If you want to grow in your faith this year, Beeson Divinity School’s Lay Academy classes are a great opportunity for you. Spring 2020 classes meet in the afternoons and evenings and there are a variety of class topics from which to choose. Here’s an overview of just a few.
- “The Power and Necessity of Prayer” will be taught by Dr. Lyle Dorsett who is formerly the Billy Graham professor of Evangelism at Beeson. Students can expect to pay close attention to the Psalms as a book of prayer, the prayer practices of several Old Testament saints, and the prayer lives of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul and more. This course begins on February 24, 2020, and meets for six Monday nights from 6-8 p.m.
- Genesis is, above all, divine revelation- disclosing God’s perspective on the origins of the universe, humanity and his plan of salvation for creation and for all nations. Join Dr. Kenneth Mathews, Old Testament and Hebrew professor at Beeson, in his “Genesis: The “Book of Beginnings” class. He will explain how Genesis, as the beginning of the Bible, gives readers the foundation for understanding the whole Bible. Genesis also provides the intellectual and spiritual framework for our understanding of what and who God is, and for knowing the identity of the human “Self,” and our relationship to God, to nature, and to one another. This course meets on six Monday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. beginning February 24, 2020.
- “The History of Salvation” will approach a systematic theology in a new way, as history. This is an area in which Dr. Gerald McDermott, Anglican professor of divinity, is currently investing a great amount of his research and the course will begin very differently than one would expect. The approach will start with the three divine persons in eternity planning a creation. This will be followed by the story of creation, the Fall, and then the story of the first civilizations until Babel. That will be followed by the story of Israel throughout the Old Testament, then the story of the early church and the history of Christianity. This course meets for six Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. beginning on February 27, 2020.
Register and learn more about these and several other courses being offered this semester at www.beesondivinity.com/layacademy. Participants who register early will receive a special discounted rate.