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 
Eschatological Significance of Human Vocation Joshua Guzman  2004
Seeing Hell: Do the Saints in Heaven Behold the Sufferings of the Damned (And How Do They Respond) Trevor C. Johnson 2004 
Creation Ordinances and Culture Michael Munoz2004 
A Comparison of the Doctrine of Assurance in the Theology of John Calvin and Karl Barth Yaroslav Viazovski 2004 
Roman Catholics: A Mission Field? Jack Williamson 2004 
The Relationship between Faith and Works: A Comparison of James 2:24 and Ephesians 2:8-10 Jeremy Alder 2005 
The Self-Attesting Nature of the New Testament Canon John Gordon Duncan 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 Conflict between Liberty of Conscience and Church Authority in Today's Evangelical Church Gregory Perry 2005 
The Purpose of Money: A Balanced ViewTaylor Wise 2005 
Classical Christian Education: Developing a Biblical Worldview in the 21st Century  Richard G. Abshier 2006
Jan Hus' Chalice: Symbol of Christian Freedom  Dennis Di Mauro  2006 
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 
A Charles H. Spurgeon Response to Current Evangelicalism's Lost Doctrine of Repentance  Bradley D. Johnson 2006 
Prayer or Despair? The Parables of the Friend at Midnight and the Unjust Judge  Ronald A. Julian  2006 
The Element of Dance in Worship  Noah Denver Manring  2006
John Witherspoon, Common Sense, and Original Sin Daniel Craig Norman 2006 
 An Examination of Campus Crusade for Christ's Approach to Fulfill the Great Commission Through Spiritual Movements James Mark Randle 2006 
The Doctrine of Adoption Garry M. Senna 2006 
"Biblical Masculinity": Understanding Biblical Masculinity Joseph Olan Stubbs 2006 
The Study of Ethical Issues and Solutions in the Modern Society: Centered on Marriage and Remarriage in South Korea Young C. Tak 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
Thy Kingdom Come: The Missionary Theology and Practice of Jonathan Edwards  Ronald S. Baines  2007 
The Educational Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards: An Analysis and Application of His Calvinistic Psychology  Erick John Blore  2007 
Like Sheep Without a Shepherd: The Shepherd Metaphor and Its Primacy for Biblical Leadership  Phillip Gene Carnes2007 
Calvin: The Papacy and the Ascension  Kevin Chiarot  2007 
The Separation of Craniopagus Conjoined Twins: A Bioethical Analysis J. Grady Crosland, M.D.  2007 
Finding Hope in God's Word and His Sovereignty in Depression  Natalie P. Flake  2007
Life in the New Creation: The Eschatological Character of Paul's Ministry and Theology in Galatians  Dante Spencer Mably  2007 
The Point of the Southern Baptists' Departure From the Doctrines of Calvinism Jim Maples 2007 
One Holy Catholic, and "Evangelical" Church: Seeking a Faithful and Unified Doctrine for Evangelical Worship  Daniel Millward  2007 
Waving Palm Branches: The Markan Triumphal Entry in Light of Historical Criteria  Timothy James Nicholls  2007 
Reforming Ministry to Youth in the Postmodern Context: Archetypes, Reactions, and Solutions from a Biblical-Covenantal Perspective  Greg Schneeberger 2007 
Union With Christ and the Sacraments: Clarifying the Federal Vision Theology of Douglas Wilson and Peter Leithart Steven Walker 2007 
The Personal Nature of Kingdom Hope Michael Winebrenner 2007 
The Eschatology of Genesis, With Particular Reference to Chapters 1 and 2 Andrew Young  2007 
The Perpetual Significance of the Lord's Day Daniel A. Betters 2008 
The Spiritual Discernment of George Whitefield Lynnette Bond 2008 
Suffering Toward Sanctification Claude Marshall  2008 
Mission: A Mark of the Church? Toward a Missional Ecclesiology  Robinson W. Mitchell  2008 
Spener’s "Proposals to Correct Conditions in the Church" as the Basis for The Evangelical Covenant Church’s Affirmations James W. Ptak 2008 
The Reformation and the Visual Arts  Randy C. Randall  2008 
Fostering Sustainability  Ken Stout 2008 
Communication through Sermon for the Korean Church in a Postmodern Period Shin C. Tak 2008 
Defining the Essential Components of Indigenization: A Roadmap for Parachurch Mission Agencies Serving the Bahamas  Daniel A. Weightman  2008 
Theology of Assurance Within the Marrow Controversy Gerald L. Chrisco 2009 
Paul, Ananias, and Authority: An Exegetical Study of Acts 22:30-23:5 J. L. Gerdes  2009 
James D.G. Dunn and the Social Function of the Law Joseph C. Ho2009
Calvin's Controversial Vivifying Flesh Doctrine Dan Jensen 2009 
The Grace of Giving  Michael H. McKeever  2009 
American Christian ZionismMichael Newkirk 2009 
The Royal Law: What It Meant and What It Means Andrew Sherrill  2009 
Teaching Postmodern People Theological Truth  Anthony R. Turner  2009 
The Family-Integrated Church Movement: An Exploration in Ecclesiology Jason Webb 2009 
Zephaniah: Protology in Eschatology Mark A. Winder 2009 
Covenant Theology from the Perspective of Two Puritans  Renfred Errol Zepp 2009 
The Suburban Church's Role in the Urban Missions Patrick Donohue  2010 
The Doctrine of God in the Church of the Nazarene Chuck Goddard 2010 
Apostasy in Pastoral TheologySteve Hays2010
Counseling the Depressed Person: The Puritan Alternative to Secular Psychology David Herding2010 
Serampore: Telos of the Reformation  Samuel Masters   2010 
A Comparative Analysis of the Question of Natural Law in Modern Reformed ConversationLandon Rowland2010
Covenant EducationJason Wood 2010
The Elder and His Rebellious Child: Is He Still Qualified?Michael Chipman2011
An Epistemological Justification for the "Hold Paramount" Language in Professional Engineering Codes of Ethics Keith Elder 2011 
Understanding the Relationship Between Liberation Theology and the Ministry of ReconciliationRobert Getty2011 
Our Adoption by God - God's Plan from Eternity Past: How it Compares to Theology and Church Practice Aaron Hartman 2011 
Biblical Foundations for Ethics in the Age of FulfillmentChristopher Haven2011
Gregory Nazianzen's Pneumatology Completes the 4th Century Trinitarian Theology  Frederick Lo 2011 
Understanding the Original Purpose and Meaning of the Genesis 6 Pericope as Prolegemena to Pentateuchal and Deuteronomical Biblical Witness and its Interrelationship to Covenant Obedience Scott McManus2011
Contending for the Gospel: Following Paul's Example in the Epistle to the GalatiansDavid Palmer 2011
The Response of the Church to Domestic Violence: A Silent or Active Voice to Broken Families Steven Saul 2011 
Comparative Study of Christian, Jewish and Islamic Theodicy Frank Sindler 2011 
Save the Children: Good K-12 Formal Education is Necessarily ChristianBruce Smith2011
Jesus and Work: The Role of Work and Vocation in the Gospels David Stiles 2011 
Making Disciples: A Foundation for an Integrated Mission ProgramLinda Stromsmoe2011
Chinese Mission on Fire - A Theological Based Approach for Effective Chinese Evangelism Ying Chan Fred Wu 2011 
Classical and Christian Paideia According to Saint Chrysostom, Sait Basil, and Saint Augustine Nathan Carr2012 
The Biblical Means to Freedom From Habitual Sin Joe Chestnut 2012 
A Theological Anthropology Towards Understanding the Origin of and Need For Community Christopher DiVietro2012 
Segregated Sunday: Issues and Possibilities for a United Church Alicia Gower2012
Piercing Through the Veil: The Eucharistic Doctrine of Edward PuseyMatthew Harlow 2012
From Filthy Whore to Spotless Bride: Marriage, Infidelity, Divorce and Reconciliation as Metaphor in the Latter Prophets Robert Huffstedtler2012 
Christian Tactfulness Matthew Lukowitz 2012 
Only That Which is Good Can Be Evil - Augustine on Evil As Privatio Bono Matthew Monahan 2012 
Outward and Ordinary Means of Grace: How Those Means Are Effectively Communicated to God's PeopleRobert Olson2012
Art as Originating in the Image of God in Man and the Cultural Mandate Sam Sinns2012 
A Biblical Response to the Healthcare Debate William Cron 2013 
Proclaiming Christ in a Post-Christian Culture Andrew Hambleton 2013 
The Chronology of Major Eschatological Events in Chapters 4 to 19 of RevelationIan Macintyre 2013 
A Theology of Business: A Reformed Perspective on the Basis and Application of Christian Ethics in Business Brian Ruffner 2013 
Pastor Polygamists: Biblical Counsel for the African Church Paul Schlehlein 2013
Corporate Prayer in the Book of Acts: Lessons for the American Chruch John Spina2013 
A Tri-perspectival Approach to an Ethic of the Use of Material PossessionsGeoffrey Stabler 2013 
Maintaining a Biblical Perspective on the Role of Chaplains in the Effective Care and Healing of Hospital PatientsMaria Colfer 2014 
Good Neighbors: The Strategic Role of the Church in Relation to Culture and Public Issues Thomas Harr 2014 
For We Offer to Him His Own: Eucharist and Malachi in the New Testament and Early Church Jon Jordan2014 
The Healthy Pastor: A Holistic Approach to Pastoral Training Jordan Vale 2014 
The Meaning of Matthew 18:17b in its Historical and Literary Context and its Application in the Church TodayGlenn Waddell2014