November 2013 Guest Lecture Dr. Craig Moorman: "Home for the Holidays: The Holiday Survivor & Thriver Guide" - Handout
Do You Really Believe That? Responding to Modern Attacks on Biblical Christianity - Syllabus This series examined the criticisms and misconceptions of Holy Scripture and the Faith that depends on its content, with an emphasis on providing believers sound information and the resources to deal with a culture of disbelief.
The "Fifth Gospel": The Book of Isaiah and the Messianic Promise - Syllabus The sublime language of the Book of Isaiah speaks to us powerfully through the centuries, admonishing and encouraging us as it reveals the character, values, and passionate love of God and points us to the Messianic kingdom and a future hope in Christ. This class studied the magnificent book often referred to as "the Fifth Gospel."
What Is My Calling? Finding Our Place In God's Reconciling Mission -Syllabus This course sought to discern what God means by a "reconciling mission" and our place in it. Topics included God's reconciling mission, our giftedness, our limits, and our interdependence. We looked at specific action steps for the near future and spent time in small group discussion and prayer.
Stuck - Syllabus A broad series that shed light on dynamics which perpetuate pain, hinder growth, and thwart the abundant life we are promised in Christ, including boundaries, forgiveness, medications, and much more.
Exploring the Poetry of the Psalms - Syllabus This series explored the book of Psalms, the great poetry collection of the Bible, through the poet's eye. We looked at the structure and themes of the book; examined the characteristics of Hebrew poetry and discuss how they support and convey meaning; considered the theology of the psalmists; and looked at how the psalms have been used, treasured, and understood by both Jews and Christians through the ages.
Reinhold Niebuhr: Prophetic Christianity and the Recovery of Augustinian Thought - Syllabus Writer, preacher, professor, and thinker, Reinhold Niebuhr was the foremost American theologian of the twentieth century--and perhaps the greatest Protestant theologian in America since Jonathan Edwards. In this course, we explored Niebuhr's life and thought, and considered how his neo-Augustinian account of human nature and biblical-prophetic history might inform a Christian response to the current issues confronting both the Church and our wider culture.
Class 2 - Man as a Problem to Himself: Classical, Christian, and Modern Views of Man - Handout
Class 3 - Man as Unity of Nature and Spirit - Handout
Class 4 - Man as Sinner: Anxiety, Pride, and Self-Deception
Class 5 - The Problem of History: Classical, Christian, and Modern Views of History - Handout
Class 6 - The Kingdom of God and the End of History - Handout
Class 7 - A Man for all Reasons? Whose Niebuhr?
Hebrews: Covenant Privilege and Covenant Responsibility- Syllabus The Letter to the Hebrews insists on Christ’s supremacy and the immense privileges attendant to covenant with God in Christ and offers repeated exhortations for Christians to live out their covenant responsibilities by faith and without fear.
Puritans, Evangelicals, and Heretics: American Religious History- Syllabus We explored the mutual influence of theology and culture from the Puritans, to Revivalism, the church during World War I, Fundamentalism, and contemporary trends.
Class 1 - Introduction: The Puritan Experiment in New England
Class 2 - American Synthesis: Republicanism, The Scottish Enlightenment, and Evangelicalism - Handout
Class 3 - Jonathan Edwards and the First Great Awakening - Handout
Class 4 - Charles Finney and the Second Great Awakening - Handout
Class 6 - Theological Crisis: The Church in the Civil War - Handout
Class 7 - Reinhold Niebuhr, Prophetic Christianity, and the Recovery of Augustinian Thought - Handout
Class 8 - The Fundamentalist Controversy - Handout
Marriage - Syllabus For couples in various stages (married, engaged, dating) to increase their understanding of each other, grow in practical skills (communication, financial management, intimacy), and appreciate God's grand design for marriage.
Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart, Part II A church family should reflect the likeness of our Good Shepherd in the care we offer each other. We read through and discussed the helpful book Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart, learning how to care well for friends or family that are going through difficulties.