Lay Institute at DTS

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Monday Courses

Monday, February 10, 2014 – April 7, 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
(8-week, 1-hour classes)

1040 - Just a Taste: A Sampling of Biblical Hebrew*

Daniel Pfeifer

How do we gain access into the Old Testament biblical experience? Through experiencing the sounds, words, meanings, phrases, structures, and styles of the language written by the ancient Hebrews. In this course, we will survey the language of biblical Hebrew as a kind of guided tour of the Old Testament experience with a focus on the self-revelation of God. The Instructor has developed a unique, exciting method for helping you recognize Hebrew words and read them in context that will get you reading Hebrew in no time.

  • Textbook: Book and Web links supplied by the instructor.

1015 - Practice What You Interpret*

Janet Kendrick

Many students learn better by using a new skill. This course reinforces Bible Study Methods skills by providing interactive, hands-on classroom practice in observation, interpretation, correlation, and application. With the help of an experienced teacher, students will practice observing Scripture as the foundation to interpreting, correlating, and applying the Bible. Students will practice historical, cultural, rhetorical, and grammatical observation and will experiment with visually documenting the results of observations on charts. The course will include practice with some of the different literary genres used in Scripture. The more we learn to study Scripture effectively, the more we understand about God. The more we understand about God, the more we mature. This is a win, win class.

  • Textbook: Hendricks, Howard G. And William D. Hendricks, Living by the Book, Chicago: Moody, 2007.

Monday, February 10, 2014  – April 7, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
(8-week, 1-hour classes)

4160 - Scripture and Science: Reception, Rejection, or Redemption*

Wayne Cross

Scientific issues are at the forefront of many Christian apologetic efforts. Both the church and the broader culture have misunderstood the purpose and methods of scientific research. The resulting debates are frequent, passionate, and often greatly misinformed. This course aims to help individual Christians discuss scientific issues in an informed and Biblical way.

  • Textbook: Alistair McGrath, The Science of God : An Introduction to Scientific Theology, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004.

4700 - Augustine's Confessions

Derek Brown

Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, or as more commonly known “St. Augustine of Hippo,” is one of the towering figures of 4th century Christianity. His thoughts carried such authority throughout historical Christianity that many of his interpretations have become the standard for classical understanding of orthodox theology. Both Luther and Calvin referred to him to guide their interpretive endeavors. This class will look at one of his works, Confessions, and study the theology and life of Augustine as presented within this work.

  • Special Note: This is a seminar style class. Students are asked to do the assigned reading and come to class to discuss the material with the teacher.
  • Textbook: The Confessions can be downloaded from The translation used in class will be Albert Cook Outler, Ed. Confessions and Enchiridion (The Library of Christian Classics, Vol. VII). London: Westminster Press, 1955. However, any translation will be adequate.

Tuesday Classes

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – April 8, 2014, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
(8-week, 1-hour classes)

0200 - What Does Genesis 1-11 REALLY Say?*

James Frohlich

The beginning chapters of Genesis are often used to countermand evolution and the teachings of Darwin. But is this really the purpose of the first eleven chapters of the book? This class approaches the message of Genesis 1–11 in the way that the original author intended these chapters to be understood. This will be accomplished by reading these chapters with a literary and theological lens. An understanding of Genesis 1–11 serves as a foundation for understanding the rest of Scripture. A desired effect of completing this course is an increased ability for the student to understand other narrative literature found in the Old Testament.

  • Textbooks: Waltke, Bruce K., and Cathi J. Fredricks. Genesis: A Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001. Sailhamer, John H. The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.

4000 - The God Who Speaks*

Lisa Robinson

God told me to…. (buy a house, marry Susie, save lots of money….) You fill in the blank. Does God speak to you directly like He did in the Bible? The idea that God speaks today is fairly widespread within evangelicalism, with many Christians citing experience and biblical examples as the basis for believing that God still speaks in a similar manner. We’re going to the Scripture to see if there is a pattern for how God speaks to us. This class will examine popular theories in light of how God has already spoken to us.

  • Textbook: Packer, J.I. God Has Spoken: The Bible and Revelation. Rev. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1988.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – April 8, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
(8-week, 1-hour classes)

0235 - Habakkuk and Jonah*

Derrick Varghese

Are you worried about current world affairs? The books of Habakkuk and Jonah offer comfort and guidance in times such as these. The class will encourage students to be hopeful of God’s mercy upon His chosen even in the midst of His wrath and judgment upon unrepentant people of this world. Special attention will be given to address current world affairs and the perplexity in believer’s minds.

  • Textbook: Smith, Gary V. The Prophets As Preachers. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994.

2243 - Jesus in the Gospel of John: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?*

John McHale

Many people today claim that Jesus was a good teacher and nothing more. But, do the teachings of Jesus allow for this category? The purpose of this class is to compare the popular ‘good teacher’ view with the actual teachings of Jesus in the Gospel of John. Specifically, we will analyze the seven “I am” sayings in the Gospel of John: “I am the bread of life”, “I am the light of the world”, “I am the door”, “I am the good shepherd”, “I am the resurrection and the life”, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”, and “I am the true vine”. Special attention will be given to New Testament Greek and Old Testament background texts, offering the student biblical support that the divine claims of Jesus were at the heart of His teachings.

  • Textbook: Burge, Gary M. John. The NIV Application Commentary, ed. Terry Muck. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.

*Qualified course for CEU units/ 8 hours minimum attendance