Course Catalog

M.Th. Course Catalog

Logic and the Dialectical and Rhetorical Methods (1)

Taking every thought captive for the Gospel entails understanding the structure of thought. Instruction in Logic will help students avoid fallacious conclusions. Instruction 
in Dialectical and Rhetorical methods will enable a student to read, understand, and compose more complex arguments.

Apologetics (1)

Defense of historic Christianity that stresses the miracles found in the Bible, particularly the Resurrection, as evidence for the trustworthiness of the biblical record.

Theology as a Discipline (1)
This course introduces the study of theology for understanding God’s redeeming work throughout history. Students will understand historical events as shaped by theological conviction for the promulgation of God’s work through Jesus Christ. Use of primary source texts will provide a systematic analysis of theological methodologies from past to the present.

Luther’s Disputations (1)
Disputations are a formal method of dialogue designed to uncover theological truths.  This course will introduce students to scholastic disputation method.  The class will utilize Luther’s famous disputations including Luther’s Disputation on the Divinity and Humanity of Christ and his disputations with John Eck. Students will have an opportunity for in class debate using Luther’s and other historical methods.

Creeds, Councils and Controversies (1)
A study of the early church dialog that led to the doctrines contained in the western and ecumenical creeds.

American Christianity (1)
The history of religious traditions and their spread throughout North America.

Pastoral Theology (.5)
Words of comfort and forgiveness are necessary for a pastor and theologian to possess. With confidence in the gospel as authority over sin and death, real comfort can be given in the hardest of situations.

Rhetoric and Proclamation (.5)
Law and Gospel as Happy Exchange. This is not a course on how to preach, but rather dialog about the act of proclamation and the centrality of the Word preached and administered in the Lord’s Supper.

Reformation Treatises (1)
This course discusses key treatises of the Reformation. These writings are especially valuable because they represent the attempt to persuade laymen and rulers concerning the truth of the Reformation position. They demonstrate an ability to make a timely response to threats to the Reformation position from within and without.

Motifs of Lutheran Thought I (1)

  • Creation
  • God Hidden
  • Law and Gospel
  • Theology of the Cross

Motifs of Lutheran Thought II (1)

  • Universal Priesthood
  • Vocation
  • Two Kingdoms
  • Conservative Reformation

The Bible in the Reformation and the Period of Revolution (1)
The history of the translation of the Bible into vernacular, Bible publishing, and the ways churches used the Bible, distinguishing Lutheran from Reformed and Anabaptist approaches.

Lutheran Polity and Confessions Course I & II (2)

  • Early Lutheranism
  • The Augustana and Apology
  • The Small and Large Catechism
  • The Smalcald Articles
  • Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope
  • The Council of Trent
  • The Schmalkaldic War
  • The Augsburg and Leipzig Interim
  • The Adiaphoristic Controversy
  • Concordia & The Formula of Concord

Biblical Theology Courses (1 each)

  • Individual books (Genesis, Galatians)
  • Topics (e.g. Pauline Eschatology)
  • Use of the Old Testament in the New

Readings in Contemporary Theology (1)
Critical analysis of major theologians from 1900 to present.  Special attention will be given to the comparison between contemporary trajectories and the key motifs of Lutheran thought.

Thesis (1) and Defense (1)
Students will prepare a well researched five thousand word defensible thesis. These should be high enough quality to submit to peer reviewed journal. Includes oral defense.

M.Div. Course Catalog

Bible, Homiletics and Pastoral Theology

Note: Students intending to complete the M.Div. program, will receive  credit towards overlapping courses in the M.Th. program. Independent Study in both  New and Old Testament courses can be interspersed during time at the institute. The  M.Div. program requires one course in both Greek and Hebrew. The language  requirement should be fulfilled before starting your biblical work. We provide summer or  evening courses in Greek, Hebrew, German and Latin. Primary work in the New and Old Testament texts will be the focus in your biblical work. M.Div. students should give priority to as many individual Bible books as they are able to adequately fit within their schedule.

New Testament Courses (4 Courses — One Synoptic Gospel Required)

  • Synoptic Gospels: Matthew
  • Synoptic Gospels: Mark
  • Synoptic Gospels: Luke
  • Johannine Literature
  • Parables
  • Romans
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Galatians
  • 1 & 2 Corinthians
  • Ephesians & Colossians
  • Pastoral Letters
  • Revelation
  • New Testament Independent Study

Old Testament (3 Courses)

  • Pentateuch (Required)
  • Jeremiah
  • Isaiah
  • Kingdom Period
  • Psalms
  • Old Testament Independent Study

Homiletics & Other (2 Courses)

  • Preaching (Required)
  • Pastoral Care
  • Worship
  • World Missions
  • Homiletics or Pastoral Theology Independent Study

Beginning Biblical Greek (Required)
This course is an introduction to the New Testament Greek language, grammar, and syntax. Pastors and theologians ought to be diligent in their study of the Scriptures, seeking to determine the true meaning of God‟s Word. A study and understanding of the original language of the New Testament is essential to achieve that objective. It will help in the following ways: (1) the preparation of sermons and other Bible study, (2) the evaluation of different translations, and (3) the interpretation of the text.

Elementary Biblical Hebrew (Required)

The courses cover the basic vocabulary, grammatical forms, and linguistic principles of Biblical Hebrew. The second portion of the course devotes more attention to translation and exegesis. The course will equip the student to understand Biblical Hebrew and make judicious use of academic commentaries and other resources dealing with the Hebrew text.