March 18: Commonly Misunderstood Verses of the Bible: What They Really Mean (part 1)
Bob VanVoorst is professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary and the author of many articles and books, including a new book with the same title as that of this session. In today’s session, we’ll look at why and how some Bible verses are commonly misunderstood and/or misapplied.

 

 


March 25Commonly Misunderstood Verses of the Bible: What They Really Mean (part 2)
Last week the class selected several verses to discuss today that can be easily misunderstood. The verses and topics the class chose are: Romans 8:28 (How do all things work together for good?) 1 Corinthians 10:13 (Will God give us more than we can bear?) and Proverbs 22:6 (Is “train up a child” a promise?) Led by Bob Van Voorst, professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary.


April 15:  Safe Church Basics
Why do we have a Safe Church Team at FCC and how does it fit into our overall mission to be a church for all kinds of people?  We’ll talk about our goals as a Safe Church Team and present interesting (and sticky) situations for us to discuss.  With hot topics such as sexual harassment and abuse prevalent in the news, we as a church need to educate and protect vulnerable persons of all ages.  Team members Lori Houskamp and Barb Mengebier will lead the discussion (No recording available for April 15.)


April 22: Mission India 
India is the most unreached nation in the world with one third of the world's unreached people groups and 400,000,000 people who have never heard the name of Jesus.  Join the Mission India team in today’s session for a unique and powerful virtual reality tour of India. Learn how almost 12,000 new worshipping groups and churches were planted with over 2,097,000 new believers during 2016. 


April 29:  Teens, Faith, and Growing up in a Secular World
As parents, are you concerned that the next generation often lacks a faith that will last a life-time? That to this generation, faith is often regarded as unimportant, merely a do-good and feel-good spirituality that has little to do with the historic Christian faith? Robert Keeley, professor of Education at Calvin College, will address the data, current trends, and how to help give youth a more robust and lasting faith.


May 6:   Still Waters Run Deep: Reimagining Dementia and Humanness
This 2018 Calvin January Series video features John Swinton, Scottish theologian, author, and former psychiatric nurse now serving as professor of practical theology and pastoral care at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. This presentation provides an in-depth and fresh way of thinking about dementia and what it means to live with it. (No recording available for May 6.)
 


May 13:  The Knowledge Economy
The knowledge economy is attacking and dismantling our traditional economic and civil institutions at an alarming rate.  We are subconsciously manipulated as information and products are aligned to our personal intimate needs and desires. Is this producing a society misaligned with our faith and morality? How far should we trust technology companies? How are they doing this? Why are we allowing this, and how do we protect ourselves? Led by FCC member Gert Wallis.


May 20:  A Christian Perspective on Healthcare
David Van Winkle, a FCC member and family physician, will lead a discussion on our healthcare  system, and how we as Christians can think through this confusing topic.