Dean's Forum Fall 2019
Sunday, November 17: Peter and the Radical Call of Jesus Acts 10:9-16
Sunday, November 10: The Father of Christianity Acts 9:1-9
Sunday, November 3: How the Gospel Spreads Acts 8:26-39
Sunday, October 27: What makes us different: A Christian view of death. Acts 7:51-60
Sunday, October 20: Is the Holy Spirit still active today? Acts 5:12-16
Sunday, October 13: What does it mean to live in community? Acts 2: 43-47
Sunday, September 29: Peter the Preacher. Join us as we discover what is means to preach and how we too can preach, even those of us who don't like to talk.
Sunday, September 15 -The Language of God. Join us as we study the Pentecost Acts 2:1-6
Sunday, September 8 - Why Didn't Jesus Stay? Let's look at the Ascension this Sunday.
Second Lecture - The Ascension
Have you ever taken a moment to step back and ask yourself why our lives are so busy? Why are we so frantic and anxious as a people? Technology was invented to make our lives easier, but it doesn’t seem to have worked that way. What is going on?
We are in a period of historic transition. The arrival of the internet is changing the way we function, the way we sleep and eat and even think. Language is changing. Communication all over the world is shifting. The most valuable assets we have are our time and our attention. The media and advertisers are fighting for our focus.
When the printing presses were invented back in the 1500s, it was another time of historic transition. People could read the Bible themselves. This changed the way everyone thought and worshiped and even did business. Everything changed, especially the church. Christians tried to return to the life of the early Christians, to the time when people really pondered what Jesus said and did.
The transition we are in today is even greater than that of the printing presses. Our relationship with God and how we worship and gather is changing. It is no longer assumed that you or anyone else goes to church. So many things compete for your time and attention on Sunday mornings. Many people in our congregation give generously but cannot come very often to worship. They are overwhelmed.
We are returning to the days of the early church, to the days when only the devout believers came. We are returning to a day when angels appeared and disciples could perform miracles. The church is changing and during this transition it is vital for us to look back and remember who we were at the very beginning, right after the Resurrection, when we were trying in all honesty to figure out what it meant to follow Jesus.
This fall, all the way from September through December, I will be teaching a Dean's Forum on the Book of Acts. The class is designed for you to attend as much as you can, to sit with the same people in round tables and digest the material that I present with discussion and prayer. Let us remember who we are and who we follow. This is an exciting time for people who want to follow Jesus. Like the early Christians, we have no idea what the church will look like in the future. We are that church, discerning what God is asking us to do.
Join me on Sundays at 10 a.m. in Taliaferro Hall.
With love in Christ,
Dean's Forum Topics
|1: Luke and the One Book||8: How the Gospel Spreads
|2: Ascension: Why Didn't Jesus Stay?||9: The Father of Christianity|
|3: The Language of God||10: Peter and the Radical Call of Jesus
|4: Peter the Preacher||11: Debate and Decision-Making in the Early Church|
|5: Living in Community||12: Paul's Zeal|
|6: Calling All Leaders, All Believers||13: Killing the Gospel|
|7: What Makes Us Different||14: Not of this World|