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 WEEKEND CLASS: SEPTEMBER 24 & 25, OCTOBER 29 & 30, NOVEMBER 5 & 6, AND DECEMBER 3 & 4.

04HT5100/1
Dr. Aaron Menikoff
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 24 - September 25

Christianity as a Cultural Minority - 2.00 Hours

SYNC SECTION
This course focuses especially on the development of theology within the major ethnic minority groups in the United States. Special attention is given to exploring the theology of the African American church and discussing such issues as the prosperity gospel and liberation theology and their consequent impact within the church.

THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: SEPTEMBER 17 & 18, OCTOBER 22 & 23, AND NOVEMBER 19 & 20.

THIS IS A SYNC SECTION AND WILL MEET OVER ZOOM. MINIMUM ENROLLMENT OF THREE STUDENTS. ENROLLMENT LIMITED TO RTS ATLANTA STUDENTS.

04HT6211S/1
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 17 - September 18

Christianity as a Cultural Minority - 2.00 Hours

This course focuses especially on the development of theology within the major ethnic minority groups in the United States. Special attention is given to exploring the theology of the African American church and discussing such issues as the prosperity gospel and liberation theology and their consequent impact within the church. THIS CLASS MEETS FOR THREE WEEKENDS: SEPTEMBER 17 & 18, OCTOBER 22 & 23, AND NOVEMBER 19 & 20.

04HT6211/1
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 17 - September 18

Theology of John Calvin - 2.00 Hours

This class will introduce Calvin’s Institutes and will also help students understand the nature of Calvin’s theology. It will provide a context for theological analysis of both pre- and post-Reformation theology.

04HT6320/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Tuesday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
August 24 - November 23

Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer - 2.00 Hours

STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT REMOTE LIVE THROUGH ZOOM. TIMES POSTED ARE EASTERN TIME.

An introduction to the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, focused particularly on primary sources. Students should expect to engage primary sources in a seminar format with a desire to understand Bonhoeffer's theology in its historical, philosophical, and theological contexts and to apply that theology to contemporary life and culture.

(Campuses:00|01|02|03|04|05|06|09|11)

01HT6335R/01
Dr. Sean M. Lucas
Thursday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
August 23 - December 3

Greek I - 3.00 Hours

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

04NT5100/1
Dr. Paul S. Cable
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 24 - November 23

Greek Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

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

04NT5150/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 19 - November 18

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.

04NT5200/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 23 - November 29

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.

THIS CLASS IS OFFERED DURING FALL BREAK. PLEASE CONTACT THE REGISTRAR IF SELF-SERVICE SAYS YOU HAVE A TIME CONFLICT WHEN YOU ATTEMPT TO REGISTER.

04NT5250/1
Dr. David P Barry
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
FriSat 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
October 13 - October 16

Hebrew I (Remote) - 3.00 Hours

STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT VIA ZOOM AND IS REMOTE LIVE. TIMES POSTED ARE EASTERN TIME.

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

(Campuses:00|01|02|03|04|05|06|09|11)

01OT5100R/01
Dr. Miles V. Van Pelt
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:55 PM
August 23 - December 3

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.

04OT5100/1
Dr. William Wood
Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 23 - November 18

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.

04OT5150/1
Dr. William Wood
Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
August 19 - December 6

Genesis to Deuteronomy - 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 Even in the Garden of Eden to the second giving of the Law.

04OT5200/1
Dr. William Wood
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 23 - November 18

Communication I - 2.00 Hours

This course introduces the theological framework and basic skills required for interpreting and communicating the Bible within the context of the church’s ministry (both formal and informal).

04PT5100/1
Rev. Aaron Messner
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:20 PM
August 24 - September 28

Preaching Lab I - 2.00 Hours

Prerequisite: PT5100
Students will preach multiple sermons. Women and other non-ministerial candidates will substitute additional elective course hours for all Preaching Labs.

04PT5125/1
Rev. Aaron Messner
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:20 PM
October 5 - November 16

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.


THIS IS A REMOTE LIVE COURSE AND WILL MEET OVER ZOOM.

(Campuses:00|01|02|03|04|05|06|09|11)

03PT5200R/01
Dr. Craig Sheppard
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
August 25 - December 7

Leadership & Discipleship - 2.00 Hours

This course is a study of leadership philosophy, principles, and skills through which a pastor can lead a session in cultivating a culture of discipleship in order to fulfill the church’s mission in its life and witness. A variety of leadership, discipleship, Christian education, and philosophy of ministry topics will be discussed. THIS CLASS MEETS NINE TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04PT5275/1
Dr. Stephen Estock
Dr. Ed Dunnington
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 19 - November 18

Personal Sanctification - 1.00 Hours

This course emphasizes methodology and responsibility for personal growth in Christ. This involves the study of Scripture for personal nurture and the exercise of certain disciplines necessary for spiritual growth.

04PT5375/1
Dr. Jeffery L. Hamm
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
August 24 - November 23

Field Education 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 Mentored Ministry page https://rts.edu/campuses/atlanta/students/mentored-ministry/ concerning the necessary paperwork required for the completion of Field Education internships.

04PT5900/221
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
September 8 - September 8

Field Education 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.

04PT5905/221
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
November 17 - November 17

Theological Research & 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.

THIS IS A REMOTE LIVE COURSE AND WILL MEET OVER ZOOM.

(Campuses:00|01|02|03|04|05|06|09|11)

04PT6115R/1
Dr. Jonathan D. Stuckert
Monday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
August 23 - November 18

Christian View of Human Rights - 2.00 Hours

SYNC SECTION
This course will focus especially on helping students to build a Christian view of Human Rights. Special attention will be given to key historical conflicts and the worldviews and ideologies behind them, their impact on legislation, and how they have affected various philosophies of human rights. Themes examined will include Jim Crow legislation, the rise and fall of totalitarian regimes, and the response of the church in and through all of these things.

THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, OCTOBER 1 & 2, AND OCTOBER 15 & 16.

THIS IS A SYNC SECTION AND WILL MEET OVER ZOOM. MINIMUM ENROLLMENT OF THREE STUDENTS. ENROLLMENT LIMITED TO RTS ATLANTA STUDENTS.

04PT6227S/1
Ms. Karen Ellis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 10 - September 11

Christian View of Human Rights - 2.00 Hours

This course will focus especially on helping students to build a Christian view of Human Rights. Special attention will be given to key historical conflicts and the worldviews and ideologies behind them, their impact on legislation, and how they have affected various philosophies of human rights. Themes examined will include Jim Crow legislation, the rise and fall of totalitarian regimes, and the response of the church in and through all of these things. THIS CLASS MEETS FOR THREE WEEKENDS: SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, OCTOBER 1 & 2, AND OCTOBER 15 & 16..

04PT6227/1
Ms. Karen Ellis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 10 - September 11

Redemption Unfolded - 2.00 Hours

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. THIS COURSE MEETS NINE TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04PT6520/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Friday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
September 17 - December 6

Intro to Pastoral & Theological Studies - 3.00 Hours

This course introduces students to the biblical, theological, and pastoral aspects of ministry preparation in the Reformed tradition.

04ST5100/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Monday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
August 23 - November 29

Intro to Pastoral & Theological Studies - 3.00 Hours

FORT OGLETHORPE EXTENSION
This course introduces students to the biblical, theological, and pastoral aspects of ministry preparation in the Reformed tradition.
THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, OCTOBER 1 & 2, OCTOBER 29 & 30, AND NOVEMBER 19 & 20.

04ST5100E/CHA
Dr. Brian H. Cosby
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 10 - September 11

Apologetics - 2.00 Hours

Students examine the various approaches to apologetic methodology and engage the most frequently raised objections to the Christian faith.

THIS CLASS MEETS NINE TIMES.

04ST5450/1
Dr. Carlton Wynne
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 24 - October 26

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. THIS CLASS MEETS FOUR WEEKEND: AUGUST 27 & 28, SEPTEMBER 17 & 18, OCTOBER 1 & 2, AND OCTOBER 15 & 16.

04ST5500/1
Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
August 27 - August 28

Poets - 2.00 Hours

An examination of the literary structure, themes, and history of the Psalms and wisdom literature of the Old Testament.

04OT5300/1
Dr. Richard Belcher Jr.
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 3 - January 6

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.

04PT5225/1
Ms. Karen Ellis
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 10 - January 13

Christ-centered Applicational Preaching - 2.00 Hours

This course explores the rationale for and methods of Christ-centered preaching. We will first concentrate on the redemptive core of expository messages and, then focus on how to make sure such sermons remain true to the redemptive message of all Scripture by considering Biblical Theology principles as they apply to various texts and genres of Scripture. In addition, we will explore how the gospel of grace revealed throughout Scripture motivates and empowers the Christian life.

04PT6121/1
Dr. Bryan Chapell
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 24 - January 27

Systematic Theology: Ecc/Sac - 2.00 Hours

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

04ST5250/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
TueWedThur 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 4 - January 7

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.

04ST5550/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
TueWedThur 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 11 - January 14

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.

04ST6370/1
Dr. Carlton Wynne
TueWedThur 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 18 - January 21

History of Christianity II - 3.00 Hours

A continuation of HT5100, concentrating on great leaders
of the church in the modern period of church history
from the Reformation to the nineteenth century. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 4 & 5, MARCH 4 & 5, APRIL 1 & 2, AND APRIL 29 & 30.

04HT5200/1
Dr. Kenneth Stewart
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 4 - February 5

Greek II - 3.00 Hours

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

04NT5125/1
Dr. Paul S. Cable
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
January 28 - May 7

Pauline Epistles - 3.00 Hours

An exposition of 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.

04NT5300/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 1 - May 7

Hebrews - Revelation - 3.00 Hours

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

04NT5350/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
January 31 - May 7

Hebrew II - 3.00 Hours

A continuation of OT5100

04OT5125/1
Dr. William Wood
Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
January 31 - May 7

Joshua - Esther - 3.00 Hours

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

04OT5250/1
Dr. William Wood
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 3 - May 7

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.

04OT5350/1
Dr. William Wood
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
January 28 - May 7

Communication II - 2.00 Hours

Prerequisite: PT5125
A continuation of Communication I. This course continues to develop the skills required for interpreting and communicating the Bible. Special emphasis is given to sermon composition, including its constituent parts, as well as to the different ecclesial contexts of sermon delivery (e.g., wedding, funerals).

THIS CLASS MEETS A TOTAL OF SIX TIMES.

04PT5150/1
Dr. Aaron Menikoff
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:20 PM
February 1 - March 15

Preaching Lab II - 2.00 Hours

Students will preach multiple sermons. Women and other non-ministerial candidates will substitute additional elective course hours for all Preaching Labs.

THIS CLASS MEETS A TOTAL OF SIX TIMES.

04PT5175/1
Dr. Aaron Menikoff
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:20 PM
March 22 - May 10

Church Polity - 1.00 Hours

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 examined.

04PT5325/1
Mr. John R. Muether
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
February 11 - February 12

Theological Research & 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.

04PT6115/1
Dr. Jonathan D. Stuckert
Thursday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
February 3 - May 7

Principles of Leadership: Daniel, Nehemi - 2.00 Hours

SYNC SECTION
This course draws out and examines the leadership principles and methods of biblical minorities living within a dominant global Superpower. It introduces the student to dynamic leaders throughout world history who have paralleled the lives of Daniel and Nehemiah, and the impact they had on their surrounding culture.

THIS IS A SYNC SECTION AND WILL MEET OVER ZOOM. MINIMUM ENROLLMENT OF THREE STUDENTS. ENROLLMENT LIMITED TO RTS ATLANTA STUDENTS.

THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 11 & 12, MARCH 11 & 12, AND APRIL 1 & 2.

04PT6228S/1
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
January 28 - May 7

Principles of Leadership: Daniel, Nehemi - 2.00 Hours

This course draws out and examines the leadership principles and methods of biblical minorities living within a dominant global Superpower. It introduces the student to dynamic leaders throughout world history who have paralleled the lives of Daniel and Nehemiah, and the impact they had on their surrounding culture.

THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 11 & 12, MARCH 11 & 12, AND APRIL 1 & 2.

04PT6228/1
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
January 28 - May 7

Systematic Theology: Scr/Th Prop/Ant - 3.00 Hours

FORT OGLETHORPE EXTENSION
This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Scripture, theology proper, and anthropology. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: JANUARY 28 & 29, FEBRUARY 25 & 26, MARCH 25 & 26, AND APRIL 22 & 23.

04ST5150E/CHA
Dr. Hans Madueme
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
January 28 - January 29

Systematic Theology: Christ/Sot/Esch - 3.00 Hours

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

04ST5200/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
February 1 - May 7

Christian Thought & Philosophy - 3.00 Hours

An introduction to Christian philosophy from a Reformed perspective. Topics include the relationship between philosophy and theology, major figures and movements in the history of Christian thought, and the application of philosophical thinking to Christian faith and practice. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: JANUARY 28 & 29, FEBRUARY 18 & 19, MARCH 11 & 12, AND APRIL 8 & 9.

04ST5400/1
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
January 28 - January 29

Christ, Culture, and Contextualization - 2.00 Hours

This course will explore a biblical theology of culture from a Reformed perspective, evaluate different models for Christian cultural engagement, and develop a biblical perspective on the principles and practice of contextualization. Attention will be given to the application of cultural analysis and contextualization in church ministry.

THIS CLASS WILL MEET A TOTAL OF NINE TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04ST5600/1
Dr. Carlton Wynne
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
January 31 - April 18

World Christianity and Perseverance - 2.00 Hours

SYNC SECTION
This course examines the other-cultural, other-political witness of the church throughout Scripture an history, as they follow the virtues, values and habits of the story of the Covenantal People of God. It discusses in depth the work of theologians focused on the Covenantal story, the drama of redemption, narrative theology, and theo-drama, with special consideration given to the role the sacraments play in of virtue development and identity formation that provide an “alternative-witness” to a hostile culture.

THIS IS A SYNC SECTION AND WILL MEET OVER ZOOM. MINIMUM ENROLLMENT OF THREE STUDENTS. ENROLLMENT LIMITED TO RTS ATLANTA STUDENTS.

THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 4 & 5, FEBRUARY 25 & 26, AND MARCH 4 & 5.

04ST6516S/1
Ms. Karen Ellis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
January 28 - May 7

World Christianity and Perseverance - 2.00 Hours

This course examines the other-cultural, other-political witness of the church throughout Scripture an history, as they follow the virtues, values and habits of the story of the Covenantal People of God. It discusses in depth the work of theologians focused on the Covenantal story, the drama of redemption, narrative theology, and theo-drama, with special consideration given to the role the sacraments play in of virtue development and identity formation that provide an “alternative-witness” to a hostile culture.

THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 4 & 5, FEBRUARY 25 & 26, AND MARCH 4 & 5.

04ST6516/1
Ms. Karen Ellis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
January 28 - May 7