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
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 17 $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.