Upcoming courses (summer 2017)

All classes are graduate level classes unless otherwise indicated. The Summer semester runs from Tuesday, June 6, 2017 to August 11, 2017. There will be no classes the week of the Fourth of July unless otherwise noted.

BIBLICAL STUDIES

BI 620 – 200 Old Testament History Books and Israel’s History

  • Start date: January 19, 2017

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.

  • Time: Thursday 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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BI 502 100 New Testament Greek II

  • Start date: January 23, 2017

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.

  • Time: Monday/Wednesday 4:00-5:45 p.m.
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Grace Community Church
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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BL 551 Classical Hebrew 1

  • Start date: August 28, 2017

An introduction to the classical Hebrew language.  Emphasis will be placed on acquisition of basic vocabulary, nouns, adjectives, and the strong verb.

  • Time:Monday, Thursday, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Staff
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BI 510 200 Inductive Bible Study

  • Start date: August 29, 2017

A survey of the steps and methods of systematic personal Bible Study by incorporating practice in using these methods with biblical texts.   Bookstore:  http://astore.amazon.com/urbantheols0f-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=37 A study packet that will be available from Dr. Cuffey will also be required.    

  • Time: Tuesday, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Windsor Road Christian Church, Room 106
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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BL 622 200 Greek Readings

  • Start date: August 29, 2017

Readings of Selected portions of the Greek New Testament from Mark, John, and other Biblical authors.  Requires completion of BL501-502 New Testament Greek 1 & 2 or reading knowledge of Greek. Bookstore:  http://astore.amazon.com/urbantheols0f-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=50  

  • Time: Tuesday, 4:00-5:30
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location:Grace community Church Foyer
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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BI 740 200 Women Then and Now: Roles, Ministry, and Identity

  • Start date: August 30, 2017

A readings seminar course to consider the topic of women in the Biblical world and today: their identity as created in the image of God and implications; women’s roles in society, involvement in Christian ministry in the church and world; relationships within the home and outside.  The student will study key passages pertinent to the issues, read a selection of significant recent writings about women in ministry, discuss their import, and formulate a personal synthesis. Bookstore:  http://astore.amazon.com/urbantheols0f-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=47        

  • Time: Wednesday, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church, Discipleland
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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BI 605 155: Book of First Peter

  • Start date: January 16, 2018

A study of the New Testament Epistle of First Peter in English translation. Consideration of the literary structure of the epistle, key theological themes, overall message, historical-cultural-religious backgrounds, literary features, and issues of authorship and date. Application of exegetical method in the analysis of First Peter.

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00-8:30
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Grace Community Church
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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BL 552: Classical Hebrew II

  • Start date: January 16, 2018

Second semester study of ancient Hebrew. Classical Hebrew I is a prerequisite.

  • Time: by arrangement with professor
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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BL 611 120: Greek Exegetical Study: 1 Peter

  • Start date: January 16, 2018

An intensive study of the text of First Peter in the Greek New Testament. Consideration of the literary structure of the epistle, key theological themes, overall message, historical-cultural-religious backgrounds, literary features, and issues of authorship and date. Application of Greek exegetical method in the analysis of First Peter, with special attention given to employing Greek language skills in grammatical/syntactical analysis, lexical analysis, and textual criticism. Cross-listed as BI611 and BL611. Prerequisite: BL501-502 or knowledge of Biblical Greek.

  • Time: Tuesday ,5:00-8:30
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Grace Community Church
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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BI 740 400: The Land of Israel: Geography, History, Archaeology & Theology

  • Start date: January 17, 2018

Classroom study and interaction about geography, history, and excavated finds that illuminate the world of ancient Israel. Offered alongside an Israel trip.

  • Time: Wednesday, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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CHRISTIAN HISTORY & THOUGHT

CT 520 100: Apologetics

A survey of Christian apologetics.

  • Time: weekend modular, Friday evening 6-9, Saturdays 9-4. Dates to be announced.
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Todd Daly
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CT 740 – 350 Christianity and Children’s Literature

  • Start date: January 17, 2017

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.

  • Time: Tuesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Windsor Road Christian Church Room 106
    Instructor: Melody Green
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FM 740 Rethinking Narnia: The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

  • Start date: June 6, 2017

C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia have delighted readers for more than sixty years. One title in the series is one of the top ten bestselling books of all time; popular movies have been based on them. C. S. Lewis, their author, described them as books that sneak theology “Past watchful dragons.” This class will focus on what Lewis meant by that and how it works. After the introduction, we will be discussing one Narnia book per week, in the order of publication. This class also includes a day trip to the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, a museum and study center at Wheaton College that focuses on C. S. Lewis and his friends.

  • Time: Tuesday 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location:TBA
    Instructor: Melody Green
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CH 603 The Reformation

  • Start date: June 8, 2017

2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The 16th century Protestant Reformation ignited a theological, ecclesiastical and cultural revolution that forever changed the history and spiritual life of the western Christian Church. Through the careful study of the main figures, their texts and ideas, this course will explore the creation of Lutheranism, the Reformed and Anabaptist movements, the Anglican Church and renewal of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Time: Thursday, 2:00 p.m.-4:30p.m.
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Windsor Road Christian Church, Room 109
    Instructor: Joe Thomas
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CT 740 355 What’s a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?

  • Start date: August 29, 2017

Harry Potter has now been around for twenty years, and while some Christians condemn the books as evil, or even satanic, others praise them for their good Christian values.  This class will look at the issues involved in this controversy, exploring the ways people come to these two different conclusions.  Theology, history, even an exploration of how language works are all topics that will come into play.  The class will require reading (or having read) all seven Harry Potter books, as well as other materials. http://astore.amazon.com/urbantheols0f-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=46

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Melody Green
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CT 510 100 Christian Ethics

  • Start date: September 8, 2017

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.  

  • Only meets four weekends:
    Dates: September 8 & 9; October 13 & 14; November 10-11; December 1-2Time: Friday, 6:00-9:30; Saturday, 9:00-4:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Todd Daly
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CH 501 100 History of World Christianity II

  • Start date: January 18, 2018

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.

  • Time: Friday, 11:30pm - 2:00pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Windsor Road Christian Church
    Instructor: Joseph Thomas
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CT 502 – 100 Theology II

  • Start date: January 22, 2018

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.

  • Time: Monday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Todd Daly
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CT 740 210 The Doctrine of Election

  • Start date: May 21, 2018

The doctrine of election as it relates to salvation, tracing its development from Augustine, through the Middle Ages, to the Reformation up to current times. Students will be exposed to the writings of key figures as well as contemporary writings by those on both sides of the debate.

  • Time:Monday, May 21st (6-9 PM) Friday, June 1 (6-9 PM) Saturday, June 2 (9 AM-3 PM) Monday, June 4 (6-9 PM)
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Todd Daly
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CT 740 360: The Christian Vision of Madeleine L’Engle

  • Start date: June 14, 2018

Madeleine L’Engle was a very popular children’s author in the twentieth century, but she wrote more than 80 books in a wide variety of genres. In this class we will explore how L’Engle’s Christian faith shaped and is reflected in her writing in a variety of genres. The class will look at some of her best-known works across a variety of genres. We will also discuss film interpretations of her best-known book, A Wrinkle in Time, looking at how the worldview has been changed, and why it matters.

  • Time: Thursday, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Melody Green
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PRACTICAL MINISTRY

PM 503 100 Biblical Preaching

  • Start date: January 17, 2017

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.

  • Time: Wednesday 12:30pm - 3:30pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Windsor Road Christian Church
    Instructor: Randy Boltinghouse
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FE 101, 102, 103 Field Education

  • Start date: January 19, 2017

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.

  • Time: Thursday, January 23, March 20, May 8 12:00 - 1:00pm
    Credit: 0 hours
    Location: University Baptist Church
    Instructor: Brett Smith
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FM 740- 140 Vocation and Everyday Callings

  • Start date: January 21, 2017

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.

  • Time: Jan 21, Feb 18, April 1, April 29 Saturdays 8:00am-5:00pm
    Credit: 2 or 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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PM 608- 150 Islam and Radical Fundamentalism

  • Start date: January 23, 2017

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.

  • Time: Monday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church, Discipleland
    Instructor: Mike McQueen
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FM 740 125 Solitude and Silence

  • Start date: May 31, 2017

A study of solitude and silence for communion with God, deep reflection, personal prayer, and Christian spiritual formation. Examination of the need for solitude and silence in light of the noise, demands, and hurry of contemporary life and culture. Consideration of biblical foundations, contemporary and historical literature, and personal and group experiences for developing a practical theology of solitude and silence.

  • Time: Wednesday, 6:00-8:30
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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PM 557 100 Intro to Heart Motives Counseling

  • Start date: August 28, 2017

An introduction to the field of counseling from a directly Biblical perspective.  Attention will be given to the biblical framework and foundations for counseling.  Attention will also be given to basic approaches and theories along with practical implementation.    

  • Time: Monday, 6:30-9:00
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church, Fellowship Hall
    Instructor: Min Chung
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FM 502 100 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

  • Start date: August 29, 2017

An exploration of the dynamics of the spiritual life as well as the process of spiritual growth.  This will lead to personal assessment of the student’s character, temperament, gifts, and other traits relevant to ministry. Emphasis will be placed both on personal spiritual formation of the student as well as on guiding and counseling others in spiritual formation.  Students will explore a scriptural approach to discipleship, as well as various spiritual disciplines, including prayer, meditation, and reading of scripture. Bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/urbantheols0f-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=51  

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Grace Community Church, Foyer
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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PM 503 100 Biblical Preaching: Theory and Practice

  • Start date: August 30, 2017

Fall 2017 Biblical Preaching Syllabus  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. Bookstore:  http://astore.amazon.com/urbantheols0f-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=48

  • Time: Wednesday, 12:00-3:30
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Windsor Road Christian Church
    Instructor: Randy Boltinghouse
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FE 500, 501 Field Education

  • Start date: January 16, 2018

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.

  • Time: Thuesday, January 16- May 10 12:00 - 1:00pm
    Credit: .5 hours
    Location: University Baptist Church
    Instructor: Brett Smith
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PM 505 Introduction to Christian Counseling

  • Start date: January 17, 2018

An introduction to the field of counseling from a Christian perspective showing the integration of psychology with theology. Attention will be given to basic approaches and theories along with practical implementation. This course will be team taught by two professional counselors who are believers.

  • Time: Wednesday, 7:00-9:00
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church, Bibleland
    Instructors: David Monreal and Lisa Thomas
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INTERDISCIPLINARY

GN 700 – 100 Integrative Senior Seminar

  • Start date: January 22, 2018

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.

  • Time: Monday, 10:00 a.m.-11:30
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: University Baptist Church, second floor classroom
    Instructor: Brett Smith
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GN 500 100 Intro to Graduate Research

  • Start date: September 15, 2018

An introduction to the nature of graduate research, the methods used in conducting research, strategies for writing, and resources and tools used in conducting graduate-level research.  Required of all incoming students in all programs.

  • Time: Saturday, September 15, 9:00-4:00
    Credit:pass/fail
    Location: University Baptist Church
    Instructors: Kenneth Cuffey, Peter Spychalla, Melody Green
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UNDERGRADUATE

REL 105 The Bible: The New Testament

  • Start date: January 18, 2018

This course transfers into state universities in Illinois due to an agreement with Parkland Community College.

  • Time: Wednesday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church, Fellowship Hall(downstairs)
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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REL 104 100 The Bible: The Hebrew Scriptures (The Old Testament)

  • Start date: August 30, 2018

Give your Bible reading a boost!  This course will introduce you to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)–its literature, content, and setting.  What’s the big story?  What’s God doing? And how/why is it important for you today?  Do talking donkeys, confrontive prophets, and a celebration of romance all fit in with what God wants you to know?  Learn to read (and make sense of!) the Old Testament…see God’s Word as you’ve never seen it before!

  • Time: Wednesday, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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