Fall 2017 Classes



03CO516/01 - Introduction to Christian Counseling - 3.00 Hours

Dr. Jim Newheiser

Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
An overview of current trends in counseling theory and practice and role of counseling in public, private and church settings. Basic counseling skills taught in this course inlcude 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.

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03CO739/01 - Human Personality - 2.00 Hours

Dr. Rod Mays

Thursday 2:10 PM - 4:10 PM
Theories of personality try to capture what is both stable and unique about human nature. In this course we survey and critique some prominent secular personality theories, personality assessments, and personality "disorders" from the perspective of a biblical anthropology. Then we consider how biblical counselors might address the issues and questions raised by the secular theories.

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03HT502/01 - History of Christianity I - 3.00 Hours

Dr. Donald Fortson

Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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.

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03HT729/01 - ARP Church History - 1.00 Hours

Rev. Kenneth J. McMullen

Thursday 2:10 PM - 4:10 PM
This course will survey Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church history beginning with its ecclesiastical roots in Scottish Presbyterianism and then carry over into an overview of over 200 years of history in America. Attention will be given to connecting the church's history with theological and polity issues as well.

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03HT752/01 - Christianity in America - 2.00 Hours

Dr. Donald Fortson

Monday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
A study of the church in America from its colonial beginnings to the current day, with emphasis on the numerous influences that have forged the current religious scene. Religious thought is traced from Calvinistic Puritanism to evangelicalism to liberalism. The nature and meaning of the American political experiment is explored. Key personalities are introduced, inclduing George Fox, Ludwig von Zinzendorf, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, Charles G. Finney, and D.L. Moody.

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03MS518/01 - Missions - 2.00 Hours

Dr. Craig Sheppard

Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
October 9 - October 13

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 advantage of the Church through missions is reviewed, and strategies for effective contemporary missions are considered.

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03NT504/01 - Greek II - 3.00 Hours

Mr. Blair Smith

Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This course continues the study of grammar, builds vocabulary, and develops techniques for the exposition of the Greek text. Prerequisite: Greek I

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03NT508/01 - Gospels - 3.00 Hours

Dr. Michael Kruger

Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Attention is given to each writer's literary art, theological teaching, pastoral purpose, and message for today's church and world.

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03NT602/01 - Greek Readings - 2.00 Hours

Dr. Robert J. Cara

Friday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
A study of selected Greek texts.

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03ON504/01 - Advanced Biblical Exegesis - 3.00 Hours

Dr. Richard Belcher Jr.
Dr. Robert J. Cara

Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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.

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03ON728/01 - Prayer in the Bible - 2.00 Hours

Dr. John Currid

Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Selections from the Bible’s prayers and teachings about prayer are examined, with special attention to the language and theology of prayer.

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03OT502/01 - Introduction to Hebrew - 3.00 Hours

Dr. John Currid

Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This course introduces basic elements of the Hebrew language. Lectures and small group sessions cover the Hebrew alphabet, pronunciation, and elementary grammatical structures.

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03OT508/01 - Genesis to Joshua - 3.00 Hours

Dr. John Currid

Thursday 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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.

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03OT516/01 - Isaiah - Malachi - 3.00 Hours

Dr. Richard Belcher Jr.

Wednesday 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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.

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03PT508/01 - Communication I - 2.00 Hours

Dr. Jim Newheiser

Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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.

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03PT512/01 - Leadership - 2.00 Hours

Dr. Rod Culbertson

Tuesday 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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.

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03PT516/01 - Pastoral Counseling - 3.00 Hours

Dr. Jim Newheiser

Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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.

03PT520/01 - Church Polity - 1.00 Hours

Dr. Rod Culbertson

Thursday 2:10 PM - 3:10 PM
Students examine the biblical data relative to church government and the Book of Church Order. The organization and function of church courts, including discipline and appeals, are considered, and parliamentary procedure is emphasized.

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03PT522/01 - Communication II - 2.00 Hours

Dr. Richard Belcher Jr.

Thursday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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. Prerequisite: PT508 Communication I, PT510 Preaching Lab I

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03PT534/01 - Field Education Seminar - 0.00 Hours

Dr. Donald Fortson

Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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 experience and present them to the class for discussion led by the professor. This may be taken in the fall or spring semester. Prerequisite: PT536 Field Education Internship

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03PT611/01 - Church Polity (ARP) - 1.00 Hours

Rev. Kenneth J. McMullen

Thursday 2:10 PM - 4:10 PM
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of Presbyterian polity. The purpose of this course is for students to acquire an understanding of the polity and procedures of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) sufficient for ministry in this denomination.

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03PT732/01 - Discipleship and Campus Ministry - 2.00 Hours

Dr. Rod Culbertson

Wednesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This course addresses the need for developing a philosophy of ministry that focuses on building followers of Christ among college students in particular. Attention is given to the concept of disciple-making in general, as well as to plans and strategies for creating a disciple-building environment that can be used in a campus ministry and/or in conjunction with a local church located near a college or university campus. A Reformed theological and philosophical perspective will undergird the content of the course.

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03ST502/01 - Introduction to Pastoral & Theological Studies - 3.00 Hours

Dr. James Anderson

Tuesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
An introduction to biblical, theological, and practical ministry studies within the Reformed tradition.

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03ST515/01 - ST: Scripture, Theology Proper, Anthropology - 3.00 Hours

Rev. Kevin L DeYoung

Mon to Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
October 9 - October 13

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

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03ST526/01 - Principles of Sanctification - 1.00 Hours

Mr. Blair Smith

Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This course emphasizes methodology, responsibility for personal growth in Christ, and a concern for the spiritual well being of others. This involves the study of Scripture for personal nurture and the exercise of certain disciplines necessary for spiritual growth.

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03ST528/01 - Pastoral and Social Ethics - 3.00 Hours

Dr. James Anderson

Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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.
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