Sunday Forum

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9:45 a.m. in the basement classroom

November 30: Advent Wreath Workshop in the parish hall.

December 7 and 14: The Prophet Jeremiah
One of the major prophets of the Old Testament, Jeremiah was active during the years leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile in the sixth century BCE. His book tells the reader a great deal about his theological message, his struggles, and his inner conflicts. In this class we will pay close attention to two aspects of the book. During our first meeting we will read Jeremiah’s sermon at the Jerusalem temple in chapter 7, and during the second meeting the prophecy of a new covenant in Jeremiah 31 and its use in the New Testament. Please bring a Bible to class.

December 7: Jeremiah 7 gives an account of Jeremiah who delivers a sermon at the temple precincts. His scathing critique of the Judeans and their religious practices marks an important moment in the history of Israel’s religion and provides the reader with much information about the nature of idolatry in Jerusalem at the time.

December 14: Jeremiah 31:31-34 is a prophecy of a new, idealized covenant. Originally intended to be a vision of hope for the Israelites who lived in the Babylonian Exile, the text was interpreted by early Christians as a prophecy of a new covenant. Christians know it best from the Eucharist, “This is the new covenant in my blood” (1 Cor 11:25).


Summer Book Reviews

summer book reviews 2013The summer book reviews are a beloved tradition as an educational offering on Sundays during the summer months.  Here is the line-up:

July 20: Alex Uri reviews Raymon Bonner’s Anatomy of Injustice

July 27: Mary Ann Beseda reviews Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together

August 3: Jessica Lockheed reviews Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath

August 10: James Shields reviews David Brazier’s The Feeling Buddha: A Buddhist Psychology of Character, Adversity, and Passion

August 17: Terri Bourne reviews James Martin’s My Life with the Saints

Professor Timothy Wengert to teach on “95 Theses”


Professor Timothy Wengert will present on the catalytic event of the Reformation: the publication of Luther’s “95 Theses” in the fall of 1517. This document has tremendous iconic power in the history of the church. Many people, including Lutherans, are not so clear as to the content of the “95 Theses.” Because 2017 will be the 500th Anniversary Year of the Reformation, it is critical that the document be understood in its historical context.

Dr. Wengert’s two part public lecture can be heard on Sundays, May 18 and 25 at 9:45 a.m. in the basement classroom during Sunday Forum. Dr. Wengert will repeat these lectures in the parish hall after worship both on May 18 and 25 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. On Monday, May 19, the entire talk will be presented in one lecture, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the parish hall.

Pastor Wengert will meet with young adults for Pub(lic) Theology on May 18 at the parsonage at 7:30 p.m., teach a worship class on May 21, 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. (see separate article), meet with the board of directors of the Melanchthon Institute, and preach on May 25.

Prof. Wengert recently retired from the faculty at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia where he taught Reformation history and the Lutheran Confessions for over twenty-four years while holding the Ministerium of Pennsylvania Chair of Church History.

Sunday Forum

April 13: Introduction to D. Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri
Dr. Carrie Allen Tipton will introduce Dietrich Buxtehude’s work Membra Jesu Nostri offered by Bach Society Houston at Christ the King Church during Holy Week, April 13 and 18. Dr. Tipton will give listening samples of the musical elements, discuss the context and interpretation of the medieval poem used in the music, and explore ways in which Buxtehude’s setting evokes and captures some of the paradoxes in the Christian faith.

April 20: Easter Sunday – No Sunday Forum.
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