Western Theological Seminary

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Courses for adult education at your church

Our faculty members offer a wide variety of one- to six-session courses in areas of their special interest. You are also invited to work with a professor to design a course that fits your congregation's particular needs.

To schedule a course, contact the faculty member directly at 616-392-8555. Please book courses early; schedules fill quickly!


Carol Bechtel - Professor of Old Testament

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: A Study of the Book of Ruth  

2-4 sessions

For Such a Time as This: A Study of the Book of Esther

3-4 sessions

Hallelujah! The Bible and Handel's Messiah

(Advent) 4 sessions

(Lent) 6 sessions

Sowing Tears; Reaping Joy: The Bible and Brahm's Requiem

4-7 sessions

They're Playing our Psalm:  The Psalms as a Soundtrack for Faith and Life  

1-6 sessions

The Lost Art of Lament

1-2 sessions

Job and the Life of Faith

1-5 sessions

The Music of Advent

1-2 sessions

 
Thomas A. Boogaart - Dennis and Betty Voskuil Professor of Old Testament

Angel Prophets and Other Messengers From God

Length of Event negotiable

Fire, Lions and the Fingers of a Hand: The Story of Sovereignty in the Book of Daniel

Length of Event negotiable

Does Job Hear God for Nothing? Suffering Before God

Length of Event negotiable

Recovering the Bible as a Spiritual Resource

Length of Event negotiable

 

Timothy L. Brown - President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching

Due to Tim Brown's preaching schedule, he is not available for adult education classes.

 

 

James Brownson - Professor of New Testament

The Bible, Women, and Leadership

4-6 sessions

Exploring Baptism

2-6 sessions


Donald J. Bruggink (Emeritus) - James A.H. Cornell Professor of Historical Theology

The Faith of the Early Christians (illustrated)

1 session

From Persecution to Privilege (illustrated)

3-6 sessions

The Church in Russia (illustrated)

2-6 sessions

Architecture and Worship (illustrated)

2-6 sessions

The Reformation of Worship (illustrated)

2-6 sessions


I. John Hesselink (Emeritus) - Albertus C. Van Raalte Professor of Systematic Theology

The Meaning & Relevance of the Reformed Faith

5-6 sessions

Introduction to Calvin's Theology

5-6 sessions

Last Things Now: Some Key Eschatological Issues

4-6 sessions

Developments & Issues in Modern Theology

5-6 sessions

I Peter Bible Study

5 sessions

Philippians Bible Study

4 sessions

I Corinthians 15

2 sessions

I Corinthians 12 & 14

2 sessions

The RCA and CRC - What Unites & Divides Us

1 session

My Dream for the RCA and a Proposed Credo

1 or 2 sessions


George R. Hunsberger - (Emeritus) Professor of Missiology

Features of the Missional Church

1 day seminar

The Church Between Gospel and Culture

1 day seminar

People of the Reign of God

1 day seminar

Evangelism in the 21st Century

1 day seminar


Christopher B. Kaiser (Emeritus) - Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology

The Biblical Basis for the Doctrine of the Trinity

Length of event negotiable

The Ecumenical Creeds of the Church

Length of event negotiable

Biblical Images of Creation

Length of event negotiable

Creation and the History of Science

Length of event negotiable

Three Models of Intelligent Design

3 sessions

Living the Christian Faith in a Tech-Wired World

simple reflective exercises in class and

some to be done during the week.

Creation and Evolution

3 session minimum recommended


Suzanne McDonald - Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology

Dealing Faithfully With Dementia

2 sessions

In the End...What? And Why Does it Matter? The "Last Things" and the Christian Hope" 

negotiable length

Re-thinking Election

1-2 sessions

Exploring the Reformation

2 sessions

John Knox: Then and Now

1 session

   


Ron Rienstra - Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship Arts

Meaning What We Pray: A Workshop on Intercessory Prayer

2 Sessions


Kyle J.A. Small - Dean of Formation for Ministry and Associate Professor of Christian Leadership

Reading the Bible as the Priesthood of Believers

1-2 session

Missional Spirituality

1-3 sessions

Missional Church: The People, Pastor, and the World God Deeply Loves

1-3 sessions

Principalities, Powers, and Polity: Creating Governing Structures for God's People

1-3 sessions

Congregational Discovery: Facilitating Process for a Preferred Future

5-7 sessions 

 

David Stubbs - Professor of Ethics and Theology

War, Peace, and Peacemaking: Christian Perspectives

3 Sessions

Temple and Table: The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

2-3 Sessions

The Book of Numbers: The People of God, their Calling, and their Temptations

3 Sessions

Who is Jesus? The Vision of Karl Barth

3 Sessions

 

Robert E. Van Voorst - Professor of New Testament

The Sermon on the Mount

4-6 sessions

The Acts of the Apostles

4-8 sessions

The Book of Revelation

4-6 sessions

Christianity and other Religions

2-4 sessions

Difficult Issues Facing the Church: Homosexuality, Religious Pluralism, and Ecumenical Relations  

3 sessions

The Gospel of Luke

4-8 sessions

Humor in the Christian Life

1-2 sessions

Understanding Islam

3-4 sessions

All times are adjustable.
Most topics can be done in 1 or 2 days on retreats or in conferences.


Dennis N. Voskuil  (Emeritus) - Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Professor of Church History

The Church Faces the 21st Century

2-4 sessions

History of the RCA

2-4 sessions

The Reformation

2-4 sessions

Latter Day Saints

1-2 sessions

Pentecostal Church

2-4 sessions

Who are the Evangelicals?

2-4 sessions

American Pentecostalism

2-4 sessions

Strangers in the Land

2-4 sessions

Calvinism in an Arminian Culture

2-4 sessions

Robert Schuller Revisited

1-2 sessions

Positive Thinking in American Popular Religion

2-4 sessions

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