BI 740 450: How should we live? The Jesus Movement in Ephesus

  • Start date: August 26, 2021

A Clarity in Context Course

What was it like to follow Christ in an epicenter of secular power and false spirituality? Why was Ephesus a strategic center for the Gospel mission of the 1st century church? What can we learn from this for today?

This class offers an introduction to 1st century Ephesus as an early context for the faith of Jesus followers. The church in Ephesus provides a context for us today to think about how to live out our new life in Christ individually and in community. It also provides a paradigm for strategic mission and ministry today. Focusing on everything in the New Testament relating to the city of Ephesus as well as its cultural context, this class will begin by exploring how the church was established in the shadow of paganism and superstition (Acts), then will explore Paul’s letters to the church as a window into understanding our life in Christ (Ephesians, 1 Timothy, and 2 Timothy). From there, the class will examine John’s ministry and the letter to Ephesus in Revelation.

  • Time: Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Ken Cuffey
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BI 605 200: God’s Mission in Our World -The Book of Acts

  • Start date: January 19, 2021

How did God launch his mission to reach the world and what does it imply for the church today? An exposition of the Book of Acts: text, history, geography, theology, and application to life.

[Note: This course is also helpful preparation for the Footsteps of Paul tour of Turkey and Greece, October 10 – 22, 2021]

  • Time: Tuesday, 6:00-9:00
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Online
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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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 600 EPH: The Book of Ephesians

  • Start date: June 2, 2020

This course is a detailed investigation of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. The course will cover the exegetical issues of the book, including the cultural and historical contexts, authorship, and literary characteristics. The course will also discuss the role and theological contributions of Ephesians in Pauline theology. By facilitating critical understanding of the text, this course seeks to inform and shape lives of readers in the twenty-first century.

This course will meet on the following dates:
6/2, 6/4, 6/9, 6/11, 6/16, 6/18, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, and 7/28

  • Dates: June 2 - July 28
    Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: Online class
    Instructor: Chi-Ying Wang
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BI 601 100: How to Understand the Bible: Hermeneutics

  • Start date: January 22, 2020

How can I read the Bible and really understand what it says?

A survey of principles for and issues in interpretation of the Bible. Special emphasis on the history of interpretation, meaning and intention, genre analysis, the use of linguistics in Biblical interpretation, and coherence analysis. Course will explore the major methodologies and resources available as aids to Biblical interpretation, as well as issues arising in understanding Scripture, such as fulfillment of prophecy.

  • Time: Wednesday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Twin City Bible Church
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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BI 605 163: King Josiah: His Life, Times, and Relevance

  • Start date: August 28, 2019

Why does the Bible say that Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did (2 Kings 23:25)? Why was he so extraordinary? What can we take from his life for our lives today? A study of the accounts of the reign of King Josiah of Judah in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles, set against the cultural and historical background in Israel and the ancient Near East.

  • Time: Wednesday, 8:15 - 9:15 pm
    Credit: 1 hour
    Location: Twin City Bible Church
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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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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BL 610 115 Hebrew Exegesis: Ruth and Jonah

  • Start date: January 17, 2019

An exegetical study of the books of Ruth and Jonah in the original Hebrew, with special attention paid to what these texts say about God’s heart for the nations.  

  • Time: by arrangement
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: TBA
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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BI 605 165: God & The Nations: Ruth and Jonah

  • Start date: January 24, 2019

An inductive study of two Old Testament books that showcase God’s Heart for the nations, with implications for those with a missional interest.  Will be working with the texts in English translation.

  • Time: 6:00-8:00
    Credit: 2 hours
    Location: University Baptist Church, 2nd floor classroom
    Instructor: Kenneth Cuffey
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BL 501 100: New Testament Greek I

  • Start date: August 26, 2019

An introduction to the Koine Greek language of the New Testament. Emphasis will be placed on acquisition of basic vocabulary, introduction to the grammar, verbal voice, tense, and aspect. The course offers graduate credit for students in programs other than the M.Div. degree.

  • Time: Monday and Wednesday, 4:10 - 5:40 pm
    Credit: 3 hours
    Location: Grace Community Church
    Instructor: Peter Spychalla
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