PTSL 2018


Participants may register for one, two or three courses depending on interest and availability during this event.
Online registration closed March 15, 2018.

On site registration is available for the following classes
on the day they are given.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Half-day course offerings meeting Thursday afternoon 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

John R. Levison


T1: Bible Study from Scratch

Jack Levison, W.J.A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew, Perkins School of Theology

Do you want to jump-start your Bible study? Get the most out of scripture? Cultivate a strategy for a lifelong study of the Old and New Testaments? If you do, attend this workshop—laptop in hand, if you have one—and start to learn state-of-the-art methods as well as tried-and-true resources for Bible study. Then spend a lifetime discovering depths of biblical insight you’ve never before imagined.


Theo Walker


T2: Agreements Between Science and Religion: Evolution and Creationism

Theodore Walker Jr., Associate Professor of Ethics and Society, Perkins School of Theology

We’ve all heard about disagreements between science and religion. In this class, we will discuss agreements between science and religion, especially agreements between evolution and creationism. In addition, we will look at the ways in which science corroborates the biblical commands to love God, neighbor, and enemies in texts like Matthew 5:43-48 and Matthew 22:34-40.


Suggested Reading: The Gospel of Matthew 5:43-48, 22:34-40


Friday, March 23, 2018


One-day course offerings meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Mark Teasdale


F1: Knowing, Doing, and Being the Good News: A Reintroduction to Evangelism

Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

This course will reintroduce you to the idea and practice of evangelism, including the importance of your own formation in the Christian faith in order to evangelize well. You will learn how to articulate your faith in a way that is authentic to yourself and to the Christian tradition. In addition, you will develop creative methods of evangelism for use in your future interactions with others.


Suggested Reading: Chapter 8 in Mark Teasdale’s Go! How to Become a Great Missional Congregation and the Introduction in Teasdale’s Evangelism for Non-Evangelists.


Jaime Clark-Soles


F2: Land Matters: Geography and the Bible

Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Perkins School of Theology

Understanding the geography of the Bible has a direct impact on interpreting its meaning. As I insist my students repeat and memorize, the mantra is “All geography is theology” when it comes to the Bible. Once you start thinking about it, all kinds of questions spring to mind: Why are the disciples known as Galileans? What is meant by Galilee “of the Gentiles”? Where is the Decapolis and why does it matter that Jesus ministers there? Why highlight that the woman at the well is from Samaria? Why does the author of Revelation call Rome “Babylon” instead of Rome? How does ancient Joppa intersect with modern Joppa, and why should contemporary Christians care? Join me for this course and let’s dig into these land questions!



Saturday, March 24, 2018


One-day course offerings meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Dr. O. Wesley Wes Allen, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University SMU










S1: Parables: Not the Stories You Think They Are

O. Wesley Allen, Jr., Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology

If we listen to Jesus’ parables with fresh ears, much as ancient hearers would have heard them, we find they challenge us in radical ways. The parable stories in Mark 4 and Matthew 13 will serve as the center of the class’s discussion, with some examination of parables found in Matthew 24-25. In addition, Luke’s parables, particularly those in chapters 10 and 15, will be compared and contrasted with Mark’s and Matthew’s.


Suggested Reading: In addition to reading through the parables in chapters of the Synoptic Gospels, students should read Charles W. Hedrick, “Parables,” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, vol. 4 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009) 368-77.


John Hobert


S2: Will the Real God of the Universe Please Stand Up? The Book of Job

John Holbert, Professor Emeritus of Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology

The Book of Job is often said to address the difficult question of the suffering of the innocent. Though it features a main character who suffers innocently, the book’s real focus is on the nature of God. The book asks, “How are we to understand God when all we have learned and expected about God has been called into question?” Bring a Bible and come along on the journey…we may find some real surprises.

Suggested Reading: John Holbert's, Preaching Job


If you choose to attend a Saturday All-day Course, you will not be able to attend the Saturday Half-day Course.


Half-day course offering meeting from 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. 

 Susanne Scholz

S3: The Bible and Yoga

Susanne Scholz, Professor of Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology

This course invites you to combine yoga practice and biblical insights (from the book of Psalms) to calm and refresh the body, mind, and soul. You will learn a slowed-down method of reading the Bible while remaining aware of your physical and spiritual self. Wear comfortable workout pants and T-shirt, and bring a yoga mat, block, strap, and two blankets. No prior experience required.
Suggested Reading: John N. Sheveland, “Is Yoga religious?” (2011), Martin B. Copenhaver, “My wandering mind: a pastor goes to yoga” (2011, Susanne Scholz, “Bible and Yoga: Toward an esoteric Reading of Biblical Literature” (2005)