Before Ashley Johnson founded the College of the Evangelists on his grandfather’s farm in Kimberlin Heights, Tennessee, he developed and administered the Correspondence Bible College. This institution provided college-level Bible instruction by mail to nearly three thousand people from 1886 to 1912. Through the decades, Johnson Bible College continued to provide correspondence courses by mail, and eventually also by Internet.
In an effort to continue that distance-learning tradition, Johnson University is making available to the general public a college-level online course on Pauline Literature. This course is intended for church leaders, Sunday School teachers, and other Christians who are motivated to learn about Paul's letters on a more advanced level. Course participants will not earn college credit; consequently, Johnson University is providing it free of charge as a service to the church.
The designer and supervisor of the course is Dr. Gregory Linton, Professor of New Testament at Johnson University. A 1982 graduate of Johnson Bible College, Dr. Linton earned a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Duke University. Later, he received a Master of Arts in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University.
Dr. Linton has taught Pauline Literature on Johnson's campus for seven years. He has taught online courses for more than a decade, and he currently supervises an open-access course on the Acts of the Apostles that he designed. The Pauline Literature course is offered as a required course in the Bible major in the online Bachelor of Science program, but Dr. Linton has revised it as an open-access course to make it accessible to a wider audience.
Learners can work through the course at their own pace, choosing which assignments they wish to complete. A suggested schedule is offered for those who may wish to complete the course in seven weeks. The course consists of fourteen learning units. Each unit includes two quizzes over readings in two textbooks, narrated PowerPoints designed and recorded by Dr. Linton, and the option of posting responses to questions presented in the discussion forums. Learners can also take a midterm exam and final exam to assess the knowledge that they have gained through the course of study.
Enrolling in the course is as simple as emailing
to express your interest in the course. He will enroll you in the course and send you instructions about how to get started.