Sample Student Theses

Below are downloads (PDF format) of the M.A. (Religion) theses of some of our graduates to date.

Note: Certain requirements for current thesis students have changed since earlier theses were completed.

Thesis Topic



Christology and Psalm 2:7 in the Book of Hebrews Bruce Etter 2002 
A Just War Response To The 11 September 2001 Terrorist Attack Dale Courtney 2003 
Roman Catholics: A Mission Field? Jack Williamson 2004 
Seeing Hell: Do the Saints in Heaven Behold the Sufferings of the Damned (And How Do They Respond) Trevor C. Johnson 2004 
A Comparison of the Doctrine of Assurance in the Theology of John Calvin and Karl Barth Yaroslav Viazovski 2004 
Creation Ordinances and Culture Michael Muñoz 2004 
Eschatological Significance of Human Vocation Joshua Guzman 2004 
The Purpose of Money: A Balanced View Taylor Wise 2005 
The Self-Attesting Nature of the New Testament Canon John Gordon Duncan 2005 
The Conflict between Liberty of Conscience and Church Authority in Today's Evangelical Church Gregory Perry 2005 
Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go: Parental Use of Biblical Stories in Teaching for Moral Growth Mary Lyn Huffman 2005 
The Relationship between Faith and Works: A Comparison of James 2:24 and Ephesians 2:8-10 Jeremy Alder 2005 
Receiving Christ Better: The Eucharist Theology of Robert Bruce Jeffrey Hamling 2006 
Jonathan Edwards on Justification by Faith Alone: An Analysis of His Thought and Defense of His Orthodoxy Jonathan Ray Huggins 2006 
John Witherspoon, Common Sense, and Original Sin Daniel Craig Norman 2006 
Jan Hus' Chalice: Symbol of Christian Freedom Dennis Di Mauro 2006 
Classical Christian Education: Developing a Biblical Worldview in the 21st Century Richard G. Abshier 2006 
Paul, the Law, and the Dawning of the Messianic Age: An Eschatological Proposal for the Law/Faith Contrast in Galations 2:15-21 Stephen R. Turley 2006 
"Biblical Masculinity": Understanding Biblical Masculinity Joseph Olan Stubbs 2006 
Prayer or Despair? The Parables of the Friend at Midnight and the Unjust Judge Ronald A. Julian 2006 
A Charles H. Spurgeon Response to Current Evangelicalism's Lost Doctrine of Repentance Bradley D. Johnson 2006 
The Doctrine of Adoption Garry M. Senna 2006 
The Study of Ethical Issues and Solutions in the Modern Society: Centered on Marriage and Remarriage in South Korea Young C. Tak 2006 
The Element of Dance in Worship Noah Denver Manring 2006 
An Examination of Campus Crusade for Christ's Approach to Fulfill the Great Commission Through Spiritual Movements James Mark Randle 2006 
The Point of the Southern Baptists' Departure From the Doctrines of Calvinism Jim Maples 2007 
Thy Kingdom Come: The Missionary Theology and Practice of Jonathan Edwards Ronald S. Baines 2007 
Union With Christ and the Sacraments: Clarifying the Federal Vision Theology of Douglas Wilson and Peter Leithart Steven Walker 2007 
Finding Hope in God's Word and His Sovereignty in Depression Natalie P. Flake 2007 
The Separation of Craniopagus Conjoined Twins: A Bioethical Analysis J. Grady Crosland, M.D. 2007 
Like Sheep Without a Shepherd: The Shepherd Metaphor and Its Primacy for Biblical Leadership Phillip Gene Carnes 2007 
Life in the New Creation: The Eschatological Character of Paul's Ministry and Theology in Galatians Dante Spencer Mably 2007 
Calvin: The Papacy and the Ascension Kevin Chiarot 2007 
Reforming Ministry to Youth in the Postmodern Context: Archetypes, Reactions, and Solutions from a Biblical-Covenantal Perspective Greg Schneeberger 2007 
One Holy Catholic, and "Evangelical" Church: Seeking a Faithful and Unified Doctrine for Evangelical Worship Daniel Millward 2007 
The Eschatology of Genesis, With Particular Reference to Chapters 1 and 2 Andrew Young 2007 
Waving Palm Branches: The Markan Triumphal Entry in Light of Historical Criteria Timothy James Nicholls 2007 
The Educational Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards: An Analysis and Application of His Calvinistic Psychology Erick John Blore 2007 
The Personal Nature of Kingdom Hope Michael Winebrenner 2007 
The Reformation and the Visual Arts Randy C. Randall 2008 
Defining the Essential Components of Indigenization: A Roadmap for Parachurch Mission Agencies Serving the Bahamas Daniel A. Weightman 2008 
The Perpetual Significance of the Lord's Day Daniel A. Betters 2008 
The Spiritual Discernment of George Whitefield Lynnette Bond 2008 
Spener’s "Proposals to Correct Conditions in the Church" as the Basis for The Evangelical Covenant Church’s Affirmations James W. Ptak 2008 
Mission: A Mark of the Church? Toward a Missional Ecclesiology Robinson W. Mitchell 2008 
Suffering Toward Sanctification Claude Marshall 2008 
Fostering Sustainability  Ken Stout 2008 
Communication through Sermon for the Korean Church in a Postmodern Period Shin C. Tak 2008 
Theology of Assurance Within the Marrow Controversy Gerald L. Chrisco 2009 
The Family-Integrated Church Movement: An Exploration in Ecclesiology Jason Webb 2009 
Covenant Theology from the Perspective of Two Puritans Renfred Errol Zepp 2009 
Paul, Ananias, and Authority: An Exegetical Study of Acts 22:30-23:5 J. L. Gerdes 2009 
Teaching Postmodern People Theological Truth Anthony R. Turner 2009 
Zephaniah: Protology in Eschatology Mark A. Winder 2009 
The Grace of Giving Michael H. McKeever 2009 
The Royal Law: What It Meant and What It Means Andrew Sherrill 2009 
James D.G. Dunn and the Social Function of the LawJoseph C. Ho2009
American Christian ZionismMichael Newkirk2009
Apostasy in Pastoral TheologySteve Hays2010
A Comparative Analysis of the Question of Natural Law in Modern Reformed ConversationLandon Rowland2010
Counseling the Depressed Person: The Puritan Alternative to Secular PsychologyDavid Herding2010
Covenant EducationJason Wood 2010
The Suburban Church's Role in the Urban MissionsPatrick Donohue 2010
The Doctrine of God in the Church of the NazareneChuck Goddard2010 
The Elder and His Rebellious Child: Is He Still Qualified?Michael Chipman2011
Biblical Foundations for Ethics in the Age of FulfillmentChristopher Haven2011
Making Disciples: A Foundation for an Integrated Mission ProgramLinda Stromsmoe2011
Segregated Sunday: Issues and Possibilities for a United Church Alicia Gower2012
Outward and Ordinary Means of Grace: How Those Means Are Effectively Communicated to God's PeopleRobert Olson2012
Piercing Through the Veil: The Eucharistic Doctrine of Edward PuseyMatthew Harlow         2012
Classical and Christian Paideia According to Saint Chrysostom, Sait Basil, and Saint AugustineNathan Carr2012