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



Trinitarian Scriptures: The Uniqueness of the Bible’s Divine Origin Gregory Cline 2020
State and Ecclesiastical Authorities in Rivalry: A Critical Survey of Theological Issues on the Sovereignty of Nations a la Thomas Hobbes Hikari Ishido 2020
Servant Leadership as the Biblical Model Jeffrey Johnson 2020
The Parable of the Sower, a Path Through an Interpretive Maze Mark 4:1–20  Elizabeth Krulick 2020
A Biblical Understanding of Art Peter Vaughn 2020
A Historical and Theological Evaluation of John Owen’s Double Payment Argument in The Death of Death in the Death of Christ Jason Burns 2019
The Words of the Speaker: How Three Triads Illumine the Authority of the Preached Word Jonathan Herr 2019
Exploring the Idol of Security David Lange 2019
The Anthropological Question Steven Neighbors 2019
How the Protestant Theological Challenge to Purgatory Redefined Female Convent Life in Reformation Germany Nancy Nolan 2019
Women in Church Leadership: A Surve of the Debate, Possibilities for New Paths Forward, and Practical Challenges Kevin D. Pagan 2019
An Exploration of the Impact of Friedrich Hegel’s Dialectic on Truth vs. Truth as Expressed in the Gospel of John Ronald A. Cieslak 2019
Jesus is Light: The Meaning of Light in the Gospel of John Scott Davis 2018
A Defense of Presuppositional Apologetics and Its Practical Application to the Public University Campus R. Shane Hartley 2018
Earnestly Desiring Prophecy: Understanding and Obeying the Command of 1 Corinthians 14:1 Chadwick Haygood 2018
Habits and the Heart: Reclaiming Habituation’s Place in Biblical Counseling Brian Mesimer 2018
The Creation Mythologies of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien: Fantasy Literature as a Means of Edification for the Mind and Heart Dave Perrigan 2018
A Look at Revival in the Context of Josiah’s Revival and the First Great Awakening in Northampton Shane Prim 2018
The Kingship of Christ as a Model for Leadership: A Study in the Pastoral Epistles Michael Prodigalidad 2018
Not Good to be Alone: The Role of the Local Church in Reaching the Lonely and Isolated Craig Riggall 2018
Called Out of the World and Into Vocation: Reformed Contributions to a Theology of Vocation as responses to Roman Catholic and Anabaptist Traditions Viktor Szemerei 2018
Seek First the Kingdom: A Framework for Vocation in Light of the Kingdom of God  Sam Webb 2018
Little Ones and the Lord’s Supper: A Third Way Charles Betters 2017
The Doctrine of the Church in the Writings and Life of Carl F. H. Henry Jeffery Blick 2017
Paul’s Athens Address as a Cross-Cultural Missions Paradigm Containing Both Bridge-Building and Critique Aaron Johnstone 2017
A Historical Review of Catechesis: Development, Use, and Disuse John Kidd 2017
Revelation and the Suffering Church: The Tribulation, Kingdom, and Perseverance, Which Are in Christ Jesus Dean Klein 2017
The Source of Hope: A Textual and Literary Exploration of Lamentations 3 in MT & Codex B Matthew Lanser 2017
The Book of Jonah: Revealing the Attributes of God Michael Pettingill 2017
Design Thinking for Mission: A Framework for Agile Contextualization Tyler Prieb 2017
The Pursuit of Happiness and Man’s Greatest Good in Augustine’s Theology of Love and John Piper’s Christian Hedonism: An Analysis James Rosenquist 2017
A Theology of Union: What it Means to Belong to God, In Christ Adam Sinnett 2017
Language: Obstacle and Opportunity an Examination of the Phenomenon of Human Language and the Church’s Approach to the Multitude of Languages Present in the World Andrew Warner 2017
Money and Possessions: Fundraising Ministry in the Already-Not Yet Jeffrey Chipriano 2016
The Temple of God and the Early Christian Church Ryan Dennis 2016
Translating the Bible: The Case for a Mediating Approach Eric Fields 2016
Regeneration: Questions Answered Dianne Geary 2016
The Oneness Theology of the United Pentecostal Church International as Articulated by David K. Bernard Richard Gimpel 2016
Intra-Trinitarian Love as an Essential Teaching Within Pastoral Ministry: A Potential Deterrent to Man-Centeredness Robert Holman 2016
Preaching the Gospel in the Light of the Covenants Steven Johnstone 2016
What it Means to Be Hospitable: Paul’s Commands in Light of His Mediterranean Context Ben Jolliffe 2016
Covenants and the Eschatological Kingdom of God Paul Y. Kim 2016
Unto the Thousandth Generation: The Evangelical Importance of an Eschatology That Embraces Suffering for Christ Paul LeFavor 2016
Missiological Necessity of the Charismata Adam Mabry 2016
Vocational Participation an Ethical Paradigm in the Narrative of Genesis Christopher Smithson 2016
Diversity in Public Worship: A Biblical Understanding of the Regulative Principle Jason Jolly 2015
Living in the Tension: An Exploration of Common Grace in the Dutch Calvinist Tradition Eric Mitchell 2015
The End-Time Kingdom of God: A Biblical Theological Approach to Evangelism Kevin Shoemaker 2015
The Importance of the Noahic Covenant and It’s Function as the Basis of Creation Care Pei Tsai 2015
Working Women on Mission: Engagment and Edification in the Church Tina Walker 2015
Maintaining a Biblical Perspective on the Role of Chaplains in the Effective Care and Healing of Hospital Patients Maria Colfer 2014
The Christian’s Identity in Christ: A Framework for Pastoral Ministry Paul Hamilton 2014
Good Neighbors: The Strategic Role of the Church in Relation to Culture and Public Issues Thomas Harr 2014
The Pastor as Father Phillip Hunter 2014
For We Offer to Him His Own: Eucharist and Malachi in the New Testament and Early Church Jon Jordan 2014
The Need for Meditation on Scripture: To Fashion the Christian Mind and Form a Biblical Worldview Jeff Lammers 2014
Understanding the Infant Baptism in the Covenant Community of God’s People David Reichelderfer 2014
Submission to Your Elders Clell Smyth 2014
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 Today Glenn Waddell 2014
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 Revelation Ian 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 Spina 2013
A Tri-perspectival Approach to an Ethic of the Use of Material Possessions Geoffrey Stabler 2013
Classical and Christian Paideia According to Saint Chrysostom, Sait Basil, and Saint Augustine Nathan Carr 2012
The Biblical Means to Freedom From Habitual Sin Joe Chestnut 2012
A Theological Anthropology Towards Understanding the Origin of and Need For Community Christopher DiVietro 2012
Segregated Sunday: Issues and Possibilities for a United Church Alicia Gower 2012
Piercing Through the Veil: The Eucharistic Doctrine of Edward Pusey Matthew Harlow 2012
From Filthy Whore to Spotless Bride: Marriage, Infidelity, Divorce and Reconciliation as Metaphor in the Latter Prophets Robert Huffstedtler 2012
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 People Robert Olson 2012
Art as Originating in the Image of God in Man and the Cultural Mandate Sam Sinns 2012
The Elder and His Rebellious Child: Is He Still Qualified? Michael Chipman 2011
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 Reconciliation Robert Getty 2011
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 Fulfillment Christopher Haven 2011
Gregory Nazianzen’s Pneumatology Completes the 4th Century Trinitarian Theology Frederick Lo 2011
Deuteronomical Biblical Witness and its Interrelationship to Covenant Obedience Scott McManus 2011
Contending for the Gospel: Following Paul’s Example in the Epistle to the Galatians David 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 Christian Bruce Smith 2011
Jesus and Work: The Role of Work and Vocation in the Gospels David Stiles 2011
Making Disciples: A Foundation for an Integrated Mission Program Linda Stromsmoe 2011
Chinese Mission on Fire – A Theological Based Approach for Effective Chinese Evangelism Ying Chan Fred Wu 2011
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 Theology Steve Hays 2010
Counseling the Depressed Person: The Puritan Alternative to Secular Psychology David Herding 2010
Serampore: Telos of the Reformation Samuel Masters 2010
A Comparative Analysis of the Question of Natural Law in Modern Reformed Conversation Landon Rowland 2010
Covenant Education Jason Wood 2010
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. Ho 2009
Calvin’s Controversial Vivifying Flesh Doctrine Dan Jensen 2009
The Grace of Giving Michael H. McKeever 2009
American Christian Zionism Michael 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 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
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 Carnes 2007
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
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
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 View Taylor Wise 2005
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 Munoz 2004
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
A Just War Response To The 11 September 2001 Terrorist Attack Dale Courtney 2003
Christology and Psalm 2:7 in the Book of Hebrews Bruce Etter 2002