Summer Book Reviews

summer book reviews 2013The summer book reviews are a beloved tradition as an educational offering on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. during the summer months.

  • July 31: Kristine Wallace, Resurrection:  The Power of God for Christians and Jews, by Kevin J. Madigan and Jon D. Levenson

August 7: George Brookover
One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, by Kevin Kruse Continue reading

Sunday Forum in December

sunday-forum-time-location“Who Do People Say That I Am?” – Jesus of Nazareth
For many people their Jesus turns out to be a smorgasbord of many of their favorite things: a  little Bible, a little tradition, a little hymnody, a little Hollywood, and a little Americana.  In this study we are going to strip away a few of the unhealthy layers and ask a fundamental question that is at the heart of the gospel:  “Who do you say that I am?”  In the end what we will (re)discover is this: Jesus was a deeply polarizing figure in his day.  People either loved him and wanted to fall at his feet or they hated him and would stop at nothing to silence him.
December 20: Who do Muslims say that I am?

Summer Book Reviews

summer book reviews 2013The summer book reviews are a beloved tradition as an educational offering on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. during the summer months. The schedule thru June is:

June 28: Marec Bela Steffens: The Treasure Chest by Johann Peter Hebel

July 5: Chris Bryant
Is the American Century Over? by Joseph Nye

July 12:  Bill Mintz
The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell

July 19: Linda Schoene
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande Continue reading

Sunday Forum

Sunday ForumMay 17 Of Demons and Evil Spirits
presented by Matthias Henze
In the Gospels we read that Jesus confronts various demons and drives them out. They immediately recognize Jesus before anybody else knows who he is. The Evangelists take for granted that the reader is familiar with these evil forces, but when we turn to the Hebrew Bible for help we find that ancient Israelite authors have little to say about them.

This talk explores the origins of the beliefs in demons and evil spirits. The rich literature of the late Second Temple period attests to a wide array of speculations about the origin, nature, and function of demons and evil forces. We find incantations against demons and liturgies for exorcism among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Demons had a major impact on Christianity and continue to be live and well in some Christian circles today.

May 24: Congregational Meeting, no Sunday Forum
There will be a special congregational meeting May 24 between the early and late worship services. We will present the capital campaign totals and the council’s plan for use of the funds. The congregation will be asked to approve a construction financing plan.

May 31: Summer Book Reviews begin


Sunday Forum


sunday-forum-time-locationMarch 1: Professor John Boles
Three Aspects of Thomas Jefferson, America’s Renaissance Man

In this three-part series, Professor John Boles will explore aspects of Thomas Jefferson that have broader implications than might be realized at first. All three have connections to issues of morality, religion, and cultural relativism.

March 1: Thomas Jefferson’s Fascination with the American West.

John Boles is the William P. Hobby Professor of History with special interest in the U.S. South and American Religion.
In 2010 he published Seeing Jefferson Anew In His Time and Ours, co-edited with Randal L. Hall (University of Virginia Press, 2010).

March 8, (in the parish hall)
Prof. John Arthur Nunes
Koinonia: Giving and Living in Justice

March 15, 22 and 29
Dr. habil. Christian A. Eberhart
Sacrifice in the Bible
In this three-part series, Christian A. Eberhart will explore aspects of sacrifice in the Bible, specifically the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Chris’ series will help us discover the worship of ancient Israel, which is in many ways the root of every type of Christian worship. It will also help us to better understand images and terms for Christian concepts of salvation, many of which are adopted from Judaism.

March 15: The Term ‘Sacrifice’ in the Christian Church and Modern Theories of Sacrifice;
March 22: Sacrificial Rituals in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (including a virtual visit of the Tabernacle tent and the Temple of Jerusalem);
March 29: Covenant, Passover, and Ordination Rituals.