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Perkins Theological School for Laity offers deep dive into Bible
Seminary faculty to provide three days of classes without the big seminary price
You love your Sunday school class and weekly Bible study, but you yearn for something more. The Perkins Theological School for the Laity may provide that deeper dive into God’s word you seek.
Although aimed at laity, the sessions March 22-24 also count as continuing education for clergy, said Priscilla Pope-Levison, associate dean for external programs at Perkins School of Theology. Half-day sessions — two Thursday and one Saturday — are new this year. Early bird registration ends March 15 for the school, held at Prothro Hall at Southern Methodist University.
“It is a chance to learn from Perkins faculty without having to pay the high cost of seminary,” Pope-Levison said.
The opening day is especially busy. The afternoon kicks off with the courses “Starting Your Bible Study From Scratch” and “Agreements Between Religion and Science,” which delves into evolution and creationism.
Just as the Thursday classes end, the three recipients of the 2018 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award will be honored at the opening worship. This year’s honorees are Dr. Lydia Bean, Dr. Kathryn S. Stream and Dr. Beverly E. White, chosen for their faith and commitment of service to Christ in the church, community and world.
On Thursday evening, Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale will give the Wallace Chappell Lecture on “Stewards of God’s Mystery, Leaders for the World.” Dr. Teasdale, associate professor of evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary who earned his doctorate at SMU, will present real-world examples of evangelism in the local church as he tells how to engage and equip new leaders. The free lecture will be live-streamed.
On Friday, Dr. Teasdale will teach “Knowing, Doing and Being the Good News: A Reintroduction to Evangelism.” The other class that day is “Land Matters: Geography and the Bible,” taught by Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, professor of New Testament at Perkins.
Notable this year is the return of Dr. John Holbert, a lay school favorite and Perkins professor emeritus, who will lead “Will the Real God of the Universe Please Stand Up? The Book of Job” on Saturday. Also Saturday are “Parables: Not the Stories You Think They Are” and a half-day session on “The Bible and Yoga.”