Sundays, July 7–August 4, 10:00 a.m.
SAN Wesley Hall
Many progressive Christians struggle with how to read and interpret the New Testament in the face of its apparent contradictions and challenges to our modern values. In this five-week series, Dr. Brad King will lead a collection of lectures and discussions designed to promote a better understanding of the Bible’s place in progressive Christianity and to provide you with the tools and knowledge to pursue a deeper, personal relationship with these ancient texts.
July 7 – ” What are the Stakes of Interpretation?”
Our initial discussion will lay out the stakes of biblical interpretation and engagement for progressive and progressive-leaning Christians in contemporary America. Bring your questions and concerns for discussion!
July 14 – “The ‘Biblical’ Worldview and Creation Anthropology”
One of the most important factors of biblical interpretation is what it says about the place and responsibilities of humanity in the world. Learn how our ideas about creation and creationism shape and are shaped by factors inside and outside of the scriptures. Listen to recording here.
July 21 -“Why Religious Disaffection and Antipathy Are on the Rise”
Join special guest, Dr. Josh Urich, for a discussion of the ways that critical, thoughtful interpretation of the New Testament can help to connect believers with those who are disaffected or even antagonistic toward Christian ideals and communities. Listen to the recording here.
July 28 – “Why Paul Matters”
More than any other person, Paul’s writings and legacy have stood at the center of battles over Christian social ethics and organization. This week, we address how and why Paul’s message both shape and are shaped by those struggling to understand him, and we will discuss how to understand and wrestle with the apostle’s message in our own context, here at FUMC Austin.
August 4 – “What Next?”
In the final event of our series, we will engage a combination of lecture and guided and discussion to advocate for a more intentional relationship with the Bible both in our immediate community here at FUMC Austin, and also with an eye to progressive Christianity and the American church more broadly.