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1. The Bible Says It, That Settles It? -- Week 1

The Bible Says It, That Settles It? -- Week 1

In this first session, we began to explore some popular misconceptions about the Bible. In response, we introduced the first two (of twelve) theses on the Bible and its interpretation, both of which address the role of the Bible in Christian thought and practice.

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2. Roadside Religion: Session 1 -- Introduction: In Search of the Sacred

Roadside Religion: Session 1 -- Introduction: In Search of the Sacred

This opening session explores the idea of Roadside Religion, providing examples of everyday artifacts of faith and discussing why they are worth studying.

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3. Living Gratitude: Being Grateful in Suffering

Living Gratitude: Being Grateful in Suffering

November 2, 2015 Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier Job 1: 1-22

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4. Living Gratitude: Naming Our Blessings

Living Gratitude: Naming Our Blessings

October 25, 2015 Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier Psalm 103:1-8; Matthew 5:1-12

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5. Roadside Religion: Session 2 -- The Four Laws of Faith: Cliff Notes to the Good News

Roadside Religion: Session 2 -- The Four Laws of Faith: Cliff Notes to the Good News

In this session, we critically examine the widely distributed evangelistic track known Four Laws of Faith and how it summarizes and simplifies the good news of God’s message of salvation.

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6. Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 4

Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 4

Part 2 of 2 The second week of this class examines the first two commandments of the Decalogue. While these commandments are closely related, they address two distinct theological issues: the improper object of worship (no other gods) and the improper manner of worship (no idols). In each case, we consider the history and theology behind the commandment, including the way in which its meaning is interpreted by later biblical writers and Christian theologians.

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9. Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 3

Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 3

Part 1 of 2 The second week of this class examines the first two commandments of the Decalogue. While these commandments are closely related, they address two distinct theological issues: the improper object of worship (no other gods) and the improper manner of worship (no idols). In each case, we consider the history and theology behind the commandment, including the way in which its meaning is interpreted by later biblical writers and Christian theologians.

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10. Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Week 6 -- Paul’s Hermeneutics (Part 2)

Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Week 6 -- Paul’s Hermeneutics (Part 2)

August 2--Derived from a Greek word meaning "to interpret,” hermeneutics refers to the art of understanding a biblical text. Each of us has a unique hermeneutical perspective that is informed by our experiences, background, training, and social, cultural, and historical location. The same is true of the Apostle Paul. This two-part lesson attempts to shed light on the various factors and influences that shaped how and why Paul read the Old Testament the way he did.

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11. Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 5

Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 5

The third lecture in this series (session 5-6) consider Commandments 3-5 – not taking the LORD's name in vain, keeping the Sabbath, and honoring parents. Taken together, these three commandments function as a type of bridge that links the worship-focused commandments (##1-2) w with the community-focused commandments (##-6-10). While the content of these commandments are familiar to many Christians, important questions remain about their on-going meaning and relevance for the church today.

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12. Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 1

Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 1

The first half of this introductory session explores the important place of the Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, not only in Judeo-Christian theology and ethics but in also popular culture. Here we encounter the paradox that while the Ten Commandments are highly important and frequently discussed, its content is not widely known.

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13. Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 2

Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 2

The second half of this introductory session serves as a “Decalogue 101,” introducing key issues concerning the ordering, nature and historical context of the Ten Commandments.

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14. Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Week 2 -- Paul's Bible

Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Week 2 -- Paul's Bible

July 5 -- Needless to say, the Apostle Paul did not possess a leather-bound, NRSV Study Bible with Jesus’ words highlighted in red. But what did Paul’s Bible look like? How was it like or not like our Old Testament today? This lesson takes a closer look at the content, format, name, and language of Paul’s Bible.

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15. Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Week 3 -- Paul on Gentiles

Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Week 3 -- Paul on Gentiles

July 12 -- Paul’s calling to preach Christ to the Gentiles (i.e., non-Jews) marked a radical shift in the early church — one that occasioned a good deal of controversy, especially among Christian Jews. In order to defend the validity of his mission as an “Apostle to the Gentiles” (Rom 11:13), Paul turns to the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 12-17. In this lesson, we discuss how it is that Paul comes to see the Gentiles as the true and rightful descendants of these well-known figures from the Israelite Scriptures.

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16. Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 6

Rediscovering the Ten Commandments - Session 6

The third lecture in this series (session 5-6) consider Commandments 3-5 – not taking the LORD's name in vain, keeping the Sabbath, and honoring parents. Taken together, these three commandments function as a type of bridge that links the worship-focused commandments (##1-2) w with the community-focused commandments (##-6-10). While the content of these commandments are familiar to many Christians, important questions remain about their on-going meaning and relevance for the church today.

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17. The 2015 Business & Professional Luncheon

The 2015 Business & Professional Luncheon

December 3, 2015 Guest Speaker: Joan King Salwen Organizational strategist Joan King Salwen discusses the intersection of business and faith in her life.

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18. The Bible Says It, That Settles It? -- Week 2

The Bible Says It, That Settles It? -- Week 2

In our second session we looked more closely at the nature of biblical literature, including how the Bible is best seen not as a book, but rather as a library of diverse texts featuring different perspectives, genres, and purposes.

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19. Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Week 8 -- Paul on the Law

Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Week 8 -- Paul on the Law

August 16 -- In the book of Galatians, Paul addresses square on questions about the role and importance of the law in the life of the early Church. This issue generated considerable controversy in the Galatian communities — and in many churches today. In this study we will explore three specific arguments Paul makes about whether or not the law functions as a source of status and identity, a source of righteousness, and a source of power and life.

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20. Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Week 1 -- Paul as Interpreter

Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Week 1 -- Paul as Interpreter

June 28 -- We tend to think about Paul as many things: Convert, preacher, missionary, theologian, and, perhaps most of all, writer. While Paul is all of these things, he also can be understood as an interpreter whose Scriptures consisted of what we now call the Old Testament. This lesson explores how and why Paul uses the OT so often in his letters to the earliest Christian churches.

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