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.

Evening Courses

Six of Twelve (Part 2):  Nahum to Malachi

Join Dr. Mark Gignilliat for another rich course where we will engage the final six voices of the Minor Prophets. We will give special attention to how these books have been interpreted in the history of interpretation as we engage these ancient, yet youthful voices. Malachi ends his prophecy declaring that the Lord is sending the prophet Elijah to “turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”  Come explore God’s Word through these six in an effort to gain some insight into the force of this powerful warning.

Dr. Mark Gignilliat
Mark Gignilliat (B.A., Bob Jones University; M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, Scotland) teachers in the areas of Hebrew and Old Testament.

Schedule

Six Monday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning on September 25, 2017.

Cost

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

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Divine Signs:  God's Fingerprints in all of Reality

Scripture tells us that “the heavens and the earth are full of God’s glory.” For most of the Church’s first nineteen centuries, Christians believed that the universe is an immense Christological symbol, with every corner of the cosmos bursting with divinely-given meaning. Dr. Gerald McDermott will guide this series that explores signs of divine glory in nature, science, law, history, sports, and love.

Dr. Gerald McDermott
Gerald McDermott (B.A., University of Chicago; B.S., North Dakota State University; M.R.E., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary; Ph.D., University of Iowa) joined the Beeson Divinity school faculty in 2015 as the Anglican Professor of Divinity, and teaches in the areas of history and doctrine. 

Schedule

Six Tuesday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning on September 26, 2017.

Cost

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

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Theology of Hebrews

The Epistle to the Hebrews is the only New Testament letter to focus predominantly on the high priesthood of Jesus Christ. For the modern day believer so far removed from the cultic setting of the Old Testament priesthood, the critical issue of Jesus’ high priesthood may easily seem irrelevant. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Dr. Sydney Park has studied this book extensively and will, chapter by chapter, explain the essential components of Jesus’ high priesthood and how it serves as the solution to faithlessness, the temptation to apostasy, and the loss of the Christian identity as sojourners.

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

Schedule

Six Thursday nights - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning on September 28, 2017.

Cost

$89.00 If registered prior to September 21 or $115.00 thereafter.

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Weekday Seminars

The Household of Faith:  What Every Believer Should Know About the Church

A biblical theology of ministry is as much for the congregation as it is for the pastor. All believers are called to salvation, service, sacrifice, and simplicity. In this course we want to bring the whole congregation to seminary, not just the pastor-in-training, but the whole church. Dr. Doug Webster will lead this exploration into the deep biblical roots for the priesthood of all believers, the integration of faith and work, the shared gifts of the Spirit, the character of Christian leadership, the nature of numerical and spiritual growth, and the priority of true worship and real mission.

Douglas D. Webster
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 September 28, 2017.

Cost

$89.00 If registered prior to September 21 or $115.00 thereafter.

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The Pastoral Epistles

Written to give guidance to ministers and their congregations, the Pastoral Epistles remain central to our understanding of what the church is and how it should function. Most of the controversies of our own time are prefigured in them, and they offer us the same guidance that they provided in New Testament times.   Dr. Gerald Bray returns to take us through 1st Timothy, 2nd Timothy and Titus over six weeks, highlighting what they have to teach us as we seek to follow Christ 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 Wednesday afternoons - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning on January 24, 2018.

Cost

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

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Registration Options

There are three ways to register: