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2018 Fall Schedule

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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American Presbyterianism - 2.00 Hours
Dr. Donald Fortson

Monday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


A survey of the history of American Presbyterianism from its roots in the Calvinist reformed tradition to the present. The course focuses on key historical events and controversies that shaped Presbyterian denominations, major leaders who influenced Presbyterian theology and its prominent institutions, movements that reflected Presbyterian leadership of American religions, and the reciprocal relation between Presbyterianism and American culture.

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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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Genesis to Joshua - 3.00 Hours
Dr. John Currid

Tuesday 8:00 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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Intro to Pastoral & Theo 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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Evangelism in a Church Planting Context - 2.00 Hours
Rev. Dean Faulkner

Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


This course equips potential church planters and established church pastors to preach the gospel in various missional situations in order to establish a church plant through personal and corporate evangelistic outreach. Students will explore the first principles of evangelism, discernment of the cultural context for gospel proclamation, personal evangelism rhythms, as well as, inculcation of an evangelistic culture and community into a young church.

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Principles of Sanctification - 1.00 Hour

Rev. Blair Smith

Tuesday 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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Church Polity - 1.00 Hour
Dr. Rod Culbertson

Tuesday 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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Church Polity (ARP) - 1.00 Hour
Rev. Kenneth J. McMullen

Tuesday 2:10 PM - 4:10 PM (August 28 - October 16

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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ARP Church History - 1.00 Hour
Rev. Kenneth J. McMullen

Tuesday 2:10 PM - 4:10 PM (October 23 - December 4)

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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Redemption Unfolded - 1.00 Hour
Dr. Rod Culbertson

Tuesday 3:20 PM - 4:20 PM

The redemptive plan of salvation displayed in Scripture will be studied in order to provide the student with the overarching “big picture” of the plan of God as unfolded in the Bible. Topics such as Systematic Theology, Bible book surveys, applying Scripture to one’s personal Christian growth and need for sanctification, and evangelism will be addressed in order to assist the student in his or her daily walk with Christ.

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Intro to Christian Counseling/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 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.

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History of Christianity I - 3.00 Hours
Dr. Donald Fortson

Wednesday 8:30 AM - 12:00 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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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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Counseling in the Local Church - 2.00 Hours
Dr. Jim Newheiser
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This course takes a biblical understanding of the way in which the Gospel enables people to change and discusses how to practically apply this to ministry.

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Pastoral Ministry - 2.00 Hours
Rev. Kevin L DeYoung
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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

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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.


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ST: Scripture, Theology Proper, Anthropology - 3.00 Hours
Rev. Blair Smith

Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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Human Personality - 2.00 Hours
Dr. Rod Mays
Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 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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Trinitarian Theology - 2.00 Hours
Rev. Blair Smith

Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The biblical foundations and the ecclesiastical creedal formulations of Trinitarian theology are examined, as well as related developments in the history of thought— ancient, medieval, and modern.

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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, storytelling, vocabulary development, elocution, and elements of drama.

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Leadership - 2.00 Hours
Dr. Rod Culbertson

Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 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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Greek II - 3.00 Hours
Dr. Robert J. Cara

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.


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Introduction to Hebrew - 3.00 Hours
Dr. Richard Belcher Jr.

Friday 9:00 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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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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