The Church and the World Part IV: Following Christ in an Anxious Age - Syllabus This class moves our year-long exploration of the relationship between the Church and the World from the realm of history to the present day, as we tackle the issues roiling our public life and consider how the Christian faith both addresses and overcomes the divisions of the World.
In Philippians 4:8 Paul exhorts us to think about whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and praiseworthy. Drawing on advances in neuroscience, this class will address the importance of savoring the positive, God-given aspects of our lives and countering our negativity bias. This is a highly experiential class. To walk out Paul’s directive, participants will be encouraged to practice a skill inside and outside of class to enrich positive experiences.
September 18th is our fall kick-off for all Education and Formation classes and programs.
Christianity and the Movies - Syllabus “What hath Hollywood to do with Christendom?” Are movies nothing more than a diversion or escape from real life? Or do they have power and potential for much more, for good or ill? This course will explore several key issues and perspectives to inform a deeply Christian approach to watching and wrestling with the movies.
Class 1 - Historical & Contemporary Christian Approaches to Movies - Handout - Audio
Class 2 - Icons and Idols: What Movie Stars Say About Us - Audio
Class 3 - Special Showing and Discussion of the Short Film Most
Class 4 - (Re-)Visionary (Re-)Tellings? Bible Stories on Film - Audio
Class 5 - Art, Movies and Discernment: When Movies (and Life) Aren't G-Rated - Handout
Class 6 - Christian and Christ-Haunted Filmmakers - Audio
The Church and the World Part III: Revolution and the Modern Age - Syllabus This class is the third in a series of three covering the history of the Christian Church from the Apostolic to the Modern Ages.
Class 1 - Course Introduction: Revolution and the End of Christendom - Handout - Audio
Class 2 - The Age of Enlightenment (1620 - 1789): Progress and the Authority of Reason - Handout - Audio
Class 3 - The Romantic Revolt (1800-1850): Return and the Authority of Inwardness - Handout - Audio
Class 4 - Three Responses: Modernism, Fundamentalism and Neo-Orthodoxy - Handout - Audio
Armor of God: Spiritual Warfare (created by Priscilla Shirer): All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you - unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you. The Enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion.The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer's inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.
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The Church and the World Part II: From Reformation to Revolution - Syllabus This class is the second in a series of three covering the history of the Christian Church from the Apostolic to the Modern Ages.
Class 1 - Early Modern Transitions: From Middle Ages to Renaissance - Audio