Short Courses for the Thoughtful Christian
This unique series of short, Christian education courses is designed to explore why theology matters in our everyday life and faith. These courses aim to equip believers of all ages to go deeper in their intellectual and spiritual formation by offering thoughtful, in-depth lectures in a format that is accessible, engaging, and relevant. Courses are free of charge and taught by Ryan Bonfiglio, FPC’s Stembler Scholar and Director of Biblical & Theological Studies. Three short-courses will be offered this year, each of which will explore the theme “The Bible in Culture and Controversy.” Please contact Ryan Bonfiglio for more information.
Written in Stone: How and Why the Ten Commandments Still Matter Today
Wednesdays | January 6, 13, 20, 27 | 7:00-8:15 p.m.
The Ten Commandments are one of the most familiar texts in the Bible. Yet, it is often unclear how, or even if, these ancient commandments should still matter to Christians today. This series considers a number of topics related to the meaning and importance of the Ten Commandments, including their own original context, how they were interpreted by later biblical authors, and why they have had such a lasting influence not only on Christian tradition but also secular culture.
Roadside Religion: Encountering the Bible in the Bible Belt
Wednesdays | April 13, 20, 27; May 4 | 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Especially here in the South, we encounter Scripture in all sorts of places: on bumper stickers and billboards, on evangelistic tracks and graffitied walls, in Christian theme parks and professional sports. This four-week series explores these and other examples of “roadside religion,” focusing especially on how they bring together the Bible and popular culture in sometimes refreshing—and sometimes troubling—ways.
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The Bible Says It, That Settles It? Rethinking Biblical Interpretation in Contemporary Culture
Wednesdays | October 7, 14, 21, 28 | 7:30-8:45pm
The Bible is not an easy book to read. And as a result, there is often a good deal of confusion and debate when it comes to knowing how to apply or relate biblical ideas to issues that matters to us today. This four-week series offers an overview of biblical interpretation, with an emphasis on how key theologies of Scripture can help shed light on controversial topics in contemporary life and culture.