The adult class and sermon series begins this Sunday.
9:00 am Adult Learning Experience (for children and youth classes scroll down)
The Question: “What is the overarching story line of the Bible?”
To view a four minute video of Brian McLaren introducing this topic, click here.
10:00 am Worship: “What is the over-arching story of the Bible and the Gospel?” John Hilley, preaching
Informed by Brian McLaren’s book, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith, this adult learning class and sermon series focuses upon many of these questions. In 2005, Time magazine listed Brian McLaren as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the US, calling him a “paradigm shifter” because of his new approach to church and his “kinder” version of theology. He has published more than 20 books and along the way has become both a welcome voice across denominations and has become increasingly viewed with criticism by those in more rigid faith traditions. McClaren writes: “It is a time for a new quest, launched by new questions across denominations around the world, a quest for new ways to believe and new ways to live and serve faithfully in the way of Jesus, a quest for a new kind of Christian faith.”
The six week class (January 11-February 15) is led by our pastor John Hilley and involves other voices in the presentation, including Keith Davis. John also plans to invite into the conversation knowledgeable local scholars. Questions addressed during the class and during John’s sermon series include questions: on the Bible and the Gospel (“How do we understand it?”); on God (“Does God choose some and reject others?); Sex (“Can we find a way to address human sexuality without fighting about it?”); on the church (“What do we do about the church?”); on the future (“Can we find a better way of viewing the future?”); on pluralism (“How should followers of Jesus relate to other religions?”). We wake up each day in a world whose very future is threatened by interreligious fear, hatred, and violence. Many of us are hungry to find a way to have both a deep identity in Christ and a charitable attitude toward people who hold different views or who are of other faiths.