The Master’s Seminary has been posting full seminary level courses online. This is a treasure of in depth resources for professional level clergy as well as the laity who want to develop in depth skills and biblical understanding.
Here are some of the courses that have been posted.
Fundamentals of Expository Preaching
Mechanics of Expository Preaching
Apologetics and Evangelism
Marriage and Family Counseling
Old Testament Studies
New Testament Studies
Issues in Christian Ethics
Biblical Manhood & Womanhood
…and there are many other courses on particular books of the Bible.
Biblical Training.org has just announced a new course at their phenomenal ministry called Developing Godly Leadership which is taught by Dr. John Johnson.
Bill Mounce introduces the class:
We are especially glad to be able to announce a new class at BiblicalTraining.org, Developing Godly Leaders, by Dr. John Johnson. We have been looking for a long time to find a professor trained in practical ministry who has academic and church experience in the area of leadership.
Dr. Johnson is a professor at Western Seminary, and we are thankful to Western for the gift of this class. He is also the Lead Pastor at Village Baptist Church where he has served for 18 years.
I once, rather jokingly, suggested a book title to Zondervan Publishers: “Why Save the Lost When You can Fight with the Saved?” The sad part of the story is that they were open to the publishing project. Almost everywhere I go, I hear stories of Christians devouring one another. Alexander Strauch has even written a new book, If You Bite & Devour One Another.
Unfortunately, while many pastors are well prepared in exegetical and theological matters, the question of how to identify, raise up, encourage and train the leadership in a church is often not part of their skill set and so often contributes to the devastating statistics we hear.
Here is the course description from the website:
This is a core leadership course designed for those who intend to be future leaders in ministry. This course will move from definitions to the core values of a leader; how to take a ministry through a vision process; engage in strategic planning, decision-making, and implementation; build great teams; work through conflict and change; delegate tasks; and effectively mentor the next generation of leaders. Models from the corporate, political, and military worlds will be compared and contrasted with biblical definitions and illustrations of leadership.
Biblical Training is a wonderful ministry resource that gathers top notch seminary level teachers and provides these great teachers to us via the Internet.
Westminster Seminary California has begun a new monthly mp3 installment that will be posted on their website or available through iTunes.
From their website:
Season I of Office Hours introduces you to the faculty of WSC through personal 30-minute interviews, discussing biblical and exegetical questions, historical and theological questions, pastoral matters, and Christian living.
The first two interviews are posted now, the first episode is an interview of WSC President W. Robert Godfrey. The second episode is an interview with Julius J. Kim, Associate Professor of Practical Theology.
For the past few weeks I’ve been making my way through J. I. Packers lectures on the English Puritans, and I have to tell you, it’s been a real treat. This is one of those series you will want to go through a second time and take notes. I can’t begin to scratch the surface of all the good material. Much here on ministry philosophy, worship, pastoral concerns. Some very fascinating biographical material on lesser known Puritans. A great deal on Baxter and Owen.
Some highlights from one of the first messages that looked at many more contemporary giants who were greatly affected by the Puritans. Packer looks at sermonic structures of the Puritans and more recent contemporaies such as Lloyd-Jones. How soon in a sermon do you begin application? In the cases of Spurgeon and Lloyd-Jones, they started right away. Where did the 3 point sermon originate? He also talks about the contemporary loss of rhetorical prayer, where pastoral prayers were presenting arguments before God.
This series of lectures has been generously provided by Reformed Theological Seminary, which has conveniently supplied their audio through iTunes.
Here’s a place I’m going to start spending considerable time in very shortly. Reformed Theological Seminary has launched a huge resource of seminary level courses on iTunes. They offer complete course work on the Old and New Testaments, and have quite a large selection of church history courses, including one on the Puritans.
BiblicalTraining.org has just released a new course by Denver Seminary’s Dr. Craig Blomberg. Blomberg is considered by many to be one of the best evangelical scholars in the world today. This Introduction focuses only on the Gospels and the book of Acts.
Blomberg looks at the life of Christ in a harmonistic approach, looking first at the social/economic/political/religious backgrounds of Palestine. Historical and literal criticism is considered, and then Blomberg examines Christ’s life, from his early years, through his public and private ministry, and finishes with his passion.
The course finishes with a look at the book of Acts, the theology of evangelism and the planting of the early church.
This course is part of the Leadership series of courses.
Church historian David Calhoun’s lectures on church history have been made available online by Covenant Theological Seminary. These excellent lectures should not be missed. The old saying, ‘Those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it’ holds a particular truth for Christians. We must know church history. Calhoun does a great job of making church history accessible and interesting.
Dr. David Calhoun’s seminary courses on church history are well known, and now are available online from Covenant Theology Seminary. This course covers the history of the church from the book of Acts to the dawn of the Reformation.
Church history is one of the big weaknesses of most Christians, and many errors we easily fall into could be avoided with a basic knowledge of church history. Calhoun makes church history accessable, interesting and relevant.