Spring Courses

Spring 2017

All classes are graduate level classes unless otherwise indicated.
The semester runs from Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to Thursday, May 14, 2017.
There will be no classes Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King Day or March -March 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 – 200 Old Testament History Books and Israel's History
Time: Thursday 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Credit: 3 hours
Location: TBA
Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
Description: A study of the books of Joshua through 2 Kings, which tell the story of God's work with Israel. Consideration of the genre of historical narrative, the use of story to communicate history, and the history of ancient Israel as described in modern historiography and derived from archaeological discoveries.

BI 502 100 New Testament Greek II
Time: Monday/Wednesday 4:00-5:45 p.m.
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Grace Community Church
Instructor: Peter Spychalla
Description: A continuation of the introduction to the Koine Greek language with emphasis on vocabulary, syntax, the verbal system, and reading in the Greek text. Prerequisite: BL 501 or its equivalent. This course offers graduate credit for students in programs other than the M.Div. degree.

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CHRISTIAN HISTORY & THOUGHT

CH 501 100 History of World Christianity II
Time: Thursday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Meadowbrook Community Church, Classroom
Instructor: Joseph Thomas
Description: A general historical survey of the Christian movement from the Protestant Reformation to the present. Attention is given to movements, significant ideas, individuals, crises, institutions, and turning points in the development of Christianity during the Reformation and modern periods.

CT 502 – 100 Theology II
Time: Monday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Stratford Park Christian Church
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 600 – 100 Theology and Contemporary Issues
Time: January 27-28; February 24-25; April 7-8; May 5-6. Friday evenings 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturdays 9:00 am - 4:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: TBASecond Floor Classroom
Instructor: Todd Daly
Description: A study of selected topics in which contemporary cultural and church issues are addressed from a theological perspective. The course will focus on topics to be determined both by student input and interest and changing cultural phenomena. Prerequisite: CT 501-502 or permission of the instructor.

CT 740 - 350 Christianity and Children's Literature
Time: Tuesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Windsor Road Christian Church Room 106
Instructor: Melody Green
Description: An analysis of the role of Christianity in the history, production, selection and interpretation of literature for young audiences. Emphasis will be on developing analytical skills to recognize and work with various ways that Christianity is present in children's literature.

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PRACTICAL MINISTRY

FM 740- 140 Vocation and Everyday Callings
Time: Jan 21, Feb 18, April 1, April 29 Saturdays 8:00am-5:00pm
Credit: 2 or 3 hours
Location: TBA
Instructor: Peter Spychalla
Description: Examination of the Christian concept of vocation and its expression across diverse, historic Christian faith traditions, as well as in contemporary understanding. Consideration of theological and biblical foundations for vocation and calling. Exploration of how all aspects and stages of ordinary life can be viewed through the lens of Christian vocation as valuable callings to love God and serve others. Development of a practical theology of vocation applicable to the student’s own life. Students taking for 3 credits will do a research paper on vocation.

PM 503 100 Biblical Preaching
Time: Wednesday 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Windsor Road Christian Church
Instructor: Randy Boltinghouse
Description: A basic course in the principles of biblical preaching and sermon construction designed to introduce the student to the purpose, nature, types, and techniques of preparing and communicating the sermon to contemporary people and society. An emphasis is placed on preparing sermons based on biblical integrity and structural soundness. The student will deliver several sermons for evaluation in delivery style, development, and skills.

PM 608- 150 Islam and Radical Fundamentalism
Time: Monday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Twin City Bible Church, Discipleland
Instructor: Mike McQueen
Description: This class will seek to explain the key doctrines of orthodox and folk Islam, comparing and contrasting Islamic teaching with Christian beliefs. We will outline the historical development of Islam, militant fundamentalism and it's political impact, and identify areas of Christian ministry to Muslims both locally and globally.

PM 605 - 200 Advanced Heart Motives Counseling
Time: Tuesday 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Twin City Bible Church
Instructor: Min Chung
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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: 2 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.