Master of Arts in Theological Studies – UNW

University of Northwestern – St. Paul accepts transfer credits from Christian University GlobalNet (CUGN) into their fully online, accredited associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. Their mission is to “provide Christ-centered higher education equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community and world.”

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Core 3: Directed-Study

Course Description

Spiritual and ethical formation is a topic of discussion in many circles. We all long for intimacy with God, but how is spiritual growth and maturity developed? What are the dynamics in which God most often works in the heart of believers to make them like his Son, Jesus Christ? In this seminar, Richard Averbeck and James Grier address these and other questions in order to lay a biblical, theological foundation for proper Christian thought. In addition, they identify and describe specific practices that the listener can apply immediately to his/her life of faith.

Credits

2 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D. and James Grier, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

What is spirituality? How is it formed in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of Biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice within contemporary cultural contexts, giving special attention to the corporate dimensions of spirituality and spiritual formation as defined in the New Testament. The lectures analyze and discuss those historical and cultural factors that have led to the privatization of Christianity, and develop a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that focuses on the assembly rather than the individual.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John R. Lillis, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

With the contemporary interest in spirituality, it is imperative that the Church establish a comprehensive theology of Christian spirituality that can inform the life and witness of Christian believers. This course presents such a theology of spirituality: a theology that is biblical, practical, and contemporary, accounting for and enabling spiritual formation and nurture in a post-modern, pluralistic, materialistic society. In addition, the course provides a theological foundation for a life of prayer that will empower and sustain the believer in life and ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Gordon T. Smith, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

As ambassadors for Christ and the Gospel, we must understand the true nature of man and the magnitude of his sin. This course presents a critical and historical overview of positions regarding the nature of mankind: both as the image of God and as corrupted by sin. The course presents a distinct Reformed anthropology coupled with a fair treatment of differing views and objections. Important and controversial questions regarding the origin of evil, the nature of man, and the effects of sin on humanity are all considered, allowing students to draw informed conclusions on these and other key issues.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Roger R. Nicole, Ph.D., Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Post-Modernism is having a profound influence on the Church, from within and without. Changing ideas about the source and nature of truth are affecting Christians’ lives and ministry. In this course, learners examine current trends in contemporary theology, and how these trends arose. The course focuses on the theologies that were prevalent in the 1960’s, including Theology of Hope, Liberation Theology, Feminist Theology, Process Theology, New Age Theology, and four forms of Post-modern Theology. Students are encouraged to draw from the course content so as to relate and communicate better to their post-modern world.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John S. Feinberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Liberation theology has sought to liberate the disenfranchised from poverty, oppression, and social injustice – but at what price? This course addresses the historical and thematic development of liberation theologies in the social and religious context of Latin America. The course covers the various denominational roots, as well as the various methodologies that those denominations utilize. Dr. Mulholland presents a systematic theology of liberation, analyzing its relation to the areas of soteriology, Christology, and ecclesiology.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Kenneth B. Mulholland, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

With the broad expansion of Christianity in Africa, the African Church and African theology should be understood by us all. This course examines Christian theological formation in Africa against the background of African cultures and religions, and in light of its contemporary context. Also considered are how to study and understand Africa, and the factors that led to the debate on Christian theologizing in Africa. Throughout the course, descriptions and analyses of African religions are provided.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Tite Tiénou, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Kenneth B. Mulholland, D.Theo.

Dr. Kenneth B. Mulholland is the former Dean and Professor of the Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions for Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, where his leadership and contextual insights were used to mold and shape future ministry leaders. He received a B.A. from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, a B.D. from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and a D.Theo. with an emphasis in pastoral theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Beginning as an Adjunct…

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Glenn Smith, D.Min.

Dr. Glenn Smith is the Executive Director of Christian Direction in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he has served since 1983. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in French Literature and Linguistics, a B.A. and M.A. from the Université d’Ottawa in Patristics, and a D.Min. from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also has a D.Hon from the Union des Universities Privées d’Haïti. At Christian Direction, Dr. Smith works to promote the ministry’s multifaceted commitment to…

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Haddon W. Robinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Haddon W. Robinson is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching and the Senior Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He received a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Over the years, Dr. Robinson has left a lasting imprint on the various schools and ministries he has served. Since 1991, Dr. Robinson has been a preaching…

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John R. Lillis, Ph.D.

Dr. John R. Lillis is Dean and Executive Officer at Bethel Seminary in San Diego, CA, and has served in those positions since 2001. He earned his B.S. at the University of Kentucky, a M.S. at Air Force Institute of Technology, a M.Div. at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Lillis’ contributions to Bethel Seminary–San Diego are staggering. Under his leadership, enrollment has increased dramatically, the number of masters degrees…

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Roger R. Nicole, Ph.D., Th.D.

Dr. Roger Nicole is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. He has long been regarded as one of the preeminent theologians in America. He received his A.B. from Gymnasie Classique in Lausanne, Switzerland, a B.D. from Gordon Divinity, a M.A. from Paris-Sorbonne University in Paris, France, a S.T.M. from Gordon Divinity, a Th.D. from Gordon Divinity, a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and a D.D. from Wheaton College. While Dr. Nicole’s…

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Roger S. Greenway, Th.D.

Dr. Roger S. Greenway is former Professor of World Missiology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, where he also served as the Dean of Students and remains active as Missionary in Residence. He received his B.A. from Calvin College, a B.D. and Th.M. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a Th.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was honored to be named as a Missionary in Residence and Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School. At…

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John R. W. Stott, D.D.

Dr. John R. W. Stott was Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church in London, where he served for more than 60 years. He received his education at Rugby School and Trinity College Cambridge where he earned a double first (B.A. equivalent) in French and Theology. His M.A. equivalent came from Ridley Hall Theological College at Cambridge. He has a D.D. from Lambeth and multiple honorary doctorates from British, Canadian, and American universities. At All Souls…

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William D. Taylor, Ph.D.

Dr. William Taylor is the Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance in Austin, TX, where he networks strategic Western and non-Western mission resources. He received a Diploma in Missions from Moody Bible Institute, his B.A. at North Texas State University, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He has also completed studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and at the Spanish Language Institute in San…

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Tite Tiénou, Ph.D.

Dr. Tite Tiénou is Senior Vice President of Education, Dean, and Professor of Theology of Missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he has served since 1997. He earned a B.S. from Nyack College, the Maîtrise en Théologie at Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. At Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1997-current), Dr. Tiénou’s areas of expertise include missions, theology, and the church in Africa. Beginning…

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Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Averbeck is professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he has served on the faculty since 1994. He received his B.A. from Calvary Bible College, a M.Div. and M.A. from Grace Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Annenberg Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania (formerly Dropsie College). Born and raised on a diary farm in rural Wisconsin, Dr. Averbeck has a passion for…

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