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Using what Biblical Commentaries Abstract

Ever wonder what John meant by “the word was God” or what Paul was referring to when he spoke about baptizing the dead in 1st Corinthians 15? These lessons will cover how commentaries can be helpful, describe their structure, and discuss their content. Two biblical commentaries, The New Interpreter’s Bible and William Barclay’s Daily Study Bible series, will be used as examples. Some online resources will also be covered. If you have questions, hopefully we’ve got answers.

The Seven Deadly Sins – Class Begins April 24


April 24 – June 5 – 9 a.m. in the Chapel

The seven ‘deadly’ sins, formulated in the Middle Ages as a tool for moral instruction and confession, have long been a source of inspiration for writers and artists, from medieval morality plays to modern movies and video games. In this seven-session study for adults we will explore all seven deadly sins and their corresponding virtues, focusing on both Scriptural references and contemporary culture. What relevance might this litany of ‘original sins’ and their antidotes have for us today?

• April 24 – Lust and Chastity
• May 1 – Gluttony and Temperance
• May 8 – Greed and Generosity
• May 15 – Sloth and Caring
• May 22 – Wrath and Patience
• May 29 – Envy and Love
• June 5 – Pride and Humility

New Adult Education Class

baptism-rebirth-recreationBeginning Sunday, January 8 – 9:00 a.m.

A major theme of Scripture is rebirth and renewal, the conviction that we as God’s people are constantly called to remember our baptisms and participate in God’s gracious work of re-creation in ourselves and in the world. This study will begin with Jesus’ baptism and conclude with the Transfiguration, intertwining narratives from Genesis, Exodus, the Prophets, the Gospels and Revelation. Class is facilitated by John Sitler.

January 8: The Baptism of Jesus
January 15: Dividing the Waters from the Waters
January 22: A Deluge and a Dove
January 29: A Tiny Ark and Brave Midwives
February 5: More Midwives: Moses and Joshua
February 12: Exile and Renewal
February 19: Pentecostal Birth Pangs
February 26: A Transfigured World