Upcoming Classes

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Communication Lab 1 - 2.00 Hours

Students will preach multiple sermons.

06PT510/01
Michael McKinley
Tuesday 3:00 PM - 4:59 PM
August 29 - December 5

Greek I - 3.00 Hours

An introductory study concentrating on basic vocabulary and analysis of the grammar of New Testament Greek.

06NT502/01
Dr. Paul S. Jeon
MonWed 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
August 28 - December 6

Pauline Epistles - 3.00 Hours

An exposition of the epistles in chronological order that emphasizes the application of Paul's theology to the pastoral needs of the churches of his day and ours. Note that this course does not include Romans.

06NT520/01
Dr. Paul S. Jeon
Monday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
August 28 - December 11

Judaism in the Time of Jesus - 2.00 Hours

Jesus was a Jew. Paul was a Jew. Peter was a Jew. Judaism, its culture, politics, and religion, shape the background of the New Testament. Many of the controversies and conversations we encounter in the New Testament concern the way Jesus and His apostles confront the Judaism of their time. This class will provide you with an in-depth introduction to this vital background to the New Testament. Students will come away with a grasp of the religio-cultural setting in which the New Testament texts were written, which will provide a window into the past by not only looking at the history of Judaism in the time of Jesus, but also examining the way this history shapes our understanding and impact of the New Testament. By reading important primary and secondary texts we will dive into topics ranging from politics, religion, purity, sectarianism, identity and others. The ultimate goal will be to apply these insights to topics in biblical studies and systematic theology. THIS COURSE WILL BE MEETING DURING READING WEEK AND WILL NOT CONFLICT WITH ANY OTHER COURSES. Please contact the Registrar for assistance with registration.

06NT609/01
Rev. Patrick Stefan
MonWed 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
October 9 - October 11

Hebrew I - 3.00 Hours

This course introduces basic elements of the Hebrew language. Lectures and small group session cover the Hebrew alphabet, pronunciation, and elementary grammatical structures.

06OT502/01
Dr. Peter Lee
TuesThurs 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
August 29 - November 30

Poets - 2.00 Hours

An examination of the literary structure, themes, and history of the Psalms and wisdom literature of the Old Testament.

06OT512/01
Dr. Peter Lee
Thursday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
August 31 - November 9

Communications 1 - 2.00 Hours

This course addresses total communication for pastors with an emphasis on preaching philosophy and style, textual exposition, and sermon structure. Written and oral, verbal and non-verbal communications are included. Aspects of oral communication include preaching, extemporaneous speaking, story telling, vocabulary development, elocution and elements of drama.

06PT508/01
Dr. David V. Silvernail Jr.
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 2:59 PM
August 29 - December 5

Leadership - 2.00 Hours

The historical development and biblical principles of management theory and leadership style are examined. Attention is given to strategic planning, setting goals, budgeting, directing programs, and evaluating results.

06PT512/01
Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn
Wednesday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
August 30 - November 8

Worship - 3.00 Hours

The biblical foundations of worship, including music, worship strategies, creative styles, and worship for special occasions are considered in this course. The goal is to prepare students to be worshippers and effective leaders in worship. This course will be held at Fourth Presbyterian Church: 5500 River Road/Bethesda, MD/20816

06PT526/01
Dr. Robert Norris
Tuesday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
September 5 - December 12

Theology & Public Life - 2.00 Hours

This foundational course focuses on the biblical and systematic theological framework for approaching issues related to Christianity and government. What is the relationship between the kingdom of God and temporal government? What is the history of Christian reflection on the topic of Christ and culture?

06PT609/01
Ms. Jennifer A. Marshall
Dr. Scott Redd
Dr. Howard Griffith
Wednesday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
August 30 - November 8

Theological Research and Writing - 1.00 Hours

This course instructs in graduate level writing, including library use, developing a thesis statement, sources, bibliography, and avoiding plagiarism. The student is guided in a concurrent research paper. There is a weekly online component. This course will meet on campus September 2 and November 11 ONLY. If you need assistance with registration, please contact the Registrar (jmcgahey@rts.edu).

06PT711/01
Leah J. Hamilton
Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
September 2 - November 11

Intro to Pastoral & Theological Studies - 3.00 Hours

An introduction to biblical, theological, and practical ministry studies within the Reformed tradition.

06ST502/01
Dr. Scott Redd
Wednesday 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
August 30 - December 6

ST:Christology,Soteriology,Eschatology - 3.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Christology, Soteriology, and Eschatology.

06ST517/01
Dr. Howard Griffith
Tuesday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
August 29 - December 5

Perspectives in Anglican Ethics - 3.00 Hours

In this course we will examine significant perspectives in Anglican ethics. We will identify key people, ideas, issues, moments, and movements which shape and characterize Anglican approaches to ethics, past and present. In the course of our exploration, we will attend to wider theological, biblical, philosophical, ethical, and historical contexts within which Anglican approaches developed, whether in continuity or discontinuity. This course will meet at The Falls Church Anglican Learning Center, 6565 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church VA 22042 on the following weekends - September 29-30, October 27-28 and December 1-2.

06ST529/01
Dr. Gregory Strong
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
September 29 - December 2

Cultural Apologetics - 2.00 Hours

Cultural Apologetics: Cultural-Historical Realities in Contextualized Ministry An Analysis of today's competing value systems and world views including an examination of various social visions. This course explores the hidden forces behind cultural conflict and suggests biblical ways to address these conflicts. The emphasis is on the universal influences which give rise to inequality using the African American experience as a case study. Included in this course are suggested new biblically based categories and concepts which can facilitate the emergence of new movements to address today's cultural confusion. This course will meet the following weekends: September 22-23, October 6-7 and 20-21 This may be taken in lieu of ST530 Apologetics. Please contact the Registrar to make the substitution.

06ST532/01
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Friday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
September 22 - October 21

Covenant Theology - 2.00 Hours

An examination of covenant theology from exegetical and historical perspectives. Consideration is given to such issues as the relation of the Old and New Testaments, the significance of the covenants for sacramental theology, and the hermeneutics of Dispensationalism and Theonomy. Emphasis is placed on the role of the biblical doctrine of the covenants in preaching and pastoral ministry.

06ST601/01
Dr. Howard Griffith
Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 31 - December 14

Bioethics: Principles & Applications - 1.00 Hours

Challenges to the admonition to protect human life created in the image of God require a grounding in theological anthropology as well as familiarity with beginning- and end-of-life issues. This course will cover theological principles and relevant scientific and medical background to equip ministry leaders and Christians in other callings. The seminar will be taught by Paige Cunningham, J.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, and Allen Roberts, M.D., practicing physician with experience in medical ethics in a hospital context.

06ST613/01
Ms. Jennifer A. Marshall
Friday 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
October 13 - October 14

Field Education Seminar - 0.00 Hours

This seminar provides opportunity for theological reflection and discussion of problems, needs and experiences in ministry. Students are required to write papers about their field experiences and present them to the class for discussion led by the professor. This may be taken in the Fall or Spring semester. Corequisite/Prerequisite; Field Education Internship. Seminar meetings will be arranged between the professor and registered students. The first meeting will be on Monday, August 28th.

06PT534/01
Dr. Peter Lee
Monday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
August 28 - August 28

Genesis-Joshua - 3.00 Hours

This course takes an expository approach to the major developments in the history of redemption: creation, covenant, promise, and fulfillment of the promises. This portion of the biblical revelation covers the period from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to Israel in the Promised Land.

06OT508/01
Dr. Peter Lee
TueWedThur 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
FriSat 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
January 2 - January 6

History of Christianity II - 3.00 Hours

A continuation of HT502, concentrating on great leaders of the church in the modern period of church history from the Reformation to the nineteenth century.

06HT504/01
Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn
Mon to Fri 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
January 8 - January 12

Hebrews-Revelation - 3.00 Hours

An introduction to the General Epistles and Revelation that includes the history, setting, theme, purpose, and message of each book.

06NT522/01
Dr. Thomas Keene
TueWedThur 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
FriSat 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
January 16 - January 20

The Christian Life - 2.00 Hours

The purpose of this course is to assist the student in growth toward a deeper relationship with the Lord and more mature Christian interaction with the world in which we live.

06PT513/01
Rev. Glenn Hoburg
Dr. Jacqueline Griffith
MonWed 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
January 22 - January 24

ST:Scripture,Theology Proper, Anthropogy - 3.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Scripture, theology proper, and anthropology.

06ST515/01
Dr. Scott R. Swain
Mon to Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
January 29 - February 2

Communication Lab II - 2.00 Hours

Students will preach multiple sermons. Communication 2 and Communication Lab 2 are taken at the same time. You must register for both courses.

06PT524/01
Rev. James Forsyth
Wednesday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
February 7 - May 16

Christianity into the 20th Century - 2.00 Hours

This lecture series traces the history of the Christian church and its doctrine from pre-WWI to post-Y2K. Students will read and discuss a dozen selections by influential Protestant and Catholic theologians from North America, Europe, and elsewhere.

06HT753/01
Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn
Monday 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
February 5 - April 30

Evangelism - 2.00 Hours

The purpose of this course is to train students to be effective evangelists and to understand and use biblical principles and methods of church growth. Emphasis is placed on having an intense desire to reach the lost for Christ. The value of small group ministries and mobilizing the laity for growth and ministry are considered. This course will meet February 9-10 and April 6-7 ONLY.

06MS508/01
Dr. Randy Newman
Friday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
February 9 - April 7

Greek II - 3.00 Hours

This course continues the study of grammar, builds vocabulary, and develops techniques for the exposition of the Greek text. This course will meet from 5-7pm (1/8-1/31) and 5-6:45 (2/5-3/28).

06NT504/01
Dr. Paul S. Jeon
MonWed 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
January 8 - March 28

Greek Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

By studying the text of selected passages students learn grammatical analysis, apply hermeneutical principles, and develop exegetical skills.

06NT506/01
Dr. Paul S. Jeon
MonWed 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
April 2 - May 23

Acts and Romans - 2.00 Hours

A study of Acts and Paul's Epistle to the Romans that emphasizes both the original meaning and the modern meaning. This course will meet during Reading Week and does not conflict with other regularly scheduled courses. For assistance with registration, please contact the Registrar.

06NT516/01
Rev. Patrick Stefan
MonWed 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
March 19 - March 21

Joy in Suffering with Christ - 2.00 Hours

This course will expound on the theme of the union with the suffering Christ as found in 1 Peter 4:12-13. It will then apply this principle of Christ-like suffering throughout people(s) throughout the history of salvation. The goal is twofold: first, to show that these suffering believers were given an extraordinary joy because of their trials; second, to show that believers in our day can also experience the same joy insofar as they “share in the sufferings of Christ” (1 Pet. 4:13). This course will meet during Reading Week and will not conflict with any other regularly scheduled classes. Please contact the Registrar for assistance in registering.

06ON770/01
Dr. Peter Lee
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
FriSat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
March 22 - March 24

Hebrew II - 3.00 Hours

This course continues the study of grammar, builds vocabulary, and develops techniques for the exposition of the Hebrew text. Principles of interpretation are applied to the study of portions of the Old Testament. Prerequisite: Hebrew I or equivalency. This course will meet from 5-7pm (1/9-2/1) and from 5-6:45pm (2/6-3/29).

06OT504/01
Dr. Peter Lee
TuesThurs 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
January 9 - March 29

Hebrew Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

By studying the text of selected Old Testament passages students learn grammatical analysis, apply hermeneutical principles, and develop exegetical skills.

06OT506/01
Dr. Peter Lee
TuesThurs 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
April 3 - May 24

Judges-Esther - 2.00 Hours

This overview of the literature, history and themes of Judges through Esther gives particular attention to the relevance of these books for the church and world today.

06OT510/01
Dr. Peter Lee
Thursday 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
February 8 - April 19

Isaiah-Malachi - 3.00 Hours

An expository study of the message and times of the prophets that emphasizes the themes day of the Lord, judgment, restoration, promise and fulfillment, Messiah, kingdom, and the new people of God.

06OT516/01
Dr. Scott Redd
Thursday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
February 8 - May 17

Pastoral Counseling - 3.00 Hours

An overview of current trends in counseling theory and practice and the role of counseling in public, private and church settings. Basic counseling skills taught in this course include interviewing, assessment, and therapeutic listening in a laboratory situation. Application is made to premarital, family crisis, grief and substance abuse counseling, with emphasis on developing strategies and applying scriptural principles.

06PT516/01
Dr. William W. Clark
Monday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
February 5 - May 14

Communication 2 - 2.00 Hours

A continuation of Communication 1. Short projects are assigned to develop writing and speaking precision. At least two full-length sermons are developed with application, persuasion, inspiration, and conviction as central goals. Special emphasis is given to the role of communication/preaching in building church identity and community. Communication 2 and Communication Lab 2 are taken at the same time. You must register for both courses.

06PT522/01
Rev. Russell Whitfield
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
February 7 - May 16

Preparing for Ordination - 1.00 Hours

The class will help students prepare for examinations by presbyteries. Students will take practice exams in Bible, theology (including the Westminster Standards), polity, church history, and personal religion, in a seminar format. Discussion of current issues will be included (e.g., "Open Theism," "New Perspective on Paul," "Federal Vision," women's ordination, contemporary Roman Catholic theology, theistic evolution, inerrancy, "theonomy," etc.).

06PT612/01
Dr. Scott Redd
Dr. Howard Griffith
Dr. Peter Lee
Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn
FriSat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
February 23 - February 24

TPL: Terms of Cultural Engagement - 2.00 Hours

Building on the theological first principles identified in the “Christ and Culture” course, this class will provide an apologetic approach to apply that theological perspective in public life. How should Christian citizens witness to biblical truth in an increasingly pluralistic culture?

06PT613/01
Ms. Jennifer A. Marshall
Wednesday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
February 7 - April 18

ST:Ecclesiology and Sacraments - 2.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Ecclesiology and Sacraments.

06ST519/01
Dr. Howard Griffith
Tuesday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
February 6 - April 17

Field Education Seminar - 0.00 Hours

This seminar provides opportunity for theological reflection and discussion of problems, needs and experiences in ministry. Students are required to write papers about their field experiences and present them to the class for discussion led by the professor. This may be taken in the Fall or Spring semester. Corequisite/Prerequisite; Field Education Internship. Seminar meetings will be arranged between the professor and registered students. The first meeting will be on Monday, February 5th.

06PT534/01
Dr. Peter Lee
Monday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
February 5 - February 5

Gospels - 3.00 Hours

Attention is given to each writer's literary art, theological teaching, pastoral purpose, and message for today's church and world.

06NT508/01
Rev. Patrick Stefan
TueWedThur 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
FriSat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
May 29 - June 2

Worship - 3.00 Hours

The biblical foundations of worship, including music, worship strategies, creative styles, and worship for special occasions are considered in this course. The goal is to prepare students to be worshippers and effective leaders in worship.

06PT526/01
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan
Mon to Fri 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
June 4 - June 8

Apologetics - 2.00 Hours

Students examine the various approaches to apologetic methodology and engage the most frequently raised objections to the Christian faith.

06ST530/01
Dr. Flavien Pardigon
MonWed 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
June 11 - June 13

Christian Encounter with Islam - 2.00 Hours

An introduction to the history, culture, traditions, beliefs, and practices of Islam. Students will reflect on the ways in which Islamic faith and life have been shaped by historical and cultural circumstances, study the diversity of Islam both in history and in contemporary expression, and develop a deeper understanding of Islam in order to love Muslims as their neighbors and witness more effectively to them.

06ST540/01
Dr. James Anderson
MonWed 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
June 18 - June 20

ABX/Macro-Hermeneutics - 3.00 Hours

Emphasis will be placed upon OT-NT issues, particularly redemptive-historical considerations and covenant theology. Background hermeneutical issues will be covered, including the role of the interpreter and creeds/confessions. In addition, the course will include a brief overview of the history of interpretation of the Bible from the early church to modern day. Finally, the class will explore the relationship between original meaning and modern meaning.

06ON504/01
Dr. Thomas Keene
Mon to Fri 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
June 25 - June 29

History of Philosophy/Christian Thought - 3.00 Hours

A critical, historical survey of the development of the main schools of philosophy and the principal developments in Christian doctrine and thought. After a brief introduction to philosophical thinking, the course concentrates on philosophical movements from Heraclitus to contemporary existentialism. Each school of thought is evaluated from a distinctively Reformed perspective.

06ST504/01
Dr. William Davis
Mon to Fri 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
July 9 - July 13

Pastoral and Social Ethics - 3.00 Hours

Today's ethical issues are not all found in a concordance; yet God's Word provides instruction that touches the most complex matters: moral responsibility, bioethics, conscience, environment, war, the state, worship, and more. This is an opportunity to explore the complexities of life's perplexing questions from a relevant and scripturally grounded perspective.

06ST528/01
Dr. William Davis
Mon to Fri 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
July 16 - July 20

Isaiah-Malachi - 3.00 Hours

An expository study of the message and times of the prophets that emphasizes the themes day of the Lord, judgment, restoration, promise and fulfillment, Messiah, kingdom, and the new people of God.

06OT516/01
Dr. Scott Redd
Mon to Fri 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
July 23 - July 27

 

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