Doctorate Level Courses

Advanced Biblical Directionism Counseling II BD-702

The purpose of this course is to increase the doctoral student’s appreciation for the Bible as an adequate handbook for the human mind, and to supply the student with an executable system for using the Bible as a counseling model.

 

Advanced Biblical Directives for Pastors DP-701
The purpose of this doctoral level course is to further develop a foundation for the students to enable them to identify those issues in themselves which are germane to the work they do with others; to give the student an opportunity to experience, first hand, the process of growth that future counselees will need to experience for their own growth; to build an appreciation for a disciplined approach to the sanctification process; to allow the student to experience the application of the Word of God to specific problems.

 

Advanced Counseling Theology II AT-702
To further develop the doctoral student’s understanding of the broader scope of topics in the discipline of Systematic Theology and the relevance of these topics to the work of biblical counseling.

 

Advanced Crisis Counseling CC-702
To assist the doctoral student in the understanding and management of crisis situations involving suffering and personal trauma in various forms in the lives of people they seek to help.

 

Advanced Essentials in Biblical Counseling II AE-702
The purpose of this course is to further expand the doctoral student’s understanding of the requisites of multidimensional biblical (nouthetic) counseling.  The student will be encouraged to discover and recognize important differences with other counseling theories and describe his or her relationship to the biblical counseling model.

 

Advanced New Testament I ANT-701
The purpose of this course is to lead the doctoral student to carefully examine the various interpretive options in the New Testament study of the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles; to relate critically his/her own commitment to Scripture in light of those options; to demonstrate a coherent understanding that reflects the student’s ability to analyze and integrate character studies, historical development, and sound interpretation of the text.

 

Advanced New Testament II ANT-702
The purpose of this course is to lead the doctoral student to carefully examine the various interpretive options in the New Testament study of the Epistles and Book of Revelation; to relate critically his/her own commitment to Scripture in light of those options; to demonstrate a coherent understanding that reflects the student’s ability to analyze and integrate character studies, historical development, and sound interpretation of the text.

 

Advanced Old Testament I AOT-701
The purpose of this course is to lead the doctoral student to carefully examine the various interpretive options in Old Testament studies from the Book of Genesis through the Song of Solomon; to relate critically his/her own commitment to Scripture in light of those options; to demonstrate a coherent understanding of the Old Testament that reflects the student’s ability to analyze character studies, historical development, and sound interpretation of the text.

 

Advanced Old Testament II AOT-702
The purpose of this course is to lead the doctoral student to carefully examine the various interpretive options in Old Testament studies from the Book of Isaiah through Malachi; to relate critically his/her own commitment to Scripture in light of those options; to demonstrate a coherent understanding of the Old Testament that reflects the student’s ability to analyze character studies, historical development, and sound interpretation of the text.

 

Advanced Spiritual Warfare ASW-701
The purpose of this course is to assist the doctoral student to undertake a deeper and genuinely biblical study of spiritual warfare within the context of the Christian life so that they acquire an advance understanding regarding the nature of spiritual warfare, and identify and describe strategies for overcoming the enemy, and to develop the student’s ability to summarize the nature of spiritual warfare and evaluate various strategies for overcoming the enemy.

 

Advanced Systematic Theology I AST-701
This advanced level course presents the doctoral student with the fundamental issues of Systematic Theology and how these relate to the Bible as a foundational source.  In doing so, the course will introduce and expose the student to the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework; to enable the student to identify and describe key doctrinal issues; to apply that knowledge in the student's current ministry and to lead the student to analyze carefully the various theological options on key doctrinal issues; to examine those issues in light of her/his own theological stance; to relate doctrinal truths to a coherent system of thought consistent with the student's own faith tradition.

 

Advanced Systematic Theology II AST-702
This advanced level course presents the doctoral student with specific issues of Systematic Theology as they relate to God and the creation.  In doing so, the course will introduce and expose the student to the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework; to enable the student to identify and describe key doctrinal issues; to apply that knowledge in the student's current ministry and to lead the student to analyze carefully the various theological options on key doctrinal issues; to examine those issues in light of her/his own theological stance; to relate doctrinal truths to a coherent system of thought consistent with the student's own faith tradition.

 

Application of Apologetics AAP-701
The purpose of this course is to confront the doctoral student with the requisite issues in the study of Apologetics; to enable the student to identify key terms and describe essential issues of Apologetics and to apply Apologetic methodology to contemporary challenges; to offer the student the opportunity to explore significant challenges to the Christian faith and apologetic responses to those challenges; to examine and analyze the competing truth claims of rival world views.

 

Biblical History Panorama / BHP-700

This course will provide the doctoral level student with an opportunity to demonstrate a personal comprehension of the Bible as a continuum from the creation of the current heavens and earth to its recreation in perfection and righteousness.

 

Biblical Requisites for Churches that Heal CH-701
The purpose of this doctoral level course is to explore the biblical and experiential components that go into developing and leading a local church that is healthy and offers hope and healing to the lost and hurting.  A church, just like a family, can be toxic and a hindrance to growth and development or it can be healthy and promote the development and growth of its members.  This course will explore the healthy as well as the toxic.

 

Counseling ADHD from A Biblical Perspective BCADD-700
This course will inform students who are trying to deal with the flow of contradictory ideas concerning attention deficit hyperactive disorder that there is an alternative method of assessing and dealing with a diagnosis of ADHD. The course is designed to provide relevant practical information that is useful in counseling from a Biblical perspective both children and adults who have been labeled as having ADHD.

 

Counseling Practicum CP-1520
This course will serve as the counseling program capstone for the student who has completed all of the other academic requirements for the Biblical Counseling degree program.

 

Counseling the Victim CV-701
The purpose of this course is to give the advanced counselor a place to start when faced with the prospect of counseling individuals who have been the victim of various kinds of abuse and trauma, and to provide the counselor with a road map to reach the heart of these individuals.

 

Counseling the Victims of Abortion AV-702
The core purpose of this course is to give the counselor a place to start when faced with the prospect of counseling women who have experienced sexually based trauma, and to provide the counselor with a road map to reach the heart of these women, thereby avoiding the most common complaint of counselors in such situation…the sense of being overwhelmed and frustrated.

 

Doctor of Divinity Component 1 DD-701
The purpose of the Doctor of Divinity Ministry Contribution Component is to provide the student with an opportunity to appropriately document all of the years of ministry service by creating an acceptable record of fitness for service, actual service detail, as well as intentions for continued ministry service.

 

Doctor of Divinity Component 2 DD-702
The purpose of this component is to provide the Doctor of Divinity student with an opportunity to present the Old Testament as a series of pictures which represent a continuous scene from the initial creation of the current heavens and earth to the return of the exiles to the Land of Israel.

 

Doctor of Divinity Component 3 DD-703
The purpose of this component is to provide the Doctor of Divinity student with an opportunity to present the New Testament as a series of pictures which represent a continuous scene from the birth of Christ to the coming of the second coming of Jesus and the new order of the creation.

 

Doctor of Divinity Component 4 DD-704
This Doctor of Divinity Component presents the student with an opportunity to demonstrate comprehension and general mastery of the fundamental issues of Systematic Theology and how these relate to the Bible as a foundational source. Furthermore, this Component will allow the student to document a mature understanding of the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework; will enable the student to identify and describe relevant key doctrinal issues; and also document that knowledge in the context of the student’s current ministry; and finally to allow the student to relate doctrinal truths to a coherent system of thought consistent with the student’s own faith tradition.

 

Doctoral Theology Project DTP-700
The Doctoral Theology Project presents the student with an opportunity to demonstrate comprehension and general mastery of the fundamental issues of Systematic Theology and how these relate to the Bible as a foundational source. Furthermore, this Component will allow the student to document a mature understanding of the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework.

 

Doctor of Theology Component 1 THD-701
This component will provide the Doctor of Theology student with an opportunity to present the Old Testament as a series of pictures which represent a continuous scene from the initial creation of the current heavens and earth to the return of the exiles to the Land of Israel, and in so doing, capture, comprehend, and apply the foundational components from which contemporary theology has derived.

 

Doctor of Theology Component 2 THD-702
This component will provide the Doctor of Theology student with an opportunity to present the New Testament as a series of pictures which represent a continuous scene from the Incarnation to return of Christ to earth and the subsequent new order of the universe, and in so doing, capture, comprehend, and apply the foundational components from which contemporary theology has derived.

 

Doctor of Theology Component 3 THD-703
This Doctor of Theology Component presents the student with an opportunity to demonstrate comprehension and general mastery of the foundational components of Systematic Theology and how these relate to the Bible as a first-source.  Furthermore, this Component will allow the student to document a balanced understanding of the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework; will enable the student to identify and describe key doctrinal issues that unite or divide the Church; and also document that knowledge in the context of the student's current theological persuasion.

 

Doctor of Theology Component 4 THD-704
This is the final project for the Th.D. student.  While the technical requirements are the same as those for a traditional dissertation, it is fundamentally different in that it is expected to be an “applied theology” position paper written from a praxis position.  For example, a student from a Calvinist persuasion may wish to address the question of how Biblical Harmartiology has shaped the colloquial idea that Christians “sin every day in thought word and deed.”  A student from a Wesleyan persuasion may wish to address the question of how Biblical Pneumatology has shaped the colloquial application of the doctrine of sanctification.  In both cases, the examples, while good starting points, are actually too broad, and would need to be further refined as the “question” is reduced to a manageable thought.  The student’s dissertation committee will assist in the process.  The main point being that the dissertation “question” must have “practical” value, and address an issue that is of interest to the church at large.

 

Doctoral Writing Project DRP-700
This is the final writing project for the doctoral student.  While similar in many ways to a dissertation, it is fundamentally different in that it is designed to be a “ministry/theology” position paper written from a praxis position.  Students are prepared for this course by taking the Research and Writing course.

 

Doctrine of Biblical Inspiration BI-701
To provide the doctoral student with an opportunity to examine the deeper internal evidences for the validity of the Bible as its own source of confirmation of Divine inspiration, and to challenge the student to analyze these internal evidences critically and competently.

Drugs, Mental Health and the Biblical Counselor DM-701
This course will covers the evolution of psychiatry and the DSM's creation of mental illness; the evolution of mental health chemical imbalance theories; and the revolution  in society and the church concerning sin and sickness.

 

Exegetical Tools for Effective Preaching ET-701 (seminar only)
This advanced course is a hands-on effort to acquaint the student with the best available scholarly tools that make the original languages of Scripture accessible for study and exposition. While it does not require expertise in Greek or Hebrew, it will serve to acquaint the student with books, lexicons, theological dictionaries, software and other tools that enable the student to grasp the true meanings of the original languages, culture, thought patterns and development that informed the text.

 

Focus in Biblical Counseling II FB-702
The purpose of this course is to help the doctoral student validate the truth of Matthew 7:5 by applying the eternal truths upon which Biblical Counseling rests to themselves first so they are better equipped to take these truths to others.

 

Logic and Pulpit Communication LP-701 (seminar only)

This advanced course equips the student with an understanding of the basics of logical argument and critical thinking. But it is not designed to leave the student with just another set of terms and facts. The real test of logical preaching is in its practice. Therefore, the course will also allow the student to develop logical arguments and present those arguments during the class, drawing on the various logical arguments and critical thinking methods from the texts.

 

Making Disciples MD-701
The purpose of this course is to introduce the doctoral student to the concepts and criteria for mentorship and discipleship that will enable her/him to foster lasting relationships within the local church.  The student will learn how to equip others in the work of making disciples with the objective that mentoring and discipleship becomes the normal, on-going, year-round activity of the church.  The student will examine and analyze various Biblical methods so that he/she can explain and detect personal strengths and weaknesses.

 

Ministry Practicum DMP-700
The Ministry Practicum presents the doctoral student with an opportunity to develop a comprehensive ministry project consistent with the student’s major area of concentration, and congruent to the ministry setting in which the student currently serves.

 

Orientation OR-DO

The purpose of this course is to help ensure that the student will begin his or her study program at Master’s with the basic information needed to move successfully toward graduation.  For this reason, this course is mandatory of all new students.

 

Personhood from a Biblical Perspective PH-702
The purpose of this course is to direct the doctoral student to a Biblical foundation for understanding God’s idea for personal self-awareness; to lead the student through a Biblical assessment of the so-called “self-esteem” movement; to compare and analyze the prevailing secular attitude regarding self-esteem over against the Scriptural teachings related to these attitudes; to prepare the student to deal with the issue of self-esteem within a Biblical counseling regime.

 

Preaching Practicum PP-701 (seminar only)

The purpose of this course is to provide the preaching student with an opportunity to demonstrate through a faculty guided and peer reviewed process the acquired skills of Biblical preaching.

 

Preparing Couples for a Biblically Based Marriage BBM-701
This course will introduce the doctoral student to a biblical approach to Marriage and Family counseling so that the student will acquire the knowledge of the biblical conceptions of family roles and interpersonal relationships, and be able to trace the importance of these data and interpret them in terms of the counseling process.

 

Readings In Biblical Preaching BPR-701
This course is a reading exercise designed to acquaint the doctoral student with a broader understanding of the essentials of Biblical Preaching.

 

Readings in Biblical Preaching / BPR-702 
This course is a reading exercise designed to acquaint the doctoral student with a broader understanding of the essentials of Biblical exposition.

 

Research and Writing RW-700
The purpose of this course is to provide the doctoral student with an opportunity to examine the fundamentals of research and writing from a practical and professional perspective, as a foundational step in preparation for completing the doctoral writing project.

 

The Philosophical Problem of Evil PE-701
The purpose of this course is to introduce and explain the various options in Christian understandings of  the problem of evil, and to offer some suggestions for dealing with the problem so that the student will be better equipped to defend the coherence of Christian theism as a viable and tenable worldview against the skeptic's objection to theism based on evil in the world.

 

Theology of the New Testament NTH-701
The purpose of this course is to expose the doctoral student to the study of New Testament theology; to enable the student to master issues related to New Testament theology, and to deepen the student’s understanding of the distinctive theological character of individual New Testament writings and of the New Testament as a whole; to apply that knowledge in the student's ministry.

 

Theology of the Old Testament OTH-701
The purpose of this course is to expose the doctoral student to the study of Old Testament theology; to enable the student to master issues related to Old Testament theology, and to deepen the student’s understanding of the distinctive theological character of individual Old Testament writings and of the Old Testament as a whole; to apply that knowledge in the student's ministry.

 

Understanding Pride as a Root of Habitual Sexual Sin SA-703
The purpose of this course is to to confront the doctoral student with the ways pride manifests itself and provides a personal culture for a sexual addiction; to unfold to the student the biblical solution for dealing with pride and sexual addictions; and to create an appreciation for the power of God’s Word to bring deliverance and healing to the sexually addicted.

 

Understanding Sexual Addictions SA-701
The purpose of this course is to confront the doctoral student with the root causes of sexual addictions; to develop within the student an appreciation for the power of sexual addictions and the spiritual connection behind these addictions; to unfold to the student the biblical solution for dealing with sexual addictions; to acquaint the student with outside resources available; and to create an appreciation for the power of God’s Word to bring deliverance and healing to the sexually addicted.

 

Understanding the Consequences of Sexual Sins Upon the Marriage Covenant SA-702
To acquaint the doctoral student with the hard issues concerning the consequences of sexual sins within the marriage covenant (with an emphasis on the wife as the non-offending spouse though the core principles of this course will apply to either spouse), as viewed from a biblical perspective; to introduce the student to a wide range of insights regarding sexual sins as interpreted through a biblical grid; to broaden the students awareness of the seriousness of this particular sin and how easily it destroys the family unit; to introduce the student to a wide range of biblically-based resources for those who are called to counsel individuals and families caught in the tragedy of sexual sins.

 

Understanding the Importance of Repentance in the Biblical Process of Deliverance SA-704
The purpose of this course is to instruct the doctoral student about the importance of progressive sanctification; to teach the student about the goal of holiness; to teach the student about the part repentance plays in progressive sanctification; to teach the student about the part repentance plays in the process of overcoming habitual sexual sin.

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