Classics of Personal Devotions - 1.00 Hours

Devotional writings from the history of the church, as well as from more contemporary Christians, are read and discussed to deepen the student's knowledge of and love for God.

04HT508/1
Dr. Kenneth Stewart
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 2 - January 3

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 emphasized.

04PT520/1
Mr. John R. Muether
Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
January 4 - January 5

Bioethics - 2.00 Hours

Advances in medical technology have expanded the options available for medical care. These options have made medical decision making increasingly complex. Patients, family members, pastoral care givers, and health care workers are regularly called upon to make choices that are spiritually taxing, financially momentous, and ethically difficult. This course will consider the challenges surrounding medical decision-making, from the ethics of reproduction, to legitimate forms of therapy and experimentation, to the morality of foregoing treatment, to the choices involved in end of life care. While some attention will be given to grand theories, the course will focus on the practical needs of those who must bear the burden of making the many, many decisions as they arise. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: JANUARY 4 & 5, JANUARY 11 & 12, AND JANUARY 18 & 19.

04ST722/1
Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
January 4 - January 5

Principles of Sanctification - 1.00 Hours

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.

04ST526/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Monday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 7 - January 8

ST:Ecclesiology and Sacraments - 2.00 Hours

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

04ST519/1
Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
FriSat 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 9 - January 12

Formed for Image & Identity in Community - 2.00 Hours

Groups furnish people with an identity. One of those groups that plays a significant role in identity formation is the local church. The Bible indicates that God intends for his church to represent humanity’s diversity even in its local expression. This course explores the way churches that are healthy in diversity form its members for robust ecclesial and public life. It examines the biblical and theological foundation for the church imaging God in redemptive ethnic unity, and the implications of that unity for life in the present world.

04PT615/1
Dr. Irwyn Ince
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
January 14 - January 16

Apologetics - 2.00 Hours

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

04ST530/1
Dr. David Filson
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 21 - January 24

History of Christianity II - 3.00 Hours

A continuation of HT502, 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 1 & 2, MARCH 1 & 2, MARCH 29 & 30, AND APRIL 26 & 27.

04HT504/1
Dr. Kenneth Stewart
Friday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
February 1 - February 2

Urban Apologetics - 2.00 Hours

This course will supplement the general apologetics course in the RTS curriculum by focusing specifically on the unique challenges presented within urban ministry contexts. Special attention will be given to ministry across ethnic lines and contemporary urban issues like Black Lives Matter, Islam, racial segregation (especially of the voluntary kind), and Hip-Hop music. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: MARCH 15 & 16, APRIL 5 & 6, AND MAY 3 & 4.

04MS725/1
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
March 15 - March 16

Greek II - 3.00 Hours

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

04NT504/1
Dr. David P Barry
Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 7 - May 11

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.

04NT516/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 4 - April 8

Hebrews-Revelation - 3.00 Hours

An introduction to the General Epistles and Revelation that includes the history, setting, theme, purpose, and message of each book. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 8 & 9, MARCH 15 & 16, APRIL 5 & 6, AND MAY 3 & 4.

04NT522/1
Dr. William B. Barcley
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
February 8 - February 9

Advanced Biblical Exegesis - 3.00 Hours

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.

04ON504/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 5 - May 11

Intermediate Hebrew - 3.00 Hours

A continuation of 4OT502.

04OT504/1
Mr. William Wood
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 7 - May 11

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.

04OT516/1
Mr. William Wood
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 5 - May 11

Pastoral Ministry - 2.00 Hours

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

04PT518/1
Dr. James Saxon
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
February 5 - April 9

Communication II - 2.00 Hours

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. THIS CLASS WILL MEET SIX TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04PT522/1
Dr. Aaron Menikoff
Monday 5:00 PM - 9:20 PM
January 28 - March 11

Preaching Lab II - 2.00 Hours

4PT522 Communication II is a prerequisite. THIS CLASS MEETS SIX TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04PT524/1
Dr. Aaron Menikoff
Monday 5:00 PM - 9:20 PM
March 25 - May 13

Worship - 3.00 Hours

The biblical foundations of worship, including music, worship strategies, creative styles, and worship for special occasions are considered in the course. The goal is to prepare students to be worshippers and effective leaders in worship. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 15 & 16, MARCH 8 & 9, MARCH 22 & 23, AND APRIL 12 & 13.

04PT526/1
Dr. Gabriel Fluhrer
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
February 15 - February 16

Field Ed 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.

04PT534/119
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
March 27 - March 27

Field Ed 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 Resource page http://www.rts.edu/site/rtsnearyou/atlanta/resources.aspx concerning the necessary paperwork required for the completion of Field Education internships.

04PT536/119
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
February 13 - February 13

Hist. of Philosophy & Christian Thought - 3.00 Hours

A critical, historical survey of the development of the main schools of philosophy and the principal developments in Christian doctrine and thought. After a brief introduction to philosophical thinking, the course concentrates on philosophical movements from Heraclitus to contemporary existentialism. Each school of thought is evaluated from a distinctively Reformed perspective. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 15 & 16, MARCH 8 & 9, MARCH 22 & 23, AND APRIL 12 & 13.

04ST504/1
Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 15 - February 16

ST:Christology, Soteriology, Eschatology - 3.00 Hours

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

04ST517/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 5 - May 11

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.

04ST540/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 7 - April 11

Christian Life and Doctrine - 2.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine that informs and guides the Christian life. It gives special attention to personal growth in Christ and to cultivating concern for the spiritual well being of others. THIS CLASS WILL MEET A TOTAL OF EIGHT TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES. THIS CLASS WILL MEET AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN IN MACON.

04ST612/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Monday 6:45 PM - 10:00 PM
February 4 - April 15

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.

04MS518/1
Dr. Craig Sheppard
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 10 - June 13

Gospel and Race - 2.00 Hours

This course seeks to explore the intersection between the Gospel and racial issues. Special attention is given to Biblical-theological material, the history of race relations especially in the United States, and sociological data. Students will seek to work through these issues toward practical steps for ministry application in their local ministry contexts.

04MS710/1
Dr. Sean M. Lucas
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 17 - June 20

Covenant Theology - 2.00 Hours

An examination of covenant theology from exegetical and historical perspectives. Consideration is given to such issues as the relation of the Old and New Testaments, the significance of the covenants for sacramental theology, and the hermeneutics of Dispensationalism and Theonomy. Emphasis is placed on the role of the biblical doctrine of the covenants in preaching and pastoral ministry.

04ST601/1
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
July 8 - July 11