Covenant Class Fall 2018

Join us Sundays this Fall from 9:45-10:45am in Room 218!

Inklings of Fantasy and Faith
Sept 16

Karen and Errol Rohr, through selected readings from C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, will explore the role that story and fantasy play in our faith development and our theological discernment.

Jesus in My Space (Jesus Christ in artistic masterpieces)
Sept 23

Errol Rohr, through artists' images of Jesus, will reflect on our own journey of faith. The images of Jesus Christ offered by others speak volumes about our own understanding of God and ourselves.

For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)

Toxic Charity
Sept 30

Murray Withrow of Servant Partners will summarize the message of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It) and talk about its applications in the East End of Richmond. 

Community Wealth Building in the East End of Richmond
Oct 7

Reggie Gordon (attorney, former CEO of Greater Richmond Chapter of American Red Cross, and currently Director, City of Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building) and Deb Lawrence (Director of Outreach, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and oversees their $1 million investment in job creation in Richmond’s East End)

Popular Misconceptions Concerning the Arab/Israeli Conflict and the Bible
Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4

Join Dr. Mark Biddle, Baptist Theological Seminary Professor of Old Testament and author, and the Covenant Class as they explore the data and try to develop a perspective that respects Israel's status as the chosen people without condemning the Palestinians to perpetual suffering.

Popular conceptions about the modern Arab-Israeli impasse typically assume that its roots trace back to the animosity between Ishmael and Isaac. According to this line of thought, the two peoples have been destined, almost divinely ordained, for conflict.  Furthermore, anyone who fails to support Israeli policies, so the argument goes, may be guilty of anti-Semitism.  Those who support Israel's expansionism will also accrue God's blessing.  The only problems with this neat system are that it conforms neither to the actual teachings of scripture nor to historical events.

 

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