Ligonier Academy undergraduate Bible College is set to open Fall 2011. I was recently able to interview Rev. Michael Morales about Ligonier Academy. Rev. Morales teaches for Ligonier Academy as Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Great Works, as well as Dean of Admissions (recruitment). He is a Teaching Elder in the PCA who, before coming to Ligonier, he taught for three years at an evangelical seminary.
What is the purpose of Ligonier Academy? Why does Ligonier Academy exist?
Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies was founded to provide educational opportunities for Christians who recognize that the knowledge of God and the things of God is the mother of devotion and reformation, for Christians who recognize that the knowledge of their God and His holiness if foundational to lives and vocations that lead to the glory and enjoyment of God. Our vision for the Academy is that we will be a community of teaching and learning from which God’s people will emerge with a fuller knowledge of their God and of their gifts for service to Him. In short, we desire to provide an opportunity for Christians to study the riches of the historic Christian faith in a formal collegiate setting.
Why do you think it is necessary to start Ligonier Academy given that there are hundreds of Bible colleges and Christian Universities to choose from in America?
While there are indeed numerous Bible colleges in America that come from a dispensational and/or fundamentalist perspective, there is still an outstanding need for a particularly reformed Bible college, grounded in the five “solas” of the Reformation (salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone, as revealed in the Scriptures alone).
What type of students are you at Ligonier Academy trying to attract?
We are looking for students excited to engage in a rigorous theological education focusing on the study of Scripture, in the context of historic Christian orthodoxy. While anyone may benefit from what we offer, our degree programs may be best suited for those preparing for graduate education (in seminary or otherwise), those desiring a solid foundation in biblical and theological studies before further undergraduate education, those completing an undergraduate education begun elsewhere, and individuals seeking personal enrichment and development.
What can a student do to prepare before attending Ligonier Academy?
Students seeking a basic orientation to Ligonier’s perspective on each of the four main areas of the curriculum may consider working through the Foundations of Faith course by R.C. Sproul for Theology, From Dust to Glory by R.C. Sproul for Biblical Studies, Invitation to the Classics by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness for the Great Works, and The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History by A.K. Curtis, R. Petersen, and J.S. Lang for Church History. However, these works are neither “prerequisites” to study at the Academy nor a reflection of the more rigorous coursework that will be involved in the undergraduate programs—again, these are merely suggested as a basic orientation.
What degrees are going to be offered at Ligonier Academy? Could you describe each of them in some detail?
The Academy offers two four-year Bachelor of Arts and one two-year Associate of Arts:
(1) Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies—focuses on the history and background of Scripture, the theology of Paul, and the original languages of Hebrew and Greek.
(2) Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies—focuses on the history of theology, philosophy, and apologetics, and on the historic ecclesiastical language of Latin.
(3) Associate of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies—offers a foundation in Scripture and theology.
Who are the full-time and adjunct faculty members of Ligonier Academy?
The formation of the faculty is still underway but, led by Dr. Sproul, the fulltime faculty includes R. Fowler White and L. Michael Morales, while our adjunct faculty includes R. C. Sproul, Jr., Steven C. Adamson, and Keith A. Mathison, and our visiting faculty includes Paul Helm, Stephen J. Nichols, and W. Duncan Rankin.
What classes will Ligonier Academy be offering with R. C. Sproul?
In addition to leadership, R.C. Sproul will likely do guest lectures within various courses; for example, lectures on Melville’s Moby Dick in the Great Works course on 19th century classics, on the Epistle to the Romans, and on justification in the Doctrine of Salvation course.
What is the cost per semester to attend Ligonier Academy?
Full-time tuition per semester (12-18 credit hours) costs $4,250.
Thanks Rev. Morales for your time in answering these questions about Ligonier Academy.
This Friday, August 20th, is the last day to get the Early Bird Registration Rate of $89 for the 2010 Regional Conference in Washington, D.C.
In an effort to help believers learn how to live out the implications of the gospel in this culture, Ligonier Ministries is hosting a conference September 17–18, 2010, in Washington, D.C., featuring two of our four teaching fellows, Robert Godfrey and R.C. Sproul Jr., as well as, Thabiti Anyabwile, Albert Mohler, and Burk Parsons. Dr. Sproul will also join us via live video feed for a live one on one with attendees. This conference will provide sound teaching as to how Christians can recover a biblical understanding of the world around us and, consequently, how we can reform our lives and our spheres of influence.
Headed to Ligonier’s National Conference this week? If so – be sure to stop by my table for RHB for the following…
- 40-50% OFF all RHB and SDG titles ONLY for this years attendee’s at the Ligonier National Conference
- FREE Shipping on all orders taken at Ligonier National Conference
- FREE Book with ever order place
- Complete 2010 Book Catalogs
- Pick-up June’s new issue of our Tolle Lege magazine
- To view Sample Copies of our Books
About 2-weeks ago I got an (what I thought was a joke) email from Ligonier ministries about doing some part-time work for them while I finish my Th.M. at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. I was a little stunned in some ways, but was overly filled with joy in the fact that I could be able to help Ligonier ministry in someway, being in how much debt I am already to them for their work of the gospel ministry today.
Now to what it is exactly I’ll be doing? I’ll be listening to over 1,500 lectures on various topics of theology from Dr. R.C. Sproul, and writing brief descriptions of them for their Teaching Series section on the New Ligonier website. Yes, 1,500 lectures, in one year, 6-hours a day, 5 days a week, for near 60 weeks. That’s a lot of lectures by one person! But if I had to listen to one man, R.C. it would be.
If you are interested in buying the complete collection of MP3 teaching series by Dr. Sproul on MP3 DVD ROM discs for a special discounted price at 70% off! This special collection includes five different categories filled with all the MP3 series available on that topic. See individual collection pages for included series. Over 1500 Messages regular $3000, for only $700!
Be sure to asked me questions from time to time on how the lectures are going, what series of lecturers am I on, how it is going, etc. I’m sure after 3 to 4 months I’ll need some help to keep on going. I’ll be sure to twitter some thoughts and maybe even write up some blog post here and there to review how the process is going as I make my very long walk through the trail of RC’s teaching.
Wish me luck God’s providence in this!