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WMN101 – Serious Answers to Hard Questions

WMN101 – Serious Answers to Hard Questions

Course Dates: February 26 – May 7, 2018

How do you reconcile the presence of evil in the world with belief in a loving God? How should Christians relate to other religions? Does the “Christ of Faith” bear any resemblance to the “Jesus of History”?

Ten Christian and Jewish theologians – world experts in their fields and persons of faith – each address a single perplexing issue. These ten issues are obstacles to faith for many both in and outside of the church. Each week a short scriptural study and personal reflection questions will help participants begin to think about the topic. Video presentations by the noted scholars will provide further material for discussion. This course will encourage energetic discussion and sustained reflection by both believers and seekers.

Lessons Include:

  1. Evil — R. Kendall Soulen, Wesley Theological Seminary
  2. Religion and Science — John Polkinghorne, Cambridge University
  3. Other Religions — Sathianathan Clarke, Wesley Theological Seminary
  4. Evangelism and Tolerance –Scott Jones, Bishop; formerly Perkins School of Theology
  5. The God of the Old Testament — Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt Divinity School
  6. Jesus and Christianity — Richard B. Hays, Duke Divinity School
  7. Resurrection — N. T. Wright, Bishop; formerly Oxford University
  8. The Gnostic Gospels — Ben Witherington, Asbury Theological Seminary
  9. The Sins of the Church –Douglas M. Strong, Wesley Theological Seminary
  10. Forgiveness — L. Gregory Jones, Duke Divinity School

2.2 CEUs are available.

Price: $50

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Meg Calvin

Meg’s roots are in Texas, but she has served in the Sunflower State as the Director of Children’s and Family Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Winfield, Kansas, for nearly a decade. Meg is the author of The Bluebonnet Child; Finding Grace in Poor Soil, and she has a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Southwestern College of Kansas and an MA in Children’s and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary of Minnesota. She is blessed to serve on a church staff that operates from a team mentality in creating sacred moments of outreach and worship. Meg loves cultivating conversations over the following topics: serving kids of troubled homes, vocational calling, and building strong, spirit-led church volunteer teams.

Meg loves Fitbit challenges, reading the autobiographies of comedians, learning Spanish, antiquing, and game nights with friends. She and her husband spend most of their free-time playing tag with their young daughter. Connect with her at www.thebluebonnetchild.com and on social media.