SUMMERIM: ST 611 Models of Divine Providence with Dr. Bruce Ware, July 7-11 of 2014
Instructor Bio: Dr. Ware is a highly esteemed theologian and author in the evangelical world. He came to Southern Seminary from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he served as Chairman of the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology. Prior to this, he taught at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Bethel Theological Seminary. Dr. Ware has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews. He also has authored God’s Lesser Glory: The Diminished God of Open Theism; God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance; Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God; and The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ.
Course Description: A study is undertaken of the Christian doctrine of divine providence, God's providential preservation of and governmental rulership over the world he has created. The examination of several models of divine providence will assist the exploration of several critical issues, e.g., the eternal will and purposes of God, human volition and moral responsibility, the role of prayer, God’s call to labor within his kingdom’s rule, the reality of miracles, and the problems and purposes involved in suffering and affliction.
SUMMERIM: BE 607 Encountering the Biblical World with Dr. Dan Warner, June 23-27 of 2014
Instructor Bio: Dr. Warner received a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, England, where he majored in Archaeology. He also holds a Th.M. in Old Testament and Hebrew from Grace Theological Seminary. He has done extensive research for several major universities including Harvard, Jerusalem University College, and Ben Gurion, in Israel. He has traveled and excavated in the Middle East for 30 years and participated in six major excavations including Ashkelon, Gerar, Megiddo, Kabri, and now direct the Tel Gezer Water System Expedition in Israel. He chairs the Department of Archaeology for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an author and does archaeological reconstructions for several publishers including Zondervan and Logos. He is married and a father of 3 children.
Course Description: A survey is undertaken of a wide range of materials and issues related to the background of the Old and New Testaments, including: archaeology, historical geography, religion, manners and customs, economics, social concerns, and the literature of the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world. The course is designed to help students bridge the temporal and cultural gaps between contemporary society and the historical eras of the Bible.
SUMMERIM: ST 604 Ecclesiology: The Headship of Christ in the Local Church with Pastor Greg Stoever, August 18-22nd, 2014.
Instructor Bio: Greg has been serving as Pastor-Teacher at River City Grace Community Church in Sacramento since the beginning of 2000. Prior to that he served as an intern at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles while he was in seminary. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from TMS, he served for almost 10 years as a Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor at a church in Simi Valley, CA. Greg is also involved with preaching and teaching ministry at the European Bible Training Centers in Berlin, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. He and his wife Laurie have four children.
Course Description: Pastors must clearly understand, and be zealously committed to, God’s design and purpose for the church. If pastors aren’t consumed with a biblically-saturated, Spirit-empowered, Christ-exalting vision for the church, they’ll easily fall prey to the pressure of wrong attitudes and expectations about the local church, and the often idolatrous affections which motivate them. Oh, how the under-shepherds of Christ’s church need to faithfully “shepherd the flock of God” (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:1-4), in the power of the Holy Spirit, and in eager anticipation for the return of the Chief Shepherd!
This summer’s ecclesiology course at TCS will be a study of Christ’s design in the origin, purpose, nature, and organization of the church. Special prominence will be given to its membership, its ministry, its government, its officers, its discipline, and its ordinances, with emphasis on the active headship of Christ in the life and witness of the local church. Throughout the course, seven key practical issues in the area of applied ecclesiology will be addressed: the centrality of the expositional preaching and teaching of God’s Word; the distinction between Israel and the Church; the practice of church membership and discipline; the priesthood and ministry of every believer; the importance and implementation of a biblical church polity; the importance and nature of corporate worship; the practices of the ordinances of baptism and communion.