Spring Courses

2014

All classes are graduate level classes unless otherwise indicated.
The semester runs from Tuesday, January 21, 2014 to Friday, May 16, 2014.
There will be no classes Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Day or March 22-30 for Spring Break

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Interdisciplinary
GN 700

Biblical Studies
BI 502 | BI 510 | BI 620 | BL 552

Christian History & Thought
CH 502 | CT 502 | CT 510| CT 602

Practical Ministry
FM 740 | PM 554 | PM 603 | FE 101, 102, 103 | FE 500, 501

Undergraduate
NT 113 | HI 322

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INTERDISCIPLINARY

GN 700 – 100 Integrative Senior Seminar
Time: Monday 10:30am - 12:00
Credit: 2 hours
Location: University Baptist Church, 2nd Floor Classroom
Instructor: Brett Smith
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.

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 510 – 200 Inductive Bible Study Methods
Time: Thursday 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Credit: 2 hours
Location: TBD
Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
Description: A survey of the steps and methods of systematic personal Bible study by incorporating practice in using these methods with biblical texts.

BI 620 – 150 Old Testament Prophets
Cancelled - May be offered Fall 2014

BL 552 - 100 Classical Hebrew II
Time: Monday & Thursday 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: TBD
Instructor: Mike Shea
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 502 – 100 History of World Christianity II
Time: Thursday, Dates TBD, 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: TBD
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 Christian Ethics
Time: Tuesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: TBD
Instructor: Todd Daly
Description: An introduction to the principles and practice of Christian ethics that 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 602 – 300 Catholic Theology
Time: Monday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: TBD
Instructor: Kenneth Howell
Description: This course introduces the student to the academic study of Catholicism. It consists of rigorous analysis of primary readings that form the basis of Catholic belief and practice and also incorporates secondary (scholarly) interpretations of Catholicism that span a wide range of viewpoints. This combination aims at understanding Catholicism from both emic (insider) and etic (outsider) viewpoints.

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FM 740-120 Sabbath, Rest, and Renewal
Time: Tuesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: TBD
Instructor: Peter Spychalla
Description: An elective course in spiritual formation focused on the nature of the Biblical Sabbath and its contemporary application. Exploration of the diverse approaches to Sabbath-keeping found in contemporary Christianity. Consideration of practical strategies for fulfilling the need for rest and renewal in the life of the believer today.

PM 554 - 100 World Christian Movement: A Gateway to Mission
Time: Monday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: TBD
Instructor: Mike McQueen
Description: A survey of the global cause of Christ in Christian missions. Biblical, theological, and historical foundations for missions, crucial issues of cross-cultural ministry, recent developments in methods, application in the local church, and future trends. Consideration of personal relational evangelism. This course will use selected materials from Perspectives on the World Christian Movement courses of the U.S. Center for World Mission.

PM 603 - 300 Planning Worship in a Culture of Change
Time: Thursday 2:30pm - 4:30 pm
Credit: 2 hours
Location: TBD
Instructor: Judith Webb
Description: Contemporary, traditional, blended, intergenerational, multicultural, liturgical, charismatic: these are a few descriptions of worship in our churches. What are they, how do they affect the worship of our local churches and how do we find the "voice" of our congregation as they express their worship of God? Then how do we practically plan, execute and evaluate our worship services?

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.

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UNDERGRADUATE

NT 113 New Testament Survey
Time: Wednesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Twin City Bible Church, Fellowship Hall(downstairs)
Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
Description: Provides a basic understanding of the New Testament by examining the world of the New Testament and studying the contents, teaching and literary structure of the New Testament books. This course has been articulated for transfer into the University of Illinois as Religious Studies 202.

HI 322 History of Christianity II: Reformation and Modern
Time: Thursday, Dates TBD, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit: 3 hours
Location: Meadowbrook Community Church, Classroom
Instructor: Joseph Thomas
Description: Examines the expression of Christianity from the Reformation era to the present, focusing on important movements, figures and trends. After a brief overview of the Reformation, discussion will center on the rise of renewal movements, Christianity in America, missions, and the rise of liberal theology. This course has been articulated for transfer into the University of Illinois as Religious Studies 200 level course.