2016 classes

Topics offered

 

Living … by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God

Living with a biblical worldview

Presenter
  • Dr Stephen Hultgren, Lecturer in New Testament at ALC 
Overview

What does it mean to live with a biblical worldview today? Secularism, competing ideologies, and different approaches to interpreting and applying Scripture represent challenges. This class will consider what a biblical worldview might look like today, as well as what it might not look like.

To guide us, we will look at a Lutheran approach to Scripture as well as particular biblical texts that deal with questions such as: What does it mean to be human? What do we have to hope for? What do we value? The class will seek answers that are faithful to Scripture and that respond to the many challenges today.

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Luther then and now

Looking at a selection of ‘gems’ from Luther’s writings and exploring their impact for today

Presenter
  • Dr Stephen Pietsch, Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at ALC
Overview

Luther wrote a lot. The authoritative edition of his works (in Latin and German) fills up one whole bank of shelves in the ALC library. Fortunately, over the years, people have waded through this massive volume of stuff and found the really juicy, interesting and inspiring parts.

Over four evenings we will look at the best of these passages from Luther. We’ll dip into his sermons, Table Talk, catechisms, letters and treatises (essays). The passages we look at together will not be too long or hard to read, and will include some humour, profound wisdom, and some inspiring and moving writing on the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Luther’s favourite subject!

Each piece will be introduced with background information and we will spend some time discussing and exploring it. Come along and ‘dip your toe’ into Luther.

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Theology in the public square

Refugees, asylum seekers, and border control

Presenter
  • Dr Stephen Haar, Dean and Lecturer in Theology at ALC
Overview

Our response to refugees and asylum seekers in Australia continues to be a hot topic. Ongoing conflict around the world is generating new sources of refugees at an increasing rate. What distinctive contributions can Christians, as global citizens, bring in response to the refugee, asylum, and border protection debate?

This evening class is designed to help participants engage with the critical issues, from a Christian perspective. As Christians we have theological and ethical resources which can inform and direct our responses to: the experience of migration, the question of human rights, the nature of hospitality, the limits of generosity, and our obedience or resistance to government laws and community values.

Each session can stand alone and has been planned to help you engage with topic resources and contribute meaningfully to this important conversation.

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