Upcoming Courses

2024 Old Testament Study – The Book of Judges (Dr. Daniel Stulac)

"No other book of the Bible is quite so R-rated. No other book is quite so ugly or grotesque. Judges offers its reader not a roster of angelic saints, but an astonishing tempest of brutality, feces, slaughter, assassinations, conspiracy, genocide, child sacrifice, rage, betrayal, mass graves, gang-rape, corpse mutilation, kidnapping, and civil war" (Stulac, Gift of the Grotesque). In this six-session course on the book of Judges, you will follow an experienced biblical scholar into the heart of Israel's theological Dark Age, encountering there the transformative Word of God in ways you do not expect. Special attention will be placed to the idea that the violence depicted in Judges can be interpreted as a staging ground for Jesus Christ's eventual crucifixion in the New Testament. The prophetic book of Judges, writes Daniel Stulac, "wants to gut you like a fish, because on the far side of that unenviable prospect, it wants you alive like you've never lived before."

This six-session course will engage students in a close study of the biblical book of Judges, in conversation with the instructor’s recent book on this subject. Students should strive to finish the weekly reading prior to each online session. These sessions will take place on alternating Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:45 pm (see the Course Schedule below).

Course Schedule:
• Wed Apr 17, 7:00-8:45 pm SK – Session #1: A Theological Dark Age
• Wed May 1, 7:00-8:45 pm SK – Session #2: Ehud, Deborah, & Jael
• Wed May 15, 7:00-8:45 pm SK – Session #3: Gideon & Abimelech
• Wed May 29, 7:00-8:45 pm SK – Session #4: Jephthah & His Daughter
• Wed Jun 12, 7:00-8:45 pm SK – Session #5: Samson & the Philistines
• Wed Jun 26, 7:00-8:45 pm SK – Session #6 : Reading Atrocities in Light of Christ


2024 Theology Study – The Theology of the Church (Dr. Joel Houston)

What is the Church? Is it a building, a community, or something more? This course will examine ecclesiology, the doctrine of the Church. Topics will include: scriptural images of, and language concerning the Church; the historical development of the doctrine of the Church; the nature and mission of the Church; the marks of the Church (one, holy, catholic, and apostolic); and a brief consideration of the sacraments. Students will gain an appreciation for the ongoing work of Christ through his Church, and its relevance for the world today.

Course Schedule:
• Mon May 6, 6:00-8:00 pm SK – Session #1 (Course Introduction, “What is the Church?”)
• Mon May 13, 6:00-8:00 pm SK – Session #2 (Oneness, Holiness, Apostolicity of the Church and the Word)
• Mon May 20, 6:00-8:00 pm SK – Session #3 (Mission of the Church, Governance, Contemporary Issues)
• Mon May 27, 6:00-8:00 pm SK – Session #4 (Sacraments [or Ordinances] of the Church)


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