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


Women of the Covenant in The Old Testament – This six-week series will explore the narratives concerning women in Genesis, Exodus and Joshua (Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Tamar, Dinah, Shiphrah, Puah, and Rahab). Specifically, the class will explore the theological significance of women in the covenantal relationship between God and Israel. Is the role of women in the covenant mere child-bearing? Does God of the OT exclusively make covenant with males? The course will flesh out these questions and many more through a close examination of these exciting narratives. Come join us as Dr. Sydney Park leads this exciting study!

 Sydney Park (B.A., University of Chicago; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; Th.M.,  Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) joined the Beeson  Divinity School faculty in 2006, and teaches  Biblical Interpretation, New Testament  Theology, and Greek

 Schedule: Six Monday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning on February 22, 2016.

Cost:  $89.00 IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 15 - $115.00 thereafter.

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Hebrews: The End of Religion and Faithfulness to the End Before Hebrews was a letter it was a sermon. These early believers, probably living in Rome, grasped this well-crafted sixty minute sermon. Now it’s our turn to get the message!  The finality of Christ’s revelation, the efficacy of his atoning sacrifice, and the everlasting encouragement of his faithfulness, energizes the sermon’s spiraling intensity of exposition and exhortation.   Dr. Doug Webster will help us grasp the fact that Hebrews weans us away from our preoccupation with the start of the Christian life and focuses our attention on the perseverance of faith. Life is not a sprint but a marathon. Faithfulness to the end affirms faith from the beginning. Hebrews is a tour de force for the person and work of Christ and a manifesto against respectable, self-justifying religious habits. Hebrews is a tight weave of Old Testament texts and New Testament truths. The author of Hebrews preaches Christ from the Old Testament in order to make resilient disciples. If we let the word of God have its way in our lives, a committed study of this letter will deepen our faith in Christ and strengthen our faithfulness. 

 Douglas D. Webster

 (B.A., M.A., Wheaton College; Ph.D. University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School  of Theology) serves Beeson as professor of pastoral theology and preaching and teaches  classes in both of these  disciplines.

 Schedule:  Six Tuesday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning on February 23, 2016. 

Cost: $89.00 IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 16 - $115.00 thereafter.

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Who do You Say That I AM? A thorough study of the names and epithets of the Lord our God within the passages that reveal them. Under the guidance of Dr. Allen Ross, this class will study all the names and titles of God in the Old Testament, all the names of the Messiah revealed in the Old Testament prophecies, the way that the holy name was used in giving names, and how the divine names contrasted with the names of the gods of the pagans. It will include a full study of the names of Jesus the Messiah in the New Testament, noting all his sayings and claims to being divine, one with the Father and the Spirit. The survey will conclude with the great names he has when he appears in glory. 

 Allen P. Ross (B.A., Bob Jones University; Th.M., Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary;  Ph.D., University of Cambridge) teaches at Beeson Divinity School in the areas of Old  Testament and Hebrew.

 Schedule: Six Wednesday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning February 24, 2016.  

 Cost:  $89.00 IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 17 $115.00 thereafter.

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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 challenging class!

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.

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An Introduction to John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion

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 edified!  

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.  

 Schedule: Monday, January 11 to Friday, January 15, 2016, 1:30 p.m. to  3:30 p.m.       

 Cost:  $89.00 IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO JANUARY 4 - $115.00 thereafter.

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For more information, please contact the Lay Academy office at 205.726.2731 or 800.888.8266 ext.2731.