Once a year, usually in July, August or September, regular lectures are cancelled to make way for the week long Master of Arts intensive subject. These are conducted by world-renowned scholars, often from overseas. To date, intensives have been taken by Guy Prentiss Waters, Gerald Bray, Tremper Longman, Paul Barnett, Ed Welch, Philip Satterthwaite, and others.
All full time students are permitted to audit these subjects at no cost.
A public meeting is usually held on the Wednesday evening of the intensive week, aimed at a more popular level.
Dr Richard Belcher, OT lecturer at Reformed Theological Seminary, will take an MA intensive on the book of Judges, August 4-8, 2014. Dr Belcher has a PhD from Westminster Seminary, and considerable pastoral experience. He has written various articles and books on Hebrew poetry, and the Psalms in particular.
July 22 - 26, 2013 at PTC will be an Intensive on Romans, taught by Guy Prentiss Waters. Dr Waters is Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson. He has qualifications from UPenn, Westminster and Duke, and is the author of several influential books, including How Jesus Runs the Church and Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul.
The 2012 Intensive was taken by the world renowned scholar, Dr Gerald Bray. The course was 'History of Biblical Interpretation' (TH789). Dr Bray was the first to take one of our Intensive courses, back in 2004. He is a research professor of divinity, history and doctrine at Beeson Divinity School. One of his most well known writings is 'The Doctrine of God', and he is also editor of the journal, 'Churchman'.
The lecturer for the 2011 MA intensive was Dr Ed Welch.
Ed is an adjunct professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and is on the staff of CCEF, the Christian Counselling and Education Foundation. He has conducted an MA course at PTC in the past, which proved to be immensily popular, so he received an invitation to return!
Ed has published extensively in the field of biblical counselling, including:
- The Counselor’s Guide to the Brain and Its Disorders
- Running in Circles
- Addictive Behavior
- Blame It on the Brain
- When People are Big and God is Small
- Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave
- Depression: A Stubborn Darkness
- Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest