Stories of guile and grace, conflict and peace
Come and explore the stories of Jacob and Joseph!
Marvel at the craft of the writer, the multi-layered characters, and the unexpected twists and turns as the stories unfold. Be amazed by the cunning ploys of people like Rebekah, Jacob and Laban as they seek to get the better of others. Was Esau really just a good-natured nincompoop? Does Jacob change for the better as the years pass, and is he finally reconciled with Esau? What are we to make of the wrestling match between Jacob and the mysterious figure at the ford of the Jabbok? How are we to understand stories like those of Shechem and Dinah, and Judah and Tamar? And how does God succeed in fulfilling his promises to his chosen people, in the face of their many faults and foibles?
This may be a bumpy ride, but as always, God’s sustaining grace ensures a happy ending!
God's service of us in the divine service
This series of classes examines the teaching of the New Testament on God's service of us in the divine service and our participation in heavenly worship here on earth. Six topics will be covered: the mystery of worship, the unseen dimension of worship, the foundation for worship, the shape of worship, God-pleasing offerings, serving the world in worship.
Exploring the 400 years between the Old Testament and the New Testament
Between the Old Testament and the New Testament there is a baffling missing link. For about 400 years-from Malachi to John the Baptist-God kept his people in suspense. His silence baffled the psalmists who complained: 'There is no longer any prophet, and there is no one among us who knows how long' (Ps 74:9).
What was going on? We will study the main events in these 400 years, discuss the fifteen 'apocryphal' books found in Catholic Bibles, and witness the rise of Jewish sects: Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, and the Essenes with their Dead Sea scrolls.
Get to the heart of the Christian faith
The aim of this 6-session course is to learn how the Augsburg Confession came into being, what it is saying and confessing, why it has become the charter for Lutheran churches around the globe, and why it is still our confession today. Whether you have always been a Lutheran or are perhaps thinking of becoming one, studying the Augsburg Confession is a very good way of getting into the very heart of the Christian faith.