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Program Courses
Old Testament Survey by Rev. S. Wilkinson
Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to give the student a comprehensive and practical understanding of the Old Testament. An introduction to the authorship, time of writing, style of language used, as well as the purpose and content of each book will be examined in order to put the student in the place of the first readers. From this perspective, we can begin to grasp what God is saying to us today as He continues to address us through these same scriptures.


New Testament Survey by Rev. J. Kingswood
Credit Hours: 3

The goal of this course is that by means of lecture, discussion, research and journal keeping, the student will be enabled to understand the history and cultural setting of the New Testament. Students should be better able to understand and articulate the continuity between Old and New Testament and its covenantal basis. The student will be able to identify the major theological issues addressed in the New Testament and link them to specific books.


Introduction to Systematic Theology I & II by Rev. B. Murray
Credit Hours: Each section is worth 3

These courses are aimed at providing the student with a firm grasp of the biblical theology recaptured at the time of the Reformation. The basis for study will be the Westminster Standards with reference to other venerable expressions of Reformed theology. Reading, lectures and memorization will be key components of these courses. Semester 1 will cover chapters 1-18 of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Semester 2 will complete the Confession focusing on chapters 19-33.


Practical Ethics by Rev. B. Murray
Credit Hours: 2

We as Christians believe that God's Law as codified in the Bible and summarized in the Ten Commandments is eternal and unchanging. It is the God given standard by which we must continually assess everything that goes on around us. Sadly, our modern world seeks to reverse this process and subject the law of God to the standards of our culture. This course will examine the proper relationship between God's law and society and help the student to critically assess everything through the lens of God's law. These goals will be achieved through means of class lecture and class readings but a prominent portion of the course will be classroom discussion of cultural expressions coming from a variety of media types.


History of Western Thought I & II by Dr. B. Short
Credit Hours: Each section is worth 4

These are a foundational courses, spanning history from the Greek Philosophers, through the early Christian era and the Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment, Idealism and American Pragmatism, culminating with Post Modernism. These courses aim to equip students to understand these philosophers and our calling as 21st century Christians within this context.


Academic Strategies by Rev. B. Murray
Credit Hours: 1

The objective of this course is to equip students with the proper perspective and the practical tips needed to succeed in the world of academics. Lectures will touch on topics such as the philosophy of education, plagiarism, time management, tips for writing research papers, etc. This course is designed to improve the way one views, prepares for and performs in the academic environment.


Oral Communication by Rev. J. Kingswood
Credit Hours: 1

The use of classical rhetorical devices and logic will be emphasized. Wherever possible topics being dealt with in other courses will be used to practice the principles of clarity in oral presentation. The development of clarity in voice and speech, as well as thought, will be the goal. Short topical presentations will be required.


Logic by Rev. J. Kingswood
Credit Hours: 1

An important element in presenting arguments that are persuasive is the proper use of logic. An introduction to the elements of logic and a familiarity with logical fallacies will assist the student in evaluating speeches of note which are both historical and contemporary.


Apologetics by Rev. S. Wilkinson
Credit Hours: 2

The purpose of this course is to give practical help in declaring our faith to various persons in different situations. The student will increase his understanding of the Christian faith in contrast to other worldviews and religions, and will develop his ability to present and proclaim Christ.


Christianity in the Modern World by Rev. B. Murray
Credit Hours: 2

This course will seek to trace the basic intellectual history stemming from the Enlightenment with specific emphasis on how this period of our history has impacted the modern church.



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