ONLINE GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

All courses are available in the fall, spring, and summer semesters, unless otherwise noted below. Moody Bible Institute is fully accredited and all Bible/Theology courses qualify for ACSI certification.


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BE 5501 Hermeneutics for Preaching (3 credits)

This course examines foundational exegetical methods for analyzing biblical texts for preaching. Students will learn to analyze a particular passage for sermon preparation. The class will focus on the examination of passages from a variety of genres and the preparation of sermon outlines from these passages. Prerequisites: BI 5528 Methods for Biblical Interpretation and TH 5525 Theological Foundations for Biblical Interpretation. May be taken concurrently with BI 5528.

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BE 5502 Communicating Scripture (3 credits)

This course is designed to equip students to structure and prepare messages from biblical passages. Students will learn to analyze biblical texts, formulate a central idea statement from the text, and explain and support the central idea with appropriate applications in a message. Students will prepare and deliver messages in class to the instructor and classmates.

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BE 5503 Preaching Narrative and Parabolic Literature (3 credits)

This course examines the method of preparing and delivering sermons from the narrative and parabolic genres of scripture. Issues related to interpreting these genres will be addressed. Students will prepare sermons from Old and New Testament narratives and Jesus’ parables in the Gospels. Prerequisites: BE 5501 Hermeneutics for Preaching and BE 5502 Communicating Scripture. May be taken concurrently with BE 5502.

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BE 6601 Preaching Poetic and Prophetic Literature (3 credits)

This course examines the method of preparing and delivering sermons from the poetic and prophetic genres of scripture. Issues related to interpreting these genres will be addressed. Students will prepare sermons from Old Testament poetic and prophetic passages. Prerequisites: BE 5501 Hermeneutics for Preaching and BE 5502 Communicating Scripture. May be taken concurrently with BE 5502.

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BE 6602 Advanced Homiletics (3 credits)

This course is a study of stylistic differences in biblical exposition, with an emphasis on advanced expositional techniques. Special attention will be given to structure, style, and the use of creativity in message development and delivery. Prerequisites: BE 5501 Hermeneutics for Preaching and BE 5502 Communicating Scripture; BE 5502 can be taken concurrently.

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BE 6603 Preaching and Culture (3 credits)

This course equips preachers to conceive of preaching in particular as sites for cultural engagement. This course invites them to fuse exegetical competency with cultural competency by using the insights gained in TH 6601 Church and Culture. In dialogue with the shifts in contemporary culture, students preach sermons designed to enhance theirs and that of their congregation’s ability to engage with a diverse world. Emphasis will be on preaching as a means to transform the culture. Prerequisite: TH 6601 Church and Culture.

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BE 7701 Contextualized Preaching (3 credits)

This course trains students to analyze various types of listeners in a church context for the purpose of effective sermon construction and delivery. The course will also include an examination of ethnically and culturally diverse preachers and their methodology of preaching for their particular communities. Students will assess their own particular cultural situation and examine its impact on their preaching to their local community.

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BE 7702 Theology and Preaching (3 credits)

This course provides an understanding of the theology of preaching. Students will formulate a philosophy of preaching that integrates theology, hermeneutics, and cultural perspectives and practice. Emphasis will be given to the exploration of the relationship between the divine and human dimensions of the preaching event. As part of this study, students will study the theological content of classic and contemporary sermons. Prerequisites: BE 6603 Preaching and Culture and BE 7701 Contextualized Preaching. May be taken concurrently with BE 6603 and BE 7701.

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BI 5500 Hermeneutics (3 credits)

This course introduces the best practice methods to interpret biblical passages in their historical, cultural, grammatical, and theological context. It includes a sound exegetical method based on English Bible textual criticism, syntactic analysis, genre issues, and contextualization. Skill in the use of Bible study tools and Bible software will be developed.

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BI 5528 Methods for Biblical Interpretation (3 credits)

An exploration of contextualization as an aspect of biblical interpretation, and an orientation to the principles, practice, and philosophy of biblical interpretation. Specifies biblical interpretation as a holistic activity spanning the analysis of self, society, and Scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit. Provides a broad overview of hermeneutics with an emphasis on the grammatical-historical hermeneutic, the hermeneutical spiral, the formation of themes from biblical texts, and the role of research in the interpretation of the Scriptures. Provides students with the framework necessary for bringing interpretation of Scripture to bear upon contemporary contexts using methods bearing on the interpretation of various gospel passages. Study focused on one of the synoptic gospels. Analysis of forms in the gospels and the use of parallel passages in interpretation addressed. Application of interpretive results to contemporary contexts achieved through case study method.

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BI 5532 New Testament History, Literature, and Theology (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the New Testament. It addresses the background of the New Testament, historical issues of date, authorship and occasion, literary issues of genre, structure, and content, and theological themes that are unique to the book.

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BI 5533 Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the study of the Old Testament with a focus on its trustworthiness and purpose. It will review each Old Testament book, addressing both matters of general introduction and contribution to the larger message that emerges out of the Old Testament canon. It includes attention to history, geography, authorship, culture, literary genre, and biblical theology as well as application to contemporary life.

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BI 6602 Daniel and Revelation (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of Daniel and Revelation and their historical and theological arguments. It includes a study of hermeneutical principles and various eschatological systems of interpretation. Prerequisite: BI 5500 Hermeneutics. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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BI 6621 Studies in the Psalms and Wisdom Books (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of the Psalter and wisdom books of the Old Testament and serves as a capstone course for the MA[BS] program. It includes a study of Hebrew poetry, along with a study on the purpose, message, and function of the Psalms and wisdom books. This course has a particular focus on various methods and approaches to these books. Prerequisites: BI 5500 Hermeneutics and BI 5533 Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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BI 6623 Studies in the Gospels and Acts (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of a particular canonical Gospel and/or the book of Acts. It includes an overview of the Life of Jesus; the importance of the inclusion of four gospels in the NT; principles for interpreting and applying the narratives of the Gospels and Acts within their historical and canonical context; and focused discussion of key themes from the selected book. Additional attention will be paid to various methods and approaches to the book. Prerequisites: BI 5500 Hermeneutics and BI 5532 New Testament History, Literature, and Theology. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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BI 6624 Studies in the Epistles (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of selected portions of the New Testament letters. It includes an analysis of the structure, content, historical-cultural background, and theological contribution of a portion of the letters. Additional attention will be paid to various methods and approaches to the books. Prerequisites: BI 5500 Hermeneutics and BI 5532 New Testament History, Literature, and Theology. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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BI 6625 Studies in the Old Testament Books (3 credits)

This course is an examination and utilization of various interpretive methods employed in the study of Old Testament historical books. Emphasis placed on the development of skills and techniques in the analysis of Old Testament historical books, the exposition of theological themes from these books, and the use of ancient and modern sources in their interpretation. Study focused on one or more of the Old Testament historical books with reflection on faithful contextualization. Prerequisites: BI 5500 Hermeneutics and BI 5533 Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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BI 6630 Studies in the Pentateuch (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of the Pentateuch. It includes a review of the content and structure of the Pentateuch; an analysis of its meaning and function with respect to its ancient Near Eastern context; close examination of particular texts from various genres embedded within the Pentateuch (narrative, poetic, and legal); and exploration of various themes (e.g., covenant, tabernacle, holiness, sacrifice); interaction with various methods of interpretation; and a consideration of how the Pentateuch relates to the New Testament and the contemporary church. Prerequisites: BI 5500 Hermeneutics and BI 5533 Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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BI 6631 Studies in the Prophets (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of the content, historical background, and critical issues in the prophetic corpus. It includes a study on the theological significance of the purpose and message of some of these books. It will also include close examination of various texts and an investigation of their ethical themes. Additional attention will be paid to various methods and approaches to the book. Prerequisites: BI 5500 Hermeneutics and BI 5533 Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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BI 7700 Action Research (3 credits)

Investigation of the principles and processes related to the field of action research. Emphasis placed on the value of action research for the application of Scripture in everyday situations. Students will complete and action research study as part of the course.

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BI 7701 Interpreting Psalms (4 credits)

Focused practice in the analysis of Old Testament poetic literature through the interpretation of Psalms. Emphasis placed on the interpretation of psalms prominent in the book of Hebrews. Modern commentaries, as well as second temple literature, will be utilized to guide interpretations of the Psalms.

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BI 7702 Use of the Old Testament and in the New Testament (4 credits)

Integration of student case study with an interpretive project evaluating New Testament epistolary passages utilizing Old Testament quotations. Emphasis on comparison of varying methodologies for the interpretation of the Old Testament in the New Testament, as well as the examination of specific examples of the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament. Exploration of uses of the Old Testament in Second Temple literature addressed with special attention paid to the implications of such use to contemporary biblical interpretation. Integration of student action research with a biblically interpretive project covering multiple biblical genres. Students will also reflect on their understanding of biblical interpretation at the completion of the program.

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BT 6603 Biblical Theology of the Old Testament (3 credits)

This course is a study of selected topics and themes of the Old Testament or a thorough examination of the theology of a given book/portion of the Old Testament from the perspective of the author(s), with sensitivity to historical setting and the progress of revelation in the Bible. The chosen topics may vary from year to year. Prerequisites: BI 5533 Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology, and OT 5504 Biblical Hebrew II. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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BT 6604 Biblical Theology of the New Testament (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of New Testament biblical theology from the perspective of each author, the progress of his thought, his historical background, and his culture. It includes development of distinctive emphases of each author. Prerequisites: BI 5532 New Testament History, Literature, and Theology, and NT 5504 New Testament Greek II. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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CL 6601 Principles of Management (3 credits)

This course guides students in the development of skills related to various tasks of management within an organization. Human resource management, the development of organizational structures and policies, the use of effective documentation, and other essential tasks will be addressed.

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CL 7702 Leading Teams within an Organizational Context (3 credits)

This course examines the skills needed to successfully leverage the resources and expertise across the whole organization. Emphasis is placed on the development of communication strategies between various stakeholders with the framework of biblical instruction related to communication.

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CL 7703 Creating a Leadership Development Plan (3 credits)

This course addresses the philosophy, methods, skills, and character for becoming a leader through the creation of a leadership development plan. The plan is based upon assessments taken throughout the program and 360-degree reviews of the student that will be performed as part of the course requirements. The course is intended to prepare students to become more effective Christian leaders. Students learn to assess leadership development needs and examine options to meet those needs. Students will create an initial leadership development plan that will be implemented throughout the rest of the program.

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CUL 5501 Ministry Innovation (3 credits)

This course presents biblical and sociological constructs contributing to a conceptual framework for outcome-based ministry. It examines the relationship between outcomes and design, and explores approaches to design from related disciplines. It guides students in the development of preliminary skills using simple design tools to improve program interventions, service offerings, or product concepts.

CUL 5502 Communication and Partner Development (3 credits)

This course introduces key principles and emerging practices in communication, partner development, branding, and marketing. Shifts in these areas resulting from modern communication technology are explored. A framework for values development for financial stakeholders and operational stakeholders is provided.

CUL 6601 Ministry Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

This course advances Ministry Innovation concepts as students learn to develop ministry value propositions into functioning ministry programs and initiatives. It combines entrepreneurial best practice with insights from organizational management theory to equip students for practical ministry development. It guides students designing and refining ministry ideas, understanding organizations and strategies for change, and effectively communicating their ideas and plans. Prerequisite: CUL 5501 Ministry Innovation.

CUL 6602 Global Mission and Culture (3 credits)

This course provides a contemporary survey of the changing nature of world missions, and introduces foundational principles for missional practice in the 21st century. Survey topics will include salient sociological trends, the rise of the majority world church and modern movements, and the evolving role of North American “missions” in global Christianity. Secondly, this course introduces foundational principles in charitable giving, program research and evaluation, cross-cultural contextualization and competency, and doing theology in a global context to prepare students for informed missional practice. Topics will be drawn from multiple disciplines.

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FE 6670 Ministry Internship I (3 credits)

This field-based internship in practical theology utilizes the dynamics of mentored ministry by integrating academic learning with character formation and professional competencies. It includes the clarification of one’s calling to ministry, the identification of personal strengths and weaknesses, and the development of character and ministry-specific skill sets which results in transformational servant leadership. Please note that students cannot register themselves for this course. Students must apply through Field Education/Practical Christian Ministries. Prerequisite: SF 5506 Biblical Spiritual Formation.

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FE 7770 Ministry Internship II (3 credits)

This is an advanced field-based internship in a specific area of ministry. Please note that students cannot register themselves for this course. Students must apply through Field Education/Practical Christian Ministries.

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GM 0000 Exit Interview (pass/fail, noncredit)

Students must complete an exit interview with their program head in their final semester. Students must receive a passing grade to meet graduation requirements.

GM 5500 Communication of Biblical Truth (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the structures and methods used to prepare and deliver biblical, “Big Idea,” expositional messages. It includes a consideration of the exegetical process as it leads to the development of a homiletical idea from the epistolary literature in order to craft an application relevant to the audience. It includes an emphasis on clarity in outlining and delivery. Prerequisite: BI 5500 Hermeneutics.

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HT 5500 Church History (3 credits)

This course is a panoramic survey of the past two millennia of church history. It includes an emphasis on original sources, the expansion of the church, key people, theological debate and development, and major movements and influences that have shaped the current church. The course allows a student to conduct research on a subject that has particular relevance to the student’s interest and future ministry goals. It also includes a brief history of the English Bible.

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IL 5500 Biblical Spiritual Formation Lab (1 credit)

This course may be offered in conjunction with SF-5506 Biblical Spiritual Formation. This course is designed to aid the student to process his or her spiritual life under the guidance of the professor. It includes such things as aiding the formation of a proper view of God, cultivating Christlikeness, and the utilization of the spiritual disciplines. Course is offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: SF 5506 Biblical Spiritual Formation. May be taken concurrently with SF 5506.

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IS 5500 Theology and Practice of Intercultural Ministry (3 credits)

This course introduces a methodology to interpret the complexities found in local communities throughout the world that affect how we and others hear and respond to the Word. The purpose is to know Christ better and bear witness to Him more effectively in word and deed. This involves learning how to work with others to develop a theology of local phenomena and form a strategy for ministry.

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IS 6600 Apologetics and World Religions (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of Christian apologetics. It includes an examination of various apologetic methodologies. Attention is given to defending the Christian worldview in response to the challenges of the twentyfirst century. This course also surveys the history, worldview, and theology of major world religions. It also includes a critical evaluation of these religions from a biblical perspective in order to develop a Christian response to them. Where possible, students will make site visits to various houses of worship.

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MN 5500 Essentials for Excellence in Ministry Leadership (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of the biblical, historical, theoretical, and personal foundations of leadership. It includes a study of organizational planning, structure, and processes. It emphasizes the importance of a leader’s character, discusses methods for personal and spiritual assessment, and analyzes strategies to develop leadership competencies for ministry in diverse settings.

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NT 5503 New Testament Greek I (3 credits)

This course is a study of the language and grammar of the Greek New Testament, with a focus on morphology and a systematic introduction to syntax. It includes vocabulary acquisition and translation from Greek to English, pronunciation of the Greek text, and an introduction to the proper use of Bible software and digital resources. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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NT 5504 New Testament Greek II (3 credits)

This course is a continuation of vocabulary acquisition and functional literacy in the grammar of the Greek New Testament. It includes a study of morphology and syntax in more detail, with a focus on exegesis. Selections from the New Testament will be translated. Students continue to develop skill in the proper use of Bible software and digital resources. Prerequisite: NT 5503 New Testament Greek I. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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NT 6604 Exegesis in the Greek New Testament (3 credits)

This course is an application of sound principles and methods of interpretation (including the analysis and use of textual evidence, lexical data, morphology, syntax, and discourse structure) in the study of selected portions or books of the Greek New Testament. It includes an exegetical paper as part of the course requirements. Prerequisite: NT 6652 Greek Syntax and Exegetical Method. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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NT 6652 Greek Syntax and Exegetical Method (3 credits)

This course provides training in the use of Greek to interpret and apply the New Testament through proper attention to literary features of the text (grammar, syntax, rhetorical structure, and genre) and to canonical context (transmission issues and biblical theology). It includes an exegetical methodology that will pay attention to current exegetical fallacies and incorporate the use of Bible software and other resources. Prerequisite: NT 5504 New Testament Greek II. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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OT 5503 Biblical Hebrew I (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of basic biblical Hebrew grammar, with a focus on the nature and structure of the Hebrew language. It includes a study of grammar, morphology, pronunciation, vocabulary, linguistics, and basic syntax, as well as translation work. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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OT 5504 Biblical Hebrew II (3 credits)

This course is a continuation from Biblical Hebrew I, completing the survey of grammar, morphology, and basic syntax and introducing discourse analysis. It includes a continuation of vocabulary acquisition and translation work in the Hebrew text. Students will develop skill in the use of Bible research software and digital resources to enhance their understanding of grammar and syntax. Prerequisite: OT 5503 Biblical Hebrew I. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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OT 6603 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis (3 credits)

This course in biblical Hebrew is studied with two goals in mind: (1) to strengthen skills of getting to the meaning of the Hebrew text through a proper appreciation of syntax and discourse analysis, and (2) to acquire a sound exegetical method in the study of the Hebrew text. It includes issues and methodology pertaining to the analysis and use of textual evidence, lexical data, morphology, syntax, genre, literary analysis, and discourse structure in the process of interpretation. Students will further develop skill in the use of Bible research software and digital resources as they engage in the exegetical process. Prerequisite: OT 5504 Biblical Hebrew II. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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OT 6604 Exegesis in the Hebrew Old Testament (3 credits)

This course is an exegetical study of a particular book or portions of the Hebrew text incorporating the skills learned in Hebrew I and II and in the Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis course. It includes learning the skill sets to determine the aspects of Hebrew structuralism and discourse analysis used by the biblical authors in communicating to their audiences. The latest software and technological developments will be included. Prerequisite: OT 6603 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis. This course can be credited as a Bible elective.

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PS 6601 Pastoral Procedures and Practices (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of the personal responsibilities and work of the pastor. It includes such personal matters as credibility, financial planning, family priorities, and stress management, as well as such work as administration, cultivation of church leaders, oversight of baptisms and the Lord’s Supper, preparation for ordination, visitation, and weddings.

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PS 6602 Narrative Preaching (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of the structures and methods used to prepare biblical, “Big Idea,” narrative messages from the Gospels. It includes a study of the unique features of biblical narrative as well as the exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological principles learned in New Testament History, Literature, and Theology. Prerequisites: GM 5500 Communication of Biblical Truth, NT 5504 New Testament Greek II, and BI 5532 New Testament History, Literature, and Theology.

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PS 6603 Pastoral Counseling (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of a biblical theology of pastoral counseling. It includes a study of the nature of men and women, children and families, and how and why problems develop. This course will deal with the assessment of relational dynamics, problem resolution, and biblical principles related to emotional and spiritual well-being.

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PS 6604 Preaching from the Old Testament (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of the structures and methods used to prepare biblical, “Big Idea,” messages from the Old Testament. It includes a study to ensure literary competence for interpreting and applying the literary genres in the Old Testament (e.g., narrative, poetry, law, and prophecy) and a study of the methods and principles for preaching creatively and redemptively. Prerequisites: BI 5533 Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology, GM 5500 Communication of Biblical Truth, and OT 5504 Biblical Hebrew II.

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PS 6605 Teaching with Skill and Influence (3 credits)

This course is an analysis of the theological and psychological dynamics in effective biblical instruction. It includes a study of the learner-sensitive (or integrationist) approach, along with a discussion of current pedagogical methodology. This course also includes a study on Matthew 28:20.

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PS 6607 Professional Ethics (3 credits)

This course is a review of Christian ethics methodology, including central concepts and their relation to broader theological and philosophical concerns. It includes biblical, theological, and philosophical perspectives on select contemporary issues relevant to Christian living. This course will also address legal, practical, and ethical considerations associated with ministry-related practices.

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SF 5506 Biblical Spiritual Formation (2 credits)

This course is an analysis of biblical principles that develop and maintain one’s relationship with God and one’s thoughts about God’s character. It includes a study of responses to principles such as presentation; walking by the Spirit; dealing with guilt, trials, anger, and fear; discerning God’s will; spiritual warfare; and prayer.

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ST 5534 Systematic Christian Theology I (3 credits)

This course is a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Bibliology, Trinitarianism (Theology Proper, Christology, and Pneumatology), and Angelology. It includes an examination of theological prolegomena, major features pertaining to the Holy Scriptures, a study of the identity and works of the Triune God, of modern angelmania, and the reality of and the resources for spiritual warfare. Key concepts, issues, and the practical implications and integration of these doctrines in church and Christian life are discussed.

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ST 5535 Systematic Christian Theology II (3 credits)

This course is a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. It includes an examination of the constitution of humanity as created, fallen, and redeemed; sin in all its ramifications; the marvelous grace of God leading to salvation, sanctification, glorification; the purposes and paradigms of church; Israel and the church; and God’s prophesied program pertaining to last things. Key concepts, issues, and the practical implications and integration of these doctrines in church and Christian life are discussed.

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ST 7704 Interdisciplinary Theology Seminar (3 credits)

This course is a capstone addressing selected issues in exegetical, practical, biblical, and systematic theology. It includes discussions and presentations of research. Prerequisites: ST 5534 Systematic Christian Theology I, ST 5535 Systematic Christian Theology II, NT 6652 Greek Syntax and Exegetical Methods, and OT 6603 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis.

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TH 5525 Theological Foundations for Biblical Interpretation (3 credits)

An exploration of theological and doctrinal concepts and their bearing on Christian interpretations of Scripture. Emphasis placed on evaluation of various theological perspectives and the bearing such perspectives have on biblical interpretation. Specific continuity and discontinuity positions, including dispensationalism, will be examined. The impact of one's own theological perspectives on interpretation is also introduced.

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TH 6601 Church and Culture (3 credits)

This course is an examination of the relationship between church and the broader contemporary culture. It examines how the biblical metanarrative can be used as a hermeneutical tool to analyze, interpret, and renew culture. The course will be divided into four sections: The Narrative, The Community, The Space, and The Time. Students will be required to define and evaluate the way contemporary culture defines these things, and will then create proposals for change-producing ministries in the local church and in the broader Christian community.

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