2011 classes

Topics offered

 

Strange and unexplained stories in the book of Acts 

Overview

Angels, dreams, visions, and supranormal happenings. Not stories from the pen of J K Rowling or J R R Tolkien, but events recounted in the book of Acts. What are some different ways of reading these stories? How do they fit into Luke’s overall purpose to show that the church is gifted with divine power to give faithful witness to the risen Christ unto ‘the ends of the earth’?

Presenter

  • Dr Stephen Haar, Lecturer in New Testament and Dean at ALC

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Luther for the busy person: lively words of grace and wisdom to help you on your journey  

Overview

Many Lutherans have not actually read or studied what Luther wrote, except for the catechism. In these classes we gain an overview of the career of the reformer, dipping into key writings as we follow the journey of his life. What did Luther say in is sermons, at table, and in his letters, lectures and treatises? What can we glean that will help us on our journey of faith and life?

Presenter

  • Dr Dean Zweck, Lecturer in Church History and New Testament at ALC

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An unholy trinity? Listening to Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris 

Overview

These and other prominent ‘new atheists’ have had a considerable impact on public opinion in recent years. This evening class will provide the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the ‘case against God’. While our immediate reaction may be to defend and refute, our first task will actually be to listen carefully, and from there to explore, understand and even critique our own position. Yet, an increased ability and confidence to give an informed faith response will be our goal.

Presenter

  • Pastor Linards Jansons, Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at ALC

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