Fall 2016 Courses at Midwestern

The Fall Term is well underway at Midwestern Seminary and I am enjoying getting to know new and returning students again on campus and especially those students taking my classes.

Here are the courses I am teaching this fall in addition to my ongoing academic administrative responsibilities:

Baptist History

This is our required historical theology course for masters students that I enjoy a great deal. While some folks cannot imagine having to teach the same material over and over again, I prefer it.

Since 2005, each semester has given me the opportunity to refine and update my lectures and have another go at appealing to students that ecclesial tradition matters and that, in most cases, it is not what they think it is.

In fact, the history of the Baptist tradition is far more doctrinal, relevant to day to day church life, and helpful for the task of world evangelization than they’ve ever imagined. I have fourteen weeks to convince them of this and I love that challenge.

Here is my syllabus for Baptist History (HT 3110), Mondays at 2:45 p.m. in C157.

Biblical Ecclesiology

This is a core seminar for the theology, missiology, ministry and historical theology emphases in the MBTS PhD program. I co-taught this seminar with Dr. John Mark Yeats, undergraduate dean and church historian, and we have the students read 10 major ecclesiology texts from different traditions and prepare reading outlines for discussion, write and present a major research paper, and complete a 12 page statement of their own biblical ecclesiology.

Here is the syllabus for Biblical Ecclesiology (DR 37337), that met on campus in Kansas City September 12-16.

The Baptist Tradition

This is a required seminar for the Historical Theology PhD emphasis in the MBTS PhD program. I also am co-teaching this seminar with Dr. John Mark Yeats, and we have the students read 12 major primary and secondary source texts related to the Baptist Tradition and prepare a critical review of one of the works and reading outlines for all the volumes for discussion. They also write and present a major research paper.

This is a seminar we developed after the Baptist Theologians seminar offered for decades at Southwestern Seminary and reflects the influence of many historical theologians who mentored me and have served as dialogue partners over the years including Malcolm Yarnell, Greg Wills, Michael Haykin, Paige Patterson, Thomas White, John Hammett and Nathan Finn.

Here is the syllabus for The Baptist Tradition (DR37370), that is meeting on the campus in Kansas City this week.

The MBTS PhD program was one of my favorite discoveries upon my arrival last year at Midwestern as I think it is uniquely and well-designed to serve the pastor-theologian. By offering the program entirely in a modular format, this degree follows the best of the British system combined with the strengths of a cohort USA model. Each semester-equivalent seminar consists of 8 weeks of pre-work, 5 days on campus in Kansas City, and 4 weeks of post-work. Students complete 10 seminars and need to attend 2 per year to maintain full-time status.

My observation has been that students are able to meet the same standards held by traditional residential programs with the added benefit of building stronger relationships with students and faculty due to their week-long immersion experience on campus several times a year. I am thrilled with and delighted to recommend PhD studies at Midwestern Seminary.  

Preview Conference

Are you interested in taking a class at Midwestern or seeing what degree program might be the best fit for you? Find more information here or make plans to attend our Fall Preview Conference, October 28, 2016. I would love to meet you and welcome you to Kansas City.


The Fall semester marks the return of regular articles and other resources here at JGDuesing.com or what I have re-titled as Footnotes: the collection of ancillary quotes, remarks and imagery of Jason G. Duesing. I am grateful to have the assistance of Jason Kees joining me again this semester as a Provost Fellow. Kees serves as pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Florien, Louisiana, current MBTS PhD student and regular contributor to For the Church (FTC.co). You can follow him on twitter at @jpkees.

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