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History of Christianity I - 3.00 Hours

This general introduction to Christianity in the early and medieval periods focuses on key Christian doctrines and great leaders from Justin Martyr to Martin Luther who made contributions of lasting significance to the Christian Church. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKND COURSE; FEBRUARY 26 & 27, MARCH 11 & 12, APRIL 8 & 9,AND MAY 6 & 7.

04HT502/W1
Dr. Daniel J. Steere
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 26 - February 27

Evangelism - 2.00 Hours

The purpose of this course is to train students to be effective evangelists and to understand and use biblical principles and methods of church growth. Emphasis is placed on having an intense desire to reach the lost for Christ. The value of small group ministries and mobilizing the laity for growth and ministry are considered. THERE IS A PRACTICUM ON SATURDAY APRIL 30.

04MS508/A1
Dr. James Saxon
Tuesday 3:01 PM - 5:30 PM
March 8 - May 3

Greek II - 3.00 Hours

This course continues the study of grammar, builds vocabulary, and develops techniques for the exposition of the Greek text.

04NT504/E1
Mr. Paul S. Cable
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 4 - May 13

Gospels - 3.00 Hours

Attention is given to each writer’s literary art, theological teaching, pastoral purpose, and message for today’s church and world. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS; FEBRUARY 12 & 13, FEBRUARY 19 & 20, MARCH 4 & 5, AND MARCH 18 & 19.

04NT508/W1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 12 - February 13

Advanced Biblical Exegesis - 3.00 Hours

Emphasis will be placed upon OT-NT issues, particularly redemptive-historical considerations and covenant theology. Background hermeneutical issues will be covered, including the role of the interpreter and creeds/confessions. In addition, the course will include a brief overview of the history of interpretation of the Bible from the early church to modern day. Finally, the class will explore the relationship between original meaning and modern meaning.

04ON504/E1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 1 - May 13

Hebrew IIB - 2.00 Hours

A continuation of 4OT504A.

04OT504B/A1
Dr. William B. Fullilove
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
February 2 - March 8

Hebrew Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

This course introduces basic tools for interpreting the Old Testament. Attention is given to a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew and to principles of interpretation.

04OT506/A1
Dr. William B. Fullilove
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
March 15 - May 3

Judges-Esther - 2.00 Hours

This overview of the literature, history, and themes of Judges through Esther gives particular attention to the relevance of these books for the church and world today.

04OT510/M1
Dr. William B. Fullilove
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
February 9 - April 19

Isaiah - Malachi - 3.00 Hours

An expository study of the message and times of the prophets that emphasizes the themes day of the Lord, judgment, restoration, promise and fulfillment, Messiah, kingdom, and the new people of God.

04OT516/E1
Dr. William B. Fullilove
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 2 - May 13

Communication I - 2.00 Hours

This course addresses total communication for pastors with an emphasis on preaching philosophy and style, textual exposition, and sermon structure. Written and oral, verbal and non-verbal communications are included. Aspects of oral communication include preaching, extemporaneous speaking, story telling, vocabulary development, elocution, and elements of drama. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; FEBRUARY 19 & 20, MARCH 4 & 5, AND MARCH 18 & 19.

04PT508/W1
Dr. Paul Legree Finch
Friday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 19 - February 20

Preaching Lab I - 2.00 Hours

This course will focus upon cementing the skills required to prepare a good exegetical sermon and the "skills" required for a life of ongoing improvement. Through class exercises, speaking experience and critique, students will gain practice in all that is basic to good preaching. THIS CLASS WILL MEET A TOTAL OF TEN TIMES. PLEASE SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04PT510/A1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
February 1 - May 13

Pastoral Counseling - 3.00 Hours

An overview of current trends in counseling theory and practice and the role of counseling in public, private, and church settings. Basic counseling skills taught in this course include interviewing, assessment, and therapeutic listening in a laboratory situation. Application is made to premarital, family crisis, grief and substance abuse counseling, with emphasis on developing strategies and applying scriptural principles. THERE IS A PRACTICUM ON SATURDAY APRIL 16 FROM 9 AM UNTIL 6 PM.

04PT516/E1
Dr. Tim Lane
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 4 - April 16

Pastoral Ministry - 2.00 Hours

A study of general pastoral care, biblical and professional standards of ministerial conduct, self-image, etiquette, interpersonal relationships, typical problem areas, and possible pitfalls for pastors.

04PT518/A1
Dr. James Saxon
Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 4 - March 24

Field Ed Seminar - 0.00 Hours

This seminar provides opportunity for theological reflection and discussion of problems, needs, and experiences in ministry. Students are required to write papers about their field experiences and present them to the class for discussion led by the professor. This is the final seminar. Prerequisite: 400 hours of field education experience.

04PT534/116
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
March 23 - March 23

Field Ed Internship - 0.00 Hours

Each student in the M.Div. degree program is required to complete 400 hours of Field Education in either the local church or a specialized ministry internship. To start this process, the student must register for this course and meet with the Field Education Officer at this seminar. During internships, students are under the supervision of pastors/mentors and the Field Education Officer of the seminary. Students should consult the welcome guide found on the Resource page http://www.rts.edu/site/rtsnearyou/atlanta/resources.aspx concerning the necessary paperwork required for the completion of Field Education internships.

04PT536/116
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
February 17 - February 17

Planting & Growing Campus Ministry - 2.00 Hours

To the degree that any missionary feels the responsibility to prepare for the "culture shock" of entering into a foreign field of service, the campus minister lands on his campus needing to be aware of the new cultural landscape that is the American university system. In this course, after a brief review of the foundational commitments of a distinctly Reformed campus ministry, we will take an in depth look at the university culture and how best to strategize ministry across those demographic variables. Topics will include: campus culture, stages of group development, commuter vs. traditional campuses, avenues of ministry and startup dynamics. THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AUGUSTA. INTERESTED RTS STUDENTS SHOULD CONTACT JONATHAN STUCKERT.

04PT733/1
Dr. Stephen Shadrach
Mon to Thu 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
May 2 - May 5

Hist. of Philosophy & Christian Thought - 3.00 Hours

A critical, historical survey of the development of the main schools of philosophy and the principal developments in Christian doctrine and thought. After a brief introduction to philosophical thinking, the course concentrates on philosophical movements from Heraclitus to contemporary existentialism. Each school of thought is evaluated from a distinctively Reformed perspective. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND COURSE; FEBRUARY 5 & 6, FEBRUARY 26 & 27, MARCH 11 & 12, AND APRIL 8 & 9.

04ST504/W1
Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 5 - February 6

Jesus: God and Man - 2.00 Hours

To know Jesus who is called Christ in the knowledge of faith is itself a requirement of faith. But who is Jesus? What, in fact, do we know about him? From information in the Gospels, to theological reflections in the epistles, to creedal formulations fought at the point of the sword, we confess that he is the Second Person of the Trinity, very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, who took human flesh and blood with all the essential properties (apart from sin). Then, holding our breath, we affirm such things as this: "So that two whole, perfect and distinct natures, the Godhead and the manhood, were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion." Really? Yes! And it is vital that we do. How vital - come and join us and find out for yourself. THIS CLASS WILL MEET A TOTAL OF TEN TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04ST513/E1
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas
Monday 5:15 PM - 7:45 PM
February 1 - May 13

ST:Scripture,TheologyProper,Anthropology - 3.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Scripture, theology proper, and anthropology. THIS CLASS WILL MEET A TOTAL OF TEN TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04ST515/A1
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas
Monday 12:15 PM - 4:00 PM
February 1 - May 13

Christian Encounter with Islam - 2.00 Hours

An introduction to the history, culture, traditions, beliefs, and practices of Islam. Students will reflect on the ways in which Islamic faith and life have been shaped by historical and cultural circumstances, study the diversity of Islam both in history and in contemporary expression, and develop a deeper understanding of Islam in order to love Muslims as their neighbors and witness more effectively to them. THIS CLASS WILL MEET IN MACON.

04ST540/E1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 2 - March 22

Poets - 2.00 Hours

An examination of the literary structure, themes, and history of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. THIS IS THREE WEEKEND CLASS; JUNE 10 & 11, 17 & 18, AND 24 & 25.

04OT512/W1
Dr. William B. Fullilove
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 10 - June 11

Biblical World and Life View - 3.00 Hours

This course introduces students to four major areas of religious and philosophical inquiry that contribute to a worldview: theology/anthropology: epistemology; cosmology and social-ethical relationships.Each of these areas of thought provides essential elements in a worldview. We shall consider why worldviews are important and the mechanisms that shape our worldviews. We shall follow a chronological development of ideas formed by prominent thinkers from the ancient Greeks up to postmodern times in each of these four topics. We shall note how the ideas of God, humanity, knowledge, the cosmos, society and ethics influence how people live and think.

04ST622/I1
Dr. William Davis
Mon to Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
June 13 - June 17

Addictions - 2.00 Hours

Addiction is common inside and outside the church. This course will look at substance addiction as well as the process addictions (eating,sex,gambling,etc). Issues related to addictions such as family dynamics and processes will also be explored.

04PT739/I1
Dr. Carolyn F. Sinclair
TueWedThur 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 21 - June 24

ST:Christology, Soteriology, Eschatology - 3.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Christology, Soteriology, and Eschatology.

04ST517/I1
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas
Mon to Fri 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 27 - July 1

Doctrine of Baptism - 2.00 Hours

The doctrine of baptism elective is a full-orbed study including a historical survey of the doctrine, a biblical-theological survey, and systematic-theological formulation. The survey of the history of the doctrine begins with the apostolic church, covering key church fathers and baptismal documents, the middle ages covering key theologians, and a survey of the Reformation and post-Reformation periods. The biblical-theological survey traces baptism from Genesis to Revelation. The systematic-theological formulation will address topics such as the sacraments in general, baptism as a means of grace, the doctrine of baptism, recipients, and baptism and ecclesiology.

04ST615/I1
Dr. John V. Fesko
TueWedThur 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
July 5 - July 8

The Church and the World - 2.00 Hours

A course examining the relationship of the church and society. Particular attention is given to differing Christian approaches to the relationship of Christ and culture and to the impact of secularization, industrialization, and modern science. The growth of Christianity in thirdworld countries and in urban settings is considered. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; JULY 8 & 9, 15 & 16, AND 22 & 23.

04HT506/I1
Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
July 8 - July 9

Worship - 3.00 Hours

The biblical foundations of worship, including music, worship strategies, creative styles, and worship for special occasions are considered in the course. The goal is to prepare students to be worshippers and effective leaders in worship.

04PT526/I1
Dr. Jon D. Payne
Mon to Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 11 - July 15

Acts & Romans - 2.00 Hours

A study of Acts and Paul's Epistle to the Romans that emphasizes both the original meaning and the modern meaning.

04NT516/I1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
July 18 - July 21

The Christian Life - 2.00 Hours

The purpose of this course is to assist the student in growth toward a deeper relationship with the Lord and more mature Christian interaction with the world in which we live.

04PT513/I1
Dr. Hunter M. Bailey
TueWedThur 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
July 26 - July 29

Educational Ministry of the Church - 2.00 Hours

A study of the pastor's role as teacher and administrator within the educational program of the church. Careful attention is given to philosophy, history, organization, curriculum, recruiting and training teachers, and the special needs of each age group.

04CE514/I1
Dr. Brian H. Cosby
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
August 1 - August 4

Theological Research and Writing - 2.00 Hours

This course is designed to take the intimidation out of research and writing for seminary studies. Students will develop competency in developing a topic into a focused argument, library research, paper formatting, avoiding plagiarism, and other critical skills for seminary student success. Class sessions will be highly interactive with a workshop feel. Students will be coached in the production of a high quality research paper as a key outcome of the course.

04CE510/A1
Mr. Jonathan D. Stuckert
Tuesday 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
August 23 - December 9

History of Christianity I - 3.00 Hours

This general introduction to Christianity in the early and medieval periods focuses on key Christian doctrines and great leaders from Justin Martyr to Martin Luther who made contributions of lasting significance to the Christian Church.

04HT502/1
Dr. Aaron Menikoff
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 18 - December 9

Missions - 2.00 Hours

This course examines issues in the world mission enterprise in light of today’s challenges, opportunities, and obligations. The call to mission service is examined, the theological mandate for missions is clarified, the historical advance of the Church through missions is reviewed, and strategies for effective contemporary missions are considered.

04MS518/1
Dr. Thomas L. Austin
Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 18 - December 9

Greek I - 3.00 Hours

An introductory study concentrating on basic vocabulary and analysis of the grammar of New Testament Greek.

04NT502/1
Mr. Paul S. Cable
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 18 - December 9

Greek Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

By studying the text of selected passages students learn grammatical analysis, apply hermeneutical principles, and develop exegetical skills.

04NT506/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
August 18 - December 9

Gospels - 3.00 Hours

Attention is given to each writer’s literary art, theological teaching, pastoral purpose, and message for today’s church and world.

04NT508/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
August 18 - December 9

Pauline Epistles - 3.00 Hours

An exposition of the the epistles in chronological order that emphasizes the application of Paul's theology to the pastoral needs of the churches of his day and ours.

04NT520/1
Dr. Paul S. Jeon
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
August 18 - December 9

Hebrews-Revelation - 3.00 Hours

An introduction to the General Epistles and Revelation that includes the history, setting, theme, purpose, and message of each book.

04NT522/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
August 18 - December 9

Hebrew I - 3.00 Hours

This course introduces basic elements of the Hebrew language. Lectures and small group sessions cover the Hebrew alphabet, pronunciation, and elementary grammatical structures.

04OT502/1
Dr. James Seth Adcock
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
August 18 - December 9

Genesis to Joshua - 3.00 Hours

This course takes an expository approach to the major developments in the history of redemption: creation, covenant, promise, and fulfillment of the promises. This portion of the biblical revelation covers the period from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to Israel in the Promised Land.

04OT508/1
Rev. Stephen A. Fix
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
August 18 - December 9

Leadership - 2.00 Hours

The historical development and biblical principles of management theory and leadership style are examined. Attention is given to strategic planning, setting goals, budgeting, directing programs, and evaluating results.

04PT512/1
Dr. James Saxon
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
August 18 - December 9

Communication II - 2.00 Hours

A continuation of Communication I. Short projects are assigned to develop writing and speaking precision. At least two full-length sermons are developed with application, persuasion, inspiration, and conviction as central goals. Special emphasis is given to the role of communication/preaching in building church identity and community.

04PT522/1
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
August 18 - December 9

Preaching Lab II - 2.00 Hours

4PT522 Communication II is a prerequisite.

04PT524/1
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
August 18 - December 9

Field Ed Seminar - 0.00 Hours

This seminar provides opportunity for theological reflection and discussion of problems, needs, and experiences in ministry. Students are required to write papers about their field experiences and present them to the class for discussion led by the professor. This is the final seminar. Prerequisite: 400 hours of field education experience.

04PT534/216
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
November 23 - November 23

Field Ed Internship - 0.00 Hours

Each student in the M.Div. degree program is required to complete 400 hours of Field Education in either the local church or a specialized ministry internship. To start this process, the student must register for this course and meet with the Field Education Officer at this seminar. During internships, students are under the supervision of pastors/mentors and the Field Education Officer of the seminary. Students should consult the welcome guide found on the Resource page http://www.rts.edu/site/rtsnearyou/atlanta/resources.aspx concerning the necessary paperwork required for the completion of Field Education internships.

04PT536/216
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
August 31 - August 31

Intro Pastoral & Theological Studies - 3.00 Hours

An introduction to biblical, theological, and practical ministry studies within the Reformed tradition. This class should be completed within the first year of a student's study with RTS.

04ST502/1
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
August 18 - December 9

ST:Scripture,TheologyProper,Anthropology - 3.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Scripture, theology proper, and anthropology.

04ST515/1
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas
Monday 11:45 AM - 3:30 PM
August 18 - December 9

ST:Ecclesiology and Sacraments - 2.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Ecclesiology and Sacraments.

04ST519/1
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
August 18 - December 9

Pastoral and Social Ethics - 3.00 Hours

Students are introduced to terminology, major views, and problems in the study of ethics and to a biblical basis for morality. Basic concerns and current issues in social ethics are covered.

04ST528/1
Dr. William Davis
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
August 18 - December 9

Theology of the Westminster Standards - 2.00 Hours

In this historical and theological survey of the Westminster Assembly and its work, the major documents produced by the Assembly are studied in detail, with attention also given to the historical, political, and theological context of the Assembly. Such issues as the Westminster doctrine of Scripture, the Confession’s relation to the theology of Calvin, and the debate over church government are discussed.

04ST624/1
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas
Monday 4:45 PM - 7:15 PM
August 18 - December 9

Isaiah - Malachi - 3.00 Hours

An expository study of the message and times of the prophets that emphasizes the themes day of the Lord, judgment, restoration, promise and fulfillment, Messiah, kingdom, and the new people of God. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS; FEBRUARY 10 & 11, MARCH 10 & 11, APRIL 7 & 8, AND MAY 5 & 6.

04OT516/1
Dr. William B. Fullilove
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 10 - February 11

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