Bible 9 – Dan Kunkle, M.A.R., M.A., Th.M.
Bible 9 is an introduction to the Old Testament. The primary text is the Bible. The number one goal of the class is to expose the students to the text of Scripture. Students will learn how to explore the biblical text in order to understand who God is, who man is, and what God wants us to know through the story (account) we encounter on the pages of the inspired scripture. Students will encounter God through the creation account; the creation of all things by God, man’s fall into sin, and God’s gracious pursuit of man and first promise of redemption. Studying the concept of covenant and the events surrounding God’s covenantal declarations, students will gain a glimpse of God’s continued pursuit of man and what it looks like to be in relationship with God. Throughout the course they will be challenged to gain a deeper understanding of sin and a more comprehensive view of faith. The Minor Prophets and Psalms and Proverbs will show us how to cry out to God not matter what the situation of life… and howto hear back from Him.Psalm 78 sums up well why I am committed to Christian education. The first 8 verses speak of teaching“the story” to the next generation. “The story” is God’s story; it is His work of redemption. My goal is not simply that students would know the facts of God’s Word and works, but that “then they would put their trust in God” (Ps. 78:7a).
Bible 10 – Dan Kunkle, M.A.R., M.A., Th.M.
Bible 10 is an Introduction to the New Testament course. The primary text is the Bible. I use the New International Version (1984) in class. A revised version of Merrill C. Tenney’s New Testament Survey serves as a supplementary text. Students study selected passages in the Synoptic Gospels, selected passages in the Gospel of John, the Book of Acts and the books of Ephesians, James and Revelation. Students read significant portions of Scripture for homework and there are passages to memorize for each book of the Bible that we study. My goal for Bible 10 students is that they would come to a deeper understanding of how the entire New Testament is about Jesus. The Gospels reveal his earthly life and ministry, the Book of Acts reveals His work from heaven through the Holy Spirit in the early Church, the Book of Ephesians presents Jesus as the only one who can reconcile human beings to God and to one another, the Book of James shows the reader what it means to live out a life of faith in Jesus and the Book of Revelation reveals Jesus in his Exalted Glory as coming King.
I enjoy teaching Bible 10 because of the time that I get to spend in the text of the New Testament with young people.
Bible 11 – Dan Kunkle M.A.R., M.A., Th.M.
Bible 11 is an Introduction to Christian Doctrine, sometimes called Systematic Theology. The primary text is the Bible. I use the New International Version (1984) in class. Students use a study guide which I have written as a supplementary text. Students also read selected articles from Modern Reformation magazine and memorize Scripture that pertain to each unit of study. Systematic Theology is a method of Bible study that enables Bible students to ask “big questions” and then go all over the Bible to find the answers. Questions include: What is the Bible?, Who is God, Who is Jesus?, Who is the Holy Spirit?, What is the Church and what are the Means of Grace?, What is Salvation?, and What will happen at the end of the world?.
I enjoy teaching Bible 11 because through the study of these important teachings of Scripture, students have the opportunity to get to know God better and love him more.
Bible 12 – Dan Kunkle M.A.R., M.A., Th.M.
Bible 12 is an Introduction to Christian Apologetics class, defined in terms of worldview and cultural analysis. Students read James Sire’s book, A Universe Next Door throughout the first semester. This text introduces students to a number of non-Christian worldviews, including Deism, Atheism, Nihilism, Existentialism, Pantheism and Post-modernism. Although our goal is to honestly understand these various worldviews, upon analysis we conclude that only biblical Christianity can explain the world as it is and satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart. Second semester we study human culture from a Christian perspective. We use segments of the Francis Schaeffer How Should We Then Live? video series, Reviewing the Movies by Fraser & Neal and C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters in order to accomplish our goal of demonstrating that only biblical Christianity can explain human culture and satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart. As students graduate from Phil-Mont, our passion is that in the years ahead their faith would not merely survive, but triumph.
I enjoy teaching Bible 12 because it provides opportunity for students to wrestle with ideas and values that are prevalent in the world today that may appear attractive on the surface. These worldviews and ideologies fail, however, under the scrutiny of Christian analysis. I enjoy helping students “Learn to Look” into these things through the lens of biblical Christianity.