Monday Classes with Mike Graves

Lara Schopp Adult-ministry, Bible Study, Connect, Visitor Information

Dr. Mike Graves begins a winter/spring series of Monday evening classes starting Jan. 28. All are at 7:00 p.m. in the Social Hall.

The Scandalous Act of Interpreting the Bible
Jan. 28 and Feb. 4
Bible scholars often note that passages in the Bible don’t “say” anything; they have to be interpreted. In the past, naïve approaches to reading led to burning witches and condoning slavery, what we might call textual harassment. In this interactive course, we’ll examine the scandal of what it means to interpret the Bible.

From Pew to Pulpit
Feb. 18, 25
Sermons mostly go in one direction, from pulpit to pew. Preachers talk and the people listen. But preaching can go in both directions, and once did in the early church. Together, we will think about how preachers prepare sermons and work on one that Dr. Graves will preach on Sunday morning, March 3.

Walking with Jesus in Lent
Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1, 8
Christians often give things up for Lent, like chocolate or television. Others consider adding practices, things like daily Scripture reading or meditation. While the Sermon on the Mount is not explicitly about Lent, it is often considered the very heart of Jesus’ teachings. In this five-week series, we will walk through the Sermon on the Mount, to see what Jesus’ teaching might say about the Lenten journey and spiritual practices.