Here are a selection of other topics you might find interesting. They were designed to answer the question, "What every elder should know about __________ ."

Biblical Content

Dr. Douglas StuartEssentials of the Old Testament
Dr. Douglas Stuart
This class is an overview of the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi in a more traditional format. Dr. Stuart also does a seminary-level Old Testament Survey in our Institute program (3 hours).

Dr. Robert MounceThe Story of Jesus, by John
Dr. Robert Mounce
This new translation of the gospel of John will help you understand the life and teachings of Jesus, and will challenge your theology. The class is housed at

Dr. Robert MounceThe Story of Jesus, by Peter
Dr. Robert Mounce
This new translation of the gospel of Mark will help you understand the life and teachings of Jesus, especially if you are new in the faith. The book is housed in our library (2 hours reading).

Dr. George GuthrieHow to Study Your Bible
Dr. George Guthrie
Have you ever sat down to study the Bible and not know how to start? Dr. Guthrie uses the imagery of a trip to talk about starting with your biblical passage, traveling to a distant land, and bringing back the historical meaning to your present (6 hours).

Biblical Theology

Dr. Paul HouseEssentials of Old Testament Theology
Dr. Paul House
Dr. House summarizes the basic teaching of the Old Testament. This course is not about what a particular text says, but what the Old Testament means as a unified whole (3 hours).

Dr. Miles van PeltBiblical Theology. This three-part class will walk you through the theology of the Old Testament (by Dr. Miles Van Pelt), the Gospels (by Dr.Craig Blomberg), and then Paul and the rest of the New Testament (by Dr. Thomas Schreiner). As opposed the Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology asks the question of what a particular book, or group of books, teach on different topics, showing emphases of the different parts of Scripture.

Dr. Bill MounceBibliology: What We Believe about the Bible
Dr. Bill Mounce
These three lessons cover the topics of how the Bible was written (Synoptic Problem), trusting the Bible (inspiration, inerrancy, authority), and how we got the Bible (canon, transmission).

UnassignedWhy I Trust My Bible
Team Taught
The uniqueness and authority of the Bible are always under attack. Professors and writers are claiming that Jesus never existed, Jesus never claimed to be God, the early church changed the basic preaching of Jesus, books were left out of the Bible, the copies of the Bible that have come down through the centuries are hopelessly corrupt, and how can you trust your translation where there are so many?

Dr. Gerry BreshearsSpiritual Warfare
Dr. Gerry Breshears 10 hours)
There is an ongoing battle between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. By studying Jesus' life and other passages in scripture, we can gain insights into how to respond to the influence of demons effectively

Dr. John PiperClasses from Dr. John Piper
Sexual Complementarity
Suffering for the Sake of the Body

Dr. John PiperGravity and Gladness on Sunday Morning
Dr. John Piper
God pursues us. We should pursue him. The key is to get these in the right order and depend on the first for the second. In the New Testament is a stunning degree of indifference to worship as an outward form and emphasizes a radical intensification of worship as an inward experience of the heart.

Dr. Gordon IsaacEssentials of Church History
Dr. Gordon Isaac
The people events and movements that shaped church history from the life of Jesus to the twentieth century.

Dr. Gordon IsaacEssential Luther
Dr. Gordon Isaac (3 hours)
Martin Luther used wit and lively word pictures to communicate his keen theological insights. His innovative thoughts are a result of his wrestling with Scripture and current theological teachings.

Dr. Timothy GeorgeTheology of the Reformers
Dr. Timothy George (12 hours)
The leaders of the Protestant reformation built on the thoughts and teachings of scholars who came before them and spent their lives seeking God and explaining his Word.

Dr. Ronald NashClass by Dr. Ronald Nash (3 hours each)
Essentials of Apologetics
Essentials of Christian Ethics
Essentials of Philosophy and Christian Thought
Essentials of Worldview Analysis

Dr. Timothy TennentWorld Religion classes by Dr. Timothy Tennent (3 hours each)
If you are taking a missions trip to an area of the world dominated by one of these religions, you should learn about the culture before leaving
Essentials of World Missions
Essentials of African Traditional Religions
Essentials of Buddhism
Essentials of Hinduism
Essentials of Islam

Dr. Jonathan J. ArmstrongGlobal Theology
Dr. Jonathan Armstrong
An analysis of non-Euro-American theologies and theologians that have emerged from the expanding Christian church in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is taught by 56 scholars from 16 different counties in a virtual environment through Moody Northwest.

Biblical Spirituality

Mr. Ron ToewsForgiveness
Mr. Ron Toews
There are only two things we can do with the past. We can either forgive, or we can let our past hurts control us. Whatever be your story, we all need to continue learning how to forgive.

Dr. Gary LovejoyDepression: When a Member of the Flock Needs Special Care
Dr. Gary Lovejoy
The primary subject of this course is depression. In much of the Christian world this topic has been taboo, misunderstood and rejected out of hand. If that is your perspective, let me encourage you to take another look. If you are a leader in a church, this course will give you insights into people’s lives that will be productive. If you are struggling yourself with discouragement you will be encouraged and challenged.

Dr. Glen ScorgieDynamics of Christian Spirituality
Dr. Glen Scorgie
This class will help those who are at the beginning stages of the spiritual journey. It talks about the dynamics of spiritual growth, how to become more like Christ (11 hours).

Dr. John PiperClasses from Dr. John Piper
Desiring God
Future Grace/Battling Unbelief
Prayer, Meditation, and Fasting

Ministry Skills

Joni Eareckson TadaMinistry and Disabilities
Team Taught
Does your church know how to minister to people with disabilities? Do you see them as a burden, or are they valued members of Christ's kingdom? Do they have anything to say to those whose disabilities are not so immediately apparent? When was the last time you heard a blind pastor preach? This seminar contains some of the key discussion in the longer course, Beyond Suffering, at (3 hours).

Dr. Gary ParrettEssentials of Christian Education
Dr. Gary Parrett (3 hours)
How do you communicate the gospel within the setting of a church? Who are you teaching? What are you teaching? Why?

Dr. Ron PyleSmall Group Dynamics
Dr. Ron Pyle
How we communicate, and how other hear and respond, is not as simple as one might expect. This class centers in on issues of leadership and conflict (3 hours).

Dr. Bryan ChapellIntroduction to Public Speaking
Dr. Bryan Chapell
It is widely known that people fear public speaking more than death. It doesn't have to be that way. Let one of the premiere homilectics professors help you get started (3 hours).

Dr. Don DavisUrban Church Planting
Dr. Don Davis (10 hours)

Current Events

Dr. Darrell BockBreaking the Da Vinci Code
Dr. Darrell Bock (1 hour)
While the movie was certainly less than successful, the book has been read by over 120 million people, and 10% to 30% believe its message.

Dr. Daniel WallaceHistory of the English Bible
Dr. Daniel Wallace (2 hours)
This course covers the history of the English Bible from the time of Wycliffe to the present day.