In the video below, Jonathan Buisch (Pastor) andBen Ledbetter (Director of Youth & Discipleship) discuss the purpose and value of Christian education at First Presbyterian Church.
Awakening the Quieter Virtues Leader: Jake Stratman Meets in the Dogwood classroom In Awakening the Quieter Virtues (IVP, 2010), Gregory Spencer writes, “Our larger problem may not be the gaining of imitated immoral behaviors but the losing of subtle, soft-spoken character qualities. The noise of culture overwhelms the less brassy aspects of life, including what I call the quieter virtues: discernment, innocence, authenticity, modesty, reverence, contentment, and generosity.” Let’s read this book together, as we also allow Scripture to help us cultivate these biblical virtues in our everyday, ordinary lives. Additionally, each chapter ends with practical spiritual disciplines and exercises to help us think more prayerfully about these virtues. Race in the American Church: A Historical and Theological Perspective Leaders: Trisha Posey and Matt Branum Meets in the Elm classroom American Christianity is deeply influenced by the history of racism, slavery, and segregation in the United States. This class will look at the history of the American church as it relates to race and will explore theological questions associated with this history through the writings of John Piper, Willie Jennings, James Cone, Jemar Tisby, Soong-Chan Rah and others. Themes will include theological considerations of the concept of race, the place of lament in corporate spiritual growth, and the role of the church in racial reconciliation (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!). Snippets from the Saints, From Justin Martyr to Drew Brees? Leader: Robbie Castleman Meets in the gym Each class will focus on a short reading by a Christian pilgrim on the journey with Jesus from the 2nd century through the 20th century. Discussion will focus on biblical foundations, theology, contemporary implications for ethics and the inner-life of what it means to have been and to be a saint. Dead Theologians Society (Sunday evenings at 6:15 pm) Leaders: James and Kendra Cooke Meets at the Cooke home: 1110 Meadowlark Lane, Siloam This spring the Dead Theologians Society of First Pres, a group that uses group discussion to examine the treasured texts of bygone theologians, will be reading The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard. Willard examines the practice of spiritual disciplines and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest. We will read a chapter each week, discuss the book and how we might apply spiritual disciplines in our lives. It is the tradition of DTS to not quote living people or authors (with one notable exception!).