BRITE Summer Institute of Biblical Languages (SIBL)

Biblical Hebrew: Rev. Kyle Ferguson        Biblical Greek: Mr. Tobias Riggs 

Class Details

The BRITE Summer Institute for Biblical Languages (SIBL) provides thorough, intensive introductions to the biblical languages. Hebrew and Greek are offered during a special summer intensive in which each language is studied 2.5 hours per night, two nights per week for approximately 13 weeks. This is the equivalent of two semester classes. During this period, students will complete a full year of language study (Hebrew 1 and 2 or Greek 1 and 2), thus enabling them to begin studying, reading, and translating the Bible in the original languages!

When: Tuesday and Thursday nights during the summer, 6:00pm-8:30pm, June 5-August 30.

Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church // 2216 Peters Creek Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24017

How: Apply as a student, see course syllabi, register for classes here. Cost is $75 (whether for credit or audit).

Hebrew Course Syllabus

Greek Course Syllabus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Big Picture: Understanding the Theology and Storyline of the Bible
(Covenant Theology)

Dr. Duncan Rankin

 

Class Details

Monday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning September 10. 

Location: Christ Church Radford

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus: God’s Big Picture. (please note, this is the course syllabus from Fall 2017, but the 2018 syllabus will be practically identical. We will post the updated course syllabus as soon as it is available)

BIO

Dr. Rankin is an Honorably Retired PCA minister living in SW Virginia who also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and now as an adjunct 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 service at RTS, 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.

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Systematic Theology I

Dr. Duncan Rankin

 

Class Details

Tuesday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning September 11. 

Location: TBD, please check back for further details. 

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus, which will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Course description: This course will cover theological prolegomena (introduction to theology and theological method), the doctrine of Scripture (revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, authority, canon), 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 PCA minister living in SW Virginia who also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and now as an adjunct 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 service at RTS, 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.

New Testament: Gospels

Rev. Timothy Decker 

 

Class Details

Tuesday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning September 11. 

Location: TBD, please check back for further details. 

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus, which will be posted here as soon as it is available.

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.

Biblical Counseling

Mr. Michael Gembola


Class Details

Tuesday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning September 11. 

Location: TBD, please check back for further details.

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus, which will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Course Description
This class is a general introduction to biblical pastoral counseling, including an overview of current trends in counseling theory and practice and the role of counseling in public, private and church settings. The approach to soul care that will be taught relies upon the sufficiency of Scripture and is centered in the gospel. The class will present a basic counseling methodology that will be applied to common counseling situations including biblical peacemaking, anger, fear, worry, and depression.

Course Objectives
• To help the student to apply the Scriptures to counsel himself.
• To inform the student about various approaches to soul care.
• To build the student’s confidence in Christ and the Scriptures to meet people’s spiritual needs.
• To teach the student a basic methodology of biblical counseling.
• To show the student how to use the Scriptures to help in the most common pastoral counseling situations.

Expositional Teaching Seminar: Philippians 

Rev. Randy Pizzino 

 

Class Details

Tuesday Evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning September 11. 

Location: TBD, please check back for further details. 

Course details: please view the Course Syllabus, which will be posted here as soon as it is available.

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 and lecture and/or teaching notes, such that they will be set to teach the content in their own local church setting.