Roanoke Campus

Spring 2019 // Systematic Theology I

Systematic Theology I

Dr. Duncan Rankin

 

Class Details

Tuesday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning January 29.

Location: Green Ridge Baptist Church, Roanoke 

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus HERE

 

Course description: 

This course will cover theology proper (God, Trinity, creation, providence), and anthropology (man, Fall, sin). Our study will be based on the exegesis of Scripture, but with continual reference to historical theology as well. We rely upon the Bible as our ultimate authority in matters of faith and life, but we also remember that we “stand on the shoulders” of approximately 2000 years of history in interpreting and applying the Bible. 

BIO

Dr. Rankin is an Honorably Retired Presbyterian minister living in SW Virginia who also serves as an Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Erskine Theological Seminary, Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and now as a faculty member with BRITE. Raised in a Southern Presbyterian home with shared roots in the Moravian ministry, Dr. Rankin graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University in Ceramic Engineering, where he was founding president of the campus Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. After working for DuPont at the Savannah River Laboratory and Ph.D. studies in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology, the Lord redirected Duncan’s steps from a successful career in the sciences towards the Gospel ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). After completing his Master of Divinity studies at Covenant Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Jackson, Mississippi, he took his Ph.D. at the New College of the University of Edinburgh by writing on “Carnal Union with Christ in the Theology of T.F. Torrance.” Appointed to the Department of Systematic Theology at RTS-Jackson in 1993, Duncan served 10 years full time, teaching courses in dogmatic and historical theology. Active on the Theology and Strategy Working Group of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, Duncan was also a recipient of a John Templeton Foundation 1999 Science and Religion Course Prize and taught a course in Science and Theology at RTS.  At the Millennium, the Rankin family escaped the ravages of Y2K by sojourning in the quiet Scottish Highland village of Muir of Ord, before Duncan served as guest minister for Dr. David Robertson at St. Peter’s Free Church of Scotland in Dundee, home of the historic pulpit of Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne and current home of the SOLAS Ministry. Since 2003, Duncan has pastored churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and most recently as the Associate Minister of Christ Church (PCA), Katy, Texas.  In addition to his academic service, Duncan is also a member of the Board of Directors for GRACE—a Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment and a Visiting Professor for Ligonier Ministries’ Reformation Bible College, Sanford, Florida.  He and his wife Shirley have three fine children.

Spring 2019 // Old Testament: Pentateuch (Genesis-Joshua)

Old Testament: Pentateuch (Genesis-Joshua)

Rev. Kyle Ferguson and Rev. Roland Mathews

 

Class Details

Thursday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning January 31.

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Roanoke  

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus HERE. 

 

 

Course description:

This course takes an expository approach to the major developments in the history of redemption: creation, covenant, promise, and fulfillment of the promises. This portion of the biblical revelation covers the period from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to Israel in the Promised Land.

Spring 2019 // Philippians for the Pulpit

 

Philippians for the Pulpit

Rev. Randy Pizzino 

 

Class Details

Tuesday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning January 29. 

Location: Green Ridge Baptist Church, Roanoke

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus HERE

Course Description:

Join us for this seminar-style course as we work together thorough the Epistle to the Philippians. This course will be an advanced study of the practical art and discipline of expository teaching and study as practiced in a church context. This specialty track will, in part, reaffirm and refine the principles of homiletics. This course will specifically address teaching through this epistle with attention to its biblical genre, with a view toward accuracy and relevancy.

Key aspects of this cohort specialty track are peer group interactive learning and individual mentoring in homiletics. By the end of the semester, each student will be well-equipped with a thorough course outline, lecture, preaching and/or teaching notes, such that they will be set to teach the content in their own local church setting.

Summer 2019 // Greek I

Greek I

Mr. Tobias Riggs

 

Class Details

Thursday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning June 6. 

Location:  TBD, Roanoke.

Course details: Course Syllabus will be posted HERE when available.

 

Course Description:

Greek I is a three credit course that opens an entirely new world to the student of Scripture. While it must be understood that mastering this language does not settle all interpretive and theological problems, it does aid in understanding the New Testament more accurately. Therefore, it is vital that pastors and teachers engage with the original language of the New Testament. To this end, this course introduces the basic grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek, preparing the student to translate, exegete, interpret, and communicate that text for the benefit of the Church.

Course Objectives:

  • For the sake of improving one’s reading ability in the GNT, the student is to memorize the foundational vocabulary of the GNT and prove competency with frequent vocabulary quizzes.
  • Given that language is built on rules of grammar, the student will learn basic grammar and demonstrated through translation assignments.
  • Because interacting with the text increases one’s awareness of the various exegetical issues, the student will translate from the GNT using various tools as aids but not crutches.
  • Since the goal of learning the language is to properly exegete and communicate the GNT for the task of preaching and teaching in the local church, the student will learn the place of Greek in the task of communicating the Word of God.
  • With the vast amounts of scholarly commentaries, lexicons, and other resources that require a knowledge of biblical Greek, the student will learn to interact with these aids in order to increase their ability to correctly interpret the GNT.

Radford Campus

Spring 2019 // Prolegomena and the Doctrine of Scripture

Prolegomena and the Doctrine of Scripture 

Dr. Duncan Rankin

 

Class Details

Monday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning January 28. 

Location: 6226 University Park Drive, Radford | Suite 2215 — Christ Church Radford 

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus HERE.

Course Description: 

A study of theological prolegomena (introduction, theological method) and doctrine of Scripture (revelation, inspiration, authority). Our survey of doctrine will be based on the exegesis of Scripture, with continual reference to historical theology. All along we will remember the crucial nexus between faith and life, doctrine and practice, and thus endeavor to stress the importance of these doctrines for Christian thought, life, and ministry.

Lynchburg Campus

Spring 2019 // New Testament: Gospels

New Testament: Gospels

Rev. Timothy Decker

 

Class Details

Monday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning January 28. 

Location: Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Lynchburg.

Course details: Course Syllabus available HERE.

 

Course Description:

Attention is given to each writer’s literary art, theological teaching, pastoral purpose, and message for today’s church and world.

Course Objectives:

  • To gain familiarity with the contents of the four Gospels.
  • To gain acquaintance with the main theories of authorship, origin, and compositional relationship of the Gospels.
  • To understand and evaluate, discerningly, the main lines of historical criticism of the Gospels in the modern period.
  • To understand the main elements of the message of Jesus, revealed in word and deed, as reflected in the unified witness of the Gospels.
  • To recognize the distinctive emphases of each of the four Gospels, and the implications of their diversity for interpretation and proclamation.
  • To grow in personal responsiveness to the Gospel’s message of faith, repentance, humility, obedience, joy, etc.
Summer 2019 // Greek I

Greek I

Rev. Timothy Decker

 

Class Details

Monday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning June 3. 

Location: Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Lynchburg.

Course details: Course Syllabus available HERE.

Course Syllabus Overview Video available HERE

 

Course Description:

Greek I is a three credit course that opens an entirely new world to the student of Scripture. While it must be understood that mastering this language does not settle all interpretive and theological problems, it does aid in understanding the New Testament more accurately. Therefore, it is vital that pastors and teachers engage with the original language of the New Testament. To this end, this course introduces the basic grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek, preparing the student to translate, exegete, interpret, and communicate that text for the benefit of the Church.

Course Objectives:

  • For the sake of improving one’s reading ability in the GNT, the student is to memorize the foundational vocabulary of the GNT and prove competency with frequent vocabulary quizzes.
  • Given that language is built on rules of grammar, the student will learn basic grammar and demonstrated through translation assignments.
  • Because interacting with the text increases one’s awareness of the various exegetical issues, the student will translate from the GNT using various tools as aids but not crutches.
  • Since the goal of learning the language is to properly exegete and communicate the GNT for the task of preaching and teaching in the local church, the student will learn the place of Greek in the task of communicating the Word of God.
  • With the vast amounts of scholarly commentaries, lexicons, and other resources that require a knowledge of biblical Greek, the student will learn to interact with these aids in order to increase their ability to correctly interpret the GNT.