Southern Evangelical Seminary Students Explore Evidence for the Resurrection, Study Biblical Languages, Discuss Philosophy—Now All Online
SES Seamlessly Adapts to Changing Online Educational Landscape Amid Current Times; Announces Student Relief Fund
March 30, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Colleges and universities across the nation are moving to virtual classes amid the coronavirus pandemic, and some have scrambled to transition courses entirely online, which is posing some challenges.
Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) has been prepared for 100% online education for several years.
As SES advances its 28-year mission to “train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and defense of the historic Christian faith,” the seminary is adapting seamlessly to the current state of American higher education.
“At Southern Evangelical Seminary, the training of future pastors, missionaries, chaplains and apologists continues uninterrupted,” said President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land. “Because the seminary adopted streaming and online education years ago, SES has been able to continue our courses seamlessly. All on-campus students began live-streaming the lecture portion of classes earlier this month and will continue to do so for the remainder of the spring semester.”
SES classes in the current semester, running through May 8, include: Resurrection of Jesus with J. Warner Wallace; Discipleship with Timothy Brown; Philosophy of Hermeneutics with Thomas Howe; Philosophy of Education, History of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy and Introduction to Philosophy with Brian Huffling; Existence of God with Richard Howe; Metaphysics and Theology Proper and Creation with J. T. Bridges; Survey of Bible Doctrine with Doug Potter; Apologetics and the Pulpit Ministry; Advanced Greek Exegesis; Biblical Hebrew; New Testament Survey: The Epistles and Revelation; and Old Testament Survey: Job-Malachi, among others.
“This term,” Land added, “our students are learning about the many evidences for the resurrection, delving into discipleship, studying the New Testament texts and biblical languages, discussing many aspects of philosophy and much more in their SES classes. They can continue to learn, conduct research and engage with other students and faculty members, even in the midst of this crisis, because many people have invested sacrificially in order for us to implement our vision for making conservative theological education available online with cutting-edge technology.”
Last week, SES also announced the creation of a Student Relief Fund that will help students pay for tuition in the coming months. Land noted that many SES students work at ministry or secular jobs during the day and take courses in the evening to be better prepared to fulfill God’s call on their lives. All donations given to this new fund will be used to help remove financial barriers created by the coronavirus pandemic and keep SES students on their present educational trajectory without interruption.
“Our students are the reason God raised up SES,” Land said. “God put us here and has sustained us so that we can train our students to be uniquely prepared to defend the faith, to share the Gospel and to edify the churches they have been called to serve. Without students, there is no reason for SES to exist.
“We have been very encouraged by the significant increase in enrollment—a 14% increase in enrollment and a 21% increase in courses taken this year over last year,” Land added. “We have more students, and they are taking more classes, which is counter to what the majority of seminaries are currently experiencing. We want to do everything we can to keep this positive enrollment momentum going.
“As we face the somewhat unprecedented challenges of the present, we are confident in our all-powerful and benevolent Heavenly Father.
“We may not know what the immediate future holds, but we know Who holds the future, and He is the God of miracles.”
SES has also announced its 2020 National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), set for Oct. 16-17 in Charlotte. The seminary will focus on the theme of “Hold Fast” for the 27th annual conference by welcoming some of the nation’s top apologetics speakers. The early bird deadline for tickets is Aug. 1, and SES is offering a free apologetics Bible to early ticketholders.
To interview Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary, contact Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or ext. 102.