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Expert Conversations

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Sunday, October 2, 2022 | 11:00 AM


Bethany Green Lake Chapel


We’ve asked theological scholars and experts on their particular topics to walk us through what their research, study, and faith reveals AND why it matters for us today. Drop in to any class that catches your eye - see the schedule below. No registration is required, but you can use the link below to pre-register for the class to get email reminders! Questions? Contact Pastor Megan Dobrasz

Expert Conversations Schedule

October 2nd: Dr. Rod Stiling | Professor Emeritus, Seattle Pacific University
The Church in its First Five Centuries: Some Essential Background

Join history professor Dr. Stiling as we take an accelerated tour through the earliest eras of the Christian Church, mainly in its Roman context, beginning (briefly) in the book of Acts. We’ll then note some key terminology, survey some of the geopolitical background, and sample some of the theological discussions that informed the subsequent flourishing and foibles of the growing Body of Christ on earth. Seat belts/shoulder harnesses recommended.

October 9th: Dr. Ben McFarland | Biochemistry Professor, Seattle Pacific University
“By It, I See Everything Else”: Faith Seeking Understanding Through Science

In Dr. McFarland’s own words: "As a scientist, the way I understand nature is motivated by my Christian belief and theology. Using my book as a resource, we'll talk about how I wrote about God’s creation for a general audience, and how different readers responded to that."

October 16th: Dr. Thane Erickson | Clinical Psychologist
Title & description coming soon but I’ve heard some of his content before and it was awesome. - Pastor Megan

October 23rd: Dr. Sara Koenig | Professor of Biblical Studies, Seattle Pacific University
Why is this in the Bible, and how do I read it?

While the Old Testament has no lack of strange and disturbing stories, they are especially concentrated in the book of Judges, with graphic violence and horrific treatment of women. Yet this is part of sacred scripture, God’s word to us and for us. How can we read these texts without simply dismissing them or leaping over them to find Jesus?