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 620 300: God’s Call to Justice, Equity, and Hope: The Message & World of the 8th Century Prophets

Are you concerned with injustice and inequities in our world today? Did you know that the 8th century prophets of the Old Testament had a lot to say about inequality and divisions in society? Join us to delve into the world and message of Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Micah, and Isaiah. Examination of their setting in a turbulent history and a deeply divided dysfunctional society as a backdrop to the powerful messages God gave to each of them. Consideration of how this parallels our day and age, and how a follower of Jesus should respond now to live prophetically and for justice.

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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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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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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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 740 250 Sermon on the Mount, Virtue Ethics, and Human Flourishing

  • Start date: June 5, 2018

A study of the message, structure, backgrounds, and key theological themes of the Sermon on the Mount in English translation. The moral vision of the Sermon will be examined from a virtue ethics perspective. Special attention is given to the Sermon’s vision of happiness, a robust human flourishing informed by the Jewish wisdom tradition.

  • Time: Tuesday 6:00-8:00
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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BI 620 100 Old Testament Canonical Study: Wisdom Books

  • Start date: August 30, 2018

A study 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, and application for living today.

  • Time: Thursday 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: the means by which one provides convincing presentations of the Christian faith in the face of skepticism and criticism. Specific emphasis will be placed on the historical and theological issues surrounding an explanation of the Christian faith as well as methods uniquely suited to concerns raised within a postmodern climate. Offered as a four-weekend modular. Dates to be announced soon.

  • Only meets four weekends:
    Dates: Jan 29 - 30, Feb 26 - 27, Mar 26 - 27, Apr 30 - May 1
    Time: Friday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Todd Daly
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CH 740 350: Echoes of Jesus: The Sermon on the Mount Through History

Looking at how three historical figures–Bonhoeffer, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.–understood the Sermon on the Mount as a force for social change.

  • Time: June 6, 20, 27; July 11, 25; 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    Credit: 1 hour
    Location: Windsor Road Christian Church
    Instructor: Joe Thomas
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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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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 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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CT 740 330: The Wit and Wisdom of G. K. Chesterton

  • Start date: August 31, 2018

Known for his sharp sense of humor, and his pithy wisdom, G. K. Chesterton influenced writers such as C. S. Lewis and Ravi Zacharias. This class will focus on his best-known writings such as the apologetic books Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man, as well as his fiction. This includes the detective series Father Brown, which a popular BBC television series is based on. We will also read some of his essays, poems, and even a play he wrote.

  • Time: Wednesday, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church, Discipleland
    Instructor: Melody Green
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CT 600 – 100 Theology and Contemporary Issues

  • Start date: September 8, 2018

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.

  • Time:Modular class; dates to be determined. . Friday evenings 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturdays 9:00 am - 4:00pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: University Baptist Church Second Floor Classroom
    Instructor: Todd Daly
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CH 740 400 Early Christian Writers

  • Start date: January 14, 2019

This course will examine some of the writers and texts that most influenced early Christian thought and practice from the second to the fifth centuries, paying careful attention to themes of Christology, anthropology, ecclesiology, sacramental theory, and biblical interpretation, as well as to the nature and method of theology itself.  Selected authors come from a diversity of cultural backgrounds, geographical regions, languages, and perspectives, and include major thinkers such as Irenaeus, Origen, Tertullian, Athanasius, and Augustine.    

  • Time:Wednesday 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Andrew Blaski
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Ancient China: Its Old Testament Roots

  • Start date: January 14, 2019

Ancient China is a treasure trove of data that reveals the Chinese’s extensive knowledge of events in Genesis.  Emphasis is placed on its philosophers: Lao Tzu, Confucius, Han Fei-Tzu, Mo-Tzu.  China’s unique writing demonstrates an abiding knowledge of Genesis through oral tradition.  The emperor’s practice of sacrificing a perfect animal (enshrined in the Altar of Heaven in Beijing over several millenia and the notion of the Mandate of Heaven as well as the intriguing concepts of yin/yang and wu wei are keys that unlock ancient China’s Old Testament roots.    

  • Time: Monday 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Lawson Lau
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CT 740 352 Bible Storybooks: A Hermeneutical Experiment

  • Start date: January 16, 2019

Children’s Bible storybooks are the primary way that many children encounter the Bible.  As the stories are retold, however, they are often changed to reflect the cultural values and expectations of the people retelling the story.  In this class we will explore how this happens and why it matters.  

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

PM 554 100: World Christian Movement: A Gateway to Mission

In coordination with Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

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.

Due to the collaboration with the Perspectives course offered locally, there will be a special rate to enroll in this class for Urbana Seminary credit, or endorsement (CEUs), or audit.

To audit: $240
For endorsement: $340
For credit: $500 (for 3 graduate credit hours)

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Christ Community Church
    Facilitators: Mike McQueen and Josh Sauder
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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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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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BI/CT 740 110: Mary Magdalene: Scripture, Tradition, and Imagination

  • Start date: June 6, 2019

This class will explore Mary Magdalene in scripture, church history, art, film, and fiction. It will be team taught by three professors who specialize in these areas.

  • Time: Thursdays, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church
    Instructor:Ken Cuffey, Andrew Blaski, Melody Green
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GN 500 100: Introduction to Graduate Research

  • Start date: September 14, 2019

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 14, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Credit: pass/fail
    Location: University Baptist Church
    Instructors: Various
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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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