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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





Baptists: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

In this course, led by Dr. Mark DeVine, you can look forward to examining key persons, turning points, developments, beliefs, contributions, and contemporary challenges of the 400 year rise and spread of the Baptist movement. Anticipate a very informative and exciting exploration of this very complex subject

Mark DeVine (B.S., Clemson University; M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves Beeson as an associate professor and teaches Church History and Doctrine

Schedule: Six Tuesday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning on February 28, 2017.

Cost: $89.00 IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 21 - $115.00 thereafter.

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Who Is Jesus Christ?

This class will investigate the identity of Jesus Christ – his life, death, resurrection, and ascension – as presented in the Old and New Testaments. Dr. Piotr Malysz will also help us examine how early Christians understood the Savior and how they sought to do justice to his person and work. Then, there will be an exploration into the portrayals of the Christ throughout Christian history all the way up to today. All of this will lead back to the questions that Jesus asks his followers, “Who do you say that I am?” Who is Jesus Christ – also for us, today?

Piotr Malysz (B.A., Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland; M.Div., Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, Th.D., Harvard University) joined the faculty of Beeson Divinity School in 2011 and teaches church history and doctrine.

Schedule: Six Wednesday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning on March 1, 2017. 

Cost: $89.00 IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 22 - $115.00 thereafter.

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Wonderful Savior, Divine Sovereign:  The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Isaiah

This course will offer a detailed exposition of the amazing prophecies of the Messiah and the Messianic Kingdom in the Book of Isaiah. Dr. Allen Ross has spent a great amount of his career studying and teaching this rich book from the prophet Isaiah and you can anticipate a great learning experience during these sessions.

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 Thursday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., NOW beginning on March 23, 2017.

Cost: $89.00 IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 23 $115.00 thereafter.

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The Gospel According to Heretics
The Christian church grew up making mistakes. Those who got things wrong were branded "heretics", but their appeal lay in the fact that they were grappling with real difficulties that they thought they had resolved. What were those difficulties? Why did the Church go a different way? And what do
es that tell us about the structure and importance of our beliefs today? Join Dr. Gerald Bray to discuss these questions and more during this enriching course.

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 23 to Friday, January 27, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to  3:00 p.m.       

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

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Genesis: Beginnings and Blessings

Come join Dr. Kenneth Mathews for a study in the theology and message of Genesis for Christian readers. It is not too much to say that as there is no family community without its first parents, there is no Christian world and worldview without its “Genesis.” This is certain to be course you’ll not want to miss and will never forget.

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 Wednesday afternoons - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning on March 1, 2017. 

Cost: $89.00 IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 22 - $115.00 thereafter.

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The Jesus Story: From Genesis to Revelation

Dr. Doug Webster will be leading as we draw on the unity and flow of salvation history to shape our understanding and witness of the gospel. We will immerse ourselves in the whole counsel of God. And to do this well, we will pay careful attention to how the apostles interpreted the Old Testament and how they brought the story of Jesus into focus. Our aim is to apply the best practices of biblical theology, in a way that is true to the overarching biblical narrative, in order to strengthen our Christian walk and witness.

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 Thursday afternoons - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning on March 2, 2017.

Cost: $89.00 IF REGISTERED PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 23 $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.


The Lay Academy of Theology reserves the right to cancel, postpone, and limit enrollment in its courses.  Classes may be split or combined, and instructors or locations may be changed if necessary.  Cancellation decisions are generally made three to five working days before the beginning of a particular course.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. Should your class cancel due to insufficient enrollment, every effort will be made to notify you.  You will be given an opportunity to select another course or receive a full refund.