Wednesday Evening Adult Class:
A NEW KIND OF CHRISTIANITY – Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith
This class, taught by Pastor Ernie Hess, meets on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room. While reading McLaren’s book is of benefit, his essentials ideas will be presented for discussion each week, so reading the book is not necessary to participate in the class.
“We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the church. Not since the Reformation five centuries ago have so many Christians come together to ask whether the church is in sync with their deepest beliefs and commitments. These believers range from evangelicals to mainline Protestants to Catholics, and the person who best represents them is author and pastor Brian McLaren.
In this book, McLaren examines ten questions facing today’s church-questions about how to articulate the faith itself, the nature of its authority, who God is, whether we have to understand Jesus through only an ancient Greco-Roman lens, what exactly is the good news that the gospel proclaims, how we understand the church and all its varieties, why we are so preoccupied with sex, how we should think of the future and people from others faiths, and the most intimidating question of all: what do we do next? Here you will find a provocative and enticing introduction to the Christian faith of tomorrow.”
BRIAN D. MCLAREN is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists. His groundbreaking books include A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, Everything Must Change, Naked Spirituality, and We Make the Road By Walking. Visit the author online at www.brianmcclaren.net.
SCHEDULE OF TOPICS:
- Nov. 1 – INTRO – The Quest and the Questions – ch 1-3, pp. 1-30
- Nov. 8 – What Is the Overarching Story Line of the Bible? ch 4, pp. 33-45
- Nov. 15 – The Biblical Narrative In Three Dimensions ch 5-6, pp. 46-66
- Nov. 22 – NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
- Nov. 19 – How Should The Bible Be Understood? ch 7-9, pp. 67-97.
- Dec. 6 – Is God Violent? ch 10-11, pp. 98-118.
- Dec. 13 – Who Is Jesus and Why Is He Important? ch 12-13, pp. 119-136
- Dec 20, Dec 27 – NO CLASS – CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
- Jan. 3 – What Is the Gospel? Ch 14-15, pp. 137-160
- Jan. 10 – What Do We Do About the Church? Ch 16, pp. 161-172
- Jan. 17 – Can We Find A Way To Address Human Sexuality Without Fighting About It? ch 17, 173-190.
- Jan 24 – Can We Find A Better Way Of Viewing the Future? Ch 18, pp. 191-206
- Jan 31 – How Should Followers of Jesus Relate to People of Other Religions? Ch 19, pp. 207-224.
- Feb.7 – How Can We Translate Our Quest into Action? Ch 20, pp. 225-241
- Feb. 14 – NO CLASS – ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
- Feb. 21 – Living the Questions in Community ch 21-22, pp. 242 – 260.