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Preaching Lab I - 2.00 Hours

This course will focus upon cementing the skills required to prepare a good exegetical sermon and the "skills" required for a life of ongoing improvement. Through class exercises, speaking experience and critique, students will gain practice in all that is basic to good preaching.

04PT510/1
Rev. Aaron Messner
Monday 7:01 PM - 9:00 PM
August 27 - December 3

Theological Research and Writing - 2.00 Hours

This course is designed to take the intimidation out of research and writing for seminary studies. Students will develop competency in developing a topic into a focused argument, library research, paper formatting, avoiding plagiarism, and other critical skills for seminary student success. Class sessions will be highly interactive with a workshop feel. Students will be coached in the production of a high quality research paper as a key outcome of the course.

04CE510/1
Dr. Jonathan D. Stuckert
Tuesday 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
August 28 - December 3

Educational Ministry of the Church - 2.00 Hours

A study of the pastor's role as teacher and administrator within the educational program of the church. Careful attention is given to philosophy, history, organization, curriculum, recruiting and training teachers, and the special needs of each age group. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; SEPTEMBER 21 & 22, OCTOBER 12 & 13, NOVEMBER 16 & 17.

04CE514/1
Dr. Brian H. Cosby
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
September 21 - September 22

Theology of the Minority Church - 2.00 Hours

This course focuses especially on the development of theology within the major ethnic minority groups in the United States. Special attention is given to exploring the theology of the African American church and discussing such issues as the prosperity gospel and liberation theology and their consequent impact within the church. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; AUGUST 24 & 25, SEPTEMBER 21 & 22, AND NOVEMBER 2 & 3.

04MS720/1
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Ms. Karen Ellis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
August 24 - August 25

Greek I - 3.00 Hours

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

04NT502/1
Dr. David P Barry
Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 23 - December 3

Greek Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

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

04NT506/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
August 27 - December 3

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.

04NT508/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
August 27 - December 3

Pauline Epistles - 3.00 Hours

An exposition of the 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.

04NT520/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 23 - December 3

Hebrew I - 3.00 Hours

This course introduces basic elements of the Hebrew language. Lectures and small group sessions cover the Hebrew alphabet, pronunciation, and elementary grammatical structures. THIS CLASS MEETS A TOTAL OF TEN TIMES.

04OT502/1
Dr. Jud Davis
Thursday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 23 - November 8

Hebrew Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

This course introduces basic tools for interpreting the Old Testament. Attention is given to a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew and to principles of interpretation. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; SEPTEMBER 14 & 15, OCTOBER 19 & 20, AND NOVEMBER 9 & 10.

04OT506/1
Dr. J. Nicholas Reid
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
September 14 - September 15

Genesis to 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. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS; SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, SEPTEMBER 28 & 29, OCTOBER 26 & 27, AND NOVEMBER 30 & DECEMBER 1.

04OT508/1
Dr. John Currid
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 7 - September 8

Communication I - 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.

04PT508/1
Rev. Aaron Messner
Monday 5:00 PM - 6:59 PM
August 27 - December 3

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. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; AUGUST 24 & 25, OCTOBER 5 & 6, AND NOVEMBER 2 & 3.

04PT512/1
Rev. Nicholas Batzig
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
August 24 - August 25

Intro Pastoral & Theological Studies - 3.00 Hours

An introduction to biblical, theological, and practical ministry studies within the Reformed tradition. This class should be completed within the first year of a student's study with RTS.

04ST502/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 28 - December 3

ST:Scripture,TheologyProper,Anthropology - 3.00 Hours

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

04ST515/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 27 - December 3

Pastoral and Social Ethics - 3.00 Hours

Students are introduced to terminology, major views, and problems in the study of ethics and to a biblical basis for morality. Basic concerns and current issues in social ethics are covered. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS; SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, SEPTEMBER 28 & 29, OCTOBER 26 & 27, AND NOVEMBER 30 & DECEMBER 1.

04ST528/1
Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 7 - September 8

Field Ed 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 is the final seminar. Prerequisite: 400 hours of field education experience.

04PT534/218
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
November 28 - November 28

Field Ed Internship - 0.00 Hours

Each student in the M.Div. degree program is required to complete 400 hours of Field Education in either the local church or a specialized ministry internship. To start this process, the student must register for this course and meet with the Field Education Officer at this seminar. During internships, students are under the supervision of pastors/mentors and the Field Education Officer of the seminary. Students should consult the welcome guide found on the Resource page http://www.rts.edu/site/rtsnearyou/atlanta/resources.aspx concerning the necessary paperwork required for the completion of Field Education internships.

04PT536/218
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
August 29 - August 29

Classics of Personal Devotions - 1.00 Hours

Devotional writings from the history of the church, as well as from more contemporary Christians, are read and discussed to deepen the student's knowledge of and love for God.

04HT508/1
Dr. Kenneth Stewart
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 2 - January 3

Church Polity - 1.00 Hours

Students examine the biblical data relative to church government and the Book of Church Order. The organization and function of church courts, including discipline and appeals, are considered, and parliamentary procedure is emphasized.

04PT520/1
Mr. John R. Muether
FriSat 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 4 - January 5

Bioethics - 2.00 Hours

Advances in medical technology have expanded the options available for medical care. These options have made medical decision making increasingly complex. Patients, family members, pastoral care givers, and health care workers are regularly called upon to make choices that are spiritually taxing, financially momentous, and ethically difficult. This course will consider the challenges surrounding medical decision-making, from the ethics of reproduction, to legitimate forms of therapy and experimentation, to the morality of foregoing treatment, to the choices involved in end of life care. While some attention will be given to grand theories, the course will focus on the practical needs of those who must bear the burden of making the many, many decisions as they arise. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: JANUARY 4 & 5, JANUARY 11 & 12, AND JANUARY 18 & 19.

04ST722/1
Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
January 4 - January 5

Principles of Sanctification - 1.00 Hours

This course emphasizes methodology, responsibility for personal growth in Christ, and a concern for the spiritual well being of others. This involves the study of Scripture for personal nurture and the exercise of certain disciplines necessary for spiritual growth.

04ST526/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Monday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 7 - January 8

ST:Ecclesiology and Sacraments - 2.00 Hours

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

04ST519/1
Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
FriSat 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 9 - January 12

Formed for Image & Identity in Community - 2.00 Hours

Groups furnish people with an identity. One of those groups that plays a significant role in identity formation is the local church. The Bible indicates that God intends for his church to represent humanity’s diversity even in its local expression. This course explores the way churches that are healthy in diversity form its members for robust ecclesial and public life. It examines the biblical and theological foundation for the church imaging God in redemptive ethnic unity, and the implications of that unity for life in the present world.

04PT615/1
Dr. Irwyn Ince
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
January 14 - January 16

Apologetics - 2.00 Hours

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

04ST530/1
Dr. David Filson
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 21 - January 24

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. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 1 & 2, MARCH 1 & 2, MARCH 29 & 30, AND APRIL 26 & 27.

04HT504/1
Dr. Kenneth Stewart
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 1 - February 2

Urban Apologetics - 2.00 Hours

This course will supplement the general apologetics course in the RTS curriculum by focusing specifically on the unique challenges presented within urban ministry contexts. Special attention will be given to ministry across ethnic lines and contemporary urban issues like Black Lives Matter, Islam, racial segregation (especially of the voluntary kind), and Hip-Hop music. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: MARCH 15 & 16, APRIL 5 & 6, AND MAY 3 & 4.

04MS725/1
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
March 15 - March 16

Greek II - 3.00 Hours

This course continues the study of grammar, builds vocabulary, and develops techniques for the exposition of the Greek text.

04NT504/1
Dr. David P Barry
Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 7 - May 11

Acts & 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.

04NT516/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 4 - April 8

Advanced Biblical Exegesis - 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.

04ON504/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 5 - May 11

Pastoral Ministry - 2.00 Hours

A study of general pastoral care, biblical and professional standards of ministerial conduct, self-image, etiquette, interpersonal relationships, typical problem areas, and possible pitfalls for pastors.

04PT518/1
Dr. James Saxon
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
February 5 - April 9

Worship - 3.00 Hours

The biblical foundations of worship, including music, worship strategies, creative styles, and worship for special occasions are considered in the course. The goal is to prepare students to be worshippers and effective leaders in worship. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 15 & 16, MARCH 8 & 9, MARCH 22 & 23, AND APRIL 12 & 13.

04PT526/1
Dr. Gabriel Fluhrer
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
February 15 - February 16

Hist. 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. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 15 & 16, MARCH 8 & 9, MARCH 22 & 23, AND APRIL 12 & 13.

04ST504/1
Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 15 - February 16

ST:Christology, Soteriology, Eschatology - 3.00 Hours

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

04ST517/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 5 - May 11

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.

04ST540/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 7 - April 11

Christian Life and Doctrine - 2.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine that informs and guides the Christian life. It gives special attention to personal growth in Christ and to cultivating concern for the spiritual well being of others. THIS CLASS WILL MEET A TOTAL OF EIGHT TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES. THIS CLASS WILL MEET AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN IN MACON.

04ST612/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Monday 6:45 PM - 10:00 PM
February 4 - April 15

Field Ed 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 is the final seminar. Prerequisite: 400 hours of field education experience.

04PT534/119
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
March 27 - March 27

Field Ed Internship - 0.00 Hours

Each student in the M.Div. degree program is required to complete 400 hours of Field Education in either the local church or a specialized ministry internship. To start this process, the student must register for this course and meet with the Field Education Officer at this seminar. During internships, students are under the supervision of pastors/mentors and the Field Education Officer of the seminary. Students should consult the welcome guide found on the Resource page http://www.rts.edu/site/rtsnearyou/atlanta/resources.aspx concerning the necessary paperwork required for the completion of Field Education internships.

04PT536/119
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
February 13 - February 13

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