Christian Studies & Philosophy Courses – Asbury University
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Christian Studies & Philosophy Courses

This guide provides additional information about most non-Foundations offered by the CSP department in the upcoming semester. The course schedule is subject to change, based on enrollment and staffing. For a complete listing of courses, as well as up-to-date information about what courses remain on the schedule and about times and days, please consult the official online schedule published by the Registrar.

Course Offerings for Spring 2023

▾ BTH 330 - Bible, Culture, Justice

Dr. Suzanne Nicholson     TR 9:25-10:40

This course will explore the biblical mandate to love our neighbors as ourselves (Lev 19:18; Mark 12:31). Drawing from all parts of Scripture, students will study biblical passages relating to some of the pressing issues Christians face in contemporary society such as human trafficking, poverty and economic justice, abortion and child welfare, discrimination, gender roles and sexual identity. The goal of the course is not to provide students with a pat answer for each issue, but to equip students with tools to evaluate and respond in Christian ways to these concerns.

▾ BTH 340 - Holiness and the Christian Life

Dr. Kevin Anderson     TR 2:10-3:25

This course explores the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of Christian holiness and its relation to the doctrine of salvation. Special emphasis will be given to a Wesleyan understanding of holiness, and its relevance in relation to contemporary expressions of Christian spirituality.

▾ BTH 475 - Senior Seminar

Dr. Brian Shelton     R 3:30-4:20

A discussion-oriented course examining issues in biblical and theological studies. Requirements include readings and written reflections, with a required ministry experience for pre-ministry majors. Passing grades are based on fulfillment of requirements, attendance and participation.

▾ CM 100 - Ministry & Mission in the Contemporary Church

Dr. Brian Hull and Dr. Sam Kim     TR 12:45-2:00

An examination of various models of the church and its ministry. Contemporary expressions of the church's mission in the world will be explored and compared to Biblical ideas, and students will develop a personal statement of ministry philosophy. Consideration will be given to the call, qualifications, and roles of ministry leaders.

▾ CM 201 - Dynamics of Spiritual Growth

Dr. John Morley     MWF 2:00-2:50

A study of the dynamics of Christian growth and maturity, with special emphasis on the Spirit-filled life. Concepts of discipleship and spiritual formation will be considered in the light of human developmental patterns. The course is concerned with students' own spiritual growth, and their facilitation of others' spiritual growth.

▾ CM 211 - Instructional Bible Study

Professor Caleigh Smith     MWF 9:00-9:50

A Bible study skill course combined with examination and application of appropriate methods and materials for teaching the Bible. Opportunity is given in lab sessions to develop personal skills in teaching and leading small group Bible studies.

▾ CM 235 - CM Practicum

Professor Jeannie Banter     W 4:00-4:50

Opportunity for observation and practical experience in ministry settings as a means to clarify direction and call to ministry through networking with professionals serving in a ministry role. Periodic class sessions provide opportunity for interaction with peers and reflection on ministry practices. Majors and minors only. May be repeated.

▾ CM 411 - Leadership in Ministry

Dr. Brian Hull     TR 3:30-4:20

A survey of foundational principles of leadership and leadership development in ministry settings. Students develop personal leadership skills relating to team ministry.

▾ EM 280 - Foundations for Educational Ministry

Professor Caleigh Smith     MWF 11:00-11:50

A study of cultural, theological, philosophical, and psychological concepts foundational to the field of educational ministry.

▾ EM 360 - Adult Ministry

Dr. James Bush     TR 2:10-3:25

An examination of the periods of adulthood from the perspective of needs, developmental tasks and spiritual formation. Includes program development and a study of principles which promote the integration of all adults into the community of faith.

▾ ICS 201 - Christianity & World Religions

Dr. Sam Kim     TR 8:00-9:15

A critical analysis of the belief systems and behavioral practices of contemporary religious systems. Special attention is given to the development of healthy interreligious dialogue and missionary strategies for reaching those people groups who practice such religious systems with the message of the Gospel.

▾ ICS 322 - Contextualization: Christianity & Culture

Dr. Sam Kim     MWF 11:00-11:50

Examines the impact of culture upon Christianity in all cultures, including our own, and the need for effective contextualization of the Gospel in every culture in order to address matters of faith and establish an indigenous church. This course is best taken by students in their last year of a degree program who have foundations in theology/Bible and culture as they prepare to be leaders and innovators in their churches and mission fields.

▾ ICS 393 - Seminar: Cross-Cultural Leadership

Dr. Sam Kim     TR 9:25-10:40

Special topics in Intercultural Studies.

▾ NT 100 - Understanding the New Testament (Nicholson)

Dr. Suzanne Nicholson     MWF 1:00-1:50 and MWF 3:00-3:50

An introduction to the New Testament that attempts to help students enter into the "three worlds" of the biblical text: the world behind the text, seen in its historical, cultural, and geographical contexts; the world in the text, including its literary forms, story of Jesus and the early church, and major theological themes; and the world in front of the text, involving an exposure to critical methods and issues important to New Testament interpretation and application.

▾ NT 100 - Understanding the New Testament (Vaughan)

Dr. Joy Vaughan     TR 8:00-9:15 and TR 12:45-2:00

An introduction to the New Testament that attempts to help students enter into the "three worlds" of the biblical text: the world behind the text, seen in its historical, cultural, and geographical contexts; the world in the text, including its literary forms, story of Jesus and the early church, and major theological themes; and the world in front of the text, involving an exposure to critical methods and issues important to New Testament interpretation and application.

▾ NT 210 - The Growth of the New Testament Church

Dr. Suzanne Nicholson     TR 12:45-2:00

A study of the emergence of Christianity in relation to the historical, religious, and philosophical milieu of the first century. Attention is given to the birth and development of the apostolic church and the variety of ways in which it witnessed to the revelation of God in Christ.

▾ OT 100 - Understanding the Old Testament (Anderson)

Dr. Kevin Anderson     MWF 9:00-9:50 and MWF 11:00-11:50

This course is a biblical and theological study of the Old Testament, tracing its sweeping story from creation to the eve of the birth of Christ. The course emphasizes the Old Testament's major characters, its history and culture, types of literature, and the themes that unify its message. It strives to bridge the gap between Christian belief and practice while seeking to demonstrate how the Old Testament provides an indispensable foundation for understanding the New Testament and the Christian Church.

▾ OT 100 - Understanding the Old Testament (Burnett)

Dr. Julianne Burnett     TR 12:45-2:00

This course is a biblical and theological study of the Old Testament, tracing its sweeping story from creation to the eve of the birth of Christ. The course emphasizes the Old Testament's major characters, its history and culture, types of literature, and the themes that unify its message. It strives to bridge the gap between Christian belief and practice while seeking to demonstrate how the Old Testament provides an indispensable foundation for understanding the New Testament and the Christian Church.

▾ OT 100 - Understanding the Old Testament (Wilson)

Dr. James Wilson     TR 2:10-3:25

This course is a biblical and theological study of the Old Testament, tracing its sweeping story from creation to the eve of the birth of Christ. The course emphasizes the Old Testament's major characters, its history and culture, types of literature, and the themes that unify its message. It strives to bridge the gap between Christian belief and practice while seeking to demonstrate how the Old Testament provides an indispensable foundation for understanding the New Testament and the Christian Church.

▾ OT 200 - Pentateuch

Dr. Julianne Burnett     MWF 9:00-9:50

An analysis of the general content and spiritual teachings of each of the first five Old Testament books, with special attention to historical and theological features.

▾ PHL 200 - Introduction to Philosophy (Peterson)

Dr. Claire Peterson     MWF 9:00-9:50

Introduction to the nature, methods, and purposes of philosophical inquiry. Investigates major topics such as reality, knowledge, and ethics. Surveys and evaluates important world views in an attempt to formulate a Christian world view.

▾ PHL 200 - Introduction to Philosophy (Grounds)

Professor Nicholas Grounds     TR 9:25-10:40

Introduction to the nature, methods, and purposes of philosophical inquiry. Investigates major topics such as reality, knowledge, and ethics. Surveys and evaluates important world views in an attempt to formulate a Christian world view.

▾ PHL 231 - Ethics

Dr. Sydney Penner     TR 8:00-9:15 and 12:45-2:00

Studies the major thinkers and positions in the field of ethics with attention to their relation to Christian thinking related to moral life. Among the views studied are forms of utilitarianism, Kantianism, hedonism, and virtue theory.

▾ PHL 293 - Seminar: Work and the Good Life

Dr. Claire Peterson     MWF 11:00-11:50

Selects a significant issue, problem, theme, or thinker for intensive study.

▾ PM 410 - Evangelism

Dr. Brian Hull     TR 9:25-10:40

This course provides a theological and practical introduction to the practice of evangelism, particularly in and through the local church. It prepares pastors and church leaders in fostering the evangelistic outreach of individuals and of the congregation as a whole. Students will also explore how the local church partners in world evangelization.

▾ TH 250 - Foundations of Christian Thought (Vaughan)

Dr. Joy Vaughan     MWF 8:00-9:00 and MWF 11:00-11:50

This course provides a foundational knowledge of Christian thought, focusing on theology and its relation to the Christian life. Students will study the basic doctrines and practices of historic Christianity, such as the being, attributes, and workings of the Triune God; the nature, fallenness, and redemption of human beings; the character and mission of the church; the disciplines and duties of personal faith; and the nature of Christian hope. Attention is given to major formative events and key persons in the history of the church that have helped to shape Christian faith. Students will not only learn what and why Christians believe what they do, but how these beliefs serve as a guide to life in the contemporary world. Special emphasis is given to the essentials of Wesleyan thought.

▾ TH 250 - Foundations of Christian Thought (Shelton)

Dr. Brian Shelton     MWF 12:00-12:50

This course provides a foundational knowledge of Christian thought, focusing on theology and its relation to the Christian life. Students will study the basic doctrines and practices of historic Christianity, such as the being, attributes, and workings of the Triune God; the nature, fallenness, and redemption of human beings; the character and mission of the church; the disciplines and duties of personal faith; and the nature of Christian hope. Attention is given to major formative events and key persons in the history of the church that have helped to shape Christian faith. Students will not only learn what and why Christians believe what they do, but how these beliefs serve as a guide to life in the contemporary world. Special emphasis is given to the essentials of Wesleyan thought.

▾ TH 250 - Foundations of Christian Thought (Matthews)

Professor Doug Matthews     TR 12:45-2:00

This course provides a foundational knowledge of Christian thought, focusing on theology and its relation to the Christian life. Students will study the basic doctrines and practices of historic Christianity, such as the being, attributes, and workings of the Triune God; the nature, fallenness, and redemption of human beings; the character and mission of the church; the disciplines and duties of personal faith; and the nature of Christian hope. Attention is given to major formative events and key persons in the history of the church that have helped to shape Christian faith. Students will not only learn what and why Christians believe what they do, but how these beliefs serve as a guide to life in the contemporary world. Special emphasis is given to the essentials of Wesleyan thought.

▾ TH 265 - Human Dignity, Depravity, and Destiny

Professor Thomas McCall     MWF 3:00-3:50

Honors Program course in Theology. Course syllabus varies by semester. Equivalent to TH 250.

▾ TH 310 - History of the Early Church

Dr. Brian Shelton     MWF 2:00-2:50

An introduction to the rise and development of the Christian church from its inception to the Council of Chalcedon in the fifth century.

▾ WA 211 - Worship Band Ensemble

Dr. Dan Pinkston     MTR 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. or MTR 9:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

Required for students in the Worship Arts major (music emphasis). Members practice together and use their music in multiple ministry situations throughout the semester, especially chapel services. By audition only. May be repeated.

▾ WA 265 - Redemption Songs: History of Worship

Dr. Dan Pinkston     MWF 3:00-3:50.

This course traces the God-given impulse to create music in worship by exploring the Biblical record, medieval liturgies, Reformation transformations, the birth of Wesleyan evangelicalism, and the contemporary worship movement. Students will examine the historical, cultural, political, economic, and theological environments that led to various developments in the music of the church. Further, students will analyze and perform key historical and contemporary pieces of music that represent various expressions of worship. Students will compare the values of different approaches to liturgy and worship style, with reference to differing cultural expressions and customs. Through a biblical and historical survey of church worship practices and principles, students will develop their own theology/philosophy of music in Christian worship.

▾ WA 330 - Worship Design

Dr. Dan Pinkston     TR 12:45-2:00

Is a combination of lecture and group projects that allow students to review the elements required for a good worship experience and then to design worship experiences utilizing all of the arts, including dance, literature, visual art, theatre, digital media, and various music styles as appropriate. Leadership & team work principles, aesthetics, design, and worship history will be integrated as guidelines.

▾ YM 235 - YM Practicum

Professor Jeannie Banter     W 4:00-4:50

Opportunity for observation and practical experience in ministry settings as a means to clarify direction and call to ministry through networking with professionals serving in a youth ministry role. Periodic class sessions provide opportunity for interaction with peers and reflection on ministry practices. Majors and minors only. May be repeated once for credit.