Spring Courses

Spring 2016

All classes are graduate level classes unless otherwise indicated.
The semester runs from Tuesday, January 19, 2015 to Thursday, May 12, 2016.
There will be no classes Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King Day or March 19-March 26 for Spring Break

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BIBLICAL STUDIES

BI 502 – 100 New Testament Survey
Time: Wednesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Twin City Bible Church, Fellowship Hall(downstairs)
Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
Description: An introduction to New Testament literature within the context of the Hellenistic-Roman world of the first century A.D. The course will consider the interpretation of various genres of material and will provide a survey of the individual books, their backgrounds and messages, and the culmination of redemption in the life and work of Jesus of Nazareth. Emphasis placed on the fulfillment of God’s mission by Christ and his church.

BI 620 – 100 Old Testament Cannonical Study: Wisdom Books
Time: Tuesday 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Windsor Road Christian Church,Room 106
Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
Description: A study of the nature, purpose, form, and message of the Wisdom books of the Old Testament—Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. Consideration of the nature of wisdom, parallels in surrounding cultures, critical introductory and literary issues, as well as application for living today.

BI 605 - 220 IS Ecclesiastes
Time: By arrangement
Credit: 3 hours
Location: by arrangement
Instructor:
Kenneth Cuffey
Description: An independent study on the book of Ecclesiastes.

BI 605 – 140 Romans
Time: Tuesday 4:00-5:45 p.m.
Credit: 2 or 3 hours
Location: First Christian Church, room 109
Instructor: Peter Spychalla
Description: A study of the NT Book of Romans in English translation. Application of inductive Bible study methods to the analysis of Romans. Consideration of the argument of Romans, key theological themes, overall message, historical-cultural-religious backgrounds, and issues of authorship and date. Consideration of justification and the "New Perspectives" on Paul. Students who wish to take the class for three credit hours are required to write an additional research paper.

BL 552 Classical Hebrew II
Time: Monday, Thursday 4:00-5:45
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Windsor Road Christian ChurchRoom 106
Instructor: Diane Mumma-Wakabayashi
Description: A continuation of the introduction to the classical Hebrew language with further development of vocabulary skills. Emphasis will be placed on syntax, the weak verb, and readings of selected passages from the Hebrew Old Testament (such as the book of Ruth). Prerequisite: BL 551 or its equivalent.

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CHRISTIAN HISTORY & THOUGHT

CH 760 200 George Whitfield
Time: Thursday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Meadowbrook Community Church, Classroom
Instructor: Joseph Thomas
Description: The strategic study of George Whitfield and the Re-evangelization of America offers the opportunity to think through creative approaches to evangelism today by reflecting on Whitfield’s diverse evangelistic ministry during the 18th century.

CT 502 – 100 Theology II
Time: Monday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Windsor Road Christian Church, Room 109
Instructor: Todd Daly
Description: An overview of the Christian doctrines of the Holy Spirit, the work of Christ and salvation, the church as the Body of Christ, and the end times.

CT 510 – 100 Ethics
Time: January 22-23; February 19-20; April 1-2; April 29-30. Friday evenings 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturdays 9:00 am - 4:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: University Baptist ChurchSecond Floor Classroom
Instructor: Todd Daly
Description: An introduction to the principles and practice of Christian ethics which examines biblical and philosophical questions surrounding the establishment of ethics, and the role of scripture in ethical reflection and character formation as it relates to contemporary cultural issues and moral problems.

CT 740 - 310 C. S. Lewis
Time: Thursday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Twin City Bible Church
Instructor: Melody Green
Description: An overview of the writings of one of the most influential writers in western Christianity during the twentieth century, C. S. Lewis. This class will focus on themes that most heavily shaped his work, as well as the various genres in which he worked, including fantasy, science fiction, theology, apologetics, poetry and even a little of his literary theory. This class will include a trip to the Wade Center at Wheaton College to visit their Inklings museum and to do research.

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PRACTICAL MINISTRY

FM 501- 100 Ministry and Evangelism in Cultural Context
Time: Monday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Twin City Bible Church
Instructor: Michael McQueen
Description: A critical analysis of the contemporary social and cultural context from a biblically informed perspective, focusing on God’s mission (missio Dei) in the world. Attention will be given to the social processes that have shaped our culture, to understanding the relationship between church and society, the relationship between the individual believer and those who do not believe, and to the churches’ prophetic call to produce reconciliation and transformation. Consideration of the implications of postmodernism and a pluralistic society.

MN 740 - 400 Christian Mysticism and Contemplative Spirituality
Time: Tuesday 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: First Christian Church, room 109
Instructor: Peter Spychalla
Description: Survey of major texts, individuals, themes, imagery, and theologies of spirituality found in the Christian mystical tradition. Reading portions of representative original works in English translation. Characterization of mysticism and contemplation in the Christian tradition. Exploration of Biblical foundations for direct experience of God. Evaluation of the epistemology of religious experience. Consideration of contemplative spirituality and Centering Prayer. Emphasis on formulating and integrating a Biblically-normed understanding of direct experience of God into a Scripture-focused, gospel-emphasizing theological framework.

FE 101, 102, 103 Field Education
Time: Thursday, January 23, March 20, May 8 12:00 - 1:00pm
Credit: 0 hours
Location: University Baptist Church
Instructor: Brett Smith
Description: Each Master of Divinity student preparing for full-time ministry must be involved in the ministry of a local church (or, with approval from the Field Education director, a parachurch ministry) under the guidance of a mentor. This is to involve ongoing ministry in an area chosen by the student in collaboration with the mentor as well as exposure to a variety of areas of the ministry of the local congregation. The expected student commitment is 3-5 hours each week. An internship in a local church may fulfill this requirement.

FE 500, 501 Field Education
Time: Thursday, January 23, March TBD, May 8 12:00 - 1:00pm
Credit: .5 hours
Location: University Baptist Church
Instructor: Brett Smith
Description: A continuation of FE 101-102-103 with a commitment to an on-going ministry of 7-10 hours per week. Self-analysis in ministry and further integration of the student's educational experiences with actual ministry opportunities. An internship in a local church may fulfill this requirement. Prerequisite: FE 101-102-103.

INTERDISCIPLINARY

GN 700 - 100 Integrative Senior Seminar
Time: Monday, 10:00 a.m.-11:30
Credit: 3 hours
Location: University Baptist Church, second floor classroom
Instructor: Brett Smith
Description: Description: A synthesis of the student’s seminary studies with the goal of helping the student integrate the whole seminary experience into a more focused preparation for active vocational ministry, usually through a major research paper or practical project. Opportunity will be given to study candidacy and interview methods. The student will be required to complete the assessment portfolio for graduation as part of this course. Required of all M.A.R. and M.Div. students. Recommended during the last semester of a student’s program.

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UNDERGRADUATE

REL 105 The Bible: The New Testament
Time: Wednesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Twin City Bible Church, Fellowship Hall(downstairs)
Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
Description: This course transfers into state universities in Illinois due to an agreement with Parkland Community College.