Sunday, March 26, 2017

Week 25: Ask Me Anything

Question #1: How should Christians think about such creatures as "Cro-Magnon Man" or Neanderthals?


Digging Deeper:

Question #2: Why do some Christians believe the KJV is better than other translations?


Digging Deeper:

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week 24: Case Study: Talking to an LDS Member

We're wrapping up our unit on practical ways to engage our OIKOS. This week we're looking at a conversation between the teacher and an LDS member.

Digging Deeper:
  • Here are some deleted scenes from the conversation with Clark.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week 23: Case Study: Talking to an Analytical Person

We're continuing to discuss some practical ways to engage our OIKOS. This week we're exploring some strategies when we are talking to analytical people, especially those who have de-converted from Christianity.

Key Themes:
  • Brief review of conversation strategies

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week 22: How Do We Know If We Have the Correct Worldview?

We're continuing to discuss some practical ways to engage our OIKOS. This week we're asking the question, How do we know if we have the correct worldview? We suggest some ways to begin testing our web of beliefs.

Key Themes:
  • Brief review of last week's lesson
  • Reasons why conversion is not a good core belief
  • Three worldview tests: explanatory power, correspondence test, verification test
  • A closer look at the verification test
    • The Bible vs. the Book of Mormon
  • A critical challenge to the Christian worldview: existential test

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Week 21: How Do People Come to Faith?

We're returning to the theme of OIKOS strategies. We will spend the next few weeks exploring some practical ways to engage our 8–15 in faith conversations. 

Key Themes:
  • Beliefs are like webs, not marbles
  • Engaging in "graceful degradation"
  • Arguments vs. Persuasion

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Week 20: Why Are There So Many Versions of the Bible?

We're wrapping up our series surrounding the origin and history of the Bible. This week we're surveying the various translations of the Bible.

Key Themes:
  • Ingredients of a good Bible translation
  • 4 families or types of translations
  • readability vs accessibility
  • changes in translations

Digging Deeper:
  • A few study Bibles (liked by the instructor): 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week 19: Ask Me Anything

Question #1: What are the differences in beliefs between various seminaries?

Key Themes:
  • Rise of fundamentalism and modernism
  • Origin of the term "evangelical"  

Digging Deeper:

Question #2: Were the Catholics the ones who decided the books of the Bible?



Question #3: What was the Azusa Street revival?