2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II 
    
    Jan 28, 2023  
2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


The information following course titles indicate (1) hours per week of lecture, (2) hours per week of laboratory and (3) semester credit hours. A small number of courses are offered for a variable number of credit hours, and the semester credit hours listed represent the maximum number of hours possible for credit. This will be noted in the course description.

The frequency of offering follows the meeting and credit hour information. Courses offered every year are designated by semester(s) only. Courses offered every other year are designated by semester and odd/even year.

Note: Since most courses are not offered every semester, students should be aware that failure to take a required course when it is offered may delay graduation.

Any course may be offered on demand should sufficient interest be demonstrated and should a qualified instructor be available. “Demand” courses with a defined content will be offered as regularly as practical for the host department.

At the end of the course description, the following information will be given when applicable: laboratory information, corequisites (“simultaneous enrollment”) and prerequisites, cross listed courses (“same as”), special fees, and pertinent information about the use of the course.

Courses and Numbering

All courses are listed alphabetically by course prefix and numerically within each prefix. The department and college assignments are also noted. ACU uses a three-digit course numbering system. Courses numbered 100 to 299 are lower-level courses (primarily for freshmen and sophomores). Courses numbered from 300 to 499 are upper-level, or advanced, courses (primarily for juniors and seniors). Courses numbered 500 to 799 are graduate courses. All courses numbered 000 to 099 do not count toward graduation or GPA.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Some courses have prerequisites, which must be met before a student may register for that course, or corequisites, which must be completed simultaneously. In some cases, a student may have special knowledge, skills or background that will enable him or her to perform well in a given class without meeting its prerequisites or corequisites. Such a student should seek special permission from the department offering the course.

A course may not use the same requirement as both prerequisite and corequisite. Courses listed as corequisite must be taken together. Students may not drop or withdraw from a course with corequisite requirements without dropping or withdrawing from both courses. Students may repeat a course with corequisite requirements alone in subsequent attempts if they fail or do not receive degree credit for the course on the first attempt. However, in courses with a subject code of EACH, EDUC, NURS, or SPAN, students must repeat both corequisite courses if they fail or do not receive credit for one or both courses on the first attempt.

Students should refer to the most recent catalog for course corequisites, prerequisites, and restrictions.

Course Sequencing

Some courses have recommendations of a previous course(s) for appropriate sequencing. Such recommendations are not prerequisites; the system will allow any student meeting a course’s prerequisites to enroll for a course regardless of whether the student meets the sequencing recommendations. Students are cautioned, however, to follow sequencing recommendations when all of the courses in the sequence are on their degree plans.

Independent Study and Special Topics Courses

Neither an independent study nor a special topics course should be a version or instance of a course that already has been approved for inclusion in the catalog.

Independent Study

An independent study course is a unique, student-initiated and student-driven course. An independent study course should be used to enhance a degree. It should be used as a substitution for degree requirements only in rare circumstances; it should not be used to correct poor planning. All other catalog policies apply.

Independent study courses are usually designed to be worth 3 credit hours. Ideally, independent study courses should make up no more than 6 hours (5 percent) of any student’s undergraduate degree. They should make up no more than 20 percent of any student’s graduate degree. Independent study courses should use the even hundred course number appropriate to the level of study (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, etc.)

Student proposals for independent studies may be approved or denied based on faculty interest or availability and departmental priorities. Students in the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program will incur a separate fee for an independent study course and should contact the Director of the DMin Program for details.

When proposing an independent study, the student should complete the Independent Study Request form and discuss it – including the outcomes and artifacts of the study – with the proposed faculty member. Artifacts should support the student’s and the faculty member’s intended outcomes for the course through research, written work, creative projects, and/or professional projects. If the course is approved by the faculty member, the faculty member is responsible for creating the syllabus for the independent study. The syllabus must include the learning outcomes and how they will be measured.

The syllabus and Independent Study Request form should be submitted to the chair and dean on a timeline that would allow for the proposal to be approved or denied prior to the beginning of the term or part of term in which the course is being proposed. Study Abroad courses should be approved prior to departure from the United States.

Special topics

A special topics course is faculty/department-initiated and faculty-driven. A special topics course will be included in the course schedule for registration in a given term and could be used as a pilot for addition to the curriculum. A substitution form must be submitted for a special topics course to satisfy degree requirement. All other catalog policies apply.

The special topics syllabus must be submitted to the dean before March 1 for a fall course or October 1 for a spring or summer course, so that it will be available for student registration. Special topics courses should choose the course number appropriate to the level of study from the following: 140, 240, 340, 440, 540, 640, 740, etc.

The Texas Common Course Numbering System

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed for the purpose of aiding students in the transfer of general academic courses between colleges and universities throughout Texas. Common courses are freshman and sophomore academic credit courses that have been identified as common by institutions that are members of the common course numbering system. The system ensures that if the student takes the courses the receiving institution designates as common, then the courses will be accepted in transfer.

For further information contact the transfer course coordinator in the Registrar’s Office.

 

Athletic Training

  
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    MATP 690 - Field Experience I


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Clinical opportunities for students to practice skills and knowledge. Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the Master of Athletic Training Program. Course fee.
  
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    MATP 691 - Field Experience II


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Clinical opportunities for students to practice skills and knowledge. Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the Master of Athletic Training program. Course fee.

Bible Core

  
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    BCOR 310 - The Search for Meaning


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    A detailed study of systems of meaning through which human beings make sense of their lives. Students will compare Christianity with Islam and at least one other system of meaning. Includes analysis of creative expressions of these systems. Prerequisite: Junior standing (60 hours); CORE 115  or CORE 210 . May be used to satisfy University Requirements.

Biblical Greek

  
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    BGRK 221 - New Testament Greek for Beginners I


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Beginner’s grammar of Greek of the New Testament with emphasis on inflections and vocabulary. Meets MTWR.
  
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    BGRK 222 - New Testament Greek for Beginners II


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Continuation of BGRK 221 . Simple readings in the Greek New Testament. Meets MTWR. Prerequisite: BGRK 221 .
  
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    BGRK 331 - Elementary Greek Readings I


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Read and interpret the Greek Bible. Consolidate and expand understanding of grammar with an emphasis on syntax. Prerequisite: BGRK 221  and BGRK 222 .
  
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    BGRK 332 - Elementary Greek Readings II


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Read and interpret ancient Greek texts, emphasizing the Greek Bible. Train to use the Greek text in exegesis. Prerequisite: BGRK 331  and BIBL 320 .
  
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    BGRK 441 - Exegetical Greek Seminar I


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Read and interpret ancient Greek texts related to Early Christianity. Study exegetical and/or text critical issues at an advanced level. Prerequisite: BGRK 332 .
  
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    BGRK 442 - Exegetical Greek Seminar II


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Continuation of BGRK 441 . Prerequisite: BGRK 441 .
  
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    BGRK 611 - Elementary Greek I


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    An introduction to the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the Greek New Testament and related literature.
  
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    BGRK 612 - Elementary Greek II


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    A continuation of BGRK 611 . Prerequisite: BGRK 611 .
  
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    BGRK 621 - Intermediate New Testament Greek


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Intermediate Greek vocabulary, grammar, and syntax; introduction to New Testament textual criticism.
  
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    BGRK 623 - Seminar in the Synoptic Gospels


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    For advanced students; issues of synoptic research and methodology; relationship of the synoptics to John and to non-canonical gospels; message and theology of the individual evangelists; directed research in selected periscope. Prerequisite: BGRK 621 , and consent of professor. This course may be repeated.
  
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    BGRK 624 - Exegetical Seminar in Acts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    An exegetical seminar for advanced students; intensive study of the Greek text with special attention to literary and historical method; directed research in selected passages and topics. Prerequisite: BGRK 621  and consent of professor.
  
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    BGRK 625 - Exegetical Seminar in the Epistles


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Seminar for advanced students; directed research in selected passages and topics. Prerequisite: BGRK 621  and consent of professor. This course may be repeated.
  
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    BGRK 628 - Seminar in New Testament Textual Criticism


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    A seminar for advanced students; sources of textual data; history of the printed Greek New Testament; principles of textual criticism; problems of canon; analysis of selected units of variation; exercises in paleography. Prerequisite: BGRK 621  and consent of professor.

Biblical Text

  
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    BIBL 101 - Jesus: His Life and Teachings


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Students will study the canonical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and learn critical theories for analyzing them both as sources for understanding who Jesus was and for reflecting on what those stories mean for Christians today. May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 102 - Early Christians: Life, Literature and Community


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Students will study Acts through Revelation and learn critical theories for analyzing them both as sources for understanding how early Christian communities appropriated the stories of Jesus for their own contexts and for reflecting on how those stories inform Christian life today. Prerequisite: BIBL 101 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 103 - Story of the New Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    This introductory Bible course is designed for students transferring to ACU with 24 or more hours. It surveys the content of the New Testament with a particular focus on the story of Jesus Christ and how the earliest faith communities appropriated and applied his story to their own contexts. May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 211 - Message of the Old Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    An overview of the Old Testament providing an outline of special themes and the overall purpose of the books. The basic message of the Old Testament as a whole, including content and theological themes, will be examined. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and completion or simultaneous enrollment in BIBL 102 ; or completion or simultaneous enrollment in BIBL 103 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 320 - Introduction to Biblical Interpretation


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    This course explores various methods of biblical interpretation with emphasis on the tools needed for responsible, insightful, and creative Bible study in the context of ministry. For majors only. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ), BIBL 211 .
  
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    BIBL 359 - The Gospel of John


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    A study of Christ as revealed by John in the fourth gospel. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 364 - Pauline Mission and Message


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Surveys the life and writings of one of the most important and influential leaders of the early church. It explores the cultural context of Paul’s work and writings as well as the concepts expressed in his letters. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 365 - General Epistles


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    The epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 ; BGRK 221  and BGRK 222 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 367 - The Book of Acts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    This course explores Luke’s perspective in writing the book of Acts and how it relates to Luke’s Gospel. The primary focus is on the literary elements, historical context, and theological and practical implications of how the church was formed on Pentecost and how it spread throughout the world. Attention will be given to special themes but also to the overall purpose of the book. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 451 - The Pentateuch


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    An introduction to and exegesis of the first five books of the Old Testament. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 452 - Historical Books of the Old Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    History of Israel from the conquest to the close of the Old Testament period: Joshua-Esther. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 453 - The Devotional and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    An exegesis of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 454 - The Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Background and message of the prophetic books. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 458 - The Synoptic Gospels


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    A detailed study of one of the synoptic gospels, either Matthew, Mark, or Luke. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . Majors only in the spring and non-majors in the fall. This course may be repeated with different content, upon approval of the department chair. May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 460 - Galatians and Romans


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An intensive exegesis study, emphasizing Pauline theology. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 461 - The Corinthian Letters


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Historical, exegetical and practical study of these two significant letters. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 466 - Book of Revelation


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Includes a study of the fortunes of the church as set forth in the Revelation, with emphasis given to the continual struggle between righteousness and evil, with the final victory of the Christ and His church. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBL 601 - German for Theological Studies


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    Designed to give students an overview of German grammar and a basic vocabulary of about 2,000 words to help with research and prepare for a German reading exam.
  
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    BIBL 610 - Critical Interpretation of the Old Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    A general introduction to the Old Testament and a special introduction to each section and each book. Special attention will be given to revelation, inspiration, canonicity, manuscripts and versions. The authorship, date, background, interpretations and critical problems of each book are studied.
  
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    BIBL 611 - Old Testament Theology


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    A study of selected portions of the Old Testament to attempt to determine the major religious teachings of each portion.
  
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    BIBL 620 - Critical Interpretation of the New Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Special introduction to the books of the New Testament with special attention to critical problems.
  
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    BIBL 621 - New Testament Theology


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Major doctrines of the New Testament presented systematically.
  
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    BIBL 627 - Biblical Exegesis


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    This course concerns the theory and practice of biblical interpretation. It encourages critical use of the perspectives, tools, and methods of biblical scholarship from the standpoint of the Christian faith. Participants are expected to gain greater experience in the analysis of texts from both testaments through practical exercises and written work.
  
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    BIBL 630 - Biblical Theology


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Introduction to the theological issues which are essential to the study of both Old and New Testaments as a single, unified Bible. An overview of history, methodology, and considerations of canon are provided. Special attention will be given to the role of biblical theology in congregational ministry (teaching, preaching).
  
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    BIBL 649 - Women in the Old Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    A study of the lives and roles of women in the Old Testament with special attention to the context of patriarchy in the ancient Near East and the interpretation of these stories by female scholars.
  
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    BIBL 650 - Women in the New Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    The interpretation of the passages mentioning women in the New Testament based on a study of the historical, biblical, and the theological factors involved in the construction of gender.
  
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    BIBL 651 - The Pentateuch


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An introduction to and exegesis of the first five books of the Old Testament.
  
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    BIBL 652 - Historical Books of the Old Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    The history of Israel from the conquest to the close of the Old Testament period, Joshua-Esther.
  
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    BIBL 653 - Devotional and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    An introduction to and exegesis of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.
  
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    BIBL 654 - Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    The background and message of the prophetic books.
  
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    BIBL 658 - The Synoptic Gospels


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Matthew, Mark and Luke in the light of the synoptic problem. Exegesis of selected passages.
  
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    BIBL 659 - The Gospel of John


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An exegetical study of the fourth gospel.
  
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    BIBL 660 - The Books of Galatians and Romans


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An exegetical study.
  
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    BIBL 661 - The Corinthian Letters


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An exegetical study.
  
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    BIBL 662 - Backgrounds of the New Testament and Early Christianity


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Political, philosophical, cultural and religious backgrounds of the early years of the Christian era and their influence upon Christianity.
  
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    BIBL 663 - The Pastoral Epistles


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An exegetical study of I and II Timothy and Titus.
  
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    BIBL 664 - The Book of Hebrews


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    An exegetical study.
  
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    BIBL 665 - The General Epistles


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An exegetical study of the epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude.
  
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    BIBL 666 - The Book of Revelation


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An exegetical study.
  
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    BIBL 667 - The Book of Acts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An exegetical study.
  
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    BIBL 671 - Baptism and Eucharist


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, on demand

    Examines the biblical and historical Christian texts important for understanding of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper in Christian theology. The emphasis is upon the earliest evidence, and the important backgrounds and later interpretations of these texts will be explored for their understandings of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
  
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    BIBL 672 - Sermon on the Mount


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer, odd years

    This course explores what is regarded as the summation of Jesus’ teachings, the Sermon on the Mount. This sermon has had great influence within the church and worldwide as well. In addition to Matthew, attention is given to the history of interpretation in both contemporary study and earlier commentators.
  
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    BIBL 680 - Christian Scripture


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, on demand

    Examines the biblical text as it outlines the nature of community before God and the mission of that community. Various interpretive models are used to understand the unfolding concept of mission in the life of the church from ancient times to contemporary ministry settings.
  
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    BIBL 682 - Teaching Scripture in Contemporary Contexts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    An examination of the challenges of a teaching ministry in contemporary church settings, with a reconsideration of the literary, rhetorical, and theological dimensions of Scripture and how Scripture shapes the processes and contents of teaching. Significant attention is given to the effects of culture on a teaching ministry so that students may begin to develop more sophisticated curricular options for church education. Teaching methods also receive significant attention.
  
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    BIBL 684 - New Testament Hermeneutics


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    History and principles of New Testament interpretation. Application to current issues.
  
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    BIBL 699 - Master’s Thesis


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 6
    May be repeated. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.

Hebrew

  
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    BHEB 471 - Introduction to Hebrew I


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    An inductive study of the elements of the Hebrew language: forms, syntax, vocabulary. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 .
  
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    BHEB 472 - Introduction to Hebrew II


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Continuation of BHEB 471 . Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor; BHEB 471 ; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 .
  
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    BHEB 622 - Elementary Syriac


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Introduction to classical Syriac grammar, vocabulary, and syntax, with an aim towards the acquisition of elementary reading skills. Emphasis on the use of grammatical tools and the significance of Syriac for biblical studies, church history, and the study of Christian spirituality.
  
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    BHEB 623 - Intermediate Syriac


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Readings in Syriac texts, with an emphasis on improving reading ability and on critical engagement. Texts and topics selected according to particular student interest. Prerequisite: BHEB 622 .
  
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    BHEB 671 - Elementary Hebrew I


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    An inductive study of the elements of the Hebrew language: forms, syntax, vocabulary.
  
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    BHEB 672 - Elementary Hebrew II


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Continuation of BHEB 671 . Prerequisite: BHEB 671 .
  
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    BHEB 681 - Intermediate Hebrew Readings I


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Readings in the Hebrew Bible with special attention to grammar and vocabulary building. An introduction to the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisite: BHEB 672 .
  
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    BHEB 682 - Intermediate Hebrew Readings II


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Continuation of BHEB 681 . Prerequisite: BHEB 681 .

Christian Ministry

  
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    BIBM 330 - Foundation of Youth Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    This course will explore the world of adolescent development, family systems, and the programming that will enhance spiritual formation. Special attention will be given to the skills needed to work with the adolescent population. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . Majors only in the fall and non-majors in the spring. May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 331 - Youth Ministry Design


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Focuses on the issues of organization and administration in a youth and family ministry: leadership skills, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, and biblical models for ministering. Prerequisite: BIBM 330 , BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . For majors only.
  
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    BIBM 390 - Family Relations


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Principles involved in establishing a harmonious Christian family relationship. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 391 - Ministry in Context


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    A biblical and practical approach to the responsibilities, struggles, and relationships of the minister and missionary. Should be taken spring of junior year, followed by an internship in the summer. Prerequisite: Junior standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . For majors only. A capstone course.
  
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    BIBM 395 - Introduction to Hospital Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Provides initial development of concepts and skills in hospital ministry through experiences with patients, families, peers, and professionals. BIBM 391  recommended prior to this course. Preference given to majors. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 401 - Christian Leadership


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    The course prepares students in all majors to think critically about how they practice Christian leadership in the church and in the world. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 403 - Christian Worship


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Introduces students to diversity and meanings of Christian workship practices. Includes reflection on the biblical, historical, and theological foundations of those practices, and also participation in and planning of worship services. Encourages awareness of, engagement in, and love of Christian worship. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 404 - Worship Leading


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    The class is dedicated to the topic and process of leading Christian worship. It includes lecture, practical, and seminar elements to give students opportunities for reflection and conversation about leading worship as well as supervised practical application and integration of their degree work toward planning and leading worship. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 405 - Women in Christian Tradition


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Designed to train Christian women theologically, academically, and practically for expanded service in the home, the church, and the world. Limited to female students. Prerequisite: Junior standing, BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 413 - Seminar in Adolescent Moral/Sexual Issues


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Provides a biblical framework for understanding the adolescent’s sexual attitudes, values, and behaviors. Prerequisite: Junior standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 422 - Ministry on the University Campus


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    An introduction to university ministry that reviews the history of campus ministry as well as the nature of today’s university student body. Participants will explore different models for ministry, principles for outreach, and methods for mentoring. The course includes engaging campus ministers and students on private and state school campuses. (Some out of town travel). Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 429 - Field Education


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 2
    Terms Offered: Summer

    Problems and methods of a practical nature studied in a “laboratory” situation. Permission of Bible department chair required. May not be taken as the upper-level Bible requirement in the University Requirements for non-majors or for a Bible minor. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 ; BIBM 391 . For majors only. A capstone course.
  
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    BIBM 434 - Spiritual Formation of Children


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    This course is designed to equip adults to foster the spiritual formation of children in the many contexts in which they live. Attention will be given to the unique design of each child and how to nurture children toward full participation in the Kingdom of God. Prerequisite: BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 435 - Adolescent Spiritual Formation


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Provides an overview of the key developmental issues involved in the spiritual formation of adolescents. Prerequisite: Junior standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . For majors only.
  
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    BIBM 439 - Teaching and Learning for Spiritual Formation


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    This course explores teaching and learning in both formal and informal contexts for the purpose of spiritual formation. Emphasis is given to the theory and practice of teaching, principles of learning, and the organization of planned learning experiences within the church. Prerequisite: BIBL 101 , BIBL 102 BIBL 211 . For majors only. A writing intensive course.
  
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    BIBM 442 - Leadership of Youth and Family


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Provides the fundamental principles of family systems and offers practical strategies for developing a ministry to both the adolescent and his or her family. Prerequisite: Junior standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 ; BIBM 330 , BIBM 331 , BIBM 435 . For majors only.
  
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    BIBM 451 - Sexuality and Personal Issues of Sexuality


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Addresses sexual issues through three sections: the text of Song of Songs; the individual, relational, and family issues with sex; and sexuality in the church and in one’s ministry. Prerequisite: Completion of freshman and sophomore level Bible, senior standing. May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 480 - Arts and Culture: A Christian Aesthetic


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    The arts from a Christian viewpoint as both practitioner and audience/patron, applying biblically based strategies to assess, enjoy, and participate in the forms of art prevalent in the culture while remaining faithful to the call of Christ. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 491 - Senior Capstone Experience


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 1
    Terms Offered: Fall

    This course is the final segment of a three-stage approach for training upper-level majors in the Department of Bible, Missions, and Ministry. It is preceded by BIBM 391 , Ministry in Context. The course creates a context for practicing theological reflection on ministry, critical thinking, understanding the minister or missionary as servant leader, and adding skills for future service. Prerequisite: BIBM 429  and BIBM 391 . For majors only. A capstone course.
  
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    BIBM 492 - Children and Family Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    This course will examine theological foundations for children’s ministry as well as give attention to the organization and administration of children and family ministry. Case study, discussion and assignments are intended to enable participants to consider, compare, and contrast varying models and how they contribute to the spiritual formation of children. Prerequisite: Junior standing; BIBL 101  and BIBL 102  (or BIBL 103 ); BIBL 211 . May be used to satisfy Bible University Requirements.
  
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    BIBM 493 - Preaching


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Training in moving from exegesis of biblical texts to sermon construction focusing on homiletic structure and preaching various biblical genres. Actual presentation of sermons is emphasized. Prerequisite: BIBL 320 . For majors only.
  
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    BIBM 601 - Church Leadership


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Principles of effective organization, administration, and leadership as they apply to the life of the church. Additional course fee required.
  
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    BIBM 602 - GST Orientation


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 0
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Orients GST students in the MACM, MAGS, and MDIV programs providing information about both curricular and co-curricular aspects of the GST community. Students will examine personal and professional identity issues by completing various assessments. Prerequisite: Admission to the MACM, MAGS, or MDIV programs. Additional fee required.
  
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    BIBM 603 - Foundations of the Theology of Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall only

    A cornerstone experience for students enrolled in the ministerial formation programs (MDiv, MAGS, or MACM) which introduces ministry students to the resources and practices in the fields of practical theology and contextual education. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MDiv, MAGS, or MACM degree programs.
  
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    BIBM 604 - Homiletics


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    Focuses on rigorous exegesis for preaching and effective delivery of sermons based on the unique styles, problems and themes of diverse biblical genres.
  
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    BIBM 605 - Preaching Old Testament Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Explores the challenges of preaching from various genres of Old Testament literature. Particular attention is paid to the theological shape and flow of whole canonical books and the homiletical possibilities they offer as students move from text to sermon. This variable topic course periodically focuses on different canonical books. As topics vary, the course may be taken only twice. The course may be taken as text elective credit.
  
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    BIBM 607 - Effective Practice of Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    A substantive and practical examination of Christian ministry relating biblical theology and the ministry in historical perspective to contemporary church needs.
  
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    BIBM 609 - Healthcare Ministry


    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Provides enhancement of ministry concepts and skills for Christian vocations for students through pastoral care experiences with healthcare patients and families and interaction with peers and healthcare professionals. It serves as an introduction to Clinical Pastoral Education.
  
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    BIBM 614 - Theology and Ministry in Times of Crisis


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    Provides skills for intervening in crises that church leaders encounter, including needs assessment skills, maintenance of healthy boundaries within relationships, and theological reflections.
  
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    BIBM 616 - Witness in Global Contexts


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Provides a theological orientation to the task of evangelism. The class builds on the assumption that the gospel has certain instincts with regard to evangelism and its interface with culture. Attention is given to the implications of gospel and culture for the presentation of the gospel.
 

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