its implications for Christian living today.
525BTThe Sermon on the Mount3Studies the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and its implications for Christian living today.
526BEphesians2Considers the significance of this letter to contemporary challenges for ministries of the church: civil religion; Christian life as a continuous act of worship; ethnic and cultural diversity; unity and reconciliation; the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit for servant-leadership in marriage, family, church, and work; and spiritual warfare. Based on the Greek text.
526BTEphesians3Considers the significance of this letter to contemporary challenges for ministries of the church: civil religion; Christian life as a continuous act of worship; ethnic and cultural diversity; unity and reconciliation; the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit for servant-leadership in marriage, family, church, and work; and spiritual warfare. Based on the Greek text.
526DEphesians2Considers the significance of this letter to contemporary challenges for ministries of the church: civil religion; Christian life as a continuous act of worship; ethnic and cultural diversity; unity and reconciliation; the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit for servant-leadership in marriage, family, church, and work; and spiritual warfare. Based on the Greek text.
526D3Ephesians3Considers the significance of this letter to contemporary challenges for ministries of the church: civil religion; Christian life as a continuous act of worship; ethnic and cultural diversity; unity and reconciliation; the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit for servant-leadership in marriage, family, church, and work; and spiritual warfare. Based on the Greek text.
529BSeeds of Justice, Harvest of Shalom2This course is an exploration on the intimate connection between justice and peace in biblical theology. Thus, we will study the comprehensiveness and centrality of the biblical teachings on Justice and shalom. These themes provides the necessary vision and understanding of God’s plan for creation and humanity to inspire a life style and ministry that conform to God´s good will for the cosmos, society, the Church and the individual person. In our visit to the "Association for a More Just Society" in Honduras we will learn how that is being done in concrete and significant ways.
529BTSeeds of Justice, Harvest of Shalom3This course is an exploration on the intimate connection between justice and peace in biblical theology. Thus, we will study the comprehensiveness and centrality of the biblical teachings on Justice and shalom. These themes provides the necessary vision and understanding of God’s plan for creation and humanity to inspire a life style and ministry that conform to God´s good will for the cosmos, society, the Church and the individual person. In our visit to the "Association for a More Just Society" in Honduras we will learn how that is being done in concrete and significant ways.
530BNew Testament Elective2This course will explore a topic in New Testament.
530BTNew Testament Elective3This course will explore a topic in New Testament.
530DNew Testament Elective2This course will explore a topic in New Testament.
531BStudies in the Gospel of John2A study of the Gospel of John to discover its unique witness to the story of Jesus. Students will research the unique structure, literary features, symbolism, language, background, theology, and purpose of this gospel. Included will be a study of the Greek text and an opportunity to investigate preaching possibilities. The missional importance of the gospel as well as its apologetic nature in the defense of Christianity will also be emphasized.
531BTStudies in the Gospel of John3A study of the Gospel of John to discover its unique witness to the story of Jesus. Students will research the unique structure, literary features, symbolism, language, background, theology, and purpose of this gospel. Included will be a study of the Greek text and an opportunity to investigate preaching possibilities. The missional importance of the gospel as well as its apologetic nature in the defense of Christianity will also be emphasized.
533BThe Kingdom of God2Integrates biblical, historical and contemporary understandings of this central theme in Scripture and in Christian and Reformed theology, with special attention to relevance of the Kingdom of God and its justice for several ministry settings and Christian movements.
533B3The Kingdom of God3Integrates biblical, historical and contemporary understandings of this central theme in Scripture and in Christian and Reformed theology, with special attention to relevance of the Kingdom of God and its justice for several ministry settings and Christian movements.
533BTThe Kingdom of God3Integrates biblical, historical and contemporary understandings of this central theme in Scripture and in Christian and Reformed theology, with special attention to relevance of the Kingdom of God and its justice for several ministry settings and Christian movements.
533DThe Kingdom of God2Integrates biblical, historical and contemporary understandings of this central theme in Scripture and in Christian and Reformed theology, with special attention to relevance of the Kingdom of God and its justice for several ministry settings and Christian movements.
533DTThe Kingdom of God3Integrates biblical, historical and contemporary understandings of this central theme in Scripture and in Christian and Reformed theology, with special attention to relevance of the Kingdom of God and its justice for several ministry settings and Christian movements.
534BBiblical Study Tour to Turkey and Greece2Travel to biblical and other archaeological sites in Turkey and Greece connected with Paul's Missionary journeys, and the Seven Churches of Revelation 2-3, in order to understand better the relevant biblical texts in their historical and social context.
534BTBiblical Study Tour to Turkey and Greece2Travel to biblical and other archaeological sites in Turkey and Greece connected with Paul's Missionary journeys, and the Seven Churches of Revelation 2-3, in order to understand better the relevant biblical texts in their historical and social context.
537BThe Seven Letters of Revelation2A detailed study of Rev. 2-3, as well as the relationship of these key chapters to the Book of Revelation as a whole, with the goal of equipping participants to preach and/or teach a series on the "Seven Letters to the Seven Churches."
537BTThe Seven Letters of Revelation3A detailed study of Rev. 2-3, as well as the relationship of these key chapters to the Book of Revelation as a whole, with the goal of equipping participants to preach and/or teach a series on the "Seven Letters to the Seven Churches."
540BGeneral Elective2Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
544BThe Apologetical Theology of C.S. Lewis2Studies some works of C.S. Lewis in which he communicates and defends Christianity.
544BTThe Apologetical Theology of C.S. Lewis3Studies some works of C.S. Lewis in which he communicates and defends Christianity.
546BMinister in Literature2An exploration of the portraits given in English literature of ministers and Their vocation, character, role, performance of duties, effectiveness, fears, and peculiar temptations and sins, including power and pride, doubt, sloth, infidelity, and professionalism. Classic and contemporary texts will be used.
546BTMinister in Literature3An exploration of the portraits given in English literature of ministers and Their vocation, character, role, performance of duties, effectiveness, fears, and peculiar temptations and sins, including power and pride, doubt, sloth, infidelity, and professionalism. Classic and contemporary texts will be used.
550BHistory of Christianity Elective2This course will explore a topic in the History of Christianity. Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
551BSystematic Theology Elective2This course will explore a topic in Systematic Theology. Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
561BTheology of the Holy Spirit2Studies a biblical, historical and systematic examination of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, with special attention to contemporary developments in Pentecostal and mainline spirituality and theology, and the relation between Christology and pneumatology.
561BTTheology of the Holy Spirit3Studies a biblical, historical and systematic examination of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, with special attention to contemporary developments in Pentecostal and mainline spirituality and theology, and the relation between Christology and pneumatology.
562BDoctrine of Infant Baptism2Studies the biblical basis, historical development, systematic formulation, major criticisms, and liturgical shape of the doctrine of infant baptism, with special focus on the Reformed tradition.
562BTDoctrine of Infant Baptism3Studies the biblical basis, historical development, systematic formulation, major criticisms, and liturgical shape of the doctrine of infant baptism, with special focus on the Reformed tradition.
562DDoctrine of Infant Baptism2Studies the biblical basis, historical development, systematic formulation, major criticisms, and liturgical shape of the doctrine of infant baptism, with special focus on the Reformed tradition.
563BImaginative Reading for Creative Preaching2Reads and discusses selected fiction, biography, memoirs, journalism, culture criticism, essays, drama, poetry, and children's literature in order to deepen the preacher's understanding of human character, divine grace, and the surprises that emerge when they intersect, with special attention to the homiletic impact of the readings.
563BTImaginative Reading for Creative Preaching3Reads and discusses selected fiction, biography, memoirs, journalism, culture criticism, essays, drama, poetry, and children's literature in order to deepen the preacher's understanding of human character, divine grace, and the surprises that emerge when they intersect, with special attention to the homiletic impact of the readings.
563DImaginative Reading for Creative Preaching2Reads and discusses selected fiction, biography, memoirs, journalism, culture criticism, essays, drama, poetry, and children's literature in order to deepen the preacher's understanding of human character, divine grace, and the surprises that emerge when they intersect, with special attention to the homiletic impact of the readings.
563D3Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching3Reads and discusses selected fiction, biography, memoirs, journalism, culture criticism, essays, drama, poetry, and children's literature in order to deepen the preacher's understanding of human character, divine grace, and the surprises that emerge when they intersect, with special attention to the homiletic impact of the readings.
564BIntersections of Theology and Science2Examines the theological topics of creation and humanity with an emphasis on how they intersect with modern scientific concerns and considers implications of these intersections for ministry.
564BTIntersections of Theology and Science3Examines the theological topics of creation and humanity with an emphasis on how they intersect with modern scientific concerns and considers implications of these intersections for ministry.
564DIntersections of Theology and Science2Examines the theological topics of creation and humanity with an emphasis on how they intersect with modern scientific concerns and considers implications of these intersections for ministry.
566BReformed World and Life View2A study of the biblical and theological foundations, philosophical ar-ticulations, and specific implications of the Reformed world and life view developed in the neo-Calvinist tradition of Abraham Kuyper.
566BTReformed World and Life View3A study of the biblical and theological foundations, philosophical ar-ticulations, and specific implications of the Reformed world and life view developed in the neo-Calvinist tradition of Abraham Kuyper.
581BPhilosophy of Religion2Develops a Reformed philosophical perspective on the nature and functions of religion in human life; considers major religions, secular worldviews, and Christianity, arguing that all humans live by faith in something ultimate; and provides a comprehensive framework for Christian scholarship and ministry.
581BTPhilosophy of Religion3Develops a Reformed philosophical perspective on the nature and functions of religion in human life; considers major religions, secular worldviews, and Christianity, arguing that all humans live by faith in something ultimate; and provides a comprehensive framework for Christian scholarship and ministry.
582BPhilosophy for Understanding Theology2Surveys the history of philosophy from Plato to postmodernism, reviews the historical interaction of philosophy with Christian faith and theology--both positive and negative, and emphasizes the importance of good philosophy for sound theology.
582B3Philosophy for Understanding Theology3Surveys the history of philosophy from Plato to postmodernism, reviews the historical interaction of philosophy with Christian faith and theology--both positive and negative, and emphasizes the importance of good philosophy for sound theology.
582BTPhilosophy for Understanding Theology3Surveys the history of philosophy from Plato to postmodernism, reviews the historical interaction of philosophy with Christian faith and theology--both positive and negative, and emphasizes the importance of good philosophy for sound theology.
582DPhilosophy for Understanding Theology2Surveys the history of philosophy from Plato to postmodernism, reviews the historical interaction of philosophy with Christian faith and theology--both positive and negative, and emphasizes the importance of good philosophy for sound theology.
582D3Philosophy for Understanding Theology3Surveys the history of philosophy from Plato to postmodernism, reviews the historical interaction of philosophy with Christian faith and theology--both positive and negative, and emphasizes the importance of good philosophy for sound theology.
583BBiblical Anthropology and the Body-Soul Debate2Considers contemporary Christian challenges to the traditional body-soul distinction in light of Scripture, theology, philosophy, and science; and argues for “dualistic holism.” A key issue is whether Scripture teaches that persons exist without bodies between death and resurrection.
583BTBiblical Anthropology and the Body-Soul Debate3Considers contemporary Christian challenges to the traditional body-soul distinction in light of Scripture, theology, philosophy, and science; and argues for “dualistic holism.” A key issue is whether Scripture teaches that persons exist without bodies between death and resurrection.
587BPhil or Moral Theology Elective2Study of selected philosophical or moral issues.
587BTPhil or Moral Theology Elective3Study of selected philosophical or moral issues.
587DPhil or Moral Theology Elective2Study of selected philosophical or moral issues.
587DTPhil or Moral Theology Elective3Study of selected philosophical or moral issues.
598BIndependent Study (First Degree)2Students who wish to engage in concentrated study on a subject of interest that is not currently offered may ask a professor to supervise the study. The professor, in consultation with the student, will make the final determination of requirements. The course may include reading, research, writing a paper, and sitting in a course. Students must complete the appropriate registration form and submit it to the academic office. Research courses may be 1, 2 or 3 credits.
599BMajor Research Paper (First Degree)3First degree students who wish to write a major research paper on a subject of interest may ask a professor to supervise a paper. Papers may be either 2 or 3 credits. A two-credit paper will ordinarily be 25-35 pages and a three-credit paper will ordinarily be 40-50 pages.
601BDoctrine of Christ and Services of the Christian Year2Engaging Christian Worship which effectively nurtures faith must be built on a clear understanding of the doctrine of Jesus Christ and should faithfully represent the full range of his ministry. The services of the Christian year – from Advent to Eastertide – provide an excellent pattern of nurture for the worshiping congregation. We’ll explore the worship calendar which observes the Christian Year and thereby faithfully leads worshipers through the entire ministry of Christ on an annual basis. We’ll function collegially and will aim to collaboratively plan services which faithfully accomplish this.
601BTDoctrine of Christ and Services of the Christian Year3Engaging Christian Worship which effectively nurtures faith must be built on a clear understanding of the doctrine of Jesus Christ and should faithfully represent the full range of his ministry. The services of the Christian year – from Advent to Eastertide – provide an excellent pattern of nurture for the worshiping congregation. We’ll explore the worship calendar which observes the Christian Year and thereby faithfully leads worshipers through the entire ministry of Christ on an annual basis. We’ll function collegially and will aim to collaboratively plan services which faithfully accomplish this.
602BWhat Preachers Can Learn from Writers2Explores what various writers are saying about their craft and its implication for preaching and looks at the creative features of sermon making through a combination of reading, writing, and practice preaching.
602BTWhat Preachers Can Learn from Writers3Explores what various writers are saying about their craft and its implication for preaching and looks at the creative features of sermon making through a combination of reading, writing, and practice preaching.
605BGospel Preaching2Amid the nuances of a regional subculture (Northern California) & a community of local church planters, students will learn to preach the gospel in a winsome, compelling, contagious way, so cultivating healthy gospel communities.
605BTGospel Preaching3Amid the nuances of a regional subculture (Northern California) & a community of local church planters, students will learn to preach the gospel in a winsome, compelling, contagious way, so cultivating healthy gospel communities.
606BPreaching Non-narrative Texts2This course will explore the ways that non-narrative texts function in the sermon looking especially at NT letters. It will explore ways in which the strengths of narrative preaching and the New Homiletic can be used in preaching non-narrative texts.
606BTPreaching Non-narrative Texts3This course will explore the ways that non-narrative texts function in the sermon looking especially at NT letters. It will explore ways in which the strengths of narrative preaching and the New Homiletic can be used in preaching non-narrative texts.
621BSpecial Worship Occasions2Studies the biblical, theological, and pastoral dimensions of celebrations of baptism, marriage, funerals, and other occasional services such as ordinations, dedications, and commissionings.
621BTSpecial Worship Occasions3Studies the biblical, theological, and pastoral dimensions of celebrations of baptism, marriage, funerals, and other occasional services such as ordinations, dedications, and commissionings.
623BMusic and the Arts in Worship2Surveys prominent theological motifs and how they have been reflected in artistic expressions of Christian worship throughout church history, including a study of prayer, texts, sermons, hymnody, architectural forms, and implications for congregational worship today.
623BTMusic and the Arts in Worship3Surveys prominent theological motifs and how they have been reflected in artistic expressions of Christian worship throughout church history, including a study of prayer, texts, sermons, hymnody, architectural forms, and implications for congregational worship today.
624BAdvanced Skills in Worship Leadership2Studies resources, skills, and strategies for planning and leading public worship services, with attention to congregational prayer, training lay worship leaders, and celebrations of the sacraments.
624BTAdvanced Skills in Worship Leadership3Studies resources, skills, and strategies for planning and leading public worship services, with attention to congregational prayer, training lay worship leaders, and celebrations of the sacraments.
625BPlanning and Leading Congregational Worship2A study of the resources, skills, and strategies for planning and leading public worship services. Particular attention will be given to the structure of Reformed Worship, the reading of Scripture, issues of music and song, prayers, training lay worship leaders, and the celebration of baptism and the Lord's Supper.
625BTPlanning and Leading Congregational Worship3A study of the resources, skills, and strategies for planning and leading public worship services. Particular attention will be given to the structure of Reformed Worship, the reading of Scripture, issues of music and song, prayers, training lay worship leaders, and the celebration of baptism and the Lord's Supper.
630BWorship and Formation for Ministry2This course is built around the Calvin Symposium on Worship. Students will engage Symposium learning as reflective practitioners--setting goals for formation, doing pre-Symposium research on speakers, reflecting in an integrated way on one's learning, and prioritizing resolutions for ministry.
630BTWorship and Formation for Ministry3This course is built around the Calvin Symposium on Worship. Students will engage Symposium learning as reflective practitioners--setting goals for formation, doing pre-Symposium research on speakers, reflecting in an integrated way on one's learning, and prioritizing resolutions for ministry.
641BContemporary Youth Culture and Intergenerational Ministry2Examines cultural institutions affecting youth, analyzes current understandings of family, media, school, and peer relationships among adolescents, and teaches how to plan and conduct intergenerational learning, serving, and high adventure activities that promote responsible interaction and spiritual growth.
641BTContemporary Youth Culture and Intergenerational Ministry3Examines cultural institutions affecting youth, analyzes current understandings of family, media, school, and peer relationships among adolescents, and teaches how to plan and conduct intergenerational learning, serving, and high adventure activities that promote responsible interaction and spiritual growth.
642BFaith Formation for all Ages2Explores the spiritual, moral, emotional, and social needs and development of children and adults, teaches the creative design of faith formation programs and intergenerational education, and develops skills needed to teach a wide variety of programs.
642BTFaith Formation for all Ages3Explores the spiritual, moral, emotional, and social needs and development of children and adults, teaches the creative design of faith formation programs and intergenerational education, and develops skills needed to teach a wide variety of programs.
642DFaith Formation for all Ages2Explores the spiritual, moral, emotional, and social needs and development of children and adults, teaches the creative design of faith formation programs and intergenerational education, and develops skills needed to teach a wide variety of programs.
642DTFaith Formation for all Ages3Explores the spiritual, moral, emotional, and social needs and development of children and adults, teaches the creative design of faith formation programs and intergenerational education, and develops skills needed to teach a wide variety of programs.
644BEducational Leadership and Administration2Studies the skills needed to provide educational leadership and administer educational programs, including leadership models, recruiting and training volunteers, budgeting, program planning and implementation.
644BTEducational Leadership and Administration3Studies the skills needed to provide educational leadership and administer educational programs, including leadership models, recruiting and training volunteers, budgeting, program planning and implementation.
647BCurriculum Design and the Teaching Learning Process2Explores curriculum theory and design, and the teaching-learning process that enables students to assess and develop curriculum and select appropriate teaching strategies.
647BTCurriculum Design and the Teaching Learning Process3Explores curriculum theory and design, and the teaching-learning process that enables students to assess and develop curriculum and select appropriate teaching strategies.
648BYouth and Family Ministry2Introduces pastoral care for young people and families from a systems perspective, develops skills in theological diagnostic method, and examines issues such as depression and suicide, sexuality identity and function, use and abuse of alcohol and illegal substances, and dysfunctional families.
648BTYouth and Family Ministry3Introduces pastoral care for young people and families from a systems perspective, develops skills in theological diagnostic method, and examines issues such as depression and suicide, sexuality identity and function, use and abuse of alcohol and illegal
649BPracticum in Teaching2Enhances teaching effectiveness by practicing, reflecting, and critiquing student presentations; explores various teaching styles, and introduces presentation design, software packages, and online resources for enhancing instruction.
649BTPracticum in Teaching3Enhances teaching effectiveness by practicing, reflecting, and critiquing student presentations; explores various teaching styles, and introduces presentation design, software packages, and online resources for enhancing instruction.
650BFoundations of Educational Ministry3Develops a holistic understanding of educational ministries by examining biblical, theological, philosophical, psychological, and sociological foundations, and considers how educational practice and theory inform each other.
650BTFoundations of Educational Ministry3Develops a holistic understanding of educational ministries by examining biblical, theological, philosophical, psychological, and sociological foundations, and considers how educational practice and theory inform each other.
651BMinistry to and with Prisoners2This course will attempt to expose students to the special challenges of ministry to those who are or have been incarcerated. The course will include a trip to Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, spending time with prisoners, in the prison seminary, and classroom time under the instruction of prison teachers.
651BTMinistry to and with Prisoners3This course will attempt to expose students to the special challenges of ministry to those who are or have been incarcerated. The course will include a trip to Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, spending time with prisoners, in the prison seminary, and classroom time under the instruction of prison teachers.
660BLeadership Elective2This course will explore a topic in Leadership. Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
660DLeadership Elective2This course will explore a topic in Leadership. Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
670BElective in Missiology2This course will explore a topic in Missiology. Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
672BContemporary Issues and Opportunities in Global Mission2This course surveys contemporary issues and opportunities in global mission, informed by the dramatic expansion of Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America even as it wanes in Europe and North America. Topics could include short-term missions, immigration and international students, persecution and peace-making, Pentecostalism and the prosperity gospel, Scripture-use across cultures, cross-cultural partnerships and reciprocity, Business-as-Mission, unreached and unengaged peoples, and missionary member-care.
672B3Contemporary Issues and Opportunities in Global Mission3This course surveys contemporary issues and opportunities in global mission, informed by the dramatic expansion of Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America even as it wanes in Europe and North America. Topics could include short-term missions, immigration and international students, persecution and peace-making, Pentecostalism and the prosperity gospel, Scripture-use across cultures, cross-cultural partnerships and reciprocity, Business-as-Mission, unreached and unengaged peoples, and missionary member-care.
672BTElective in Missiology3This course surveys contemporary issues and opportunities in global mission, informed by the dramatic expansion of Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America even as it wanes in Europe and North America. Topics could include short-term missions, immigration and international students, persecution and peace-making, Pentecostalism and the prosperity gospel, Scripture-use across cultures, cross-cultural partnerships and reciprocity, Business-as-Mission, unreached and unengaged peoples, and missionary member-care.
675BChurch Planting & Multiplication1This course will focus on developing the theological and practical framework for church planting and multiplication. This course will combine focused academic reading, 2 site visits to church planting contexts, theological reflection and peer discussion. Students will grow in a) awareness of biblical foundations for the impetus and framework for church planting; b) familiarity with theological concepts and issues associated with church planting and multiplication; c) the use of practical tools, strategies and skills needed for church planting; and, d) awareness of spiritual disciplines needed for engaging in the work of church planting. This course will be uniquely structured as two 1-unit courses. Each 1-unit course would be taken in the fall and spring semester respectively. Ideally, students would take both 1-credit courses for a total of 2 credits. The unique structure of this course will see students reading, learning and reflecting for 9 months. This course requires travel.
682BHuman Sexuality2Explores the wonders of human sexuality from biological, theological, and pastoral perspective, and considers issues of human sexuality that underlie much of pastoral care and counseling in a manner that seeks to overcome nearly 2000 years of Platonic dualism, a heresy that has harmed the Church for centuries.
682BTHuman Sexuality3Explores the wonders of human sexuality from biological, theological, and pastoral perspective, and considers issues of human sexuality that underlie much of pastoral care and counseling in a manner that seeks to overcome nearly 2000 years of Platonic dualism, a heresy that has harmed the Church for centuries.
683BHuman Suffering and Pastoral Care2Engages the spiritual struggle to embrace the realities of human suffering and the loving nature of God through a variety of theological perspectives from classical and popular texts.
683BTHuman Suffering and Pastoral Care3Engages the spiritual struggle to embrace the realities of human suffering and the loving nature of God through a variety of theological perspectives from classical and popular texts.
684BPastoral Care As Dying and Rising with Christ2Introduces the classical understanding of pastoral care, guides students in engaging in pastoral care as soul care and nurturing of disciples, addresses care of people in crisis situations, and presents creative ways to encourage individual and communal practice of spiritual disciplines.
684BTPastoral Care As Dying and Rising with Christ3Introduces the classical understanding of pastoral care, guides students in engaging in pastoral care as soul care and nurturing of disciples, addresses care of people in crisis situations, and presents creative ways to encourage individual and communal practice of spiritual disciplines.
685BAdvanced Pastoral Skills2This course concentrates on the teaching and learning of pastoral care and counseling skills as these relate to the individual, marital, and family counseling that those in ministry may be called upon soon after graduation.
685BTAdvanced Pastoral Skills3This course concentrates on the teaching and learning of pastoral care and counseling skills as these relate to the individual, marital, and family counseling that those in ministry may be called upon soon after graduation.
705BBiblical Interpretation for Ministry1An introduction to basic principles for interpreting the Bible in the Reformed tradition. This course initiates the student in the fundamental task of a doing a responsible and relevant interpretation of the biblical text. Thus, the course aims to familiarize us with the indispensable abilities to hear attentively the Word of God and obey it.
705BNBiblical Interpretation for Ministry1An introduction to basic principles for interpreting the Bible in the Reformed tradition. This course initiates the student in the fundamental task of a doing a responsible and relevant interpretation of the biblical text. Thus, the course aims to familiarize us with the indispensable abilities to hear attentively the Word of God and obey it.
705DBiblical Interpretation for Ministry1An introduction to basic principles for interpreting the Bible in the Reformed tradition. This course initiates the student in the fundamental task of a doing a responsible and relevant interpretation of the biblical text. Thus, the course aims to familiarize us with the indispensable abilities to hear attentively the Word of God and obey it.
712BTheological Education as Formation for Ministry2Introduces all parts of seminary life as interrelated and formative for ministry, and examines the process of spiritual formation by illustrating habits developed through theological education and how they are critical for ministry.
712BNTheological Education as Formation for Ministry2Introduces all parts of seminary life as interrelated and formative for ministry, and examines the process of spiritual formation by illustrating habits developed through theological education and how they are critical for ministry.
712DTheological Education as Formation for Ministry2Introduces all parts of seminary life as interrelated and formative for ministry, and examines the process of spiritual formation by illustrating habits developed through theological education and how they are critical for ministry.
715BDigital Bible Tools for Teaching and Preaching1This course introduces students to using digital tools for studying Scripture: exploring the text in its original languages, finding resources for deeper enrichment, and establishing a lifelong process for preparing to teach and preach.
716BBible Survey3Prepares leaders in the church to be faithful and effective stewards of the Word by acquainting them with the basic content and principal theme of each book of the Bible; the historical, geographical, and cultural backgrounds to the Bible; its introductory hermeneutical principles; and its continuing relevance.
716BNBible Survey3Prepares leaders in the church to be faithful and effective stewards of the Word by acquainting them with the basic content and principal theme of each book of the Bible; the historical, geographical, and cultural backgrounds to the Bible; its introductory hermeneutical principles; and its continuing relevance.
716BYBible Survey3Prepares leaders in the church to be faithful and effective stewards of the Word by acquainting them with the basic content and principal theme of each book of the Bible; the historical, geographical, and cultural backgrounds to the Bible; its introductory hermeneutical principles; and its continuing relevance.
717DLearning to Use Bible Software1Assists students with installing the Libronix Scholar’s Bible software and instructs them in using essential features of this program: concordance searches, Old Testament and New Testament background studies, and basic original language exegesis.
718BChristian Engagement with World Religions3Introduces the global engagement of the Christian faith with major world religions, worldviews, and forms of spirituality, framed by a biblical-Reformed theology and philosophy of religion that examines religious experience, tradition and practice in the light of general and scriptural revelation, and a commitment to the universal common humanity of God’s image bearers.
718BNChristian Engagement with World Religions3Introduces the global engagement of the Christian faith with major world religions, worldviews, and forms of spirituality, framed by a biblical-Reformed theology and philosophy of religion that examines religious experience, tradition and practice in the light of general and scriptural revelation, and a commitment to the universal common humanity of God’s image bearers.
718BTChristian Engagement with World Religions3Introduces the global engagement of the Christian faith with major world religions, worldviews, and forms of spirituality, framed by a biblical-Reformed theology and philosophy of religion that examines religious experience, tradition and practice in the light of general and scriptural revelation, and a commitment to the universal common humanity of God’s image bearers.
718DChristian Engagement with World Religions3Introduces the global engagement of the Christian faith with major world religions, worldviews, and forms of spirituality, framed by a biblical-Reformed theology and philosophy of religion that examines religious experience, tradition and practice in the light of general and scriptural revelation, and a commitment to the universal common humanity of God’s image bearers.
732BCapstone (M.A.): Integrative Project2Reviews seminary studies to see how each area of study contributes to an integrated theological vision for ministry, and develops an e-portfolio to document student learning.
751BFormation Groups: Faith Story and Spiritual Disciplines1Assists students in sharing faith stories and provides opportunity to help each other cultivate a healthy rhythm of life to sustain them in ministry. In formation groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
751DFormation Group: Faith Story and Spiritual Disciplines1Assists students in sharing faith stories and provides opportunity to help each other cultivate a healthy rhythm of life to sustain them in ministry. In formation groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
752BFormation Groups (M.Div.): Person1Focusing on area 2 of the curriculum, maturing in pastoral identity, students reflect on the intersection of their call to ministry and personal and interpersonal strengths and weaknesses with ministry practices. In formation groups, students and a faculty mentor help one another to be formed for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
752DFormation Groups (M.Div.): Person1Focusing on area 2 of the curriculum, maturing in pastoral identity, students reflect on the intersection of their call to ministry and personal and interpersonal strengths and weaknesses with ministry practices. In formation groups, students and a faculty mentor help one another to be formed for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
753BFormation Groups (M.Div.): Context1Focusing on area 3 of the curriculum, discerning and engaging ministry contexts, students reflect on their cross-cultural internship experiences. In formation groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
753DFormation Groups (M.Div.): Context1Focusing on area 3 of the curriculum, discerning and engaging ministry contexts, students reflect on their cross-cultural internship experiences. In formation groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
754BFormation Groups (M.Div.): Message1Focusing on area 1 of the curriculum, preaching and teaching the Bible, students reflect on theological issues with which they struggle. In formation groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
754DFormation Groups (M.Div.): Message1Focusing on area 1 of the curriculum, preaching and teaching the Bible, students reflect on theological issues with which they struggle. In formation groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
755BFormation Groups (M.Div.): Goal I1Focusing on area 4 of the curriculum, forming communities of disciples, students reflect on their congregation-based internship and service-learning experiences. In formation groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
756BFormation Groups (M.Div.): Goal II1Focusing on area 4 of the curriculum, forming communities of disciples, students reflect on their congregation-based internship and service-learning experiences. In formation groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
756DFormation Groups (M.Div.): Goal II1Focusing on area 4 of the curriculum, forming communities of disciples, students reflect on their congregation-based internship and service-learning experiences. In formation groups, students and a faculty or pastor mentor form one another for ministry by practicing spiritual disciplines and theological reflection together.
760BInternship (M.Div.): Cross-Cultural2Explores the contextual nature of ministry in a 5 week (200 hour) cross-cultural internship, usually completed in the summer after the first year of seminary.
760B1Internship (M.Div.): Cross-Cultural1Explores the contextual nature of ministry in a 100 hour cross-cultural internship, usually completed in the summer after the first year of seminary.
760B3Internship (M.Div.): Cross-Cultural3Explores the contextual nature of ministry in a 5 week (200 hour) cross-cultural internship, usually completed in the summer after the first year of seminary.
761BPastoral Ministry Internship4Provides a leadership experience with a congregation for deepening pastoral identity and developing ministry practices in a 10 week (400 hour) internship, usually completed in the summer after the second year of seminary.
761B5Clinical Pastoral Education5Provides a leadership experience with a congregation for deepening pastoral identity and developing ministry practices in a 10 week (400 hour) internship, usually completed in the summer after the second year of seminary.
771BCapstone (M.Div.): Integrative Seminar3Prepares students for ordination exams and equips them to integrate wisdom, practices and insights from each area of the seminary curriculum through case studies from ministry settings.
771DCapstone (M.Div.): Integrative Seminar2Prepares students for ordination exams and equips them to integrate wisdom, practices and insights from each area of the seminary curriculum through case studies from ministry settings.
773BChristian Reformed Church Polity1.5Prepares students for effective leadership and ministry in the CRC by introducing principles and structures of CRC polity and exploring case studies in church governance and administration, with reference to Church Order and the Synodical Regulations
773DChristian Reformed Church Polity1.5Prepares students for effective leadership and ministry in the CRC by introducing principles and structures of CRC polity and exploring case studies in church governance and administration, with reference to Church Order and the Synodical Regulations.
774BChristian Reformed Church History1.5An Intro to the basic outline of CRC History and some key ethical and theological positions of the CRC. The course focuses on the key elements of CRC identity in North America, including the struggle for liberty, Christian education, and tensions about Americanization-that are essential knowledge for effective ministry in the CRC.
774DChristian Reformed Church History1.5An Intro to the basic outline of CRC History and some key ethical and theological positions of the CRC. The course focuses on the key elements of CRC identity in North America, including the struggle for liberty, Christian education, and tensions about Americanization-that are essential knowledge for effective ministry in the CRC.
775BLeadership in Ministry3This course is focused on helping students read and navigate the ministry contexts which they will find on their internship and in ministry.
775DLeadership in Ministry3This course is focused on helping students read and navigate the ministry contexts which they will find on their internship and in ministry.
780BFormation Groups (M.A.): Person1Assists students to grow and demonstrate spiritual maturity exhibiting a Christ-like character in a healthy rhythm of life, a commitment to the gospel of grace, and an eagerness to serve in the mission of Christ's church. Students also develop and demonstrate interpersonal intelligence and emotional health by relating to others with love and respect, caring for each other through mutual accountability, and practicing spiritual disciplines with each other.
780DFormation Groups (M.A.): Person1Assists students to grow and demonstrate spiritual maturity exhibiting a Christ-like character in a healthy rhythm of life, a commitment to the gospel of grace, and an eagerness to serve in the mission of Christ's church. Students also develop and demonstrate interpersonal intelligence and emotional health by relating to others with love and respect, caring for each other through mutual accountability, and practicing spiritual disciplines with each other.
781BFormation Groups (M.A.): Context1Students develop and demonstrate a capacity to reflect on and discern ministry contexts and the ways in which theology and practices are shaped by and respond to their historical and cultural contexts.
781DFormation Groups (M.A.): Context1Students develop and demonstrate a capacity to reflect on and discern ministry contexts and the ways in which theology and practices are shaped by and respond to their historical and cultural contexts.
782BFormation Groups (M.A.): Message1Students develop in the practice of theological reflection together and demonstrate the capacity to integrate biblical, theological, and pastoral reflection with all ministry practices.
782DFormation Groups (M.A.): Message1Students develop in the practice of theological reflection together and demonstrate the capacity to integrate biblical, theological, and pastoral reflection with all ministry practices.
783BFormation Groups (M.A.): Goal1Students assess, set goals, and reflect on their competency in all area of ministry practice (i.e. Preaching and Teaching, Evangelizing, Discipling, Worshiping, Seeking Justice and Serving, Leading) as these practices relate to their effectiveness in forming communities of disciples.
800BTThM General Elective3Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
801BTResearch Methodology3Develops research paper writing skills, and introduces basic research and biblical methodologies. Students learn to analyze scholarly articles, write a 15-20 page research paper, meet with professors in the area of their specialization (biblical, theological, ministry) to finish the first draft, and thenrewrite the paper.
811BThe Book of Samuel2Studies selected passages from the book of Samuel in the context of the theology of Samuel and the canon. Students write an exegetical research paper demonstrating understanding of advanced exegetical skill in syntactical, methodological, and theological matters. Basic knowledge of the Hebrew language and computer-assisted exegetical skills are required.
811BTThe Book of Samuel3Studies selected passages from the book of Samuel in the context of the theology of Samuel and the canon. Students write an exegetical research paper demonstrating understanding of advanced exegetical skill in syntactical, methodological, and theological matters. Basic knowledge of the Hebrew language and computer-assisted exegetical skills are required.
812BTBasic Akkadian3Introduces the morphology, phonology, grammar, and syntax of the Akkadian language, and principal Akkadian language resources, emphasizing elementary reading skills in contracts and omen texts, sections of the laws of Hammurabi, hymns and prayers, and royal inscriptions and correspondence.
813BComparative Semitic Grammar2Equips students with fundamental tools and skills to undertake fruitful research in Semitic languages by introducing them to general Semitic phonology, morphology, and syntax in the light of historical and comparative linguistics.
813BTComparative Semitic Grammar3Equips students with fundamental tools and skills to undertake fruitful research in Semitic languages by introducing them to general Semitic phonology, morphology, and syntax in the light of historical and comparative linguistics.
814BAncient Near Eastern and Biblical Law2Examines Sumerian, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Hittite legal materials, in translation, with a view toward how specific laws of these cultures compare with analogous biblical laws from sociological and theological perspectives.
814BTAncient Near Eastern and Biblical Law3Examines Sumerian, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Hittite legal materials, in translation, with a view toward how specific laws of these cultures compare with analogous biblical laws from sociological and theological perspectives.
815BBiblical Aramaic3Introduces the basic elements of biblical Aramaic, including elementary grammar and vocabulary, and the translation of the Aramaic passages of the Old Testament.
815BTBiblical Aramaic3Introduces the basic elements of biblical Aramaic, including elementary grammar and vocabulary, and the translation of the Aramaic passages of the Old Testament.
816BTThe Ugaritic Language3Introduces the study of Ugaritic, including noun formation, verbal system, syntax, and the reading of Ugaritic texts in transliteration.
817BTOld Testament Elective3This course will explore an Old Testament topic. Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
826BReadings in Biblical Theology and Habit of Desert2This course introduces students to the biblical theology of the desert with a focus on its theological function and purpose in the Pentateuch. The goal is to develop an awareness of the desert as the fundamental geography of the people of God of the Old and New Testaments.
826BTReadings in Biblical Theology and Habit of Desert1.5This course introduces students to the biblical theology of the desert with a focus on its theological function and purpose in the Pentateuch. The goal is to develop an awareness of the desert as the fundamental geography of the people of God of the Old and New Testaments.
828BMatthew2Explores the richness of the message, literary art, and relevance and significance of the historical context of the Gospel of Matthew in order to challenge faith and praxis and transform faithful disciples of Jesus in today’s societies.
828BTMatthew3Explores the richness of the message, literary art, and relevance and significance of the historical context of the Gospel of Matthew in order to challenge faith and praxis and transform faithful disciples of Jesus in today’s societies.
829BMark2Reads the Gospel of Mark as if for the first time, discovering how Mark developed controversy dialogues, parables, miracle stories, discipleship teaching, an eschatological discourse, and a passion narrative into a gospel proclamation. Interpretation of the miracle stories is highlighted.
829BTMark3Reads the Gospel of Mark as if for the first time, discovering how Mark developed controversy dialogues, parables, miracle stories, discipleship teaching, an eschatological discourse, and a passion narrative into a gospel proclamation. Interpretation of the miracle stories is highlighted.
831BI and II Thessalonians2Studies the historical context, social setting, and epistolary structure of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and emphasizes the major themes and issues of these letters and their message for the church today.
831BNI and II Thessalonians2Studies the historical context, social setting, and epistolary structure of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and emphasizes the major themes and issues of these letters and their message for the church today.
831BTI and II Thessalonians3Studies the historical context, social setting, and epistolary structure of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and emphasizes the major themes and issues of these letters and their message for the church today.
831DI and II Thessalonians2Studies the historical context, social setting, and epistolary structure of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and emphasizes the major themes and issues of these letters and their message for the church today.
832BPreaching the Parables2Examines the communication of Jesus’ parables in sermonic form, including a study of representative sermons and the homiletical principles involved.
832BTPreaching the Parables3Examines the communication of Jesus’ parables in sermonic form, including a study of representative sermons and the homiletical principles involved.
833BColossians2An exegetical-theological study that explores the message and significance of the Lordship of Jesus in the historical context of the Colossians. The letter provides a vision and power to face and overcome legalistic challenges then and now.
833BTColossians3An exegetical-theological study that explores the message and significance of the Lordship of Jesus in the historical context of the Colossians. The letter provides a vision and power to face and overcome legalistic challenges then and now.
834BThe Teachings of Jesus2This course concentrates in the teaching of Jesus with regards to key central themes in the Synoptics (particularly Matthew's Gospel): Ethos, mission, ekklesia and eschaton. The course is a major exercise guiding students to move from exegesis to biblical theology. Thus, we will explore from an exegetical and theological perspective Jesus' teaching on ethics, missiology, ecclesiology and eschatology and how they are interrelated and inform each other to form a community of disciples. In this way students will be able to understand and articulate their significance and relevance for the life of the Church today.
834BTThe Teachings of Jesus3This course concentrates in the teaching of Jesus with regards to key central themes in the Synoptics (particularly Matthew's Gospel): Ethos, mission, ekklesia and eschaton. The course is a major exercise guiding students to move from exegesis to biblical theology. Thus, we will explore from an exegetical and theological perspective Jesus' teaching on ethics, missiology, ecclesiology and eschatology and how they are interrelated and inform each other to form a community of disciples. In this way students will be able to understand and articulate their significance and relevance for the life of the Church today.
840BThM Historical Theology Elective2Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
840BTThM Historical Theology Elective3Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
845BThe Reformed Missiology of J.H. Bavinck2An exploration of the missiology of J.H. Bavinck (1895-1964), taking account of the context of his missionary experience in Indonesia. Among the themes to be considered are general revelation and the world's religions, the relation between universal religious consciousness and Christian faith, and the worldview clash between the Christian understanding of God, humanity, and the world and that of the classic Asian religious traditions.
845BTThe Reformed Missiology of J.H. Bavinck3An exploration of the missiology of J.H. Bavinck (1895-1964), taking account of the context of his missionary experience in Indonesia. Among the themes to be considered are general revelation and the world's religions, the relation between universal religious consciousness and Christian faith, and the worldview clash between the Christian understanding of God, humanity, and the world and that of the classic Asian religious traditions.
846BPuritanism and Orthodoxy2Examines post-Reformation theological developments, emphasizing English Puritanism and the scholastic systems of Calvinism and Lutheranism in the late sixteenth and seventeenth Century.
846BTPuritanism and Orthodoxy3Examines post-Reformation theological developments, emphasizing English Puritanism and the scholastic systems of Calvinism and Lutheranism in the late sixteenth and seventeenth Century.
847BThe Life and Thought of Augustine2Studies the thought of Augustine as related to his life and work, emphasizing the place of Augustine in the development of Christian doctrine.
847B3The Life and Thought of Augustine3Studies the thought of Augustine as related to his life and work, emphasizing the place of Augustine in the development of Christian doctrine.
847BTThe Life and Thought of Augustine3Studies the thought of Augustine as related to his life and work, emphasizing the place of Augustine in the development of Christian doctrine.
848BThe Divine Decrees in 16th and 17th Century Reformed Thought2An examination of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Reformed doctrine of the divine decree of predestination and providence as developed in the thought of such writers as John Calvin, Theodore Beza, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Zacharias Ursinus, Amandus Polanus, John Owen, and Francis Turretin.
848BTThe Divine Decrees in 16th and 17th Century Reformed Thought3An examination of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Reformed doctrine of the divine decree of predestination and providence as developed in the thought of such writers as John Calvin, Theodore Beza, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Zacharias Ursinus, Amandus Polanus, John Owen, and Francis Turretin.
849BThe Reformed Dogmatics of Herman Bavinck I21st of a sequence covering the Reformed theology in Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics. Topics: metaphysical foundations of theology including the relation of Christian truth to universal human experience, doctrines of God, creation, humanity, and Christ
849B3The Reformed Dogmatics of Herman Bavinck I31st of a sequence covering the Reformed theology in Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics. Topics: metaphysical foundations of theology including the relation of Christian truth to universal human experience, doctrines of God, creation, humanity, and Christ
849BTThe Reformed Dogmatics of Herman Bavinck I31st of a sequence covering the Reformed theology in Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics. Topics: metaphysical foundations of theology including the relation of Christian truth to universal human experience, doctrines of God, creation, humanity, and Christ
850BThe Reformed Dogmatics of Herman Bavinck II22nd of a sequence covering the Reformed theology in Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics. Topics: metaphysical foundations of theology including the relation of Christian truth to universal human experience, doctrines of God, creation, humanity, and Christ.
850BTThe Reformed Dogmatics of Herman Bavinck II32nd of a sequence covering the Reformed theology in Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics. Topics: metaphysical foundations of theology including the relation of Christian truth to universal human experience, doctrines of God, creation, humanity, and Christ
851BTheology of John Calvin2An introduction to the thought of John Calvin and his influence on the Reformed tradition. The primary emphasis is on the reading and analysis of designated topics in Calvin's Institutes with selections from his other writings.
851BTTheology of John Calvin3An introduction to the thought of John Calvin and his influence on the Reformed tradition. The primary emphasis is on the reading and analysis of designated topics in Calvin's Institutes with selections from his other writings.
852BMedieval Theology2A study of major themes in Christian doctrine and philosophy as de-veloped by the great medieval doctors from the twelfth to the fourteenth century, with special attention to thinkers such as Anselm, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Siger of Brabant, Scotus, and Occam.
852BTMedieval Theology3A study of major themes in Christian doctrine and philosophy as de-veloped by the great medieval doctors from the twelfth to the fourteenth century, with special attention to thinkers such as Anselm, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Siger of Brabant, Scotus, and Occam.
853BLearning Preaching Through Preaching History2After identifying biblical essentials for sermon development, the course will analyze how those essential have shaped sermons in a variety of styles from scripture to the present.
853BTLearning Preaching Through Preaching History3After identifying biblical essentials for sermon development, the course will analyze how those essential have shaped sermons in a variety of styles from scripture to the present.
854BJonathan Edwards and C.S. Lewis2This course will be a comparison of two leading British apologists and theologians who lived two centuries apart. The course will consider the biographical backgrounds of each and their differing historical and ecclesiastical settings and the intellectual, cultural, and theological challenges that each of them faced. Emphasis will be place on understanding the views of each, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, and reflecting on the usefulness of their outlooks in differing cultural settings today. The course will be based on readings and discussions of both primary and secondary sources.
854BTJonathan Edwards and C.S. Lewis3This course will be a comparison of two leading British apologists and theologians who lived two centuries apart. The course will consider the biographical backgrounds of each and their differing historical and ecclesiastical settings and the intellectual, cultural, and theological challenges that each of them faced. Emphasis will be place on understanding the views of each, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, and reflecting on the usefulness of their outlooks in differing cultural settings today. The course will be based on readings and discussions of both primary and secondary sources.
855BReadings in Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics 12Volumes 1 and 2 of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics serve as the basis for a series of assignments in reading and analysis. Students will practice discerning the main thesis of a chapter, determining how Bavinck constructs his argument for the main and subordinate themes, and reflect on how the chapter fits in the larger context and structure of Bavinck’s thought.
855BTReadings in Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics 11.5Volumes 1 and 2 of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics serve as the basis for a series of assignments in reading and analysis. Students will practice discerning the main thesis of a chapter, determining how Bavinck constructs his argument for the main and subordinate themes, and reflect on how the chapter fits in the larger context and structure of Bavinck’s thought.
860BThM Systematic Theology Elective2Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
860BTThM Systematic Theology Elective3Topics will vary each time the course is offered.
867BTheology of Jonathan Edwards2Introduces the life, thought, and significance of America’s greatest theologian, with special attention to Edwards’s formative role in shaping a distinctive American theology and spirituality.
867BTTheology of Jonathan Edwards3Introduces the life, thought, and significance of America’s greatest theologian, with special attention to Edwards’s formative role in shaping a distinctive American theology and spirituality.
868BTheology of Dutch Neo-Calvinism2Examines key themes in the theology and ethics of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck, and considers their nineteenth-century background and influence on subsequent twentieth-century Reformed theology in the Netherlands and North America.
868BTTheology of Dutch Neo-Calvinism3Examines key themes in the theology and ethics of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck, and considers their nineteenth-century background and influence on subsequent twentieth-century Reformed theology in the Netherlands and North America.
869BThe Heidelberg Catechism2Studies the history and theology of the Heidelberg Catechism in order to develop an appreciation of the relevance of the document for Christian life and ministry today.
869B3The Heidelberg Catechism3Studies the history and theology of the Heidelberg Catechism in order to develop an appreciation of the relevance of the document for Christian life and ministry today.
869BTThe Heidelberg Catechism3Studies the history and theology of the Heidelberg Catechism in order to develop an appreciation of the relevance of the document for Christian life and ministry today.
870BThe Thought of Aquinas2Considers Thomas Aquinas’ theology, philosophy and ethics as presented in sections of Summa Theologica; including topics of revelation and reason, God’s nature and relation to creation, human nature, knowledge, law and the virtues, sin, salvation, and final blessedness.
870BTThe Thought of Aquinas3Considers Thomas Aquinas’ theology, philosophy and ethics as presented in sections of Summa Theologica; including topics of revelation and reason, God’s nature and relation to creation, human nature, knowledge, law and the virtues, sin, salvation, and final blessedness.
871BThe Biblical Theology of Presence2Studies the divine presence in the Primary History (Genesis-Kings), and its relationship to wisdom literature and the theology of the covenant.
871BTThe Biblical Theology of Presence3Studies the divine presence in the Primary History (Genesis-Kings), and its relationship to wisdom literature and the theology of the covenant.
872BTheology of Worship and the Sacraments2Studies Reformed theological writings on corporate worship and the sacraments and examines how their enduring themes are reflected in worship practices today.
872BTTheology of Worship and the Sacraments3Studies Reformed theological writings on corporate worship and the sacraments and examines how their enduring themes are reflected in worship practices today.
873BEcumenical Creeds and Reformed Confessions2Introduction to the Apostle's, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds with attention to the purpose and structure of creeds in history. An examination of the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Contemporary Testimony and the Belhar Confession.
873B3Ecumenical Creeds and Reformed Confessions3Introduction to the Apostle's, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds with attention to the purpose and structure of creeds in history. An examination of the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Contemporary Testimony and the Belhar Confession.
873BTEcumenical Creeds and Reformed Confessions3Introduction to the Apostle's, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds with attention to the purpose and structure of creeds in history. An examination of the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Contemporary Testimony and the Belhar Confession.
874BHistory of Christian Worship2Studies Christian worship practices in each major period in church history.
874BTHistory of Christian Worship3Studies Christian worship practices in each major period in church history.
875BTheological Biographies2Studies important theologians in the Christian tradition through the best available biographies and selective primary readings.
875BTTheological Biographies3Studies important theologians in the Christian tradition through the best available biographies and selective primary readings.
880BReadings in Church and Society2This course is a close study of selected classical texts in the history of Christian social ethics for the apostolic era to the present.
880BTReadings in Church and Society1.5This course is a close study of selected classical texts in the history of Christian social ethics for the apostolic era to the present.
885BThe Impact of Philosophy Since Kant on Theology2Traces how important philosophies beginning with Kant and Hegel have shaped modern and postmodern biblical scholarship, theologians, and theological movements; and considers romanticism, idealism, scientific naturalism, historicism, phenomenology, and existentialism, as well as analytic, linguistic, and hermeneutical philosophy.
885BTThe Impact of Philosophy Since Kant on Theology3Traces how important philosophies beginning with Kant and Hegel have shaped modern and postmodern biblical scholarship, theologians, and theological movements; and considers romanticism, idealism, scientific naturalism, historicism, phenomenology, and existentialism, as well as analytic, linguistic, and hermeneutical philosophy.
887BModern Panentheism2Traces modern panentheism (everything exists within God) from Neoplatonism, through Hegel, Schelling, and 19th century idealism, to Troeltsch, Teilhard, Whitehead, Tillich, Pannenberg, Moltmann, liberation theology, and current theological cosmology. Compares panentheistic concepts of God’s nature and relation to creation with classical Christian views.
887BTModern Panentheism3Traces modern panentheism (everything exists within God) from Neoplatonism, through Hegel, Schelling, and 19th century idealism, to Troeltsch, Teilhard, Whitehead, Tillich, Pannenberg, Moltmann, liberation theology, and current theological cosmology. Compares panentheistic concepts of God’s nature and relation to creation with classical Christian views.
888BWarranted Christian Belief2Warranted Christian Belief is a seminar course on Reformed epistemology as developed by Alvin Plantinga in his book by that name.
888BTWarranted Christian Belief3Warranted Christian Belief is a seminar course on Reformed epistemology as developed by Alvin Plantinga in his book by that name.
897BTIndependent Study (ThM)3Students who wish to engage in concentrated study on a subject of interest that is not currently offered may ask a professor to supervise the study. The professor, in consultation with the student, will make the final determination of requirements. The course may include reading, research, writing a paper, and sitting in a course. Students must complete the appropriate registration form and submit it to the academic office. Research courses may be 1, 2 or 3 credits.
898BTThesis (ThM)6A ThM student has the option of writing a six-hour thesis on a topic within the student’s area of concentration. The student is responsible to find a supervisor appropriate for the topic. The supervisor will identify a second reader. The thesis will ordinarily be approximately 100 pages in length, not including the bibliography. The student defends the thesis before the supervisor and the second reader.
898BT3Thesis (ThM)3A ThM student has the option of writing a six-hour thesis on a topic within the student’s area of concentration. The student is responsible to find a supervisor appropriate for the topic. The supervisor will identify a second reader. The thesis will ordinarily be approximately 100 pages in length, not including the bibliography. The student defends the thesis before the supervisor and the second reader.
899BTMajor Paper (ThM)3A ThM student has the option of writing a three-hour major paper within the student’s area of concentration. The student is responsible to find a supervisor appropriate for the topic. The major paper will ordinarily be 40-50 pages in length, not including the bibliography.
901BPResearch Methodology3Examines theory and methods in theology intended to provide a foundation for graduate and post-graduate research.
902BPDissertation Seminar1A seminar for students preparing and writing dissertation proposals and chapters. Participants read and respond to drafts of dissertation proposals and chapters written by members of the seminar.
903BPTeaching Seminar2A seminar designed to help prepare students to teach at a college or seminary level.
930BPDocuments and Issues in Reformed and Post-Reformation Though3Examines select documents from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras, emphasizing the techniques of research and analysis.
931BPScripture and Interpretation in the 16th and 17th Centuries3Examines the doctrine and interpretation of Scripture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, emphasizing the development of the Reformed tradition of exegesis and hermeneutics.
932BPReformed Symbolics: Confessions and Catechisms3Studies the confessions and catechisms of the Reformed churches of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, emphasizing the international character and theological development of Reformed symbolics.
936BPReformed Doctrine of God in 16th-17th Century3Examines the doctrine of God in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, emphasizes the exegetical, dogmatic, and philosophical development of Reformed theology.
938BPPatristic Theology: Trinitarian Debate and Council of Consta3Studies the history of the trinitarian and christological debate from the beginnings of the Nicene struggle to its resolution at the Council of Constantinople (A.D. 381), with special attention to the councils of the fourth century.
939BPLife and Thought of Augustine3Studies the thought of Augustine as related to his life and work, with emphasis on his place in the development of Christian doctrine.
940BPTheology of Revelation3Studies biblical and historical sources and contemporary theological reflection on the Christian doctrine of revelation, focusing on the need for divine revelation, the nature of revelation, and the validation and reception of revelation.
941BPNature of Theology and Doctrine3Studies basic issues in theological prolegomena, including the sources, nature, and object of theology, the use of Scripture in theology, and the nature of doctrine.
943BPTheology of the Atonement3Examines the doctrine of the atonement historically and systematically, with special attention to various theories of atonement and criticism of those theories.
944BPThe Theology of Karl Barth3Studies Karl Barth's theology through a survey of the development of his thought and a careful study of selections from his Church Dogmatics
946BP20th-Century Dutch Reformed Theology3Examines key figures and issues in twentieth-century Dutch Reformed theology including A. Kuyper, H. Bavinck, O. Noordmans, G. Vander Leeuw, K. Schilder, A. A. Van Ruler, G. C. Berkouwer, H. M. Kuitert, and H. Berkhof; including the relation between revelation and experience; the debates about theocracy, common grace, and regeneration; the pluriformity and apostolicity of the church; and the debate about the ongoing significance and value of Karl Barth's theology.
947BPTheology of the Holy Spirit6Examines the doctrine of the Holy Spirit biblically, historically, and systematically, with special attention to contemporary developments in Pentecostal and mainline spirituality and theology, and the relation between Christology and pneumatology.
948BPThe Theology of Jonathan Edwards3Studies the philosophical, doctrinal, moral, and spiritual theology of 'America's theologian,' Jonathan Edwards, through extensive reading of his major treatises.
952BPPhilosophical Foundations of Modern Theology3Studies the major philosophers who influenced the foundations of modern theology--Kant, Hegel, and Schleiermacher.
953BPChristian Moral Tradition3This seminar explores major thinkers of the Christian moral tradition, such as Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Mill, Bonhoeffer, and MacIntyre, taking a critical approach to some of the most formative perspectives on love, virtue, natural law, utilitarianism, and deontology.
955BPPost-Enlightenment Critique of Religion3Assesses two important phases in the post-enlightenment critique of religious belief: the naturalistic explanation of religious belief ventured by Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud (1840-1960): and the global rejection of such notions as truth and moral objectivity by which any religion or system of belief might recommend itself as authoritative(since 1960).
992BPThe Theology of Vocation3In the Reformed tradition, the idea of vocation plays a central role in understanding and assessing the shape a Christian life is to take. This course will be devoted to understanding this idea. It will begin with a review of the basic western attitudes towards work, as expressed in the works of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Bruno, Marx, and Freud. Against this background, the course will then focus on the development of the protestant theology of vocation. The third part will be devoted to various recent critiques of the Reformed idea of vocation.
993BPDoctoral Seminar: History of Christianity3Studies selected advanced topics in historical theology.
994BPDoctoral Seminar: Systematic Theology3Studies selected advanced topics in systematic theology.
995BPDoctoral Seminar: Philosophical Theology3Studies selected advanced topics in philosophical theology.
996BPDoctoral Seminar: Moral Theology3Studies selected advanced topics in moral theology.