TTP Endorsements from Scholars and Students
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TTP Endorsements from Scholars and Students Study By: Michael Patton
"If it is your desire to understand what you believe and why you believe it, then The Theology Program is for you. Here you will learn the basic principles of how to think biblically. Rhome and Michael take theology from the top shelf and place it where it belongs-where everyone can reach it."
Senior Pastor, Stonebriar Community Church
Author, Speaker, Radio Host
"...Theology Program offers so much more to lay folks than they could get in any other forum. TTP challenges their thinking, rather than confirming their prejudices. And it does it in a way that is fair to all parties and faithful to the text of Holy Writ. If this kind of program could be multiplied in churches throughout America and the world, there would be hope for the evangelical church. Solid biblical and theological thinking are desperately needed in our circles today; without it, the evangelical church doesn't have 50 years of life left. May our gracious and sovereign Lord raise up more folks who will become serious thinkers, people who will engage society and life from a thoroughly converted perspective."
Daniel B. Wallace
Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
Senior New Testament Editor, The NET Bible
"I cannot overstate how thrilled I am with the training material in The Theology Program. For 25 years I have been laboring to call the church to love God with its mind, and wherever I go I am constantly asked for examples of local church curriculum that responds to this call with excellence. Well, look no further. The Theology Program is the best thing I have seen to date and recommend it with great excitement."
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
"Every church ought to make use of The Theology Program or something like it. I commend it as a model of lay theological education and wish it good success in helping Christians to love God with all their minds."
Roger E. Olson
Professor of Theology
George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
“Although I differ with The Theology Program on some issues, on the whole I think it is an excellent program and I commend it to students of theology. These are very difficult issues, and you’ve treated them thoroughly, fairly, and with considerable balance. You’ve mapped a careful path through this minefield! The teaching method is superb: wonderfully varied and practical as well as richly biblical. What you have here is the best thing I’ve ever seen for laymen in this area. I hope it gets wide distribution.”
John M. Frame
Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary
TTP Students say...
“I grew up in a Christian home, attended college on a Christian campus, have attended church all of my life, and have been a subscriber and reader of Christianity Today and Christian History for a decade and an half and no where have I been exposed to the level of teaching that we are experiencing in the TTP. It is unique. I have been blessed. To have been a part of the inaugural group has been a privilege.”
“The Theology Program has been instrumental in grounding me in the basics of our faith since the Fall of 2002. Thank you for consistently providing clear examples of authenticity; guiding us through development of that which is theology; providing lively discussions in answer to probing questions; providing tools by which we can dig deeper into the treasures found within the Scriptures; and encouraging us to gain "heart" knowledge as well as "head" knowledge. Thank you for striving to excel and thus teaching us by example.”
“The Theology Program is the single most significant ministry I have personally been involved in. TTP helps pull Christian minds out of the trap of mechanistic adherence to a set of beliefs or traditions and teaches individuals how to think theologically. The encouragement to wrestle with our own beliefs and reconstruct them through a sound biblical theological process is immensely freeing. Finally someone understands that theology isn't solely for the seminaries - it is important for everyone that truly seeks to understand why the believe what they believe and why many of the varied traditions of faith believe what they believe as well.”
Technical Sales Manager
“As a Christian for a number of years, I was seeking a way to further develop my understandingof scriptural principles to an even greater depth. In a broad sense, the study of God and all of His works was a primary objective. As a layman, my desire was to participate in a program where I could learn to enhance my ability to share God's truth's with others in a non-threatening way. Finally, I wanted to study and learn in the company of other believers who begin with the conviction that the Bible is completely true and absolutely authoritative. The Theology Program has met these objectives and more. As a result, I have been able to further apply biblical principles to my own life and share God's Word with family members in a clear and concise way.”
Retired Purchasing Manager
“The Theology Program has really opened my eyes to many different aspects of the Bible and church history. The program has really helped to solidify my views in some areas, and caused me to re-evaluate views I held for a long time in other areas. I especially appreciate that Seminary level teaching being brought to lay people within the church. I am grateful that this program is able to break down complicated and complex subjects to a level that I can understand and then apply to my everyday life.”
“The Theology Program has been an eye opening experience in my life. I always felt like I couldn't defend my faith in the manner that I should be able to, but since taking the classes in the program, I am much more capable of doing so. I have been introduced to topics I did not know existed and questions that I never even thought to ask. But remarkably the new questions do not increase doubt, but has strengthened my faith immeasurably. To say I feel more rounded in my faith is an understatement. Come join us—you will never regret it.”
“This program was better than I had anticipated. I am not able to view my relationship with Christ, lessons from a bible study or anything else the same way. I have come away from this program with a few changed opinions, but on the whole, these classes have helped me solidify what I already believed and has given me the ability to discuss these views much better with those who hold a differing opinion. It has been a wonderful experience and I wish there were more classes like this that went beyond the core essentials.”
Dental Hygienist & Wedding Coordinator
“TTP is a wonderful and challenging program. It provides a rare opportunity for lay people to benefit from seminary-type teaching and curriculum. This includes wrestling with difficult and controversial theological issues of the Christian faith. TTP challenged my doctrine; I was forced to re-evaluate what I believed, how I came to believe it, and, most importantly, how it lined up scripturally. As a result, my faith has strengthened, and I am better able to articulate and defend my stance on biblical issues. Not only has my understanding of essential Christian doctrine become more solidified, but I better understand the worldviews at work in our culture--worldviews that influence all of us, worldviews in which we evangelize the unsaved and disciple believers. TTP has helped prepare me to better minister to others in both evangelism and discipleship.”
“The Theology Program has built a structure for me to wrap my beliefs and life experiences around. It has changed my perspective on God, the Bible and people as a whole. The Theology Program has given strength to my beliefs while challenging the reasons behind them. It has helped me to see just how interconnected and intricate are God’s ways and plans. No one belief or idea can be extended without addressing the ramifications it echoes throughout all our beliefs and practices. I truly appreciate the grace and humility with which Michael and Rhome teach. Their honesty and willingness to explain all arguments in context of Church history and tradition give me a balanced view for making my own decisions regarding theology. I have always valued their need to weigh every idea or belief on the scale of ultimate importance. In the end, I have always felt the freedom to evaluate and decide for myself based on evidence given in class, the Bible and our readings. The Theology Program has opened a door to me that far too few Christians have been given the opportunity to enter. The door, if you are willing to open it, will give you a fresh perspective of God, the Bible and the Christian Life.
Thanks for your hard work and attentiveness to God’s calling in your life.”