You must take one of the “E” courses below based on your Major. You may choose to major in Pastoral Leadership (PL, HO, CS or CL courses), Christian Education (CE or AP courses), Christian Counseling (CC or PC courses), Evangelism and Missions (EV, HO or MI courses), Bible and Theology (BI, NT, OT or TH courses) or General Christian Studies (Any Courses).
If you have chosen to write a Dissertation, complete one Elective course, complete the Dissertation, and then finish the program by taking the Curriculum Analysis and Graduation course. If you choose NOT to write a Dissertation, take four (4) Elective courses (one of which must be in your major) and then finish by taking the Curriculum Analysis and Graduation course.
E416BI Sword of the Lord
In these days, when the old Book, which is the ”sword of the Spirit,” is being attacked on every side, it is refreshing to lay hold upon a course and a book such as these words introduce. The author is not a stranger to the young people who love to study God’s Word. He has been a leader of young men for more than a decade of years at this writing, and in all that time has proved himself a ” workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” He knows men well, but he knows his Bible better.
This course emphasizes the Word of God, the Sword of the Lord, the Sword of the Spirit.
Side by side with the testimony of the Holy Spirit borne in the heart of the individual that this book is from God, is the testimony of history to the Bible, borne in the heart of humanity, that a book filled with such regenerating power for the race is from God. For there is, history itself being witness, a truly regenerating power in the Bible. And it is because, wherever it goes it creates a new humanity—a humanity informed by a new spirit and filled with a new life—that it is the great unifying power which it is.
E417CH Church History
It has long been the conviction of the author that a place should be given to church history in the curricula of all colleges and universities. A number of leading American universities have followed those of England and Germany in giving to the history of the Christian religion a place side by side with Greek and Roman history and philosophy, medieval and modern political history, constitutional history, the philosophy of history, the history of philosophy, comparative religion, sociology, etc., as fundamental to the effective study of humanity. If, as is unquestionably true, Christianity has been a chief factor in the production of all that is best in modern civilization, its history should be relegated to no subordinate place among the instruments of general culture. It is little creditable to the Christian colleges and universities of the United States that this important department of study has been to so large an extent neglected.
A text-book on this subject, scientifically prepared and free from partisanship, should encourage professors of history to include the history of Christianity in the courses they offer, and it is the author’s earnest desire that this work may contribute in some small measure to the more extended study and the better understanding of the greatest movement in human history.
Sacred history is the setting forth of the known facts of man’s development as it has been affected by the providential, inspiring, and self-revealing presence of God. Church history is the narration of all that is known, of the founding and the development of the kingdom of Christ on earth. The term church history is commonly used to designate not merely the record of the organized Christian life of our era, but also the record of the career of the Christian religion itself. It includes within its sphere the indirect influences that Christianity has exerted on social, ethical, aesthetic, legal, economic and political life and thought throughout the world, no less than its direct religious influences.
This course covers Church History from its beginning to 1900.
E418EV Evangelistic Church
Many definitions of evangelism have been attempted. One of those which most appeals to me is, that it is the effort to lead individuals, in groups or one by one, to a surrender of their lives to Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Such surrender must inevitably bear fruit in an enlistment in a life of service to Christ and to the world, and in practical loyalty to the church of Christ. Any form of effort which will accomplish these ends may rightly be called successful evangelism. There is involved in this the wisest and most effective use of the present forces available, as represented in the present membership of the churches. (Evangelistic Church)
How to do this work with promptness, persistence, and power is the problem of Evangelization. It may well command and consume the best thought of the wisest, and the best effort of the strongest, of the followers of Jesus. The problem is gigantic because the factors in it are colossal, involving on the one hand the whole world of the unsaved, and on the other the whole church of the redeemed. This great trust is committed to the great body of believers; and to it no true child of God ought to be, or indeed can be, indifferent. The one grand issue of the age is the immediate carrying out of our Lord’s marching orders, “Go, make disciples of all nations!” (Evangelistic Work)
E419BI Biblical Hermeneutics
The Bible is the greatest book in the world. Ever since there has been a Bible, men have endeavored to fathom its unfathomable depths of knowledge. What we do know of the Bible is so extremely satisfying that we constantly thirst for more.
Even though no man has ever known all about the Bible, yet we never tire in our efforts to understand it.
This work and course is one more effort to explain the Bible as a book, and to place within the reader’s grasp the laws that govern its interpretation. It is not at all probable that anyone can exhaust a subject so great as “The Bible and How to Interpret it”, yet this course material, gathered through years of study and experience in teaching the Bible, will prove a blessing to those who need assistance in the study of God’s Word.
E420PL Church Planting
This course is designed to give guidelines to help us understand God’s purpose for each local church. It will help us to understand what God has commissioned us to do as Christian leaders, to understand how that relates to planting churches and to provide practical steps for the planting of churches through the making of disciples. We will look at the commission Christ gave to each of us to Make Disciples. We will also see how that commission relates to the planting of healthy churches for His glory worldwide.
E421CE History of Religious Education
Historiography too often places more emphasis on events, dates, and places than on people. But people make history live. They dreamed of a better world, fought wars for their convictions, taught students, sacrificed, and died untimely deaths. Without them there is no history, nor is there a future.
This volume places the primary emphasis on people, on those men who have significantly influenced the history of Christian education. It is intended to be not a history of Christian education but historical studies of the giants in that field. Those chosen for inclusion in this work either represented the educational trends of their era or
initiated reforms or movements which eventually, if not immediately, affected religious education.
This is a course for all serious students of education, theology, and Christian education. It is valuable collateral reading for undergraduate and graduate courses in church history and the history of Christian education.
E422CC Biblical Counseling
Many are tossed about by the winds of the world’s philosophies and arguments. But our battle is to be led by the Holy Spirit in applying God’s wisdom and truth to the challenges of life. The Bible provides all the instruction that one needs on how to live this victorious life in the midst of obstacles, of temptations, of trials and varied difficulties (Rom. 8:4-9). Thus, anyone born of the will of God, who has received Christ as Lord and Savior, is equipped and qualified to engage in this battle of wisdom ( 2 Tim. 3:16-17 ).
Our Lord directs us in Matthew 28:18-20 to make disciples: to baptize them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and to teach them to observe and live by God’s commandments. This is the responsibility of the body of Christ who are to be equipped to accomplish this mission. 1 Cor. 1:30; 1 Cor. 3:16; Rom. 15:14; Gal. 6:1-5; Eph. 1:17-23 and Col. 1:10-12 confirm that wisdom resides within us, that we are to grow in this wisdom, and to inform, instruct and restore others to the light of His word.
Accordingly, the purpose of this Biblical Counseling course and manual is to provide a basic approach, and the tools to establish a foundation to assist one to deal progressively with his own problems from a biblical perspective. And then to teach and counsel others to live by God’s commandments; thereby, fulfilling our Lord’s directive to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 7:5 ; Matt. 22:36-40 ).
E423AH Foundations of the Constitution 2
This course is a continuation of 212AH Foundations of the Constitution 1. We will cover more on the following:
The American Heritage Series
This republic is classified among the Christian nations of the world. It was so formally declared by the Supreme Court of the United States. In the case of Holy Trinity Church vs. United States, 143 U. S. 471, that court, after mentioning various circumstances, added, “these and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian
But in what sense can it be called a Christian nation? Not in the sense that Christianity is the established religion or that the people are in any manner compelled to support it. On the contrary, the Constitution specifically provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Neither is it Christian in the sense that all its citizens are either in fact or name Christians. On the contrary, all religions have free scope within our borders. Numbers of our people profess other religions, and many reject all. Nor is it Christian in the sense that a profession of Christianity is a condition of holding office or otherwise engaging in the public service, or essential to recognition either politically or socially.
In fact the government as a legal organization is independent of all religions.
Nevertheless, we constantly speak of this republic as a Christian nation—in fact, as the leading Christian nation of the world. This popular use of the term certainly has significance. It is not a mere creation of the imagination. It is not a term of derision but has a substantial basis—one which justifies its use. This course will analyze this premise and see what is the basis for this reasoning.
Building on the American Heritage
Historian David Barton is back with the second installment of the popular American Heritage Series. Accompanied by former legislator Rick Green, Barton traces America’s history back to the source and navigates our nation’s unique religious, moral, and constitutional heritage. In this series that has appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Barton also answers the questions Americans are asking today and uncovers forgotten stories. As he invites us to examine our nation’s founding documents and discover the original intent of our founding fathers firsthand, Barton also encourages viewers to learn the truth of America’s past in order to shape its future.
E428 Typing (FREE)
This Typing course is completely free, but you will not receive any credit hours for it. It is a service to help you learn or better learn the keyboard to help in preparing your sermons, documents, and correspondence for the ministry…as well as life itself.