ID Title Professor
BSG 5501 COL
Engaging Texts & Contexts
Th: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Overland
Engaging Texts & Contexts Download Syllabus This course will be taught synchronously with Ashland.
Thursday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to a three-fold framework for biblical interpretation involving the investigation of the "world in front of the text" (between the text's composition and us as readers), the "world within the text" (the close reading of the text itself), and the "world behind the text" (the environment and situation that contributes to the occasion and shaping of the text, and therefore its contextual interpretation). The applicability of this model also to the literature and contexts of other curricular areas will also be demonstrated.

Paul Overland, PhD poverlan@ashland.edu 419-289-5773
BSG 5510 COL
Fall
Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation
T: 6:30PM-8:30PM
Eastman
Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation Fall Download Syllabus This course is for students in the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program.
Tuesday - 6:30PM-8:30PM
Columbus
2 Credit Hours

Mental health professionals will often encounter clients operating from within a Christian world view. This course seeks to provide these professionals with a framework for examining how an individual's interpretations of discrete Scriptures position him or her for greater or diminished mental and relational health. In particular, the course seeks to equip future counselors to help disentangle interpretations of Scripture that perpetuate dysfunction and to help construct interpretations that are both sound and healthful.

David Eastman
CWP 5512 COL
Worship and the Community of God
M: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Rosser
Worship and the Community of God Download Syllabus Monday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This course is an introduction to the liturgical life of the Christian faith. Building upon the foundations of the Bible, Christian tradition, and theology, the course provides the necessary information for a robust understanding of Christian corporate worship. In addition, this course examines the ways in which worship plays a fundamental role in forming and sustaining the community of faith. It also presents students the opportunity to acquire and practice the skills that are necessary to plan and lead meaningful corporate worship. (Ministry Cohort Course)

Greg Rosser
ITS 5500 DL
STEP ONE Platform
Hudson
STEP ONE Platform Download Syllabus Columbus Pass/Fail Credit Hours

This 5-week introductory, online, non-credit platform that will set the student on pace for a thriving Seminary journey by exposing them to several tools necessary for success. Student will have an opportunity to give feedback on their experience as an entering new student through the ESQ (Entering Student Questionnaire). Student will complete a writing assessment to gain a better understanding of what is necessary for academic writing success at Ashland. Opportunity will be given to each student to learn how to navigate through an online format via a LMS (Learning Management System). Participation in online dialogue with fellow students, devotions, email correspondence, videos, and special readings are all a part of this introductory platform. Additionally, we are excited to be able to offer an opportunity for the student to complete a personality assessment to discover personal strengths and preferences that will enhance a deeper knowledge of one's self. This will be achieved through a one on one meeting with a certified MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) practitioner about the results of their personality assessment and its integration with their learning style, family life, relationships and career goals. Lastly, each student will be assigned to an academic advisor who will put together a MAP (My Advising Plan) for an appropriate and successful educational journey at ATS.

Carrie D. Hudson, DMin chudson2@ashland.edu 419-289-5183
OTS 5511 COL
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)
Th: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Hawk
Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) Download Syllabus Thursday - 6:00PM-9:00PM
Columbus
3 Credit Hours

This study focuses on the content, interpretation, and theology of the books of the Old Testament canon from Genesis through 2 Kings. Besides concerted study in the biblical text, the course explores aspects of the history, societies, and literature of the ancient Near East relevant to the interpretation of these books and their reception in the New Testament.

L. Daniel Hawk, PhD dhawk@ashland.edu 419-289-5172
SPF 5541 COL
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines
F: 6:00PM-9:00PM, S: 8:00AM-4:00PM
Watson
Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines Download Syllabus This course will meet the weekends of September 12-13; October 10-11 and November 7-8.
Friday - 6:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday - 8:00AM-4:00PM
Columbus
2 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the nature and processes of spiritual formation, drawing upon the models of Dallas Willard and Robert Mulholland. It explores spiritual growth as directed by the Holy Spirit through classical disciplines, both personal and communal, of the Christian tradition. Students will have the opportunity to practice particular spiritual disciplines for growth in personal and social holiness. The course is graded pass/fail.

JoAnn Ford Watson, PhD jwatson@ashland.edu 419-207-9630