Beginning Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Serious Answers to Hard Questions – Joe Coalter
Why does a good God allow evil events? Is it Christians’ responsibility to convert members of other religions? How is the fearsome God of the Old Testament related to the God revealed in Jesus Christ? Is it really essential that Jesus was actually resurrected from the dead?
These are just a few of the questions that the adult class will be considering over eleven weeks starting on January 7. Each class session will include a brief video on the topic of the day by a recognized authority before participants in class share their own views on the matter at hand.
Evil – R. Kendall Soulen, Professor of Systematic Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary
Religion and Science – John Polkinghorne, Anglican priest; past President of Queens’ College, Cambridge University; and former Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge
Other Religions – Sathianathan Clarke, Professor of Theology, Culture, and Mission, Wesley Theological Seminary
Evangelism and Tolerance – Scott Jones, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Kansas and Professor of Evangelism at Perkins Theological Seminary
The God of the Old Testament – Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Jesus and Christianity – Richard B. Hays, Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School
Resurrection – N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham
The Gnostic Gospels – Ben Witherington, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky
The Sins of the Church – Douglas M. Strong, Professor of Church History, Wesley Theological Seminary
Forgiveness – L. Gregory Jones, Dean of Duke University Divinity School
Schedule (Jan/Feb/Mar 2018)
Using the Scriptures, a video series created by Wesley Seminary in D.C. and our collective experience of God’s movements in our lives, the class will discuss the following questions:
Jan. 7: What are we to make of the evil events that befall all of us at one time or another?
Jan. 14: How can a thinking person square the Bible’s account of the creation and human existence with modern science’s understanding of the same?
Jan. 21: Parish Meeting (No Class)
Jan. 28: How do we faithfully “Know Christ and Make Him Known” with regard to Other Religions?
Feb. 4: How do we faithfully “Know Christ and Make Him Known” in our approach to Evangelism?
Feb. 11: How do we faithfully “Know Christ and Make Him Known” considering the sinfulness of the Church itself?
Feb. 18: What do we know about the Jesus of History? — The Gospels not in the Bible – the Gnostic Gospels
Feb. 25: What do we know about the Jesus of History? — One Recent Attempt to Recover the Jesus of History (The Jesus Seminar)
Mar. 4: What do we know about the Jesus of History? — Was Jesus really the founder of Christianity or was the Apostle Paul?
Mar. 11: What do we know about the Jesus of History? — How does the God revealed in Jesus Christ relate to the God of the Old Testament?
Mar. 18: In what do we hope – the Resurrection?
Note: Adult Christian Education follows the Sunday morning worship service and the Parish Hall fellowship gathering. The class begins around 11:00 a.m.
Also Note: If you have young children, the nursery is open on Sundays from 9:15 – 12:00 for children up to pre-K.