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.

Evening Courses

The Psalms and Christian Existence Today

Join Dr. Mark Gignilliat for another rich course as he leads this unique study and helps us
look deep into the Psalter. Central to this class will be the recognition of and understanding that The Psalms are the prayer book of the church. In them, Christ prays with us and for us. This class will also explore the Psalms in relation to Christian existence today. Come prepared to gain an even greater appreciation for this portion of God’s Word.

Dr. Kenneth Mathews
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 24, 2018.

Cost

$89.00 If registered prior to September 17 or $115.00 thereafter.

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1 Peter: The Character of Heirs Amid Persecution

This course will examine in depth the privilege, as well as the burden, of Christian calling,
especially in the context of the persecution of Christians in the first century under Emperor Nero. How should Christians respond to the state’s charge of treason, loss of property, death in the arena and exile from home? Dr. Sydney Park will guide us through Peter’s answer to this question. In his first epistle, the apostle addresses the real persecution that the early Christian church faced at the beginning of its history and encourages believers with the counter-intuitive and counter-cultural perspective. God’s election and the promise of glory require an other-worldly response to persecution, a much more difficult response, which testifies unquestionably to God-given inheritance. This promises to be a very powerful class and relevant to our day.

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

Schedule

Six Tuesday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning on September 25, 2018.

Cost

$89.00 If registered prior to September 18 or $115.00 thereafter.

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The Holy Spirit

Under the leadership of Dr. Piotr Malysz, this class will examine the biblical foundations
of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Then, beginning with the New Testament and moving on
to the period of the early church, we will look at some of the debates and
controversies surrounding the Holy Spirit, such as the Spirit’s divinity and His role in
creation, redemption, the believer’s life and the believing community, the Church. Last,
but not least, the course will consider the Protestant reformers’ witness to the Spirit and
offer some final contemporary theological reflection. Please come join us for this deep and
exciting study of the third member of The Trinity.

Dr.Piotr Malysz
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 September 26, 2018.

Cost

$89.00 If registered prior to September 19 or $115.00 thereafter.

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Weekday Seminars

The God of Love. Studies in the Epistles of John

The three short epistles in the New Testament that were written by John are a unique
witness to the love of God and the power of this love in the life of the church. Dr. Gerald
Bray will help us examine each of these letters and consider how they should be
understood and applied in our lives today.

Gerald Bray
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

Six Thursday afternoons - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning on September 27.

Cost

$89.00 If registered prior to September 20 or $115.00 thereafter.

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The English Reformation

The English Reformation was the greatest single event in that nation’s history and it has
shaped the English-speaking world to the present day. But, it was controversial at the time
and full of events that are hard to understand. Join Dr. Gerald Bray in this course that will
explain what happened step-by-step and help us to understand why it matters and how its
influence is still felt today.

Dr. Gerald Bray
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

Six Wednesday afternoons - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning on January 23, 2019.

Cost

$89.00 If registered prior to January or $115.00 thereafter.

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Registration Options

There are three ways to register: