Lay Academy of Theology
The Lay Academy of Theology offers non-credit evening classes and other study opportunities led by Beeson faculty for interested laity as well as ministers desiring continuing education. For more information, please call 205.726.2731.
Three ways to register:
1) Register Online (with Visa or MC)
2) Mail in a Registration Form (with check)
3) Call 205.726.2731
Listening to and Learning from Isaiah
Isaiah and Jeremiah reside at the front of the Old
Testament’s Latter Prophets. Their message continues to reverberate in the
church’s life, providing ample material for theological reflection on the
character and will of God. During your time with Dr. Mark Gignilliat
, this study will focus our attention on these
two prophets as we seek to hear their living voice again.
Mark Gignilliat (B.A., Bob Jones University; M.Div., Reformed
Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, Scotland) teaches in
the areas of Hebrew and Old Testament.
Schedule: Six Monday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning on September 28, 2015.
Cost: $89.00 IF REGISTERED
PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 21 - $115.00 thereafter.
Healing, Strength, & Rest for The
Soul: Biblical & Historical
Today Christians suffer from depression, fear, confusion, anxiety,
divorce and bondage to sin at rates equal to non- believers. This sad
trend can be reversed. In Jeremiah 16:6 we read: “ask for the ancient
paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your
souls.” In this class we will examine “ancient paths,” and learn how to
apply biblical and historical prescriptions for the cure and care of
souls. Join Dr. Lyle Dorsett
and study classical models of soul care from the Bible, early church fathers,
Martin Luther and John Calvin, as well as more modern soul care givers such as
Evelyn Underhill and C.S. Lewis.
(B.A., M.A., University of
Missouri-Kansas City; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia; Post-Doctoral
Studies, Iliff School of Theology) is Beeson’s Billy Graham Professor of
Evangelism and teaches courses in evangelism and Church history.
Schedule: Six Tuesday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning on September 29, 2015.
Cost: $89.00 IF REGISTERED
PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 22 - $115.00 thereafter.
and The Gospels
Who is Jesus?
This is a question that continues to have a significant place in the mind of
the Western world, and, perhaps even more now, in the minds of non-Westerners.
The question about the identity of Jesus is made in different contexts, as much
in the academy as in popular culture. For the church, the question is vital. Join
Dr. Osvaldo Padilla
in this exploration
of the identity of Jesus of Nazareth from the perspective of the canonical
books of the church – the four Gospels. During these six sessions, participants
can expect: a greater investigation of the so-called “Search for the Historical
Jesus," further understanding into the contributions by scholars such as Albert
Schweizer, Rudolf Bultmann, and N. T. Wright, interpretation of the essential
texts of the Gospels which help us grasp the identity of Jesus, and suggestions
for teaching in the church or Bible studies.
Padilla (B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D.,
King’s College, University of Aberdeen) is Associate Professor of Divinity at
Beeson Divinity School, where he has taught since 2008 in the areas of New
Testament and Greek. He is the author of The
Speeches of Outsiders in Acts: Poetics, Theology and Historiography (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2008), and The
Acts of the Apostles: Essays in Interpretation, History and Theology
(Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, forthcoming).
Schedule: Six Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning on October 1, 2015.
IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 24 $115.00 thereafter.
Come join us for worship
at 11 a.m. in Hodges Chapel, stay for lunch with our students and faculty, and
then enjoy a new understanding of scripture by participating in this new and
The Divine Plan
From eternity God
set in motion a divine project that establishes his personal relationship with
his special creation, the human race—for time without end. Under the leadership of Dr. Kenneth Mathews
, we can look forward to discovering this plan
as it is revealed in Holy Scripture, tracing its progress from Genesis to
Revelation, from creation to the new creation.
Make plans now to join us in this exciting study.
Kenneth A. Mathews (B.A., Dallas Baptist University; Th.M., Dallas
Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan) teaches at Beeson Divinity School in the
areas of Old Testament and Hebrew.
Schedule: Six Tuesdays - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning on September 29, 2015.
Cost: $89.00 IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 22 - $115.00 thereafter.
An Introduction to John Calvin's Institutes of the
This class will introduce one of the greatest Christian
books of all time by giving an overview of its contents and providing tips as
to how to tackle reading it and making use of it today. Join Dr. Gerald Bray in this exciting study as you might come mystified - but will leave
Gerald Bray (B.A., McGill University; M.Litt., D.Litt.,
University de Paris – Sorbonne) is Director of Research with The Latimer Trust
in London. He also serves as Research Professor at
Beeson Divinity School and teaches in the areas of Church History, Historical
Theology, and Latin.
Monday, January 11 to Friday, January 15, 2016, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO JANUARY 4 - $115.00 thereafter.
For more information, please contact the Lay Academy office at 205.726.2731 or 800.888.8266 ext.2731.