BISA Winter School 2023

What is Winter School?

Every year BISA offers intensive courses for two weeks during the college inter-semester period.   In July 2023 we are able to offer two courses: an Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels with special emphasis on Mark’s Gospel (with Dr Pete Smuts) and an introduction to the Doctrine of the Trinity (One)  (with Mr Randall Lawton).  These courses will run concurrently. Both form part of the Bachelor of Theology programme running full time on campus.  The courses are open to the public for audit (personal study).

What are the times & where is the venue for the Courses?

Venue:  BISA Campus, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town

(parking available on site)

Dates:   These courses run from Monday 10th till Friday 21st July

Time:     0800 to 1300

 What does it cost?

For Audit (personal study) the course fee is

Course One: Synoptic Gospels   ZAR 2000.00 per student per 2-week course

Course Two: Trinity (One)            ZAR 2000.00 per student per 2-week course.

You will be required to bring your bible (hard copy or on your device), plus a notepad.


What about lunch?

The courses end at 13:00 and you may wish to stay for lunch with the other students. You may book lunch in the BI dining room for R50 per meal.

Who are the lecturers? 

Dr Peter Smuts graduated with a BA.LLB degree from the University of Cape Town, a Dip.Theol from the Bible Institute of South Africa, a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Seminary California, and a PhD from Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. His doctoral dissertation was based on a study of Luke 21. He teaches New Testament Interpretation, Homiletics, New Testament Greek and Biblical Theology.

He has had a number of articles published in a local theological journal and is the author of Mark by the Book: A New Multidirectional Method For Understanding the Synoptic Gospels (P&R, 2013). He is also a contributor to the Africa Study Bible (Oasis International, 2017) and The Spiritual Growth Bible (Christian Art Publishers, 2021). Dr Smuts is married to Dagmar, and they have a son, three daughters and five grandchildren


Dr Peter Smuts

Randall Lawton

Randall Lawton is married to Sue and they have five children. He began his working career  as an electrical tradesman, then went on to train in electro/mechanical mid-level engineering, working for the Australian government in the Australian Defence Research Centre (South Australia), and also at Flinders University (South Australia) in its Nuclear Fusion Research team.

After a clear calling from the Lord to pastoral ministry, there was a move to theological studies at Luther Seminary (North Adelaide) and then to the Churches of Christ in New South Wales Theological College (Sydney). he served for 28 years in pastoral ministry at Bruce Rock, in Western Australia; Laura, Bordertown and currently at Aldinga Beach (southern Adelaide), in South Australia.